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Second Glorious Mystery The AscensionThen after speaking to them, theLord Jesus was taken intoHeaven and took his seat atGod’s right hand. Fruit of the Mystery: Hope
Three Divine Persons,addressing the choir of holyangels and saints, said:"This is the Queen of allcreated things in heaven andearth; She is the Protectressof the Church….
A few days before the Ascension of the Lord while the blessed Mary was engaged in the one of the above-mentioned exercises, the eternal Father and the Holy Ghost appeared in the Cenacle upon a throne of ineffable splendor surrounded by the choirs of angels and saints there present and other heavenly spirits, which had now come with the divine Persons. Then the incarnate Word ascended the throne and seated Himself with the other Two. The ever humble Mother of the Most High, prostrate in a corner of a room, in deepest reverence adored the most blessed Trinity, and in it her own incarnate Son. The eternal Father commanded two of the highest angels to call Mary, which they did by approaching Her, and in sweetest voices intimating to Her the divine will. She arose from the dust with the most profound humility, modesty and reverence. Accompanied by the angels She approached the foot of the Throne, humbling herself anew. The eternal Father said to Her: "Beloved, ascend higher!" (Luke 14, 10). As these words at the same time effected what they signified, She was raised up and placed on the throne of royal Majesty with the three divine Persons. (Mary of Agreda. Mystical City of God. )
The Father then spoke to the blessed Mary saying: "My Daughter, to Thee do I entrust the Church founded by my Only-begotten, the new law of grace He established in the world, and the people, which He redeemed: to Thee do I consign them all." Thereupon also the Holy Ghost spoke to Her: "My Spouse, chosen from all creatures, I communicate to Thee my wisdom and grace together with which shall be deposited in thy heart the mysteries, the works and teachings and all that the incarnate Word has accomplished in the world." And the Son also said: "My most beloved Mother, I go to my Father and in my stead I shall leave Thee and I charge Thee with the care of my Church; to Thee do I commend its children and my brethren, as the Father has consigned them to Me."
Then the three Divine Persons, addressing the choir of holy angels and the other saints, said: "This is the Queen of all created things in heaven and earth; She is the Protectress of the Church, the Mistress of creatures, the Mother of piety, the Intercessor of the faithful, the Advocate of sinners, the Mother of beautiful love and holy hope (Eccli. 24, 24); She is mighty in drawing our will to mercy and clemency. In Her shall be deposited the treasures of our grace and her most faithful heart shall the tablet whereon shall be written and engraved our holy law. In her are contained the mysteries of our Omnipotence for the salvation of mankind. She is the perfect work of our hands, through whom the plenitude of our desires shall be communicated and satisfied without hindrance in the currents of our divine perfections. Whoever shall call upon Her from his heart shall not perish; whoever shall obtain her intercession shall secure for himself eternal life. What She asks of Us, shall be granted, and We shall always hear her requests and prayers and fulfill her will; for She has consecrated Herself perfectly to what pleases Us."
From that day on She took upon Herself anew the care of the evangelical Church, as a loving Mother of all children; She renewed all the petitions She had until then made, so that during the whole further course of her life they were most fervent and incessant, as we shall see in the third part, where will appear more clearly what the Church owes to this great Queen and Lady, and what blessings She gained and merited for it.
1. Jesus appeared to his disciples at the lake of Galilee He said to them, Cast to the right of the boat, and you will have a catch. Konrad Witz 1445 The Miraculous Draught of Fishes Musee d’Art. Geneva.
1A. Jesus ate with the disciplesSo they went ashore, and found a charcoal fire made there, with fish andbread cooking on it. Jesus took bread and fish and gave to them. The Children’s Illustrated Bible. Hermes House.
2. The Primacy of Peter “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” “ Feed my Sheep”.Lesson for all: If you want to be an instrument of divine love,you have to be humble, and realize how weak you are. Jesusis asking Peter for heroic love. Our own petty love is notenough.Raphael, pasce Ovea Meas, 1514. Victoria and Albert Museum. London.
