For those who love Mary... Scriptural Meditations of the Rosary
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Scriptural Meditations for the Rosary.
Compiled by R. M. Mayor, 1989

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  • The Glorious Mysteries

    1.The Resurrection.

    Sg 8:6 "…stern as death is love, …
    (7) Deep waters cannot quench love, nor floods sweep it away…
    Is 50:15 Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you. See, upon the palms of my hands I have written your name.
    Rm 8:35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Trial, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword? (38)...I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor powers, neither height nor depth nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
    1Cor 15:55 "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"
    Ps 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.
    Phil 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always! I say it again. Rejoice!
    Neh 8:9 … "Today is holy to the Lord your God. Do not be sad, and do not weep" (10) "… Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the Lord must be your strength!"
    Acts 16:25 About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God as their fellow prisoners listened, a severe earthquake suddenly shook the place, rocking the prison to its foundations. Immediately all the doors flew open and everyone's chain were pulled loose.
    Lk 1:47 "…my spirit finds joy in God my savior…"
    Jn 1:5 The light shines on in darkness, a darkness that did not overcome it.
    1Th 5:16 Rejoice always, never cease praying, render constant thanks; such is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (19) Do not stifle the Spirit.
    Ps 105:3 Glory in his holy name, rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord! Look to the Lord in his strength; seek to serve him constantly.
    Jn 20:1 Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away, so she ran off to Simon Peter and the other disciple (the one Jesus loved) and told them, "The Lord has been taken from the tomb! We don't know where they have put him!" At that, Peter and the other disciple started out on their way toward the tomb. They were running side by side, but then the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He did not enter but bent down to peer in, and saw the wrappings lying on the ground. Presently, Simon Peter came along behind him and entered the tomb. He observed the wrappings on the ground and saw the piece of cloth which had covered the head not lying with the wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the disciole who had arrived first at the tomb went in, He saw and believed. (Remember, as yet they did not understand the Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) With this, the disciples went back home. Meanwhile, Mary stood weeping beside the tomb. Even as she wept, she stooped to peer inside, and there she saw two angels in dazzling robes. One seated at the head and the other at the foot of the place where Jesus' body had lain. "Woman," they asked her, "Why are you weeping?" She answered them, "Because the Lord has been taken away, and I do not know where they have put him." She had no sooner said this than she turned around and caught sight of Jesus standing there. But she did not know him. "Woman," he asked her, "why are you weeping? Who is it you are looking for?" She supposed he was the gardener, so she said, "Sir, if you are the one who carried him off, tell me where you have laid him and I will take him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned to him and said [in Hebrew], "Rabbouni!" (meaning "Teacher"). Jesus then said: "Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. Rather, go to my brothers and tell them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God!" Mary Magdalene went to the disciples. "I have seen the Lord!" she announced. Then she reported what he had said to her.
    Jn 20:19 On the evening of that first day of the week, even though the disciples had locked the doors of the place where they were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood before them. "Peace be with you," he said. When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. At the sight of the Lord the disciples rejoiced. "Peace be with you, "he said again. "As the Father has sent me, so I send you." Then he breathed on them and said: "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive men's sins, they are forgiven them; if you hold them bound, they are held bound." It happened that one of the Twelve, Thomas (the name means "Twin"), was absent when Jesus came. The disciples kept telling him: "We have seen the Lord!" His answer was, "I will never believe it without probing the nailprints in his hands, without putting my finger in the nailmarks and my hand into his side." A week later, the disciples were once more in the room, and Thomas was with them. Despite the locked doors, Jesus came and stood before them. "Peace be with you," he said; then, to Thomas: "Take your finger and examine my hands. Put your hand into my side. Do not persist in your unbelief, but believe!" Thomas said in response, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus then said to him: "You became a believer because you saw me. Blest are they who have not seen and have believed."
    Ps 103:1 Bless the Lord, O my Soul; and all my being, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not his benefits. He pardons all your iniquities, he heals all your ills. He redeems your life from destruction, he crowns you with compassion, He fills your lifetime with good…

    2.The Ascension of our Lord into Heaven.

