" One would need to be a Saint to celebrate worthily. When we are in Heaven, we will appreciate the value of the Mass and how often we have said it without due reverence, or worship, or recollection."
~ St. John Vianney
The Glorious and Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary
THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES
The First Glorious Mystery: "THE RESURRECTION"
Jesus arises from the dead and appears to the Apostles. We pray that priests will remember the Crucifixion is followed by the Resurrection: darkness is always followed by Light. We pray that all priests may share the joy of the Risen Christ.
The Second Glorious Mystery: "The ASCENSION"
Jesus instructs His Apostles and returns to His Father in Heaven. We pray that priests may carry out Jesus' instructions to evangelize the whole world, instructing and baptizing countless souls. We pray for missionaries who live lives of utter poverty and deprivation to bring the Gospel to all people.
The Third Glorious Mystery:
"The DESCENT of the HOLY SPIRIT AMONG the APOSTLES"
The Holy Spirit comes upon the Apostles, who are gathered with Mary. We pray that priests may be open to the graces of the Holy Spirit to strengthen them for the task of bringing souls to God and God to souls. We pray that they may be on fire to convert the most hardened sinners and bring God's love to the whole world.
The Fourth Glorious Mystery: "The ASSUMPTION"
Mary is taken, body and soul, to Heaven. While she was on earth, she loved and prayed for the Apostles, the first priests. We pray that priests will be devoted to Mary and find in her the love and comfort of a mother, the most powerful intercession of our greatest saint, and the surest refuse against Satan and his cohorts who seek destruction of priests and the priesthood.
The Fifth Glorious Mystery: "The CORONATION"
Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth. She is rewarded for her faithfulness to God. We pray that Mary, Queen of the Clergy, will be their model of faith and joy, and constant guide until they reach Heaven where a crown, jeweled with many souls entrusted to them on the day of Ordination, will be their reward for faithful and loving service.
THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES
The First Luminous Mystery: "The Baptism of Jesus"
Jesus descended into the waters to be baptized by John. He took up the challenge of His Father. He knew He would suffer on behalf of usand His suffering would lead to the forgiveness of sins. He knew He was King but His Throne was to be a cross. We pray that our priests will imitate Our Lord's humility as they do their priestly duties by accepting their challenges from God.
The Second Luminous Mystery: " The Miracle of the Wedding at Cana"
Jesus' first miracle was made possible by the firm love and faith of Mary in her Divine Son. "Oh Lord, help our priests to develop an ever-increasing love for Mary as they "Do whatever He tells...them." Mary is our teacher and always leads us to Her Son.
The Third Luminous Mystery: "The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God"
Christ came to bring mercy and forgiveness to mankind. Oh God, bless our priests as they teach Jesus' message-baptizing, forgiving sins, and concecrating the Blessed Eucharist through the Holy Spirit. May they have a constant renewal of Life, aimed at an ever more perfect union with Christ- "thw Way, the Truth, and the Life."
The Fourth Luminous Mystery: "The Transfiguration"
Jesus leads them up the mountain where He is transfigured before them. Peter wishes that three tents be built for Jesus and His two companions in order that all might come to see them. Oh Lord, grant priests hearts that are open to tje transforming power of Your Grace at every celebration of Mass. May your Real Presence in the Eucharist and through the proclamation of your Word, inspire them to live lives of faithful service.
The Fifth Luminous Mystery: "The Institution of the Holy Eucharist"
"I am the Living Bread that came down from Heaven; whoever eats this Bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world." (John 6:51)
"There can be no Eucharist without the priesthood, just as there can be no priesthood without the Eucharist" (Pope John Paul II's Message to priests for Holy Thrusday, 2004).
Christ said, "I will be with you all days, even to the end of the world." He is there in every tabernacle of the Catholic world. Oh Lord, strengthn the faith of all priests so they may always believe that it is truly You, Jesus, in the Holy Eucharist.
Oh Lord, help priests to celebrate Mass prayerfully that their hearts may be drawn ever closer to you and may their time, spent in Adoration, renew and uplift their spirits. Lord, help our priests to know how to guide us in reaching out to others. May we all imitate Christ in service, for we are the Body of Christ.
Most majestic and holy Mystery, have mercy on us.
Mary, Queen of the Clergy, guide our priests.