The Seven Day Bible Rosary - The
Mystery of the Church
The first mystery of the Church
Jesus calls all men to be his disciples
Each of us is called to be a disciple of Christ, and
that means to be one who learns from Christ. The reward
of discipleship is eternal life, and the price of discipleship
is the daily cross. In turn, the cross is always bearable
if it is accepted in the spirit of walking with the
Lord Jesus. When we accept and carry our cross with
the help of the Lord, then we will find that his burden
is light and that He gives rest to our souls.
We pray for all the missionary work of the church.
1. "Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened
and I will give you rest.
2. "Take my yoke. upon you, and learn from Me,
for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find
rest for your souls.
3. "For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
4. For God so loved the world that He gave his only
5. So that those who believe in Him may not perish but
may have everlasting life.
6. And Jesus said to all: "If anyone wants to come
after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross
daily, and follow me.
7. "For whoever would save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
8. "For what does it profit a man if he gains the
whole world but ruins or loses himself?"
9. "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit;
10. "And teach them to observe all that I have
The Second mystery of the Church
Jesus makes Peter the head of his Church
Jesus personally and historically established Peter
as the head of his Church.
What Jesus did to Simon is what Yahweh did to Abram,
and in this we have another statement of the divinity
of Christ. In response to Abram's act of faith, Yahweh
changed his name to Abraham and made him the head of
the Church of the Old Covenant. In response to Simon's
act of faith, Jesus changed his name to Peter and made
him the visible head of the Church of the New Covenant.
We pray for the Pope.
1. Jesus said to his disciples, "Who do you say
that I am?"
2. Simon Peter answered, "Thou art the Christ,
the Son of the Living God."
3. Then Jesus said, "Blessed are you, Simon bar
Jona, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you
but my Father in heaven;
4. "And I say to you, thou art Peter and upon this
rock I will build my Church and the gates of hell shall
not prevail against it;
5. "And I will give you the keys of the kingdom
6. "And whatever you bind on earth shall he bound
in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be
loosed in heaven."
7. In the Last Supper, Jesus said, Simon, Simon, behold,
Satan has wanted to have all of you apostles that he
might sift you as wheat,
8. "But I have prayed for you personally that your
faith may not fail;
9. "And when you have turned again, strengthen
10. He was risen from the dead, Jesus said to Simon
Peter, "Feed my lambs. feed my lambs feed my sheep."
The Third mystery of the Church
Jesus continues his saving work through his sacraments
and the preaching of his word
Christ has chosen specific, visible ways for us to receive
his saving grace the seven sacraments. In each sacrament,
we meet Jesus in a slightly different way. In Baptism
we meet Christ our saviour who brings us into his body;
in Penance we encounter Christ who forgives and reconciles
us with his body, the Church.
Preaching faith in Christ, preaching both the cross
and the resurrection, is also the work of the priest.
Called by God to carry out his saving work, priests
deserve and need our prayers.
We pray for all priests, that they remain faithful
to their vocation.
1. "Amen, amen I say to you, unless a man is born
again of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into
the kingdom of God."
2. He said to his apostles: "Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, I also send you."
3. Then He breathed on them and said "Receive the
Holy Spirit; whose sins you shall forgive, they are
forgiven; whose sins you shall retain, they are retained."
4. St. Paul wrote: As it is written: How beautiful are
the feet of those who preach the gospel.
5. Faith comes from hearing, and hearing depends upon
preaching the word of Christ.
6. I charge thee, preach the word, be urgent in season
and out of season.
7. Convince, rebuke and exhort, be unfailing in patience
and in teaching.
8. A time will come when people will not endure sound
9. Having itching ears, they will gather for themselves
teachers who will suit their own desires, and they will
turn from the truth.
10. But do thou be watchful in all things, bear suffering
patiently, preach the gospel, and fulfill thy ministry.
The fourth mystery of the Church
Jesus works through the members of his Mystical
From the beginning, Jesus has called each of us to bring
his light to the world. The Second Vatican Council teaches
that "God's plan for the world is that men should
work together to restore the temporal sphere of things
and to develop it increasingly... The laity must take
on the renewal of the temporal order as their own special
obligation." Those who have the "natural gifts
and learning" are called "to explain and defend
Christian principles, and to apply them rightly to the
problems of our era."
We pray for the laity of the Church, especially those
in positions of leadership.
1. Just as all the members of the body, many as they
are, form one body, so also it is with Christ.
2. As it is, there are many members, yet one body. You
are the body of Christ, member for member.
3. "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine
dresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, He
will take it away.
4. "Every branch that does bear fruit, He will
prune so it will bear more fruit.
5. "Abide in me and Tin you. As the branch cannot
bear fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine,
neither can you, unless you abide in me.
6. "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who
abides in me and I in him is the one who bears much
fruit; for without me you can do nothing."
7. "In this my Father is glorified, that you bear
much fruit and thus prove to be my disciples."
8. "You are the light of the world. A city set
on a mountain cannot be hidden;
9. "Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a
bushel basket but on a lamp-stand to give light to all
in the house.
10. "Let your light shine before men, so that they
may see your good works and give glory to your Father
The fifth mystery of the Church
Jesus intends his Church to be a symbol of truth
and love in the midst of a sinful and unbelieving world
Christ continues to teach his truth through his Body,
the Church, and his goodness and truth attract all people
of good will.
On the other hand, the sins and failings of individual
members of the Church are an obstacle. Thus we are in
this dilemma. We are members of the Church because we
admit our sinfulness and our need for forgiveness and
the sacraments; and yet our weaknesses obscure the truth
and goodness of God's Church.
The traditional saying, "The Church is always in
need of reform," doesn't refer to doctrine; it
We pray for authentic renewal in the Church.
1. Jesus said to them: "I am the light of the world.
2. "He who follows me does not walk in the darkness
but will have the light of life."
3. "If you remain in my word, you are truly my
disciples and you will know the truth and the truth
will make you free."
4. "I am the way and the truth and the life; no
one comes to the Father except through me."
5. "You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt
loses its flavour, how shall it be restored?
6. "It is no longer good for anything except to
be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men."
7. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy and
is not conceited;
8. Love is not rude, is not self-seeking, and does not
easily take offense;
9. Love does not rejoice over evil but rejoices in the
10. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes
all things, endures all things.