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First Glorious Mystery The Resurrection“You need not be amazed! You are looking forJesus of Nazareth, the one who was crucified.He has been raised up; he is not here.See the place where they laid him.”The Church proclaims that Christ is risen, notChrist has risen, because the event is not onethat is rooted in time. Through the resurrection ofChrist, we rise to eternal life. Eternity has cleavedinto time. Fruit of the mystery: Faith
The ResurrectionWords of the Queen on: The four gifts of Light, Impassibility, Subtility and Agility
1.**The Resurrection “In three days, the greatest mystery of history has been completed. Jesus is risen! In that moment, for all humanity sorrow was transformed into joy. Let nothing disturb the deep joy of your human existence; not death which has been conquered forever.” . (Gobbi)Matthias Grunewald, The Resurrection of Christ, Isenheim Altar, 1515. Colmar
1A.The Resurrection“Proclaim this extraordinary event to all so that they may live in these painful times of purification, the virtue of faith and hope. The resurrection of Christ is the most historical, certain and proven fact of all the events which has ever taken place. You must preach to all, with courage, that Christ is the Son of God, dead and risen, ascended into heaven and now seated at . the right hand of the Father.” (Gobbi)Matthias Grunewald, The Resurrection of Christ, Isenheim Altar, 1515. Colmar
1B.The Resurrection The truth of Jesus divinity is confirmed by his Resurrection. He had said: "When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he." The Resurrection of the crucified one shows that he was truly "I AM", the Son of God and God himself. .Matthias Grunewald, The Resurrection of Christ, Isenheim Altar, 1515. Colmar
1C.The Resurrection The body of Christ was clothed with the four gifts of glory, namely: with clearness, impassibility, agility and subtility (John 19, 40). The light inherent and shining forth from his body so far exceeds that of the others. Through impassibility his body became invincible to all created power. By subtility the gross and earthly matter was so purified, that it could now penetrate other matter like a pure spirit. Agility so freed Him from the weight and slowness of matter, that it . exceeded the agility of the angels. (Mary of Agreda)Matthias Grunewald, The Resurrection of Christ, Isenheim Altar, 1515. Colmar
The soul of Christ, united to the Divinity, descended to limbo in order to release the holy Fathers from the subterranean prison. By the presence of the most holy Soul this obscure cavern was converted into a heaven and was filled with a wonderful splendor; and to the souls therein contained was imparted the clear vision of the Divinity. In one instant they passed from the state of long- deferred hope to the possession of glory, and from darkness to the inaccessible light, which they now began to enjoy. All of them recognized their true God and Redeemer, and gave him thanks and glory, “Thou hast redeemed us, Lord, in thy blood, out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us to our God a kingdom and priests, and we shall reign on the earth (Apoc. 59, 12). Thine is, O Lord, the power, thine the reign, and thine is the glory of thy works." Then the Lord commanded the angels to bring all the souls in purgatory, and this was immediately done. As if in earnest of the human Redemption they were absolved then and there by the Redeemer from the punishments still due to them, and they were glorified with the other souls of the just by the beatific vision. Thus on that day of the presence of the King were depopulated the prison houses of both limbo and purgatory. Mystical City of God.
The divine soul of Christ our Redeemer remained in limbo from half past three of Friday afternoon, until after three of the Sunday morning following. During this hour He returned to the Sepulchre. In the sepulchre were many angels as its guard, venerating the sacred body united to the Divinity. Some of them, obeying the command of their Queen and Mistress, had gathered the relics of the sacred blood shed by her divine Son, the particles of flesh scattered about, the hair torn from his divine face and head, and all else. Then, in the presence of all those saints, through the ministry of those angels, were united to the sacred body all the relics, which they had gathered, restoring it to its natural perfection and integrity. In the same moment the most holy soul reunited with the body, giving it immortal life and glory. Mystical City of God.
