Pro-life Reflections on the "Luminous Mysteries"
of the Rosary
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On October 16, 2002, Pope John Paul II recommended
to the Christian world the addition of a new set of Mysteries to the Rosary.
Following are pro-life meditations on these mysteries.
First Luminous Mystery: Christ is Baptized in the Jordan
When Jesus is baptized, the Father's voice is heard: "This is my beloved
Son." All are called to become adopted sons and daughters of God through
baptism. We pray that children in the womb may be protected, so that they may be
born and welcomed into the Christian community by baptism.
Second Luminous Mystery: Christ is made known at the Wedding of Cana
Jesus revealed His glory by the miracle at Cana. The new couple was blessed
not only with wine, but with faith in Christ. Let us pray for strong marriages,
rooted in the Lord, and open to the gift of new life.
Third Luminous Mystery: Christ proclaims the Kingdom and Calls All to
"Repent and believe the Good News." Let us pray that these first words of
Jesus' public ministry may be heard by all who have committed abortion. May they
know that the Lord calls them to conversion, and may they experience life-giving
Fourth Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration
Christ is transformed on the mountain, and the disciples see His glory. May
the eyes of all people be transformed, that they may see each and every human
life as a reflection of the glory of God Himself.
Fifth Luminous Mystery: Jesus gives us the Eucharist
"This is My Body, given up for you." The Eucharist teaches us how to live and
how to love. Let us pray that parents who sacrifice the babies for the sake of
themselves may learn instead to put themselves aside for the sake of their