|The section on Prayer contains the
|On October 16th
2002 Pope John Paul II introduced an additional mystery to the 9 century
year old Rosary. It covers the important points in Christ's ministry on
earth and is a beautiful link from the Joyful Mysteries which concentrates
on the conception, birth and childhood of Jesus to the Passion and Death
of Christ in the Sorrowful Mysteries and the return to His Father in the
Resurection and Ascension. Below is a short passage from the Pope's Apostolic
Letter to the Bishops, Clergy and Faithful on the Most Holy Rosary.
The full letter can be found from the link above.
". Moving on from the infancy and the hidden life in Nazareth to the public life of Jesus, our contemplation brings us to those mysteries which may be called in a special way “mysteries of light”. Certainly the whole mystery of Christ is a mystery of light. He is the “light of the world” (Jn 8:12). Yet this truth emerges in a special way during the years of his public life, when he proclaims the Gospel of the Kingdom.
In proposing to the Christian community five significant moments – “luminous” mysteries – during this phase of Christ's life, I think that the following can be fittingly singled out: (1) his Baptism in the Jordan, (2) his self-manifestation at the wedding of Cana, (3) his proclamation of the Kingdom of God, with his call to conversion, (4) his Transfiguration, and finally, (5) his institution of the Eucharist, as the sacramental expression of the Paschal Mystery.