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THE 4 MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY

THE MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY

DAYS OF EACH MYSTERY, SPIRITUAL FRUIT OF EACH MYSTERY, FEAST DAYS AND THIER BIBLICAL PASSAGES


Growing up, my mom made us say the Rosary daily either in the morning or at night. But in recent times, I have found out families hardly make out time to pray the Rosary. Parents hardly allow their kids attend Block Rosary (A Crusade where children gather to always say the Rosary).

You cannot underestimate the power the Rosary carries which is seen in the 15 promises of the Rosary 

A friend I was grooming said she doesn't know the mysteries of the Rosary as she's learning to say the Rosary.. and I know so many persons are trying to learn too.

The Mysteries of the Rosary helps us to meditate the life of our Lord Jesus Christ from birth  unto his resurrection.

HOW MANY MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY?

There are 4 Mysteries of the Rosary.

Each Mysteries has 5 decade (including spiritual fruits) which makes it 20 decade of the Rosary.

Now let's look at the Mysteries.

- JOYFUL MYSTERIES

- LUMINOUS MYSTERIES OR MYSTERIES OF LIGHT

- SORROWFUL MYSTERIES

- GLORIOUS MYSTERIES


THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES (said on Mondays & Saturdays)

1. THE ANNUNCIATION.

 Angel Gabriel announced to Mary in Luke 10: 27- 34; "the Angel said to her don't be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you, you will become pregnant and give birth to a son and you will name him Jesus".

Spiritual Fruit: HUMILITY

Feast of annunciation is celebrated on 25th March every year.

2. THE VISITATION

Mary went to see her cousin Elizabeth in Judea. Luke 1:39-42 Soon afterwards Mary got ready and hurried off to a town in the Hill country of Judea she went into Zachariah's house and greeted Elizabeth when Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby moved within her. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and said in a loud voice, "you are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the child you will bear!

Spiritual Fruit: LOVE OF NEIGBOUR

Feast of visitation is celebrated on the 31st May.

3. THE NATIVITY (Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ)

Our Lord and Savior was born in a manger. Luke: 2: 6-7 And while they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her baby. She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloth and laid him in a manger- there was no room for them to stay in the inn.

The birth of Jesus was also recorded in Matt 1:18-25.

Spiritual Fruit: DETACHMENT FROM THE THINGS OF THE WORLD

The Birth of Jesus is celebrated 25th of December (Christmas day)

4. THE PRESENTATION OF THE CHILD JESUS IN THE TEMPLE

To fulfill the scripture, Jesus was presented in the temple. Luke 2: 23 As it is written in the law of the lord. "Every First-born male is to be dedicated to the Lord". They also went to offer a sacrifice of a pair of doves or two young pigeons as required by the law of the Lord.

Spiritual Fruit: OBEDIENCE

Feast of the presentation is celebrated 40days after Christmas.

5. THE FINDING OF THE CHILD JESUS IN THE TEMPLE

Jesus stayed back in the temple after his parents had left. Luke 2:41-52 On the third day they found him in the temple sitting with the Jewish teachers, listening to them and asking questions. All who heard him were amazed at his intelligent answers.

Spiritual Fruit: PIETY / PERSEVERANCE


THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES (Said on Thursdays)

1. THE BAPTISM OF JESUS

The baptism of Jesus at River Jordan. Mark 1:9-11 Not long afterwards, Jesus came from Nazareth in the province of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordon. As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, he saw heaven opening and the spirit coming down on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "you are my own dear son. I am pleased with you"

Matt 3:13-17 and Luke 3:21-23 also recorded the Baptism

Spiritual Fruit: OPENESS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

2. THE SELF-MANIFESTATION

The Miracle at Cana. Jesus changed water into wine John 2:1-11 Jesus said to the servants, "Fill these jars with water". They filled them to the brim and he told them, "Now draw some water out and take it to the man in charge of the feast". They took him the water, which now had turned into wine, and he tasted it.

Spiritual Fruit: INTERCESSION (TO JESUS THROUGH MARY)

Self Manifestation is the First Miracle of Jesus to be recorded.

3. THE PROCLAMATION

Jesus proclaimed the Good News of the kingdom of God. mark 1:14-15 After John had been put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee and preached the Good News from God. The right time has come he said, "and the kingdom of God is near! Turn away from your sins and believe the Good News". 

