Stones and Pearls: The Rosary in the Holy Land
The most Catholic of all prayers is the Rosary. Contemplate anew the mysteries of God's incarnation in Jesus, from Our Lord's conception to His ascension, on this unique pilgrimage through the Holy Land.
THE GRAVITY OF ETERNAL LIFE: FROM THE FIFTH GLORIOUS MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
The gravity of eternal life accentuates the fifth glorious mystery. Jesus placed his mother next to him as queen of heaven and Earth. She remains at his side in eternal life, which is the crowning glory of our own life.
A VINEYARD OF THE DEAD: FROM THE FOURTH GLORIOUS MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
The fourth glorious mystery takes us to the vineyard of the dead, on the western slope of the Mount of Olives. Here, after her death, Mary was carried body and soul by angels to heaven to be with her son Jesus in glory.
TONGUES OF FIRE ON MOUNT ZION: FROM THE THIRD GLORIOUS MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
50 days after Christ’s resurrection, the first Pentecost took place in the Upper Room on the Jewish Shavuot feast. Mary, mother of Jesus, was there in the midst of the Apostles at this moment of the birth of the Church.
THE FLOOR OF HEAVEN: FROM THE SECOND GLORIOUS MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
40 days after his resurrection, Jesus began appearing to his mother and the apostles. It continued until he rose from the top of the Mount of Olives toward heaven. The floor of heaven is the second glorious mystery.
THE HOLY GRAVE: FROM THE FIRST GLORIOUS MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
The first glorious mystery takes us to the tomb of Christ. Here in a cave in Jerusalem, the grave lies empty and pilgrims can see what the apostles did, that through God we will conquer death and experience eternal life.
THE SUMMIT OF GOLGOTHA: FROM THE FIFTH SORROWFUL MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
As a Roman centurion thrusts his lance into Jesus on the cross, the last drops of blood and water flow from his side. It’s this same blood and water that’s consumed every day anew in Catholic churches around the world.
THE WAY OF THE KING: FROM THE FOURTH SORROWFUL MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
In the fourth sorrowful mystery, the Son of God is driven through the streets of Jerusalem like a scapegoat. Historical evidence shows the veracity of Christ’s suffering with total love for the redemption of his people.
A THRONE FOR THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE: FROM THE THIRD SORROWFUL MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
In place of a crown fit for a king, Jesus is given a crown of thorns. Instead of a throne, He is thrust upon a judgment stone. Jesus is judged guilty of crimes deserving his death. This is the third sorrowful mystery.
MURDEROUS HESITATION: FROM THE SECOND SORROWFUL MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
In the second sorrowful mystery, Pilate has Jesus scourged twice. It causes innumerable wounds throughout his body and an enormous amount of blood lost, but Jesus shows his love for humanity by sacrificing himself.
RUBY IN THE MOONLIGHT: FROM THE FIRST SORROWFUL MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus offers his human will to the Father, allowing God’s divine will to be done in his suffering and death. The first sorrowful mystery likens Jesus’ drops of blood to rubies in the moonlight.
ON THE MOUNTAIN OF GOD: FROM THE FIFTH LUMINOUS MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
On the historic Mount Zion, the fifth luminous mystery takes place. Jesus, who transformed water into wine at Cana, gave his apostles the power to transform bread and wine into his Body and Blood until the end of days.
LIGHT OVER THE SHADOW OF THE LAST DAYS: FROM THE FOURTH LUMINOUS MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
In the fourth luminous mystery, the Transfiguration of Jesus takes place on Mount Tabor, a site where military battles were waged. The light of Christ is an eternal beacon pointing to God’s transcendent, radiant glory.
THE EYE OF GALILEE: FROM THE THIRD LUMINOUS MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
Jesus’ disciples are called to be the salt of the earth in the third luminous mystery. Here, we learn where and why Jesus prayed. We learn God is love and love wants perpetual conversation and never-ending dialogue.
THE MUSICAL CLEF OF CHRISTIANITY: FROM THE SECOND LUMINOUS MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
The second luminous mystery unfolds at the wedding feast of Cana. By turning water into wine, Jesus shows he’ll offer his own blood on the cross and in the Eucharist, and will become the Eternal Bridegroom of his people.
THE ENTRY INTO THE PROMISED LAND: FROM THE FIRST LUMINOUS MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
In the rosary’s first luminous mystery, Jesus comes from Galilee to be baptized by John. God is pleased, as Jesus is the fulfillment of all divine promises, and the Promised Land encounters and recognizes its Redeemer.
IN THE HOUSE OF THE FATHER: THE FIFTH JOYFUL MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
On the steps of the Temple Mount, Jesus instructed the learned men on the meaning of the Scriptures. The three days he was “lost” in the temple serve as the fifth joyful mystery, a harbinger of his public ministry.
BEHIND BRICKED-UP GATES: FROM THE FOURTH JOYFUL MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
We take you to the ancient walls of the old Temple Mount for the fourth joyful mystery. In the temple, Jesus is presented by Mary and Joseph, eternally declaring God’s mission for his Son to save people from their sins.
THE BIRTH OF GOD IN BETHLEHEM: THE THIRD JOYFUL MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
The Blessed Virgin Mary gives birth to the world’s Redeemer in Bethlehem in the Third Joyful Mystery. In Jesus Christ, God became man and transformed our planet into a star of salvation, a process that still continues.
A DANCE IN THE WOMB: THE SECRET OF THE SECOND JOYFUL MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
Pilgrims in the Holy Land seek the place where the child in Elizabeth’s womb jumped for joy at the visit of the pregnant Mary. This is the Second Joyful Mystery glorifying God, who worked the most sublime miracle in her.
THE HEART CHAMBER OF THE FAITH: FROM THE FIRST JOYFUL MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
From the First Joyful Mystery of the rosary, the Creator of heaven and earth, the author of all visible and invisible things, of all living beings on Earth, one day came to dwell in the womb of a young Jewish woman.