Mysteries of Reconciliation with God

Scripture for Rosary Beads of the Mysteries of Reconciliation with God

 

These Mysteries of Reconciliation with God start with a brief reflection on an Old Testament moment where Esau and Jacob, put aside their bitter sibling rivalries for a permanent embrace.

The Meeting of Esau and Jacob
The Meeting of Esau and Jacob

Jacob and Esau Meet

33 Now Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming, and four hundred men with him. 3 He himself went on ahead of them, bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near his brother.But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.Leah likewise and her children drew near and bowed down; and finally Joseph and Rachel drew near, and they bowed down.Esau said, “What do you mean by all this company that I met?” Jacob answered, “To find favor with my lord.”But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.” 10 Jacob said, “No, please; if I find favor with you, then accept my present from my hand; for truly to see your face is like seeing the face of God—since you have received me with such favor. 11 Please accept my gift that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have everything I want.” So he urged him, and he took it.  (Genesis 33:1,3-4,7-11)

Eli Esau and Jacob who have had a bitter and unjust relationship since their birth recognize that God is more important than any mistreated human condition they might have. They not only reconcile with each other but by doing so change the minds of family and friends.  Is that not what God also ask of us. Our example of forgiveness in spite of the original cause ripples outward.

 

 

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clip_image007Apostle’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

 

clip_image009Our 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.

 

 

clip_image011Hail 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.

 

Holy Mary

 

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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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The First Mystery: Jesus’s victory despite Worldly disorder

 

He Heals the Lame
He Heals the Lame

Have mercy on me, Lord, I have no strength; Lord, heal me, my body is racked; my soul is racked with pain. But you, oh Lord, how long? Return, oh Lord, rescue my soul. Save me in your merciful love, for in death no one remembers you; from the grave, who can give you praise? I am exhausted with my groaning; every night I drench my pillow with tears. My eye wastes away from grief; I have grown old surrounded by my foes. Leave me, all you who do evil; for the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will accept my prayer. All my foes will retire in confusion, foiled and suddenly confounded. (Psalm 6)

What is it that causes you pain, suffering, angst, anxiety? Have you thought about seriously giving all to Jesus?  Remember it will likely not go away, but it will become manageable because Jesus’s peace, embrace and reassurance allows us to place ourselves on the Cross with Him.

 

clip_image019Our 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.

 

 

clip_image020Hail 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

 

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clip_image022Glory 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.

 

 

 

clip_image024O 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: Jesus’s Unconditional Forgiveness of Wrongs


 

Mary Magdalene's Box of Very Precious Ointment
Mary Magdalene’s Box of Very Precious Ointment

Happy the man whose offense is forgiven, whose sin is remitted. But now I have acknowledged my sins; my guilt I did not hide. I said: “I will confess my offense to the Lord.” And you, oh Lord, have forgiven the guilt of my sin. So let every good man pray to you in the time of need. The floods of water may reach high but him they shall not reach. You are my hiding place, Lord; you save me from distress. You surround me with cries of deliverance. (Psalm 32)

When was the last time you bowed down at the foot of the Cross, telling Jesus how unworthy you are but know by doing so all becomes well. Sometimes we also need to speak in Confession to be delivered and forgiven from all of our sins.

 

 

clip_image028Our 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.

 

 

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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

 

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clip_image031Glory 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. 

 

 

 

clip_image024[1] O 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 Depth of Jesus’s Mercy

 

The Confession of the Centurion
The Confession of the Centurion

Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness. In your compassion blot out my offense. Oh wash me more and more from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin. Indeed you love truth in the heart; then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom, purify me, then I shall be clean; Oh wash me, I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear rejoicing and gladness. A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me. O Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall declare your praise. (Psalm 51)

Can we be like the Centurion, turning to Christ when we faith know will wash away our sins, guilt and un-pure thoughts? To become honest with ourselves is what can drive us towards purity even in this life.

 

 

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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.

 

 

clip_image029[1]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

 

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clip_image036Glory 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. 

 

 

 

clip_image037O 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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Fourth Mystery: Jesus’s Redemptive Mission

 

The Repentant Mary Magdalene
The Repentant Mary Magdalene

Out of the depths I cry to you, Oh Lord: Lord, hear my voice! Oh let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleading. If you, Oh Lord, should mark our guilt, Lord, who would survive? But with you is found forgiveness: for this we revere you. My soul is waiting for the Lord; I count on his word. My soul is longing for the Lord more than the watchman for daybreak. Let the watchman count on daybreak and Israel on the Lord. Because with the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption; Israel indeed he will redeem from all its iniquity. (Psalm 130)

When we become aware that we are a sinner and we need forgiveness we can cry out silently to God pleading for his mercy. We are Israel, ready to be redeemed for our iniquities. Until the next time, we are the Repentant Mary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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

 

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clip_image044Glory 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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Oh 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: Jesus as Trusted Guide

 

Jesus goes into the Evening to Bethany
Jesus goes into the Evening to Bethany

Lord, listen to my prayer; turn your ear to my appeal. You are faithful, you are just; give answer. Do not call your servant to judgment, for no one is just in your sight. The enemy pursues my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me dwell in darkness like the dead, long forgotten. Therefore my spirit fails; my heart is numb within me. I remember the days that are past: I ponder all your works. I muse on what your hand has wrought and to you I stretch out my hands. Like a parched land my soul thirsts for you. Lord, make haste and answer; for my spirit fails within me. Do not hide your face lest I become like those in the grave. In the morning let me know your love, for I put my trust in you. Make me know the way I should walk: to you I lift up my soul. Rescue me, Lord, from my enemies; I have fled to you for refuge. Teach me to do your will for you, O Lord, are my God. Let your good spirit guide me in ways that are level and smooth. For your name’s sake, Lord, save my life; in your justice save my soul from distress. (Psalm 143)

In our times of desperation, especially if we have done something wrong and are full of remorse we have to remember that Jesus walks right in front of us. Jesus guides us towards righteousness, towards the truth and smooths the path for us. Believing Jesus is there also makes it possible to deal with the deep darkness that St. John of the Cross so eloquently writes of.

 

 

clip_image041[1]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.

 

 

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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

 

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clip_image051Glory 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.

 

 

clip_image052O 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
The Magnificat

Hail, 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 Women
Jesus Appears to the Holy Women

Let 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.