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Pope to add new Mysteries to Rosary

Informed Vatican sources indicate that Pope John Paul II will mark tomorrow's 24th anniversary of his election to the pontificate with the release an apostolic letter that will include that adding of five new mysteries to the Rosary.

Leaks from the Vatican, in anticipation of the document's release, suggest the five new mysteries - the "luminous mysteries" - will focus on the public life of Christ. They will be: the Baptism in the Jordan, the temptation in the desert, the proclamation of the Kingdom, the Transfiguration, and the entry into Jerusalem.

The theme of the letter is devotion to the Virgin Mary.

The Rosary is a traditional Marian devotion, popularised at first by St Bernard, later by the Dominican order, and still later by St Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort. It is composed of five joyful mysteries (which are recited on Mondays and Thursdays), five sorrowful mysteries (recited on Tuesdays and Fridays), and five glorious mysteries (Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.) The five new mysteries will reportedly be used on Saturdays.

Catholic World News

Pope to add five new mysteries to rosary, calls for prayer's revival (Catholic News Service)
Pope to Mark 24th Anniversary, Change Rosary (Reuters)

15 Oct 2002