It was clothed with the four gifts of glory, namely: with clearness, impassibility, agility and subtility (John 19, 40). The LIGHT inherent and shining forth from his body so far exceeds that of the others, as the day does the night, or as many suns the light of one star; and all the beauty of creatures, if it were joined, would appear ugliness in comparison with his, nothing else being comparable to it in all creation. The excellence of these gifts in the Resurrection were far beyond the glory of his Transfiguration. Through IMPASSIBILITY his body became invincible to all created power, since no power can ever move or change Him. By SUBTILITY the gross and earthly matter was so purified, that it could now penetrate other matter like a pure spirit. He penetrated through the rocks of the sepulchre without removing or displacing them. AGILITY so freed Him from the weight and slowness of matter, that it exceeded the agility of the immaterial angels, while He himself could move about more quickly than they, as shown in his apparitions to the Apostles and on other occasions. The sacred wounds, which had disfigured his body, now shone forth from his hands and feet and side so refulgent and brilliant, that they added a most entrancing beauty and charm. Mystical city of God.
WORDS OF THE QUEEN. (The Virgin Mary speaks to Sister Mary of Agreda, Spain.) “Each of these gifts are correspondingly augmented in him who in the state of grace performs the least meritorious work, even if it be no more than removing a straw or giving a cup of water for the love of God (Matth. 10, 42). For each of the most insignificant works the creature gains an increase of these gifts; an increase of clearness exceeding many times the sunlight and added to its state of blessedness an increase of impassibility, by which man recedes from human and earthly corruption farther than what all created efforts and strength could ever effect in resistance separating itself from such infirmity or changefulness; an increase of subtility, by which he advances beyond all that could offer it resistance and gains new power of penetration; an increase of agility, surpassing all the activity of birds, of winds, and all other active creatures, such as fire and the elements tending to their centre.”
“From this increase of the gifts of the body merited by good works, thou wilt understand the augmentation of the gifts of the soul; for those of the body are derived from those of the soul and correspond with them. In the beatific vision each merit secures greater clearness and insight into the divine attributes and perfections than that acquired by all the doctors and enlightened members of the Church. Likewise the gift of apprehension, or possession of the divine Object, is augmented; for the security of the possession of the highest and infinite Good makes the tranquility and rest of its enjoyment more estimable than if the soul possessed all that is precious and rich, desirable and worthy of attainment in all creation, even if possessed all at one time. Fruition, the third gift of the soul, on account of the love with which man performs the smallest acts, so exalts the degrees of functional love, that the greatest love of men here on earth can never be compared thereto; nor can the delight resulting therefrom ever be compared with all the delights of this mortal life.”
2.** Peace to you“Christ is risen, alleluia!”Peace be to you, Peace beto all ! Let nothingdisturb your peace!Peace be in your heartsand in your lives. Maypeace be the everlastinggift of your apostolate.”(Gobbi)Agnolo Bronzino,Resurrection. 1550
“Christ is risen, alleluia!”Peace to you! Peace to all !Let nothing disturb yourpeace! He is your peace.He alone is your life.Jesus is among you.He has conquered deathand the world forever.Peace be in your heartsand in your lives.”The world does not knowpeace because it does notaccept Jesus. (Gobbi)
3.** Rejoice! “The triumph of Divine Mercy is accomplished in the debt paid to divine Justice. Today, in Christ who arises, there comes about this marvellous return of all humanity into the arms of the Heavenly Father. Let your hearts be filled with joy.”Jacopo Tintoretto, Resurrection of Christ, 1579-81. (Gobbi)
3A. Rejoice! The triumph of Divine Mercy is accomplished in the victory of good over evil, of grace over sin, of love over hatred, of life over death. Now love is called to triumph over egotism and hatred, over violence and war, over divisions and all misunderstandings.”Jacopo Tintoretto, Resurrection of Christ, 1579-81. (Gobbi)
3. Christ is risen. On the left, wesee King David, Solomon and Moses; on theright are the three prophets. Beneath Christ did not emergeChrist’s feet are the gates of Hell, shattered alone from the grave.and broken. Together with Himself He lifted all Humanity. Christ is risen from the dead conquering death, and bestowing life on those in the grave. Let us celebrate this greatest of all festivals, filled with joy and gladness. Let us warmly greet those we meet and treat them all like brothers and sisters. In His rising all is grace.
