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Day 3: Maria of the Seas

Rena as Stella Maris

In the beginning God created heaven and earth. And the earth was void and vacant, and darkness was upon the face of the depth: and the Spirit of God moved over the waters. And God said: be light made. And light was made. And God saw the light that it was good: and he divided the light from the darkness. And he called the light, Day, and the darkness, Night: and there was evening & morning, that made one day. God also said: Be a firmament made amidst the waters: and let it divide between waters and waters. And God made a firmament, and divided the waters that were under the firmament, from those that were above the firmament. And it was so done. And God called the firmament, Heaven: and there was evening & morning that made the second day. God also said: Let the waters that are under the heaven be gathered together into one place: and let the dry land appear. And it was so done. And God called the dry land, Earth, and the gathering of waters together, he called Seas.

Genesis 1:1-10; 1635 Douay

In principio creavit Deus cælum et terram. Terra autem erat inanis et vacua, et tenebræ erant super faciem abyssi: et spiritus Dei ferebatur super aquas. Dixitque Deus: Fiat lux. Et facta est lux. Et vidit Deus lucem quod esset bona: et divisit lucem a tenebris. Appellavitque lucem Diem, et tenebras Noctem: factumque est vespere et mane, dies unus. Dixit quoque Deus: Fiat firmamentum in medio aquarum: et dividat aquas ab aquis. Et fecit Deus firmamentum, divisitque aquas, quæ erant sub firmamento, ab his, quæ erant super firmamentum. Et factum est ita. Vocavitque Deus firmamentum, Cælum : et factum est vespere et mane, dies secundus. Dixit vero Deus : Congregentur aquæ, quæ sub cælo sunt, in locum unum: et appareat arida. Et factum est ita. Et vocavit Deus aridam Terram, congregationesque aquarum appellavit Maria.

Genesis 1:1-10; Clementine Vulgate

English: Sea (singular), Seas (plural)
Latin: Mar (singular), Maria (plural)

The Annunciation

The First Joyful Mystery: The Annuciation
The First Joyful Mystery:  The Annunciation

The Archangel Gabriel announces to the Blessed Virgin that She has been chosen to be the Mother of the Messias, the Mother of God.  She responds: “Be it done unto me according to thy word.”

Grace of the Mystery: Conformity to the adorable Will of God.

The Wedding at Cana

Self -Manifestation at The Wedding at Cana

The Second Mystery of Light: Self-Manifestation at The Wedding at Cana

The first of the signs, given at Cana, when Christ changes water into wine and opens the hearts of the disciples to faith, thanks to the intervention of Mary, the first among believers.

The role that Mary assumes at Cana accompanies Christ throughout his ministry. The revelation made directly by the Father at the Baptism in the Jordan and echoed by John the Baptist is placed upon Mary’s lips at Cana, and it becomes the great maternal counsel which Mary addresses to the Church of every age: “Do whatever he tells you.”

This counsel is a fitting introduction to the words and signs of Christ’s public ministry and it forms the Marian foundation of all the “Mysteries of Light”.

— Rosarium Virginis Mariae

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

John 2:1-11; JB

Three days later there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee.  The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited.  When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine’.  Jesus said, ‘Woman, why turn to me? My hour has not come yet.’  His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you’.  There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons.  Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’, and they filled them to the brim.  ‘Draw some out now’ he told them ‘and take it to the steward.’  They did this; the steward tasted the water, and it had turned into wine.  Having no idea where it came from—only the servants who had drawn the water knew—the steward called the bridegroom and said, ‘People generally serve the best wine first, and keep the cheaper sort till the guests have had plenty to drink; but you have kept the best wine till now’.

This was the first of the signs given by Jesus: it was given at Cana in Galilee.  He let his glory be seen, and his disciples believed in him.

Second Mystery of Light: The Wedding at Cana