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.

Our Father
1. "Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened and I will give you rest.
Hail Mary
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.
Hail Mary
3. "For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Hail Mary
4. For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son.
Hail Mary
5. So that those who believe in Him may not perish but may have everlasting life.
Hail Mary
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.
Hail Mary
7. "For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
Hail Mary
8. "For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but ruins or loses himself?"
Hail Mary
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;
Hail Mary
10. "And teach them to observe all that I have commanded you."
Hail Mary
Glory be

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.

Our Father
1. Jesus said to his disciples, "Who do you say that I am?"
Hail Mary
2. Simon Peter answered, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God."
Hail Mary
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;
Hail Mary
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;
Hail Mary
5. "And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven."
Hail Mary
6. "And whatever you bind on earth shall he bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
Hail Mary
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,
Hail Mary
8. "But I have prayed for you personally that your faith may not fail;
Hail Mary
9. "And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers."
Hail Mary
10. He was risen from the dead, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Feed my lambs. feed my lambs feed my sheep."
Hail Mary
Glory be

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.

Our Father
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."
Hail Mary
2. He said to his apostles: "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, I also send you."
Hail Mary
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."
Hail Mary
4. St. Paul wrote: As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel.
Hail Mary
5. Faith comes from hearing, and hearing depends upon preaching the word of Christ.
Hail Mary
6. I charge thee, preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season.
Hail Mary
7. Convince, rebuke and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching.
Hail Mary
8. A time will come when people will not endure sound teaching;
Hail Mary
9. Having itching ears, they will gather for themselves teachers who will suit their own desires, and they will turn from the truth.
Hail Mary
10. But do thou be watchful in all things, bear suffering patiently, preach the gospel, and fulfill thy ministry.
Hail Mary
Glory be

The fourth mystery of the Church

Jesus works through the members of his Mystical Body

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.

Our Father
1. Just as all the members of the body, many as they are, form one body, so also it is with Christ.
Hail Mary
2. As it is, there are many members, yet one body. You are the body of Christ, member for member.
Hail Mary
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.
Hail Mary
4. "Every branch that does bear fruit, He will prune so it will bear more fruit.
Hail Mary
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.
Hail Mary
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."
Hail Mary
7. "In this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and thus prove to be my disciples."
Hail Mary
8. "You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden;
Hail Mary
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.
Hail Mary
10. "Let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven."
Hail Mary
Glory be

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 means us

We pray for authentic renewal in the Church.

Our Father
1. Jesus said to them: "I am the light of the world.
Hail Mary
2. "He who follows me does not walk in the darkness but will have the light of life."
Hail Mary
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."
Hail Mary
4. "I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me."
Hail Mary
5. "You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its flavour, how shall it be restored?
Hail Mary
6. "It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men."
Hail Mary
7. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy and is not conceited;
Hail Mary
8. Love is not rude, is not self-seeking, and does not easily take offense;
Hail Mary
9. Love does not rejoice over evil but rejoices in the truth.
Hail Mary
10. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Hail Mary
Glory be


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