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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Judges, Chapter 6, Verse 9-10

9 I rescued you from the power of Egypt and all your oppressors. I drove them out before you and gave you their land. 10 And I said to you: I, the LORD, am your God; you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are dwelling. But you did not listen to me.

Today is the Feast of Saint John Paul the Great. His greatest words to us were to "Be Not Afraid". In addition he also gave us the luminous mysteries of the rosary and advocated the Divine Mercy of God. I am currently working on a book for the year of Mercy which starts on 12/8/2015 which uses hiking in the Sedona, Arizona area to hike and pray the Divine Mercy and other spiritual treasures such as the rosary using the backdrop of the red rocks. In celebration of Saint John the Great I am providing a portion of the book from the Rosary Hike for my readers that covers the luminous mysteries of Saint John Paul the Great.

8 Rosary Hike
Airport Loop/Table Top Trails #211

During this hike you will be doing the Divine Mercy Chaplet on page 9 while reflecting on the souls of the persons who especially venerate and glorify Jesus' mercy.  After completing the Divine Mercy Chaplet please continue the hike reflecting on the entire Rosary of our Lady the blessed mother of Christ.  The trail is in the shape of the rosary when seen from the air.  Although the Rosary hike is design for to work with this particular trail it could be used on any hiking trail.

Length: 4.3 mile loop including Table Top Spur

Rating: Easy
Use: Moderate
Season: All year
Hiking time:  3 hour round trip
USGS Map: Sedona
Location: From the junction of Routes 89A and 179, take 89A west 1.0 mile to Airport Road on the left. Go .5 miles and park in the turnout on the left.
GPS: N34° 54' 7.4154", W-111° 51' 28.2594"
It is suggested to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego (Feast day December 12th) it is recommended that you complete the hike with a rose in hand offering up the hike for some intention and give the rose to the person for which the hike was completed or lay the rose at a statue of our Lady for her intentions.
How To Pray The Rosary - The purpose of the Rosary is to help keep in memory certain principal events or mysteries in the history of our salvation, and to thank and praise God for them. There are twenty mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these are divided into the five JOYFUL MYSTERIES, the five LUMINOUS MYSTERIES, the five SORROWFUL MYSTERIES, and the five GLORIOUS MYSTERIES.
1.    Make the Sign of the Cross and say the "Apostles' Creed."
2.    Say the "Our Father."
3.    Say three "Hail Mary’s."
4.    Say the "Glory be to the Father."
5.    Announce the First Mystery; then say the "Our Father."
6.    Say ten "Hail Mary’s," while meditating on the Mystery.
7.    Say the "Glory be to the Father."
Announce the Second Mystery; then say the "Our Father. "Repeat 6 and 7 and continue with Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.
After each decade say the following prayer requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima: "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy."
To begin the Rosary make the sign of the cross and say the Apostles Creed.
The Apostles' Creed, I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.
Say an Our Father.
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. And give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen
Say three Hail Mary’s.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen
Hail Mary…
Hail Mary…
Say a Glory Be.

Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Luminous Mysteries
Announce the First Luminous Mystery
then say one Our Father and ten Hail Mary’s one after each scripture reading
THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
Desired Spiritual Fruit: Gratitude for the gift of Faith
1.    In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 3:1-2)
2.    Then people from Jerusalem, all of Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him.  They were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. (Matt. 3:5-6)
3.    “I indeed baptize you with water for repentance.” But he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to bear.” (Matt. 3:11)
4.    “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matt. 3:11)
5.    Then Jesus came from Galilee to John, at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. (Matt. 3:13)
6.    But John would have hindered him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?” (Matt. 3:14)
7.    But Jesus, answering, said to him, “Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him. (Matt. 3:15)
8.    Jesus, when he was baptized, went up directly from the water: and behold, the heavens were opened to him. (Matt. 3:16)
9.    He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming on him.  (Matt. 3:16)
10.        A voice out of the heavens said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:17)
Say a Glory Be followed by:

"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy."

