He descended into hell. When Jesus is twelve years old, He goes with His parents to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. Holy scripture, wherever it recalls the Lord’s economy, speaks of the birth and suffering not of the godhead but of the humanity of Christ, so that the holy virgin is more accurately termed mother of Christ than mother of God. But when we say that our lord Jesus Christ came from heaven and above, we do not apply such expressions as “from above” and “from heaven” to his holy flesh. This would be the place most becoming to Him, and most consonant to the wishes both of Son and Mother; and from thence she placed Him in the manger. © PrayingLatin.com Copyright All Rights Reserved. (Hence also Christ calls himself the lord and son of David: ” ‘What do you think of the Christ ? These men, despite the fact that they were members of the ecclesiastical community, had no licence either to do harm through their priestly dignity or to do good, because some among their number had already been deposed. In my view these subsequent views seemed to subvert what came first. Roswell GA 30076, The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple, Start your day with today's #RCDailyMeditations! However, that Christ was born on the 25th of December is the common tradition of the Church and of all ages. True riches, true pleasures, undying honours are in heaven;—these doth God enjoy, and His angels and His saints;—aspire after these. i. God was asking a great amount of her. God who is and was the Creator becomes a creature, He who is unmeasured is held, He who makes men rich is made poor, the Incorporeal is clothed with flesh, the Invisible is seen. . It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord. This Novena is prayed from 30 November to 24 December.Â. xv.—“God Himself bent low His majesty, and, descending into the womb of the Virgin . Christ assumed actual flesh, conceived and born of the Virgin. Yet, in her zeal for humility, in order to make herself like other women who bear children, that she might not give scandal in seeming to be singular, and that she might conceal her virginity and her conception by the Holy Ghost, the Blessed Virgin was willing to be purified, even as Christ, for similar reasons, was willing to be circumcised. my Lord! Mindful Prayer with Sacred Reading, Music and Meditation ... Click Play button below to hear The Joyful Mysteries Support Pray As You Go. The first is that of Lev. Mary risked a lot because she had faith in God’s goodness. She whispers “yes” knowing that her life is forever changed and possibly going to be mu… 2. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, died, and was buried. When, therefore, any of those who love to upset sound doctrine pervert my words to their way of thinking, your holiness should not be surprised at this, but should remember that the followers of every heresy extract from inspired scripture the occasion of their error, and that all heretics corrupt the true expressions of the holy Spirit with their own evil minds and they draw down on their own heads an inextinguishable flame. The Joyful Mysteries - Loving God. In the end, on 23 April 433, Cyril and John of Antioch made peace. viii. The Annunciation. For if the one [who sprang] from the earth had indeed formation and substance from both the hand and workmanship of God, but the other not from the hand and workmanship of God, then He who was made after the image and likeness of the former did not, in that case, preserve the analogy of man, and He must seem an inconsistent piece of work, not having wherewith He may show His wisdom. On that point, therefore avoiding longwindedness as far as I can, I shall attempt a brief discussion and try to be as free as possible from repelling obscurity and undigestible prolixity. The holy and ecumenical synod, gathered together in Ephesus at the behest of the most pious princes, [sends greeting] to the bishops, priests, deacons and the whole people in every province and city. God also uses such men as suitable instruments united to Himself. Rosary Meditations: The First Joyful Mystery – The Annunciation Scripture References Luke 1:26-38; Isaiah 7:14 The Story in Brief Mary was a young, but very holy, Nazarene girl. Though they were created for camp, I have found them useful for my own prayer. Renewed its finished course, Saturnian times But if we claim that the holy body of our common saviour Christ is born from heaven and was not of her, why should she still be considered God-bearer? Cornelious Lapide, The Great Biblical Commentary, Gospel of St Luke Chapter 2, v. 43. Mary’s heart is full of grief in one of her seven sorrows, as she and Joseph diligently search for Him for three long days. Therefore did I take flesh upon Me, that thou mayest eat My flesh, that joining it to thy flesh thou mayest breathe the breath of Heavenly and Divine Life.”. And when Joseph saw these things, he marvelled with great joy and gladness that I had brought forth without assistance.” And in the “Angelic Discourse,” ch. . The Joyful Mysteries. The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are traditionally prayed on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays during Advent and Christmastide. Moreover as, when the Son of God was conceived, He entered throughout the whole body of the Virgin with His Divinity, so, when he was born with His Humanity and His Godhead, He was poured forth throughout her body, like all its sweetness shed whole from the bosom of the rose, the glory of maidenhood remaining entire in His Mother.”. The most exquisite flowers sometimes take the longest to develop. Simeon moved by the Spirit enters the temple and when the parents bring in the child, he receives Him blessing God. The First Joyful Mystery. Now listen to what we say, which takes the form of a brotherly exhortation to piety of the type of which the great apostle Paul gave an example in addressing his beloved Timothy: “Attend to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching. St. Jerome, Ep. But the rational animal eats bread, wherefore the Bread of Life which came down from heaven is laid in the crib where the food of beasts is wont to be placed, that even animals void of reason may share the food of reasonable beings.”