THE TRINITY ROSARY
The BLESSED TRINITY tells us that there are two absolutely distinct (yet inseparable) kinds of existence:
There is only ONE ETERNAL LIFE (God); and everything, from a lump of coal to and angel, is part of that God Life.
There are THREE ETERNAL PERSONS (and countless created persons) that share, but are not part of, the God Life.
[What we call our “person” is really a temporary ego FORM OF LIFE; the PERSON that lasts is not part of this form.]
FOR GOD, there is absolutely no evil or death; in other words, there is absolutely no separation.
FOR US, we ALL believe in separation. We believe in evil and death—that is what makes us all sinners.
SALVATION is when everyone on earth (by faith) comes to accept God’s will that there is no separation (evil or death).
“EVIL” (any real separation or death) can ONLY be created by creatures—it is ALWAYS artificial.
SIN is the belief in separation. Evidence of separation is so strong, “original sin” is inevitable—but, then, we create more.
EVIDENCE (“SACRAMENT”) of God’s will is absolutely necessary for us to believe that all is ONE/GOOD.
JESUS IS SAVIOR because, by bleeding for all and rising, he gives evidence that there is no eternal separation.
THE CHURCH is the Body (and the Mother) of Christ in his Second Coming on earth (sacramentally).
[NOTE: Whatever we say of Mary in his First Coming, we can say of ourselves (the Church) in his Second Coming.]
THE ROSARY PRAYER IS AN EXCELLENT INSTRUMENT TO IMPRINT OUR CHURCH’S TRADITIONS.
I don’t know about you, but I always had trouble distinguishing the difference between Faith and Hope. I might be wrong, but I think the distinction for most people is very fuzzy. I finally discovered a very clear understanding that, although there is something the same, there is something very distinct between Faith and Hope.
FAITH is what I decide to BELIEVE is happening RIGHT NOW with this one God Life and the persons that share it.
HOPE is what I decide to BELIEVE will be the consequences IN THE FUTURE of what is being done RIGHT NOW.
LOVE (Charity) is what (based on my Faith and my Hope) I decide to DO RIGHT NOW.
SERENITY is what we can rest assured remains constant and guaranteed about this life in the Trinity.
Sunday & Wednesday -- Luminous Assertions of FAITH [the way it IS—it’s all the same good “stuff”]:
The Baptism of Jesus—“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Mt 3:17
The “Changing” of Water at Cana—“And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine….” Jn 2:9 / “Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs….” Jn 2:11
The Proclamation of the Kingdom—“This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand.” Mk 1:15 / “He said to them, ‘Today this scripture passage [Is 61:1-2; 58:6] is fulfilled in your hearing.” Lk 4:21
The Transfiguration— “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Mk 9:7
The Institution of the Eucharist— “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.” Lk 22:19-20
Monday & Thursday -- Joyful Revelations of HOPE [the way it WILL BE]:
The Annunciation of Christ (embryo)—“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus [savior].” Lk 1:31
The Visitation (fetus)—“Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” Lk 1:42
The Nativity (newborn)—“The angel said to them ‘for today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.’” Lk 2:10-11
The Presentation (baby)—[Simeon said] “‘Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted…so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.’” Lk 2:34 / “[Anna] spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.” Lk 2:38
The Finding in the Temple (child)—[Jesus said] “‘Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’” Lk 2:49 / “And Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man.” Lk 2:52
Tuesday & Friday -- Sorrowful Surrenders of LOVE [what must be DONE right now to empower Faith & Hope]:
The Agony in the Garden—“Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.” Lk 22:42 / “Jesus said to Peter, ‘Put your sword into its scabbard. Shall I not drink the cup that the Father gave me?’” Jn 18:11
The Scourging at the Pillar—“I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who tore out my beard; My face I did not hide from insult and spitting.” Is 50:6 / “Then he released Barabbas to them, but after he had Jesus scourged, he handed him over to be crucified.” Mt 27:26
The Crowning with Thorns—“Weaving a crown of thorns, they placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews.’” Mt 27:29
The Carrying of the Cross—16b“So they took Jesus, 17and carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha.” Jn 19:16-17
The Death on the Cross— “Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit’; and when he had said this he breathed his last.” Lk 23:46
Saturday (Sabbath) -- Glorious State of SERENITY [What remains constant & absolutely guaranteed]:
The Resurrection—“He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.” Mt 28:6 / “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. Mt 28:20 “For they [the disciples] did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead.” Jn 20:9
The Ascension of Christ—“So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God.” Mk 16:19 / [the men said:] “This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.” Acts 1:11
The Descent of the Holy Spirit—“And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.” Acts 2:4 / “‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ 22And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the holy Spirit. 23Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.’” Jn 20:21-23
The Assumption of Mary—“For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, but each one in proper order: Christ the first fruits; then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ.” 1 Cor 15:22-23 / “For we know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent, should be destroyed, we have a building from God, a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven.” 2 Cor 5:1
The Coronation of Mary as Queen—“This saying is trustworthy: If we have died with him we shall also live with him; if we persevere we shall also reign with him.” 2 Tm 2:11
Revised 11/24/2015 © Rev. John Vogler