    Ps 24 Lift up, O gates, your lintels; reach up, ancient portals, that the king of glory may come in!
    Ps 47:6 God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy; the Lord, amid trumpet blasts.
    Ps 110:1 The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand till I make your enemies your footstool."
    Gn 3:15 "He will strike at your head…"
    Jn 14:1 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Have faith in God and faith in me. (3) I am indeed going to prepare a place for you, and then I shall come back to take you with me, that where I am you also may be." (18) "I will not leave you orphaned; I will come back to you." (28) Do not be distressed or fearful. You have heard me say, 'I go away for awhile, and I come back to you.' If you truly loved me you would rejoice to have me go to the Father…"
    Jn 16:5 "…not one of you asks me, 'Where are you going?' Because I have had all this to say to you, you are overcome with grief. (12) I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now."
    Jn 14:26 "…the Paraclete…will instruct you in everything, and remind you of all that I told you."
    Mt 28:20 "And know that I am with you always, until the end of the world."
    Ps 137 By the streams of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. On the aspens of that land we hung up our harps, though our captors asked of us the lyrics of our songs. And despoilers urged us to be joyous: "Sing for us the songs of Zion!" How could we sing a song of the Lord in a foreign land?
    Ps 57 I will give thanks to you among the peoples, O Lord. I will chant your praise among the nations. For your kindness towers to the heavens, and your faithfulness to the skies. Be exalted above the heavens, O God; above all the earth be your glory!
    Rm 8 We know God makes all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his decree. Those whom he foreknew he predestined to share the image of his son, that the son might be the first-born of many brothers. Those he predestined he likewise called; those he called he also justified; and those he justified he in turn glorified. What shall we say after that? If God is for us, who can be against us? Is it possible that he who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for the sake of us all will not grant us all things besides? Who shall bring a charge against God's chosen ones? God who justifies? Who shall condemn them? Christ Jesus, who died or rather was raised up, who is at the right hand of God and who intercedes for us?
    1Cor 15:24 (After that) will come the end, when, after having destroyed every sovereignty, authority, and power, he will hand over the kingdom to God the Father. Christ must reign until God has put all enemies under his feet, and the last enemy to be destroyed is death.
    Acts 1:3 In the time after his suffering he showed them in many convincing ways that he was alive, appearing to them over the course of forty days and speaking to them about the reign of God. On one occasion when he met with them, he told them not to leave Jerusalem: "Wait, rather, for the fulfillment of my Father's promise, of which you have heard me speak. John baptized with water, but within a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." While they were with him they asked, "Lord, are you going to restore the rule to Israel now?" His answer was: "The exact time is not yours to know. The Father has reserved that to himself. You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes down on you; then you are to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, yes, even to the ends of the earth." No sooner had he said this than he was lifted up before their eyes in a cloud which took him from their sight. They were still gazing up into the heavens when two men dressed in white stood beside them. "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking at the skies? This Jesus who has been taken from you will return, just as you saw him go up into the heavens." After that they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet near Jerusalem-a mere sabbath's journey away. Entering the city, they went to an upstairs room where they were staying: Peter and John and James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus; Simon, the Zealot party member, and Judas son of James. Together they devoted themselves to constant prayer. There were some women in their company, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

    3.The Decent of the Holy Spirit.

    Ps 51:17 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise…
    Mt 3:11 I baptize you in water for the sake of reform, but the one who will follow me is more powerful than I. He it is who will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire."
    Rom 8:26 …the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in speech.
    Jer 31:33 I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God and they shall be my people.
    Lk 12:49 "I have come to light a fire on the earth. How I wish the blaze were ignited! I have a baptism to receive. What an anguish I feel till it is over!""
    Mk 10:38 "Can you drink the cup I shall drink or be baptized in the same bath of pain as I?" "We can," they told him. Jesus said in response, "From the cup I drink of you shall drink; the bath I am immersed in you shall share."
    Ps 100 Sing joyfully to the Lord all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful song. Know that the Lord is God; he made us, his we are; his people, the flock he tends. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise; Give thanks to him; bless his name, for he is good: the Lord whose kindness endures forever, his faithfulness, to all generations.
    Mk 16:17 Signs like these will accompany those who have professed their faith: they will use my name to expel demons, they will speak entirely new languages, they will be able to handle serpents, they will be able to drink deadly poison without harm, and the sick upon whom they lay their hands will recover."
    Acts 2:1 When the day of Pentecost came it found them gathered in one place. Suddenly from up in the sky there came a noise like a strong driving wind which was heard all through the house where they were seated. Tongues as of fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on each of them. All were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them. Staying in Jerusalem at the time were devout Jews of every nation under heaven. These heard the sound, and assembled in a large crowd. They were much confused because each one heard these men speaking his own language. The whole occurrence astonished them. They asked in utter amazement, "Are not all of these men Galileans? How is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites. We live in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the regions of Lybia around Cyrene. There are even visitors from Rome- all Jews, or those who have come over to Judaism; Cretans and Arabs too. Yet each of us hears them speaking in his own tongue about the marvels God has accomplished." They were dumbfounded, and could make nothing at all of what had happened. "What does this mean?" they asked one another, while a few remarked with a sneer, "They have had too much new wine!"
    Is 61 The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, To announce a year of favor from the Lord.
    Jl 3 (Then afterward) I will pour out my spirit upon all mankind. Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; Even upon the servants and handmaids, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. And I will work wonders in the heavens and on the earth.
    Jn 3:4 "How can a man be born again once he is old?" retorted Nicodemus. "Can he return to his mother's womb and be born over again?" Jesus replied: "I solemnly assure you, no one can enter into God's kingdom without being begotten of water and Spirit. Flesh begets flesh, Spirit begets spirit. Do not be surprised that I tell you you must be begotten from above. The wind blows where it will. You hear the sound it makes but you do not know where it comes from, or where it goes. So it is with everyone begotten of the Spirit."