. I make no mention of circumcision and sacrifice and sweat and hunger, which all belong to the flesh and are adorable as having taken place for our sake. . And let the Sybil of the Gentiles tell us in Virgil’s Fourth Eclogue. Ver. Whose son is he ?’ They said to him, ‘The son of David.’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘How is it then that David inspired by the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying, “The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand”?'”. The synod of Nicaea produced this creed: We believe … [the Nicene Creed follows]. Nestorius sends greeting in the Lord to the most religious and reverend fellow-minister Cyril. Secondly, as she conceived so she brought forth, remaining a virgin, so that Christ was born while the womb of his mother was closed, and penetrated as the rays of the sun penetrate glass. Within the manger, the food, as it were of the ox and the ass, I lie among the beasts, because thou wast living like unto the beasts,—wallowing in flesh and blood. Calvin thinks that it was only a natural one; but all the Fathers and Orthodox Doctors are of a contrary opinion. Furthermore it seemed good that the filthy book of this heresy, which has been published and is called by them Asceticon, should be anathematised, as being composed by heretics, a copy of which the most pious and religious Valerian brought with him. I imagine her kneeling in wonderment at the angel Gabriel, his hands encompassing hers, his forehead pressed against hers as he tells her of God’s great plan. If anyone says that the one Lord Jesus Christ was glorified by the Spirit, as making use of an alien power that worked through him and as having received from him the power to master unclean spirits and to work divine wonders among people, and does not rather say that it was his own proper Spirit through whom he worked the divine wonders, let him be anathema. . The firstborn is he who is born first, though no other be begotten after him; for such an one enjoys the rights and privileges of primogeniture. But since I discovered that there are some always eager to find fault, who buzz around like angry wasps and spit forth evil words against me, to the effect that I say that the holy body of Christ came down from heaven and not from the holy virgin, I thought it necessary in answer to them to say a little about this matter to you. May you remain strong and continue praying for us, most honoured and reverent lord. 1. But since God the Word, who came down from above and from heaven, “emptied himself, taking the form of a slave”, and was called son of man though all the while he remained what he was, that is God (for he is unchangeable and immutable by nature), he is said to have come down from heaven, since he is now understood to be one with his own flesh, and he has therefore been designated the man from heaven, being both perfect in godhead and perfect in humanity and thought of as in one person. Abiding in the field. If any provincial bishops have absented themselves from the holy synod and have either attached themselves or attempted to attach themselves to the apostasy, or after subscribing the deposition of Nestorius have returned to the assembly of apostates, these, according to the decision of the holy synod, are to be deprived of the priesthood and deposed from their rank. You may use them as they are written or adapt them as you wish. For it is a rule of S. Augustine and of theologians, that whoever has or has had original sin, has also sinful desire, and consequently commits venial sin; but John had original sin, therefore he must have committed venial sin. The mother was not filled before the son, but when the son had been filled with the Holy Spirit, he filled the mother also.”. Saying “Yes” to Jesus’ invitation to allow Him into our Lives. 47). Most likely no one in her home town realized how holy she really was nor what her destiny would be. I, whom the heavens cannot contain, am shut up in a tiny body and in this paltry manger, and art thou, Christian, ashamed to be despised as a little one and lowly? Wherefore he who strives to make other men spiritual should first fill himself with the Divine Spirit; for thus when he speaks he will breathe the same forth upon others, for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Book 3, Chapter 22. Moreover the Blessed Virgin was more the parent of Christ than other mothers are of their children; for from her Christ received all His substance, and other sons receive it not only from their mother and but also from their father. Learn, morally, of what advantage the salutation and prayers of the Saints are, and especially of the Blessed Virgin, who by one word of salutation filled both John and Elizabeth with the Holy Spirit. Lucius Dexter in his Chronicle, which he dedicates to S. Jerome, says, “A.U.C. He is thereby cast out by the synod from all ecclesiastical communion and is deprived of all ecclesiastical authority. The place is about a mile from Bethlehem. Those, therefore, who allege that He took nothing from the Virgin do greatly err, [since,] in order that they may cast away the inheritance of the flesh, they also reject the analogy [between Him and Adam]. Hail, and blessed be the hour and moment at which the Son of God was born of a most pure Virgin at a stable at midnight in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. Catechism of the Catholic Church: #531-534. The letter of the council advising all the bishops, clergy and people about the condemnation of John of Antioch; and some paragraphs dealing with the discipline of the Nestorian party. She supported Jesus throughout his ministry, suffering as He suffered, and growing in her faith, despite the terrible death of her son. “Because He hath regarded the