For fifteen consecutive Saturdays the faithful pledge to pray the Holy Rosary
with each week focusing on one Mystery and the specific intention.
The Fifteen Saturdays of the Most Holy Rosary, by Blessed Bartolo Longo.
Normally on Monday and Thursday
Normally on Tuesday and Friday
Normally on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
We are fully aware of an optional 4th mystery, the Luminous, which were introduced in 2002 by Pope John Paul II in his Rosarium Virginis Mariae.
He has stated himself that these are a stand-alone for Thursdays.
The "“luminous” mysteries – during this phase of Christ's life, I think that the following can be fittingly singled out:
(Rosarium Virginis Mariae)
Pope JP II wrote in his Rosarium Virginis 2002 that "According to current practice, Monday and Thursday are dedicated to the “joyful mysteries”, Tuesday and Friday to the “sorrowful mysteries”, and Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday to the “glorious mysteries”
He continued with the following question:
"Where might the “mysteries of light” be inserted?"
In our opinion, Pope JP II should have said "Get behind me Satan" and added his luminous Rosary as a seperate stand-alone enhancing the joy of praying the Rosary.
The main reason for our opinion is the following:
Monday is Joyful and birth of Jesus.
Tuesday is Sorrowful and death of Jesus.
Wednesday is Glorious and ressurrection of Jesus.
Thursday is suddenly Life and Works of Jesus..
Friday then is Death of Jesus
Saturday is then Birth of Jesus.
Sunday is Sunday and Ressurection.
Pope JP II writes in his Rosarium:
"Numerous predecessors of mine attributed great importance to this prayer. Worthy of special note in this regard is Pope Leo XIII who on 1 September 1883 promulgated the Encyclical Supremii Apostolatus Officio a document of great worth, the first of his many statements about this prayer, in which he proposed the Rosary as an effective spiritual weapon against the evils afflicting society. Among the more recent Popes who, from the time of the Second Vatican Council, have distinguished themselves in promoting the Rosary".
Why then this sudden change?
Why break up a prayer which is "an effective spiritual weapon against the evils afflicting society"?
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