Spiritual Reading: REPENTANCE/TRUST IN GOD

4. THE TRANSFIGURATION

 About a week after I had said these things, Jesus took Peter, John and James with him and went up a hill to pray. while he was praying, his face changed its appearance, and his clothes became dazzling white. suddenly two men were there talking with him. They were Moses and Elijah, who appeared heavenly glory and talked with Jesus about the way in which he would soon fulfill God's purpose by dying Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were sound asleep, but they woke up and saw Jesus' glory and the two men who were standing with him. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, "master, how good it is that we are here,! we will make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."( he did not really know what he was saying). while he was still speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them with its shadow; and the disciples were afraid as the cloud came over them. A voice said from the cloud, "this is my son, whom I have chosen-listen to him''. When he voice stopped, there was Jesus all alone. The disciples kept quiet about all this and told no one at that time anything they had seen.

Spiritual Fruit: DESIRE FOR HOLINESS

5. THE INSTITUTION OF THE MOST HOLY EUCHARIST

Jesus gave himself in the Institution of the most Holy Eucharist. Mark 14:22-26 While they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks broke it and gave it to his disciples. "Take it" he said, this is my body. Then he took a cup, gave thanks to God, and handed it to them; and they drank from it. Jesus said, "This is my blood which is poured out for many, My blood which seals God's covenant.

Also, Luke 22:19-20 Matt 26: 26-30 recorded the Institution of the Eucharist.

Spiritual Fruit: ACTIVE PARTICIPATION AT MASS/EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Institution of the most Holy Eucharist is celebrated at the feast of last super Holy Thursday.


THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES (said on Tuesdays & Friday)

1. THE PRAYER & AGONY IN THE GARDEN

When the time Drew close for Jesus to be crucified he took with him Peter, James and John and went to the garden to pray. Luke 22:39 - 45 Jesus left the city and went, as he usually did, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples went with him. when he arrived at the place, he said to them, pray that you will not fall into temptation. "Then he went off from them about the distance of a stone's throw and knelt down and prayed. Father, he said, "if you will, take this cup of suffering away from me. Not my will, however, but your will be done." An Angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. In great anguish he prayed even more fervently; his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. Rising from his prayer, he went back to the disciples and found them asleep, worn out by their grief. He said to them, "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you will not fall into temptation."

Spiritual Fruit: CONFORMITY TO THE WILL OF GOD/ACT OF CONTRITION


2. THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR

Matt 27:26 Our Lord Jesus was whipped and treated like a criminal. Then Pilate set Barabbas free for them; and after he had Jesus whipped, he handed him over to be crucified. Also Luke 22:63 recorded this.

Spiritual Fruit: PURITY/ MORTIFICATION

Scourging at the pillar

3. THE CROWNING WITH THORNS 

Pilate made a crown of thorns and ordered the soldiers to place it on his head. Matt 27:28-31 they stripped of his clothes and put a scarlet robe on him. Then they made a crown out of thorny branches and placed it on his head, and put a stick in his right hand; then they knelt before him and made fun of him. "Long live the king of the Jews!"  they said. They spat on him, and took the stick and hit him over the head. When they had finished making fun of him, they took the robe off and put his own clothes back on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

Spiritual Fruit: MORAL COURAGE

Good Friday marks the Crowning with thorns

4. THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS

Jesus was made to carry a heavy cross Luke 23: 26;  The soldiers let Jesus away, and as they were going, they met a man from Cyrene named Simon who was coming into the city from the country. They seized him, put the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. Matt 27:32.

Spiritual Fruit: PATIENCE

Carrying of the Cross is 

5. THE CRUCIFIXION

He was crucified and died on the cross for our sins.  Matt 27:35-50. They crucified him and divided his clothes among them by throwing dice. At noon the whole country was covered with darkness, which lasted for three hours. At about three o'clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, "Eli, Eli lema sabachthani?" Which means, "My God, my God, why did you abandon me?" Jesus again gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

Spiritual Fruit: SELF DENIAL/SALVATION

Good Friday marks the Crucifixion and Death of our Lord.


THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES (said on Wednesdays & Sundays)

1. The Resurrection

Just as the scripture says, for the words of God to be fulfilled, He rose up on the third day. Matt 28:1-7 After the Sabbath, as Sunday morning was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. Suddenly there was a violent earthquake; an Angel of the lord came down from heaven, rolled the stone away, and sat in it. The Resurrection was also recorded in Luke 24: 1-7 .

Spiritual Fruit: FAITH

The Feast of The Resurrection is celebrated on Easter Sunday.