“Christ risen is alive inyour midst. Do not fear:He is guiding the eventsof human history to therealization of the will ofthe Heavenly Father andof his great plan ofsalvation. Live today inexpectation of hisglorious return. Do notallow yourselves to bediscouraged by themomentary triumph ofevil and sin. Nor shouldyou allow yourselves to beseized by doubt or lack ofconfidence in seeingthe Church so wounded ”
“It is the paschal joy which takes hold of all humanity, made anew according to the designs of the Father. It is the paschal Joy which reaches Hades to set free from the darkness of death the souls of all the just, awaiting in expectation. It is the paschal joy which permeates all men who have returned as children into the arms of the Heavenly Father. It is the paschal joy, which penetrates into the hearts of all my children, brightens up your hope. It is the paschal joy which enters into your epoch and prepares it for the greatest event of all history.” (Gobbi)
4.** The three Marys at the tomb “This is the Holy Saturday. Keep watch with me in more intense prayer. Do not allow yourselves to be absorbed by activity and excessive preoccupation” (Gobbi)Annibale Carracci, The Three Marys at the Tomb, 1590 Hermitage. St. Petersburg.
4A. The three Marys at the tomb “Let us keep watch in hope, in prayer, and in expectation. Keep burning the light of confidence and of the certainty of his glorious return.” (Gobbi)Annibale Carracci, The Three Marys at the Tomb, 1590 Hermitage. St. Petersburg.
4B. The three Marys The angels ask the Marys, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” The angels hold up the shroud. The women fell to their knees in astonishment.Simon Vouet,The Pious Women at the Tomb.1640. Church of St. Madeleine. Davron
5.***Jesus appears to his Mother “Jesus , in the splendour of his glorified body, with such great tenderness and filial love, draws close to me, enfolds me in his arms, enwraps me in his most powerful light and speaks to me divine words of comfort. Beloved children, keep watch with me in expectation: be strong in your faith, be firm in the hope, and be ardent in love.” (Gobbi)Titian, Christ appears to His Mother, 1554
5A. Jesus appears to his mother “ Beloved children, on this Easter day rejoice with me. Share in the ineffable joy which My immaculate Heart experienced when I saw for myself, before my eyes, my Son Jesus in the divine splendour of his glorified body. Rejoice with me, because Jesus will return in the divine splendour of His majesty and of His glory.” (Gobbi) We should try to experience her joy by realizing that we too, will rise up from the dead, to be with Him forever. Pray that we always work towards this end every day of our lives.
“Today I communicate to you the joy I experienced by my heart when Jesus came into the little room in which I was staying, and in the divine splendour of his glorified body, leaned down to implant a kiss upon the face of his Mother. ‘Peace to you, peace to all.’ Let nothing disturb your peace. He is guiding the vicissitudes of the world and of history. Therefore, in Jesus, Resurrection and Life, peace to you in a joy that is pure and supernatural.” (Gobbi)Juan de Flandes, Christ appearing to his mother, 1496, Metropolitan. New York.
6*. Jesus appears to Mary “And so it happened that the Magdaleine. woman who stayed behind to seek Christ was the only one to see him. For perseverance is essential to any good deed.” (St. Gregory the Great) She is the example of great forgiveness and great love. She grasped the truth of God’s love for human beings and spent her life bearing witness to that love. It is said that of all the songs of the saints, that of Mary Magdalene is the sweetest and strongest because her love was so great.
6A. Jesus appears to Mary Magdaleine.When Jesus showedhimself gloriously alive toMary, Peter and John, hetransformed theirexistence. He changedtheir attitudes fromdespair to radiant hopeand enlisted them in hismission of love andservice to the wholeworld.
You enkindled in her heart the fire of an ardent love for Christ that endowed her with freedom of spirit, and you infuse in her the courage to follow Christ even to Calvary. After his death on the cross, she sought her Master so zealously that she merited to meet the risen Lord and to be the first to announce the Eater joy to the apostles.Correggio, Noli me Tangere, 1525 Museo del Prado. Madrid.
6. Christ Appearing to Mary MagdaleneLaurent de la Hyre, Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene, 1656. Grenoble Museum
The supper at EmmausBehind closed doorsInstitution of the sacrament ofPenanceWords of the Blessed Virgin on: The Sacrament of Penance
7.* The Road to EmmausAnd beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expoundedunto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself.
Claude Lorrain. 1604-1682. Christ on road to Emmaus. Hermitage. St. Petersburg.