humility of His handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.” These words are a prediction of that honor that the Church in all ages will pay to the blessed Virgin. What is there in me for a legal observance to purify—in me, who, by this immaculate parturition, am become most pure? He is found sitting in the midst of the doctors, asking them questions. Yet even she, the selfless and obedient one, was promised that a sword of sorrow would pierce her heart on the day of separation. “If anyone is disposed to be contentious”, Paul will cry out through us to such a one, “we recognize no other practice, neither do the churches of God”. The Angel Gabriel is sent by God to the Virgin named Mary, which means “Star of the Sea,” the one through whom would bring forth the Light of the world. Christ, says S. Bernard, sermon 4, “On the Nativity,” when born cried and shed tears like other infants; both that He might begin to weep for and wash away our sins and also that He might conform himself to other infants; as Solomon, who was a type of Christ, says, “And when I was born, I drew in the common air, and fell upon the earth, which is of like nature, and the first voice which I uttered was crying, as all others do. When He prepared the heavens I was there: when He set a compass upon the face of the depth . In Greek α̉γζαυλου̃ντες—passing the night or keeping their flocks in the field. For αυ̉λή is a fold or enclosed place, and αγζός is a field. Then I was by him, as one brought up with him.” Prov. I brought Him forth as thou hast now seen me, kneeling alone in prayer in the stable. Meditations on the Joyful Mysteries. But every one will allow that we are [composed of] a body taken from the earth, and a soul receiving spirit from God. Am I, Christ, the King of kings, born poor and needy, and dost thou, 0 Christian, seek after comforts and riches? He said this as being indeed son of David according to the flesh, but his Lord according to his godhead.) Shawn Aaron, LC, to all members of Regnum Christi, A New Path and Purpose for Nashville Musician, RC Top 3: A new podcast from Regnum Christi, Rose Cunningham makes her final vows as a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi, Victoria Backstrom Makes Final Vows of Consecration. If anyone does not confess that the Word of God suffered in the flesh and was crucified in the flesh and tasted death in the flesh and became the first born of the dead, although as God he is life and life-giving, let him be anathema. Mary keeps all these words pondering them in her Immaculate Heart. Their support of the views of Nestorius and Celestius was clearly shown by their refusal to condemn Nestorius together with us. Please look more closely at their language and you will find out that that divine choir of fathers never said that the consubstantial godhead was capable of suffering, or that the whole being that was coeternal with the Father was recently born, or that it rose again, seeing that it had itself been the cause of resurrection of the destroyed temple. Symbolically, the leaping of John prefigured his own martyrdom; for by his dancing he represented the dancing of the daughter of Herodias, by which having pleased Herod, she asked and obtained of him the head of John. I and those with me greet all the brotherhood with you in Christ. And so it came to pass that this stable was, as it were, turned into the highest heaven,—full of angels, yea, of cherubim and seraphim, who all, leaving heaven, came down to adore their God made Man. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”. Luke 2:6-7. “And it came to pass while they were there, that the days for Mary to be delivered were fulfilled. Roll round again; and mighty years begun I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. “I believe”, they say, “also in our Lord Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son”. Jesus goes down with them to Nazareth and is subject to them, demonstrating an example of profound humility and perfect obedience. . For all these are tokens of the flesh which had been derived from the earth, which He had recapitulated in Himself, bearing salvation to His own handiwork. We too ought to follow these words and these teachings and consider what is meant by saying that the Word from God took flesh and became man. In obedience to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph take the Infant Jesus to the temple to be presented to the Lord.Â. If anyone divides in the one Christ the hypostases after the union, joining them only by a conjunction of dignity or authority or power, and not rather by a coming together in a union by nature, let him be anathema. . 30 Mansell Court, Suite 103 But it would be false to apply such ideas to the deity and would involve us in just accusation because of our calumny. In this Paul was their teacher who, when he remembers the divine becoming man and then wishes to introduce the suffering, first mentions “Christ”, which, as I have just said, is the common name of both natures and then adds an expression which is appropriate to both of the natures. For what does he say ? Mary was not one to cling to her child with overprotective love, as some mothers do. 7.—And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for Him in the inn. She brought Him forth naturally like other mothers, and was, therefore, truly and naturally the mother of Christ, and therefore of God, for Christ is God. For the Joyful Mysteries I focused the selection of paintings on those of 15th century Italy. His poverty, therefore, is my heritage, and the weakness of my Lord is my strength.”, A fourth reason is that we could not conceive the idea of God, who is a pure and uncreated spirit, so God clothed Himself in our flesh that we might see Him with our eyes and hear Him with our cars. The Annunciation – The Angel Gabriel announces the incarnation to Mary. She does not know what lies ahead on this new path, but she knows who is asking and she trusts in him. 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