The Holy Rosary in traditional form, no Luminous mysteries
The Holy Rosary in traditional form with no Luminous mysteries. I have decided to compile the Rosary in it’s traditional form without the Luminous mysteries that Pope John Paul recommended in his APOSTOLIC LETTER Rosarium Virginis Mariae dated October 16th 2002. But before I go any further, let me explain why I did this.
The Church that Jesus Christ established is a Hierarchical Church, with Jesus being the Head, then the Apostles (with the bishop of Rome being first among equals), then Cardinals/Priests then Deacons and then the laity. This order of rank comes from our Lord Jesus himself. This was clearly known even as the Church was starting to take shape, for when Mary Magdalene found the Tomb empty, “She ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciples”, notice Peter is first, and the other disciples. When Peter and the other disciple both ran to the tomb, the other disciple reaches the tomb first but waited for Peter. In the Acts of The Apostles, chapter 2, verse 14, “But peter, standing with the Eleven, lifted up his Voice and addressed them”,. Whenever the Apostles are listed or numbered in Scripture, Peter is always first. But it was when Jesus gave Peter the “Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven” that it solidifies the Church a Hierarchy. So, the Catholic Church, the one true Church established by Jesus Christ is Hierarchical, always has been. This is very important when dealing with the rubrics of the Church and most especially of the Mass. Using the Mass as an example; the main focal point is the Eucharistic Liturgy (The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass). This comes from our Lord Jesus Himself because He commanded it. It was not a suggestion or a recommendation but a commandment by God Himself.
So the words and form of the Eucharistic Liturgy come from our Lord Jesus and then through the Church. (1 Corinthians 10:14-22). So, a layman, Priest or Bishop cannot change the Mass because the Mass comes from the Church, which comes from Jesus the Christ. Another example would be, the now very common, holding of hands by the congregation during the “Our Father”. Many Churches these days feel compelled to require the congregation to hold hands but this is wrong! The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) says nothing of requiring the faithful to hold hands. If the Church does not require it, by who’s authority is the faithful being asked to obey? This is what is known as the “tail wagging the dog” and many Priests and sadly Bishops seem to think that the Mass comes from them, a wicked thing that comes from the Devil himself because it breaks the unity that our Lord prayed for. If individuals want to hold hands during the “Our Father”, there is nothing stopping them, it is only when the individuals require it of other individuals that it becomes anti-hierarchical.
It is with this knowledge that I decided to put the Traditional Rosary in a format that is downloadable and printable. It was very difficult to find how to pray the Rosary before the Luminous Mysteries were added. Every avenue I found seemed completely fixated on the fact that the Luminous mysteries were required when the opposite is true. Not only is it not required, but I dare say it is best not to include them. It is widely reported that Pope John Paul added the Luminous Mysteries in 2002 in his APOSTOLIC LETTER Rosarium Virginis Mariae, and this is a true statement. What is not widely reported is that it is completely optional. Not only that, it is up to the individuals whether they wish to include the added mysteries or not. Here is the quote from section 19 where he adds the proposed addition; “I believe, however, that to bring out fully the Christological depth of the Rosary it would be suitable to make an addition to the traditional pattern which, while left to the freedom of individuals and communities, could broaden it to include the mysteries of Christ’s public ministry between his Baptism and his Passion.” You may read the entire Apostolic Letter here: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_20021016_rosarium-virginis-mariae_en.html
The Pope was not speaking “Ex Cathedra”, this is not a Dogmatic Constitution, it was a recommendation. Tradition tells us that St. Dominic, around 1221 AD, gave us the Rosary in its current form from a vision he had of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Minus the Luminous Mysterious) In the Apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, our Mother tells the children that she is the “Lady of the Rosary”, the Virgin Mary. In 1925, December 10th, Sister Lucia received another apparition by the Child Jesus and the Virgin Mary at her convent. There she asked for reparation for all of the blasphemies and ingratitude by ungrateful men;
- For five months, on the first Saturday, confess
- Receive Holy Communion
- Recite the Rosary
- “keep me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the
fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, in spirit of reparation.”
“I promise to assist them at the hour of death with all of the graces necessary for the salvation of their souls” Here, our Lady clearly indicates that she requires “fifteen mysteries”, not twenty but fifteen. Pope John Paul II did not require twenty mysteries he only recommended the additional, so where is the authority coming from that we must pray the Luminous Mysteries when our Lady clearly states fifteen?
To find out more about the apparitions at Fatima, please go here: http://fatima.org
Also, here is a blog post that makes some good points regarding Mary’s Psalter and the History of Mary’s Psalter. http://www.seattlecatholic.com/article_20021108_The_Twenty_Mysteries_of_the_Rosary.html
Indulgences attached to the Rosary
According to The Handbook of Indulgences A plenary indulgence is granted when the rosary is recited in a church or oratory or when it is recited in a family, a religious community, or a pious association. A partial indulgence is granted for its recitation in all other circumstances. It has become customary to call [one set of mysteries] the “rosary” also. Concerning this customary usage then, the following norms are given regards a plenary indulgence.
- The recitation of [one set of mysteries] is sufficient for obtaining the plenary indulgence, but these five decades must be recited without interruption.
- Devout meditation on the mysteries is to be added to the vocal prayer.
- In its public recitation the mysteries must be announced in accord with approved local custom, but in its private recitation it is sufficient for the Christian faithful simply to join meditation on the mysteries to the vocal prayer.
- In the Eastern Churches where recitation of the Marian rosary as a devotional practice is not found, the patriarchs can establish other prayers in honor of the blessed Virgin Mary which will have the same indulgences as those attached to the rosary, (e.g., in the Byzantine churches, the Akathist hymn, or the office Paraclisis). (79-80)
Sermon from October 2nd 2016: New Mass to New Rosary
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