3.**. The Great Commission The apostles began their mission in Jerusalem and spread throughout the world. We too should begin our ministry in our own country, and to all the world.Duccio Buoninsegna 1308 Great Commission Museo dell’Opera del Duomo Siena.
3A. The Great Commission “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. You, therefore must go out all over the world, and preach the Gospel to the whole of creation, making disciples of all nations.”Duccio Buoninsegna 1308 Great Commission Museo dell’Opera del Duomo Siena.
3B.The Great Commission “Peace can come to you only as a gift of God, not as the fruit of work of man, or through human discussions and reciprocal agreements. Only Jesus can bring you to peace. It is necessary to preach Him to all, without fear or compromise. Announce Christ to everyone, be faithful only to Christ and to his Gospel and you will become true builders of peace.” (Gobbi)
4.* The Ascension“If you love Me, youwould rejoice that Iam going to theFather.” If Heenters into Hisglorious kingdom,it is to prepare aplace for us there.He promises toreturn one day totake us with Him.
4A. The Ascension“The place whichJesus has preparedfor you in heavencorresponds to theplan which each ofyou must realizehere on earth. Walkeach day on thisearth looking toJesus.” (Gobbi)
5**. The Ascension“I am with you alwayseven to the end oftime.” In the EucharistJesus remains alwayswith us.“Jesus ascended intoheaven to help you livehere below; to be inthe world but not ofthe world.” (Gobbi)Garofald 1510-20Galleria. Nazionale.
6.** Detachment from things of this earth .Then let us say to Christ: “Drawus into Your triumphal march, Oglorious and all powerfulConqueror! Make us live inHeaven by faith, hope and love.Help us to detach ourselvesfrom the fleeting things of earthin order that we may seek thetrue and lasting goods ofHeaven.Mantegna, The Ascension, Uffizi, Florence.
Mary’s ascent intoHeaven and her returnto earth to labour for thegood of her children andthe Church
In order to celebrate this festive and mysterious day, Christ our Lord selected as witnesses the hundred and twenty persons, to whom, as related in the foregoing chapter, He had spoken in the Cenacle. They were the most holy Mary, the eleven Apostles, the seventy-two disciples, Mary Magdalen, Lazarus their brother, the other Marys and the faithful men and women making up the above-mentioned number of one hundred and twenty. With this little flock our divine Shepherd Jesus left the Cenacle, and, with his most blessed Mother at his side, He conducted them all through the streets of Jerusalem. The Apostles and all the rest in order, proceeded in the direction of Bethany, which was less than half a league over the brow of mount Olivet. The company of angels and saints from limbo and purgatory followed the Victor with new songs of praise, although Mary alone was
The Lord having thus secured them this privacy, they all ascended mount Olivet to its highest point. There they formed three choirs, one of the angels, another of the saints, and a third of the Apostles and faithful, which again divided into two bands, while Christ the Savior presided. Then the most prudent Mother prostrated Herself at the feet of her Son worshipping Him with admirable humility, She adored Him as the true God and as the Redeemer of the world, asking his last blessing. All the faithful there present imitated Her and did the same.. Jesus, having taken leave of this holy and fortunate gathering of the faithful, his countenance beaming forth peace and majesty, joined his hands and, by his own power, began to raise himself from the earth, leaving thereon the impression of his sacred feet. In gentlest motion He was wafted toward the aerial regions.
He raised Her up with Him in order to put Her in possession of the glory, which He had assigned to Her as his true Mother and which She had by her merits prepared and earned for Herself. The divine power enabled the blessed Mother miraculously to be in two places at once; remaining with the children of the Church for their comfort during their stay in the Cenacle and at the time ascending with the Redeemer of the world to His heavenly throne, where She remained for three days. Between the two choirs of angels and saints, Christ and his most blessed Mother made their entry. All in their order gave supreme honor to Each respectively and to Both together, breaking forth in hymns of praise in honor of the Authors of grace and of life. Then the eternal Father placed upon the throne of his Divinity at His right hand, the incarnate Word, and in such glory and majesty, that He filled with new admiration and reverential fear all the inhabitants of heaven.