Announce the Second Luminous Mystery
then say one Our Father and ten Hail Mary’s one after each scripture reading
THE WEDDING OF CANA
Desired Spiritual Fruit: Fidelity
1.    There was a marriage in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. (John 2:1)
2.    Jesus also was invited, with his disciples, to the marriage. When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no wine.” (John 2:2-3)
3.    Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with you and me? My hour has not yet come.” (John 2:4)
4.    His mother said to the attendants, “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5)
5.    Now six stone water-jars were placed there, after the Jewish manner of purification [each holding two or three measures. (20-30 gallons) (John 2:6)
6.    Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them to the brim. (John 2:7)
7.    And Jesus said to them, “Now draw from it, and carry it to the chief steward of the feast.” And they took it to him. (John 2:8)
8.    Then, when the chief steward had tasted the water made into wine, since he did not know where it was from, for only the servants who had drawn the water knew, the chief steward called the bridegroom. (John 2:9)
9.    And He said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when the guests have drunk freely, then that which is worse. But You have kept the good wine until now!” (John 2:10)
10.        This was the beginning of the signs that Jesus accomplished in Cana of Galilee, and it manifested his glory, and his disciples believed in him. (John 2:11)
Say a Glory Be followed by:

"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy."

Announce the Third Luminous Mystery
then say one Our Father and ten Hail Mary’s one after each scripture reading
THE PROCLAMATION OF THE KINGDOM

Desired Spiritual Fruit: Desire for Holiness
1.    Jesus came into Galilee preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, and saying "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15)
2.    “Unless a man be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5)
3.    “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matt 5:3)
4.    “Blessed are they who suffer persecution for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matt 5:10)
5.    “Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the Scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matt 5:20)
6.    “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he finds a single pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.” (Matt 13:45-46)

7.    “Amen I say to you, unless you turn and become like little children you will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matt 18:3)
8.    “Children, how hard it is for those that trust in riches to enter the Kingdom of God!”  (Mark 10:24)
9.    “I must proclaim the Kingdom of God, for this is why I have been sent” (Luke 4:43)
10.    “My Kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36)
Say a Glory Be followed by:

"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy."

Announce the Fourth Luminous Mystery
then say one Our Father and ten Hail Mary’s one after each scripture reading
THE TRANSFIGURATION
Desired Spiritual Fruit: Spiritual Courage
1.    Jesus took Peter, James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain by themselves and was transfigured before them. (Matt 17:1)
2.    And his face shone as the sun and his garments became white as snow. (Matt 17:2)
3.    And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elijah talking together with him. (Matt 17:3)
4.    Now Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep. But when they were fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men who were standing with him. (Luke 9:32)
5.    Then Peter addressed Jesus saying “Lord it is good for us to be here. Let us set up three tents here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah”. (Matt 17:4)
6.    As he was still speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. (Matt 17:5)
7.    And behold a voice out of the cloud said “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear him.” (Matt 17:5)
8.    And on hearing it the disciples fell on their faces and were exceedingly afraid. (Matt 17:6)
9.    And Jesus came near and touched them and said to them, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” (Matt 17:7)
10.        And suddenly looking round, they no longer saw anyone with them but only Jesus. (Mark 9:8)
Say a Glory Be followed by:

"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy."

Announce the Fifth Luminous Mystery
then say one Our Father and ten Hail Mary’s one after each scripture reading
THE INSTITUTION OF THE EUCHARIST
Desired Spiritual Fruit: Love of our Eucharistic Lord
1.    Jesus said “I am the bread of life”. (John 6:35)
2.    “He who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.”  (John 6:35)
3.    “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has life everlasting and I shall raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:54)
4.    “For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed”. (John 6:56)
5.    And while they were at supper, Jesus took bread and blessed and broke it, and gave it to his disciples … (Matt 26:26)
6.    “This is my body which is being given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)
7.    And taking a cup, he gave thanks and gave it to them …(Matt 26:27)
8.    “This is my blood of the new covenant which shall be shed for many.”  (Mark 14:24)
9.    “Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” (1 Cor 11:25)
10.        For as often as you shall eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord, until he comes. (1 Cor 11:26)
Say a Glory Be followed by:
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy."

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