The First Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection of Christ
by Dom Columba Marmion, O.S.B.
Abbot of Maredsous
On the day of His Resurrection Jesus Christ left in the tomb the shroud which is the
symbol of our infirmities, our weaknesses, our imperfections. Christ comes from the tomb
triumphant--completely free of earthly limitation; He is animated with a life that is
intense and perfect, and which vibrates in every fibre of His being. In Him everything
that is mortal has been absorbed by His glorified life.
Here is the first element of the sanctity represented in the risen Christ: the
elimination of everything that is corruptible, everything that is earthly and created;
freedom from all defects, all infirmities, all capacity for suffering.
But there is also another element of sanctity: union with God, self-oblation and
consecration to God. Only in heaven shall we be able to understand how completely Jesus
lived for His Father during these blessed days. The life of the risen Christ became an
infinite source of glory for His Father. Not a single effect of His sufferings was left in
Him, for now everything in Him shone with brilliance and beauty and possessed strength and
life; every atom of His being sang an unceasing canticle of praise. His holy humanity
offered itself in a new manner to the glory of the Father.
From Dom Columba Marmion, O.S.B., The Mysteries Of The Rosary. Translated and
published by the Monks of Marmion Abbey, Aurora, Illinois. Translation of Dom Columba
Marmion's "Les Mysteres du Rosaire" published with the permission of the Abbey
of Maredsous in Belgium.
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