Prostrate She adored the Father and broke out in new canticles of praise for the glory communicated to his Son and for elevating in Him the deified humanity to such greatness and splendor. Again the angels and saints were filled with admiration and joy to see the most prudent humility of their Queen, whose living example of virtue, as exhibited on that occasion, they emulated among themselves in copying. Then the voice of the eternal Father was heard saying: "My Daughter, ascend higher!" Her divine Son also called Her, saying: "My Mother rise up and take possession of the place, which I owe Thee for having followed and imitated Me. The Holy Ghost said: "My Spouse and Beloved, come to my eternal embraces!" Immediately was proclaimed to all the blessed the decree of the most holy Trinity, by which the most blessed Mother, for having furnished her own life-blood toward the Incarnation and for having nourished, served, imitated and followed Him with all the perfection possible to a creature, was exalted and placed at the right hand of her Son for all eternity. In fulfillment of this decree, the most blessed Mary was raised to the throne of the holy Trinity at the right hand of her Son.
Prostrating Herself at the feet of the Three Persons, said: "Eternal and almighty God, my Lord, to accept at once this reward, which thy condescending kindness offers me, would be to secure my rest; but to return to the world and continue to labor in mortal life for the good of the children of Adam and the faithful of thy holy Church, would be to the glory and according to the pleasure of thy Majesty and would benefit my sojourning and banished children on earth. I accept this labor and renounce for the present the peace and joy of thy presence. Well do I know, what I possess and receive, but I will sacrifice it to further the love Thou hast for men. Accept, Lord and Master of all my being, this sacrifice and let thy divine strength govern in the undertaking confided to me. Let faith in Thee be spread, let thy holy name be exalted, let thy holy Church be enlarged, for Thou hast acquired it by the blood of thy Onlybegotten and mine; I offer myself anew to labor for thy glory and for the conquest of the souls, as far as I am able." (Mystical city of God)
Words of the Queen to Mary of Agreda: “He ordained, in his admirable Providence that I should return to the militant Church of my own free will and choice. This I knew would redound to my greater glory and to the exaltation of his holy name, while it would provide assistance to his Church and to his children in an admirable and holy manner (I Tim. 1, 17). It seemed to me a sacred duty, that I deprive myself of the eternal felicity of which I was in possession and, returning from heaven to earth, gain new fruits of labor and love for the Almighty; this I owed to the divine Goodness, which had raised me up from the dust. Learn therefore, my beloved, from my example, and excite thyself to imitate me most eagerly during these times, in which the holy Church so disconsolate and overwhelmed by tribulations and in which there are none of her children to console her. In this cause I desire that thou labor strenuously, ready to suffer in prayer and supplication, and crying from the bottom of thy heart to the Omnipotent. And if it were necessary thou shouldst be willing to give thy life. I assure thee, my daughter, thy solicitude shall be very pleasing in the eyes of my divine Son and in mine. Let it all be for the glory and honor of the Most high, the King of the ages, the Immortal and Invisible (I Tim. 1, 17), and for that of his Mother, the most blessed Mary, through all the eternities!”
Words of Jesus: I leave with you my mother as your Protectress. He who knows my Mother, knows Me.
6A. I leave with you my Mother . Jesus: “I leave with you in my stead my own Mother as your Protectress, Consoler and Advocate, and as your Mother, whom you are to hear and obey in all things. Just as I have told you, that he who sees Me sees my Father, and he who knows Me, knows also Him; so I now tell you, that He who knows my Mother, knows Me; he who hears Her, hears Me; and who honors Her, honors Me. All of you shall have Her as your Mother, as your Superior and Head, so shall also your successors. She shall answer doubts, solve your difficulties; in Her, those who seek Me shall always find Me; for I shall remain in Her until the end of the world.” (Mary of Agreda)Mantegna, The Ascension, Uffizi, Florence.
