THE MYSTERIES OF LIGHT
In his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, the Holy Father John Paul II has indicated that, in order to highlight the Christological content of this Marian devotion, five new mysteries, the “mysteries of light,” should be added to the fifteen traditional mysteries.
Holy Rosary, written in 1931, naturally contains no reference to these new mysteries. But throughout his life Saint Josemaría lovingly contemplated and preached on these scenes, just as he did with every chapter of the Gospels. Therefore we have included here some excerpts from the writings of the Founder of Opus Dei that make reference to the luminous mysteries, to help readers meditate on the complete Rosary.
We can show our fidelity to the spirit of the author of Holy Rosary when we pray the joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious mysteries by uniting ourselves to the intentions of the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome. Omnes cum Petro ad Iesum per Mariam!
† Javier Echevarría
Prelate of Opus Dei
Rome, 14 February 2003