7**. The Supper at EmmausThe table at Emmaus, with the bread and wine, becomes anAltar, where the first sacrifice of the Eucharist took place. Caravaggio, The Supper at Emmaus, 1601. London National Gallery
8.*** Behind closed doors. This scene shows a uniqueaspect of Christianity: God’s search for man instead of man’s search forGod. Jesus wants to pass through closed doors and meet us in ourhidings, sins, weaknesses, and doubts, to offer us Peace---- ‘Shalom’. Duccio di Buoninsegna, Christ Appears to the Apostles. 1308. Siena.
8A. Christ appears to the Apostles. ‘Shalom’For all the abandonment, denial, betrayal, cowardice andfailures on the part of the Apostles, Jesus forgives and stillcalls them ‘my brethren’ and offers them ‘Peace’-----‘Shalom’. Duccio di Buoninsegna, Christ Appears to the Apostles. 1308. Siena.
8B. Institution of the sacrament of penance:Receive the Holy spirit; when you forgivemen’s sins, they are forgiven. “You should resort to the medicine which the mercy of Jesus has prepared for you: the sacrament of reconciliation. Never as in these times has the practice of frequent confession been so necessary. I wish all of my children to hasten to this fountain of grace and of divine mercy. I invite you to confess frequently, if possible, every week. This is the medicine you need if you wish to walk along the road of divine grace and holiness.” (Gobbi)
“Immerse yourselves in the fountain of Divine Mercy. This fountain, which has gushed from the pierced Heart of Jesus is given to you through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. On the day of his resurrection, He said to the apostles, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you shall forgive they are forgiven.”During these years, the Sacrament of Reconciliation has become more and more neglected. It is being attacked in a subtle and perverse way. In many parts of the Church, sacramental confession has totally disappeared. The Church is becoming utterly paralyzed in her apostolic action. She is wounded and covered with deep sores, like a leper.”
Wash yourselves at the fountain. Today I am setting before you the ardent and impassioned request of your heavenly Mother that, in these last times of the great tribulation, the Sacrament of Reconciliation be restored in all its splendor. It is only from this fountain that Divine Mercy can be poured out upon all humanity. It is in this Sacrament that Jesus can form new hearts and a renewed life. It is only with this precious Sacrament that the merciful love of Jesus can be communicated to the Church and to all humanity.” (Gobbi)
9.* The Incredulity of St. ThomasJesus said to Thomas: “ let me have thy hand; put it into myside. Cease thy doubting, and believe.” “My children, the most precious gift you have is faith. Your faith must not be hidden: it must be your main motivation in your life.”Caravaggio, The Incredulity of St. Thomas. 1600. Neues Palais. Potsdam
9.* The Incredulity of St. ThomasJesus said to Thomas: “ let me have thy hand; put it into myside. Cease thy doubting, and believe.” He shows them His wounds. We should also be continuously reminded of the tragic results of our sins of commission and omission.Caravaggio, The Incredulity of St. Thomas. 1600. Neues Palais. Potsdam
Guercino, The incredulity of St. Thomas 1591-1666. National Gallery. London
10. “My Lord and My God” Thomas answered, “ Thou art my Lord and my God ” Jesus said to him, “ Thou hast learned to believe because thou hast seen me.” Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet learned to believe.” Altar of Master of San Bartolomeo 1460-1500. Cologne. Wallraf-Richartz Museum.
10. “My Lord and My God” “The disbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than the belief of the other disciples. Faith is the proof of what cannot be seen. What is seen give knowledge, not faith. ‘Blessed are those who have not seen and have belief’ apply to us, but only if we follow up our faith with good works. The true believer practices what he believes.” ( St. Gregory the Great.) Altar of Master of San Bartolomeo 1460- 1500. Cologne. Wallraf-Richartz Museum.
The ( National ) Rosary For the Evangelization of (Nations)1. Fatima Prayer: To Eucharistic Jesus, source of all evangelization. “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of thy mercy.”2. Invocation of the Holy Spirit: Principal agent of evangelization. “Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of the (National) people and enkindle in them the fire of your love! Come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well-beloved Spouse.”3. Prayer to Our Lady of ( Nation ): Star of the new evangelization. “Hail Holy Queen, Mother of (Nation), come and present the (National) people to Jesus, the fruit of thy womb. Look upon them continually with mercy and through your