Mysteries of Light

by Jean Grant

Help your students understand the Rosary’s Mysteries of Light with this prayer service.

Preparation: Prior to the prayer service, place a Bible on the prayer table with the verses marked with a ribbon for easy location. Place five battery-operated candles on the prayer table. Select five readers for the Mysteries and five students to read the Bible passages and light the candles. Gather together.

Leader: Dear Jesus, you are the light in our world. You taught us through your ministry what we must do to attain salvation. The Mysteries of Light were created by Pope John Paul II to help us reflect upon these moments from your public life. As teacher, you gave these lessons to point toward your heavenly home.

All: My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation. (Psalm 62:2)

Reader 1: John the Baptist was your instrument to show that all must be baptized to become one with the Church through this sacrament of initiation. The Trinity was one at this moment. The Father spoke, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased,” and the Holy Spirit descended upon you.

A student reads Mark 1:9-11 and lights first candle.

All: The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom do I fear? (Psalm 27:1)

Reader 2: At the wedding feast at Cana, your mother, Mary, showed faith. You said that your hour had not yet come to offer yourself up, but Mary still believed and told the waiters to do what you asked of them. This was your first miracle, and the beginning of your journey to the Resurrection.

A student reads John 2:1-11 and lights the second candle.

All: I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds. (Psalm 9A:2)

Reader 3: Jesus, you spoke clearly of the Kingdom. You cured all types of diseases and released people from death. The faithful followed you and hungered for your loving words and parables. You showed us the path to the Kingdom.

A student reads Matthew 4:23-25 and lights the third candle.

All: Happy are the chosen ones you bring to dwell in your courts. May we be filled with the good things of your house, the blessings of your holy temple! (Psalm 65:5)

Reader 4: Jesus, you led Peter, James, and John to a high mountain. You were transfigured and your face was bright like the sun. Your clothes were bright white. Moses and Elijah were with you. A voice came from the cloud and said, “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.”

A student reads Matthew 17:1-8 and lights the fourth candle.

All:  Your throne stands firm from of old; you are from everlasting, Lord. (Psalm 93:2)

Reader 5: Dear Jesus, your gift of the Eucharist at the Last Supper meant that you will forever remain within us. You will be in our hearts and a part of us. Thank you, Jesus, for this supreme gift.

A student reads Luke 22:14-20 and lights the fifth candle.

All: All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. (Psalm 98:3)

Leader: Let us all close by saying the Our Father together.

Jean Grant teaches at St. Charles Borromeo School, St. Charles, MO.


Source: Today’s Catholic Teacher, October 2010