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The Wedding of Cana – A Biblical Meditation


This year marks the 20th birthday of the Luminous Mysteries. Pope John Paul II in his apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae instituted the new set of five mysteries.1 As the letter notes, the prayer of the rosary has already been practised for almost 1,000 years, although it achieved prominence only from the beginning of the 13th century onwards with the arrival of the mendicants, particularly the Dominicans. There was an inherent harmony to the traditional rosary with the prayer of the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious mysteries, giving a total of 150 Hail Marys, which matched the number of psalms in the psalter.

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