6B. I leave with you my Mother .Mary: “Let faith in Thee bespread, let thy holy name beexalted, let thy holy Church beenlarged, for Thou hastacquired it by the blood of thyonly begotten and mine.I offer myself anew to labor forthy glory and for the conquest ofthe souls, as far as I am able." (Mary of Agreda)Mantegna, The Ascension, Uffizi, Florence.
The Holy Trinity declared to the throng 7. The Protectressof adoring angels and saints: “This is the Protectress of the Church and the Intercessor of the faithful. Whoever shall call upon her from his heart and obtain her intercession, shall secure for himself eternal life. What she asks of Us shall be granted.” (Mary of Agreda)Giotto, The Ascension. 1305-13. CGFA
"Ye heavens, planets, stars and elements, created by the powerful hands of my Beloved, you also I thank for the preservation of my life; help me then from today on, that, with the divine favor, I may begin anew to perfect my life during the time left of my career, in order that I may show myself thankful to my and your Creator.” (Mary of Agreda)Giotto, The Ascension. 1305-13. CGFA
“I am the Mother of Hope. It is the theological virtue which must be especially lived in the bloody hours of purification . Live in the joy of knowing you are loved by God, who is Father to you, of being safe in the garden of my Immaculate Heart.” (Gobbi)Giotto, The Ascension. 1305-13. CGFA
From that day she was endowed with the spiritual care of the Church, the Mystical Body of her divine Son, and become the loving Mother of all its children, until the end of the world. (Mary of Agreda)Giotto, The Ascension. 1305-13. CGFA
Help us to do your workPray for missionariesWords of the Queen on:Christ will come again
8.* Help us to do your work “In the world, there will reign the one and only Conqueror of sin and death, the King of the entire created universe, Jesus Christ.” (Gobbi) Help us to do your work, spreading the good news, to all the world, and comforting those who suffer.Rembrandt, The Asension, 1636, Alte pinakothek. Munich.
8A. HOPE “Open your hearts to hope. Just as the blossoming of flowers in this month tells you that spring has now arrived, so too the blossoming everywhere of this, my great Work of Love, tells you that my motherly triumph has now arrived.” (Gobbi)Rembrandt, The Asension, 1636, Alte pinakothek. Munich.
9. Pray for missionariesLearn that Jesus is Lord ofHeaven and earth and allauthority belongs to Him.There is no authority permittedwithout His consent. Pray forthose in authority, for the leadersof government.Pray for missionaries that theywill be faithful in teaching thegospel of Jesus, and will teachpeople the means of salvation.
10.*** Christ will come again.“I have announced to you that the end of the times and thecoming of Jesus in glory is very near. The first sign is thespread of errors which lead to the loss of faith. The secondsign is the outbreak of wars, violence, hatred and naturalcatastrophes.” ‘When you see these things taking place, know that your liberation is near.’ (Gobbi)
10A. Christ will come again.“Open your hearts to hope. Live in joy, in peace of heart,and in prayer. Live in grace, purity and holiness, becauseJesus is about to come to you in the splendour of his glory.” (Gobbi)
10B. Christ will come again. “I am the Mother of the Second Advent. I am forming you in yourhearts to a new capacity for love. I am forming you in your souls tocultivate in them the great gift of divine grace, purity and charity. Iurge all humanity to prepare the way for the Lord. I ask all to return tothe Lord along the road on conversion of heart and of life, because thisis still the favourable time which the Lord has granted you.” (Gobbi)
10C. Christ will come again.“Learn therefore, my beloved, from my example, and excite thyself toimitate me most eagerly during these times, in which the holy Churchso disconsolate and overwhelmed by tribulations. In this cause I desirethat thou labor strenuously, ready to suffer in prayer and supplication ,and crying from the bottom of thy heart to the Omnipotent. And if itwere necessary thou shouldst be willing to give thy life”.(Mary of Agreda)
10D. The Angels appear to the apostlesChrist will come again: “This same Jesus will come back in the samefashion just as you watched him going into heaven”“Open your hearts to hope Live in peace of heart and in prayer. Live in faith and joy. Live in grace and purity. Live in love and in holiness.” (Gobbi)
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