Sunday, October 5, 2014

Medjugorje's Luminous Mysteries Mosaics

In keeping with October's theme of the Month of the Rosary, I hope with today's post to further encourage my fellow Catholics to honour Our Lady this month with a new or renewed Rosary Devotion. My post also shares some of my personal experiences during my pilgrimage this summer in Medjugorje at the Luminous Mysteries mosaics. I thought it fitting to share this post today in part as a continuation of the spirit with which Saint Pope John Paul II introduced the Luminous Mysteries in 2002 with his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae.

The interlocking stone walking path at the back alter area of St. James Church where to
the left in this photo are the Luminous Mysteries mosaics.

Medjugorje is a place of many ideal prayer locations and the Luminous Mysteries mosaics is one such location. If you are currently in Medjugorje and have not been informed about these mosaics in your orientation or become aware of them as part of your personal discovery, I hope that you will be reading this post and have the opportunity to pray at the mosaics on each of your remaining days. For those of you who are researching Medjugorje on line and have yet to go on a pilgrimage, I hope this post will help you to better understand the spiritual treasure that awaits you and all pilgrims who will go Medjugorje. What ever category you fit into, today's post helps to ensure that your time in Medjugorje will include prayer at one the most ideal prayer locations in Medjugorje. I can tell you from my own personal experience that praying at the Luminous Mysteries mosaics is truly a time of divine intimacy.

The Luminous Mysteries mosaics are located at the area adjacent to the back alter of St. James Church and flanked by the interlocking stone walking path leading to the Risen Christ statue. The top photo published with this post will give you a visual of where to find them should you be in Medjugorje. Each mosaic is at least seven to eight feet in height and is approximately the same dimensions in width. The skill with which they were created is beyond professional and truly the result of gifted workmanship. One would be hard pressed to view these mosaics without coming to the conclusion that God sent many graces, inspiration and guidance the artist who worked in putting them together. They really are magnificent to look at and easily achieve their job of bringing pilgrims into the spirit of prayer, inviting each pilgrim to contemplate on the various individual mysteries presented in the imagery of each mosaic.

Luminous Mystery Mosaic, the Wedding at Cana - Medjugorje

This summer I had the privilege of staying in Medjugorje for several weeks. It was a time that afforded me the opportunity to meet many people and establish new friendships, experience wonderful sharing and connect with people from all over the world. It also allowed me to better acquaint myself with the people of Medjugorje, the culture of Herzegovina, the natural landscape, as well as to determine when would be the most optimal time to visit the various prayer locations, including the Luminous Mysteries mosaics. I visited the Luminous Mysteries mosaics at different times of the day and night as part of my discovery and simply as a matter of obeying the inspirations of the Holy Spirit. It was an extension of what I experienced each day. Arising with thoughts of how each day would unfold, I concluded each evening with a special prayer of gratitude to God for the wonderful and spiritually beneficial days I experienced that were well beyond my expectations. Everyday in Medjugorje was amazing including my time at the Luminous Mysteries mosaics.

I had originally arrived in Medjugorje with fellow pilgrims as part of a pilgrim group. The pilgrim group's stay in Medjugorje was for one week. The pilgrimage schedule was full with a well developed daily agenda that took us to the many prayer locations and other places of interest. It was during this first week that I discovered the Luminous Mysteries mosaics and immediately felt very drawn to them. I did not visit them as much as I would have liked, in part due to the group pilgrimage setting I was in. It was something that I made a mental note about and set out to change during my second week and for the remainder of my stay in Medjugorje.

Luminous Mystery Mosaic, The Transfiguration - Medjugorje

During my second week I began to make daily visits to the Luminous Mysteries mosaics. I did so as part of my daily recitation of all fours sets of the mysteries of the Rosary. With the Evening Prayer Program facilitating a group recitation of the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries, I typically set out to recite the Luminous Mysteries at the mosaics prior to my participation at the Evening Prayer Program. I hope you will be encouraged by this post to do likewise. I can assure you from my own personal experience that it is time well spent.

If you have yet to discover and include the Luminous Mysteries in your recitation of the Rosary, I would like to recommend the reading of Saint Pope John Paul II's aforementioned Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae. Saint Pope John Paul II was well known for his Marian Devotion, one that animated his pontificate and is clearly evident in the writing of this document. It is a devotion that is spot lighted by his personal declaration that he soon made after his election to the papacy in October'1978, that the "...Rosary is my favourite prayer." (2) 

May Our Lady Queen of Peace send you the graces to begin and improve upon your Rosary Devotion.


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