Our current Pope John Paul II, wrote a most excellent document on the Rosary in the Apostolic Letter called ROSARIUM VIRGINIS MARIAE. In it he declared October 2003 to October 2004 the year of the Rosary and added 5 new mysteries called the Luminous Mysteries.

  1. The Baptism of Jesus
  2. The Wedding Feast at Cana
  3. The Coming of the Kingdom
  4. The Transfiguration
  5. Jesus in the Blessed Eucharist

Since the focus thus far has been meditation, I have copied the following from his letter.

Listening to the word of God

30. In order to supply a Biblical foundation and greater depth to our meditation, it is helpful to follow the announcement of the mystery with the proclamation of a related Biblical passage, long or short, depending on the circumstances. No other words can ever match the efficacy of the inspired word. As we listen, we are certain that this is the word of God, spoken for today and spoken “for me”.

If received in this way, the word of God can become part of the Rosary's methodology of repetition without giving rise to the ennui derived from the simple recollection of something already well known. It is not a matter of recalling information but of allowing God to speak. In certain solemn communal celebrations, this word can be appropriately illustrated by a brief commentary.

SO, here is another way to help us with meditation. A scriptural Rosary has a verse from scripture to be used with each Hail Mary. Because there are many verses to choose from, the combinations can be endless.

You can select passages from the Bible yourself, write them down and then recite the Rosary. This may be hard and tedious work, but worth it if you have the time. However, there are Rosary sites out there that have written out scriptural meditations for us.

To see one sample of a Scriptural Rosary on the Luminous Mysteries, try:

Consider that the Rosary can be more than passages from scripture alone, our catholic traditions can play an important role in Rosary Meditations.

“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written”. John 21:25

By S.G. (John) Tantalo