2. The Ascension

It is believed that Jesus ascended into Heaven, Luke 24:50-52, Then he led them out of the city as far  as Bethany, where he raised his hands  and blessed them. As he was blessing them, he departed from them and was taken up into heaven. They worshipped him and went back into Jerusalem filled with great joy.

Acts of the Apostles 1:9 took record of the Ascension

Spiritual Fruit: HOPE/DESIRE FOR HEAVEN

Feast of Ascension comes 40 days after Easter (marks the end of Easter Celebration).

3. Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles

Jesus promised his disciples while still with them, that the Holy Spirit would come upon them and would be their advocate. Acts  1: 8, But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth". Acts 2: 4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the spirit enabled them to speak.

Spiritual Fruit: WISDOM/LOVE OF GOD

Pentecost marks the feast of Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and it is usually celebrated 50 days after Easter.

4. The Assumption 

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Into Heaven. According to the Catholic Doctrine, Blessed Virgin Mary assumed body and soul into heaven. There's no bible verse to back up this, but revelation 12 describes the assumption into heavenly glory

Spiritual Fruit: DEVOTION TO MARY

Feast of Assumption is celebrated 15th August every year

5. The Coronation

Mary was crowned to be the Queen of Angels and ours forever. This reminds us of the Queenship of our Blessed Mother as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

Spiritual Fruit: ETERNAL HAPPINESS

Queenship of Mary is celebrated 22nd of August


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PALM SUNDAY

 PALM SUNDAY

Why do you Christian celebrate Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday is a Feast Day in the Church's calendar set aside to commemorate Triumphant Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday is the Sunday which ushers in Holy Week.

Palm Sunday is the beginning of the Holy Week and it is also known as Passion Sunday.

Christians on Palm Sunday assemble at the Church (within or outside) with Palm fronds for the Blessing of palm which is done before procession into the Church takes place. The Blessed palms are to be kept sacred as it will be returned to the church the following year for ASH WEDNESDAY



During the processions songs are sang and everyone proceeds to the Church for the Mass.


The Reading on Palm Sunday

The Reading on Palm Sunday is about the Life, Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel Reading which is usually read before the procession narrates how the Disciples went to get a donkey as requested by their master Jesus which he was to use to ride into Jerusalem.
After the Procession into the Church, The Priest begins the mass with the Collect (Short Prayer), After which the Readings and Responsorial Psalm is read.
The narrative of the Lords Passion is read without candles and without incense, with no greeting or signing of the book. It is read by a Deacon or, if there is no Deacon, by a Priest. It may also be read by readers, with the part of Christ, if possible, reserved to a priest. 


When is Palm Sunday for the year 2022?

10th April, 2022

When is Palm Sunday for the year 2023?

2nd April, 2023

When is Palm Sunday for the year 2024?

24th March, 2024

When is Palm Sunday for the year 2025?

13th April, 2025

INTERESTING FACT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PALM SUNDAY


* Palm Sunday comes up on the 6th Sunday of Lent. Which marks the beginning of Holy Week.

* Images and crucifix of Jesus Christ and Mary in the church are covered with purple linen or red a week prior to Palm Sunday.


* The Church is decorated with Palm Frond to signify the event which took place in Jerusalem when Jesus rode on a donkey into the city.

 * Color of the day (Vestment) is Red. The Altar is decorated with red and the Priest puts on red which signifies the passion and blood of Jesus Christ.

* Songs are sang during the procession into the Church which symbolizes the shouts of the Multitude who said "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and Glory in the highest".


Palm Sunday prepares us for Holy Week when we draw closer to God following him through his passion and death on the cross so we can bear witness to his Resurrection.











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ASH WEDNESDAY

10 FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ASH WEDNESDAY



Dust you come, to Dust you shall return

All catholic church all over the world celebrates at least 2 masses to mark Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is practiced by Catholic in preparation for the Lenten season. Ash Wednesday is dated about 1000 years ago. Ash is normally given at the end of every mass.


Interesting facts you need to know about Ash Wednesday:

1. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Lenten season is a period of Fasting, Prayer, Abstinence and Almsgiving.

2. Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation

Ash Wednesday is enormously an important day in the church's year, and in our spiritual lives. It is rather surprising that it is not designated as a holy day of obligation. But the fact that so many people do come to Mass on Ash Wednesday without it being obligatory shows that the people of God, or at least a good number of us, are still able to discern what really matters.

3. Easter is used to calculate Ash Wednesday.

To know the date of Ash Wednesday for the year, Count 46 days before Easter for the year.

