Tuesdays - the Sorrowful Mysteries - Hozana

Tuesdays - the Sorrowful Mysteries

Tuesdays - the Sorrowful Mysteries

On Tuesday and on Friday, perhaps as the week progresses, and we feel the weight of the Crosses that we carry, we focus on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. To help your contemplative praying of the Third Glorious Mystery, use the photo here, which was taken in the Crowning with Thorns chapel in the Rosary Shrine in London – one of the fifteen Rosary Altars and Chapels in this church built by the Dominican friars in 1883 – and then consider: 

The crown, the cloak, the mockery of the kingship: what of these? The Word of God emptied himself of his glory, humbled himself in obedience to love, when he took to himself the nature of man. But here the humiliation goes far beyond that: here he is robbed of what was his right precisely as man, the kingship over men; and still he accepts, still he obeys. And as it is his obedience which includes all the rest and makes of all the rest an act of love and of redemption, so for us too it is this element of obedience which turns other virtues into acts of love and worship. (Fr Gerald Vann OP)

Contemplating the crown of thorns placed on the head of the Lord, I pray for those who are called to leadership, especially in the Church, and I pray for my superiors to whom I have promised obedience. We can also pray for those who suffer from migraines, psychological trauma, and for Fr John Hollowell, a priest diagnosed with a brain tumour who has embraced his condition, offering up his sufferings in reparation for the evils suffered by the victims of clerical sex abuse. 

Pray: 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary's, and 1 Glory Be.

Take a moment to treasure up all these things and ponder them in your heart (cf Luke 2,19)

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Col 4:6

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