Mysteries of Jesus’s Last Hours

Rosary Beads Scripture: The Mysteries of Jesus’s Last Hours

These Mysteries of the Mass as Heaven on Earth start with a brief reflection on an Old Testament moment where Isaiah Prophecies that the Messiah’s will suffer for us.

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Isaiah’s Prophecy of the Messiah’s Need to Suffer for us

3He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account. Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:3-6)

Lectio: I believe Jesus knew the ordeal he would have to face before his death because he knew the Word of God. There is no doubt in my mind, he completely understood the full meaning of Isaiah’s prophecy. Are not Isaiah’s words familiar to what we know of those who reject Jesus’s love: despised, rejected, suffering, infirmities, not guilty but yet guilty, carried the full weight of the diseases of hate, jealousy, and eye for an eye, transgressions, being punished and bruised and our being lost.

 

What Our Lord Saw from the Cross James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumIn the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

 

 

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Apostle’s Creed: I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen

The Lord's Prayer Rosary

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

 

The Annunciation James Tissot Brooklyn Museum

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

 

3 Hail Marys

 

 

The Transfiguration, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum, thumbnail

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

 

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First Mystery: The Agony of Our Lord in the Garden

The Grotto of the Agony 39 He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. 40 When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” 41 Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” 43 Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. 44 In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. 45 When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” (Luke 22: 39-46)

Lectio: The last hours of a loved one’s time on earth with us can overwhelm us with anguish. Our mind moves in a million directions from all the unanswered questions and our heart feels like it is about to burst. If we can find ourselves in the Grotto with Jesus, we may find solace in knowing what comes next life for our loved one. Divinity will be there shortly to bring their soul completely into Heaven. There, we can still be with them, as they join the community of saints and pray with us.

The Lords Prayer RosaryOur Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

 

The Annunciation James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumHail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen

 

10 Hail Mary's

The Transfiguration, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum, thumbnailGlory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

 

The Ascension, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum, thumbnailO my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

 

 

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Second Mystery: The Scourging of Our Lord at the Pillar

The Scourging on the Front

Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom. Then he answered them, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 10 For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. 12 Pilate spoke to them again, “Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” 13 They shouted back, “Crucify him!” 14 Pilate asked them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him!” 15 So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified. (Mark 15: 6-15)

 

Lectio: When we look back at our lives, do we see moments when we have felt crucified. It is likely that at some time in your life a dear friend or relative have hurt you and you thought them lost. How about those times when there were so many other things you could have done, but you gave up your time for church or helped someone in their time of need. It is so easy to find a crowd today that you do not agree with, perhaps this is when you may have felt most at odds. To feel crucified takes many shapes but it is part of our call as a Christian.

The Lords Prayer RosaryOur Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

 

The Annunciation James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumHail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen

 

10 Hail Mary's

The Transfiguration, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum, thumbnailGlory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

 

The Ascension, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum, thumbnailO my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

 

 

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Third Mystery: The Crowning of Our Lord with Thorns.

The Crowning of Thorns

1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and striking him on the face. Pilate went out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” When the chief priests and the police saw him, they shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him; I find no case against him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has claimed to be the Son of God.” Now when Pilate heard this, he was more afraid than ever.  (John 19: 1-8)

Lectio: What is that you claim? Can you claim that you are a spiritually hungry, that you have more often than not be Christ like, or that you have forgiven. The list could be long or short but most importantly while we should not be proud of what we claim, it would be normal at some point for someone to recognize us as having a Christian claim, something that we stood our ground for. We should recognize ourselves in that claim in humility.

The Lords Prayer RosaryOur Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

 

The Annunciation James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumHail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen

 

10 Hail Mary's

The Transfiguration, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum, thumbnailGlory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

 

The Ascension, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum, thumbnailO my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

 

 

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The Fourth Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross

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16 Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus; 17 and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. 19 Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. 21 Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” (John 19: 16-22)

 Lectio: Ah, what I have written, I have written. If you think hard about yourself you likely have an opinion about something that you would find difficult to change. In fact, one of those difficulties may be in the depth of your relationship with Christ. Maybe you think it can only go to a certain point in this life. You would be wrong; there is no end point that you could possibly imagine. There is no sacrifice that would come close to what happen on the Cross. God only gives us what we can handle, but think about the possibility of reading what is truly and fully written by God on your heart.

 

The Lords Prayer RosaryOur Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

 

The Annunciation James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumHail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen

 

10 Hail Mary's

The Transfiguration, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum, thumbnailGlory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

 

The Ascension, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum, thumbnailO my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

 

 

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The Fifth Mystery:  The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord.

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25 And that is what the soldiers did. Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. 28 After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19: 25-30)

 

Lectio: Since my own Yes I have always felt that Mary would help me understand the last words of Christ.  The most significant moment in my prayer life with Mary is when I realized that “I am thirsty” was not of physical needs but of the spiritual I am thirsty for your love.  In these last moments on the Cross, Christ was only asking for our love in return for what He had given. That love is multi-directional. We receive it from Christ and present a small portion back in acknowledgement, keep a small portion for ourselves to be nourished and give the greater part away to others.

 

The Lords Prayer RosaryOur Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

 

The Annunciation James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumHail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen

 

10 Hail Mary's

The Transfiguration, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum, thumbnailGlory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

 

The Ascension, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum, thumbnailO my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

 

 

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The Magnificat James Tissot Brooklyn Museum full sizeHail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us. And after this our exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus Appears to the Holy Woman James Tissot Brooklyn Museum full sizeLet us pray. O GOD, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that by meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

 

 

 

What Our Lord Saw from the Cross James Tissot Brooklyn Museum

In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen

 

 

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The art in this Mystery with the exception of my own of painting representing Mary (for the rosary bead) is from the French artist James Tissot (1836-1902)*. James Tissot’s art is now in the public domain and available as non-copyrighted downloads from the Brooklyn Museum (www.brooklynmuseum.org), The Jewish Museum (www.thejewishmuseum.org) and WikiArt (www.wikiart.org/en/james-tissot) web sites. I have followed their publication guidelines such as using proper captions for use. The small repeating images of Tissot’s paintings in this Mystery are referenced and have captions in the introduction to this collection of Rosary Mysteries. For additional information regarding art by James Tissot, the assembly of the Scriptural Rosary mysteries, my comments from Lectio or suggestions on how to use these mysteries, please see the Introduction to Contemplatio, Absconsa Mysteria – To Contemplate Hidden Mysteries. Additional Scriptural Rosaries.