4. The Ash Placed on the Forehead on Ash Wednesday is made from palm used in the previous year of Palm Sunday.

On Palm Sunday of every Year, Everyone is encouraged to keep his/her palm safe as it is expected to be returned to church. The Palms are burnt which is the ASH we receive.

5. The Ash placed on the Forehead reminds us that we are DUST

The symbol of the ash reminds us that we are dust and to dust we would return. Genesis 3:19, For Dust you are, and to dust you would return. This passage thus gives reference to biblical justification.

6. Ash Wednesday cannot be traced to the bible

Ash Wednesday is a Doctrine in the church which is dated to the 11century and has been practiced every year up until today. Ash Wednesday is not recorded in the bible. The only passage that can be traced to this practice is Genesis 3:19.

7. Ash Wednesday calls for Abstinence from flesh meat/Fasting

Abstinence of flesh meat from mammals and poultry is a form of sacrifice. The Flesh meat and main foods which include beef, chicken, turkey, pork are prohibited. If you can, it's also important to Fast on Ash Wednesday.

8. You mustn't attend mass to receive ash.

Even though it is important to attend mass, If for any chance/reason you couldn't attend mass, you can receive ash from any parish close to you.

9. You do not need to be in state of Grace to receive Ash

That is to say, whether you are in state of Grace or not, Ash can be administered to you. Therefore you don't need to receive communion in order to get the ash.

10. Ash is not only for Catholics

practicing catholic or not, separated brethren or not. Children or Adults, Ash can be given to everyone on ash Wednesday.

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THE 15 PROMISES OF THE ROSARY.

 

15 Promises of our Lady to those who PRAY the ROSARY devotedly.

The Blessed Virgin Mary through the little children of Fatima (Francisco, Jacinta and Lucy) gave out 15 promises to those who pray the Rosary Devotedly.




1.     Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary, shall receive signal Graces.

2.     I promise my special protection and the greatest Graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.

3.     The rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.

4.     It will cause virtue and good works to flourish, it will obtain for souls abundant Mercy of God, it will withdraw the heart of men from love of the world and lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

5.     The Soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.

6.     Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries SHALL NEVER BE CONQUERED and OVERWHWELMED BY MISFORTUNE. The sinner shall convert. The just shall grow in grace and become worthy of eternal life.

7.     Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the church.

8.     Those who are faithful to the recitation of the rosary during their life and at their death, the light of God and the plenitude of his graces, at the moment of death, they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.

9.     I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.

10.     The faithful children of the rosary shall merit high degree of glory in heaven

11.      You shall OBTAIN ALL YOU ASK OF ME BY THE RECITATION OF THE ROSARY.



12.     All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.

13.     I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.

14.     All who recite the Rosary are my sons and brothers of my only son Jesus Christ.

15.     Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.



you can always pray the rosary daily Here @catholic_faith__   



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GLORY REIGN

 Are you getting ready for the Power packed 5-days Crusade which will be featuring Salvation, Healing, Miracle, Breakthrough, Signs & Wonders?

The Crusade which has been a yearly program for years anchored by the spiritual director, Pastor David Ibeyomie plans to hold her crusade for 2022 from 24th Monday - 28th Friday of January.

The crusade was popularly known as 5 Nights of Glory (5nog) until last year when the spiritual director announced it would be called Glory Reign from Henceforth.

The program would be taking place at Salvation Ministries Headquarters in Rivers state and also all their satellite churches and viewing centers.

Its a Life changing program and you ought not to miss it. 

online, you can join with www.smhos.com/livestreaming.

see you there.


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LIGHT_ The purpose I live.

 LIGHT


Light eradicates darkness and brings brightness to a place.

Light illuminates and makes things visible.

Light makes you comfortable in a place. 


God said, Let there be Light and there was Light.

God is Light and Light symbolizes the presence of God. Safe to say, God cannot dwell in a dark place.

Since we are created in the Image and Likeness of God, we are the 'Light of God' and are called to Light the World.

where there is darkness, Let us bring Light. by reflecting Light, we are simply proclaiming Good News and liberating the captive. This is what we are called to do.

Spread LOVE..... SPREAD LIGHT to the world.


'As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world' so says the Lord in the book of John 9:5. We can call this passage our slogan.

In earnest, Our blog aims at Spreading LIGHT in all ramification to the world.


PS; Embracing this new phase is one I've dreamt and Imagined in times past. IHECHUKWU would always remain my assignment, I am the LIGHT OF GOD.


Light of God_to deWorld.


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