Saturday, March 30, 2013

Rosary Mysteries for Holy Saturday

Some years ago, while doing a Holy Week retreat at Saint Meinrad, I was sitting in the chapel on Holy Saturday morning and decided to pray a Rosary.  I started thinking about what mysteries I should meditate on and quickly found that none of the sets of mysteries that we normally use really fit for Holy Saturday - the full day that the Lord's body spent in the tomb.  So, I decided to make up my own.  I've used them every Holy Saturday since and finally realized that I should share them with others.  I hope that they can help you enter more fully into this day of "Holy Waiting" as we anticipate the joyful celebration of the Lord's Resurrection tomorrow.


Praying the Rosary on Holy Saturday
Pray as normal using the mysteries listed below.
In place of the Fatima prayer, use the “O my Jesus…” prayer provided below.
After the Salve Regina, pray the concluding prayer provided below.
Mysteries of the Holy Sabbath:
First Mystery: Jesus is taken down from the cross
“Now there was a virtuous and righteous man named Joseph who, though he was a member of the council, had not consented to their plan of action.  He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea and was awaiting the kingdom of God.  He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.  After he had taken the body down, he wrapped it in a linen cloth and laid him in a rock-hewn tomb in which no one had yet been buried.  It was the day of preparation, and the sabbath was about to begin.”  Luke 23:50-54
Second Mystery: Jesus is laid in the tomb
“Having bought a linen cloth, he took him down, wrapped him in the linen cloth and laid him in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb.” Mark 15:46
Third Mystery: The women wait at the tomb
“But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary remained sitting there, facing the tomb.”  Matthew 27:61
Fourth Mystery: The Disciples gather in the upper room
“When all the people who had gathered for this spectacle saw what had happened, they returned home beating their breasts; but all his acquaintances stood at a distance, including the women who had followed him from Galilee and saw these events.” Luke 23:48-49
Fifth Mystery: Night falls on the Sabbath
“The women who had come from Galilee with him followed behind, and when they had seen the tomb and the way in which his body was laid in it, they returned and prepared spices and perfumed oils. Then they rested on the sabbath according to the commandment.” Luke 23:55-56
“O my Jesus…”
“O my Jesus, you have the words of eternal life.  In the silence of your divine rest, grant us faith in the words you have spoken so that we may keep vigil until the dawn of the new day.”
Concluding Prayer
“Let us pray. O GOD, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.”

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