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1) First Glorious Mystery - THE RESURRECTION (Faith)
o The body of Jesus is placed in the tomb on the evening of Good Friday. His tomb is borrowed.
o His soul descends into the realm of the dead to announce to the Just the tidings of their redemption.
o Fearing the body of Jesus will be taken, the chief priests place guards at the tomb.
o On the third day Jesus rises from the dead, glorious and immortal. Now the doorway to Heaven is open.
o The earth quakes as the angel rolls back the stone, the guards flee in terror.
o The holy women coming to anoint the body of Jesus are amazed and frightened to find the tomb open.
o An angel calms their fears: "He is not here. He has risen as He said."
o Jesus appears to Mary Magdalen and Peter and two disciples on the way to Emmaus.
o That evening He appears to the apostles behind locked doors: "Peace be unto you ... do not be afraid."
o Jesus breathes on them and gives them the power to forgive sin. Thus is victory won over Satan.

2) Second Glorious Mystery - THE ASCENSION (Christian Hope)
o Jesus remains on earth forty days . Thomas doubts: "Blessed are those who believe but have not seen".
o He commissions the apostles to preach the gospel to all nations, and promises to be with them forever.
o He will not leave them orphans, but will send the Holy Spirit to enlighten and strengthen them.
o Jesus proceeds to Mt. Olivet accompanied by His Mother and the apostles and disciples.
o Extending His pierced hands over all in a last blessing, He ascends into heaven.
o As He rises a cloud takes Him from their sight. He goes to prepare a place for us, Advocate and Judge.
o What jubilation there must be amid the angels of heaven at the triumphant entry of Jesus.
o The wounds in His glorified body are an endless plea before the Father on our behalf.
o The disciples leave Mt. Olivet and "return to Jerusalem with great joy."

3) Third Glorious Mystery - DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Gifts of the Holy Spirit)
o The apostles are gathered, praying in the upper room where Jesus had held the Last Supper.
o They are persevering in prayer with Mary the Mother of Jesus.
o A sound comes from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it fills the whole house.
o The Holy Spirit descends on each of them in the form of tongues of fire.
o Filled with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, they are enlightened and strengthened to spread the gospel.
o Having lost all fear of the Jewish leaders, the apostles boldly preach Christ crucified.
o The multitudes are confounded because every man hears them speak in his own tongue.
o The Holy Spirit comes upon the Church never to leave it. As Christ promised, He will not leave us alone.
o That first day Peter goes forth to preach and baptizes three thousand. He has lost all fear of persecution.
o The feast of Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, for on that day it begins to grow.

4) Fourth Glorious Mystery - THE ASSUMPTION (To Jesus through Mary)
o After the apostles have dispersed, the Blessed Mother goes to live with John, the beloved disciple.
o Mary lives many years on earth after the death of Christ. She is an humble example for the disciples.
o She is a source of comfort, consolation and strength to the apostles as they establish Jesus' Church.
o As she nourished the infant Jesus, so she nourishes spiritually the infant Church. She continues today.
o Mary dies, not of bodily infirmity or old age, but is wholly overcome in a rapture of divine love.
o Her body as well as her soul is taken up into heaven. She is greeted by Jesus and the whole of Heaven.
o After her burial the apostles go to the tomb and find only fragrant lilies.
o Jesus does not permit the sinless body of His Mother to decay in the grave.
o Corruption of the body is an effect of original sin, from which Mary is totally exempted.
o The bodies of all mankind, at the last judgment, will be brought back to life and united again to the soul.

5) Fifth Glorious Mystery - MARY'S CORONATION (Grace of Final Perseverance)
o As Mary enters heaven, the entire court of heaven greets with joy this masterpiece of God's creation.
o Mary is crowned by her Son as Queen of heaven and earth. She is our Mother, Advocate, and Mediatrix.
o More than we can ever know the Hearts of Jesus and Mary overflow with joy at this reunion.
o Only in heaven will we know the majesty of that coronation, and the joy it gave to the angels and saints.
o Even the angels, who by nature are greater than humans, hail Mary as their Queen.
o Mary shares so fully in the glory of Christ because she shared so fully in His life and His suffering.
o Only in heaven will we see how central is the role of Mary in the divine plan of redemption.
o The angels and saints longed for the coming of her whose heel crushes the head of the serpent.
o Mary pleads our cause as a most powerful Queen and a most merciful and loving Mother.
o A sign in heaven: a woman robed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and a crown of stars.

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