    4.The Assumption of the Mother of God, Body and Soul, into Heaven.

    Ps 46:11 Hear, O daughter, and see; turn your ear, forget your people and your father's house. So shall the king desire your beauty. All glorious is the king's daughter as she enters; her raiment is threaded with spun gold…In embroidered apparel she is born in to the king; behind her the virgins of her train are brought in to you. They are born in with gladness and joy, they enter the palace of the king.
    Sg 2:10 My lover speaks; he says to me, "Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one come! For see, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone…"
    Sg 6:10 "Who is this that comes forth like the dawn, as beautiful as the moon, as resplendent as the sun, as awe-inspiring as bannered troops?"
    Is 43:1 Fear not, for I have called you by name; you are mine.
    Rev 2:17 "I will also give him a white stone upon which is inscribed a new name, to be known only by him who receives it."
    Mk 5:41 Taking her hand, he said to her, "Talitha, koum," which means, "Little girl, get up."
    Mt 25:20 'Well done!…industrious and reliable servant. Come, share your master's joy!"
    Rev 7:9 After this I saw before me a huge crowd which no one could count from every nation and race, people and tongue. They stood before the throne and the Lamb, dressed in long white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.
    Rev 4:8 Day and night, without pause, they sing: "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, He who was, and is, and is to come! (10) the twenty-four elders fall down before the One seated on the throne…they throw down their crowns before (the thrown) and sing(:…you are worthy to receive glory and honor…for you have created all things…)
    Ps 122 I rejoiced when because they said to me, "We will go up to the house of the Lord." And now we have set foot within your gates, O Jerusalem- Jerusalem built as a city with compact unity. To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, according to the decree for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. In it are set up judgment seats, seats for the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May those who love you prosper! May peace be within your walls, prosperity in your buildings. Because of my relatives and friends I will say, "Peace be within you!" Because of the house of the Lord, our God, I will pray for your good.
    Ps 116 Gracious is the Lord and just; yes our God is merciful. The Lord keeps the little ones; I was brought low, and he saved me. Return, O my soul, to your tranquillity, for the Lord has been good to you. For he has freed my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. How shall I make a return for all the good he has done for me? The cup of salvation I will take up, and I will call upon the name of the Lord… Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of His faithful ones. O Lord I am your servant; I am the son of your handmaid; you have loosed my bonds. I will offer sacrifice of thanksgiving.
    Ex 20:12 "Honor your father and mother…"

    5.The Coronation of our Blessed Mother as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

    Gn 3:14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent: "…I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers: He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel."
    Rev 12:1 A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (5) She gave birth to a son-a boy destined to shepherd all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne. (7) Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. Although the dragon and his angels fought back, they were overpowered and lost their place in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent known as the devil or Satan, the seducer of the whole world, was driven out; he was hurled down to earth and his minions with him. (13) When the dragon saw that he had been cast down to earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the boy. (17) Enraged at her escape, the dragon went off to make war on the rest of her offspring… (12) "…His fury knows no limits, for he knows his time is short."
    Lk 21:27 "After that, men will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with great power and glory. When these things begin to happen, stand erect and hold your heads high, for your deliverance is near at hand."
    1Cor 2:9 "Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man what God has prepared for those who love him."
    Rev 21:1 Then I saw new heavens and a new earth. The former heavens and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no longer. I also saw a new Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down out of heaven from God, beautiful as a bride prepared to meet her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne cry out: "This is my dwelling among men. He shall dwell with them and they shall be his people and he shall be their God who is always with them. He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain, for the former world has passed away." The One who sat on the throne said to me, "See, I make all things new!"
    Ps 126 When the Lord brought back the captives of Zion we were like men dreaming. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with rejoicing.
    Ps 84 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts. My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the Lord. My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, the swallow a nest in which she places her young- Your alters, O Lord of hosts, my king and my God!
    Ps 131:2 I have stilled and quieted my soul…like a weaned child on its mother's lap, [so is my soul within me.]
    Jn 16:23 "On that day you will have no more questions to ask me."
    1Cor 13:12 Now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. My knowledge is imperfect now; then I shall know even as I am known.
    Rev 22:4 They shall see him face to face and bear his name on their foreheads. The night shall be no more. They will need no light from lamps or the sun, for the Lord God shall give them light, and they shall reign forever. (13) "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the end! I am the Root and Offspring of David, the Morning Star shining bright."
    Rm 8:22 Yes, we know that all creation groans and is in agony even until now. Not only that, but we ourselves, although we have the Spirit as first fruits, grown inwardly while we await the redemption of our bodies. In hope we were saved. But hope is not hope if its object is not seen, how is it possible for one to hope for what he sees? And hoping for what we cannot see means awaiting with patient endurance.

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