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Meditations on the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

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The Coronation - The Fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary
Stained-glass window of the Coronation in Saint Mary's Church, Painesville, OH. (© Scott P. Richert)

A stained-glass window of the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Saint Mary's Church, Painesville, OH. Click on image for a larger version.

(Photo © Scott P. Richert)

The Fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary is the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The fruit most commonly associated with the mystery of the Coronation is final perseverance.

Meditation on the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary:

" . . . and on her head a crown of twelve stars" (Revelation 12:1). While the Assumption was God's final gift to Mary in this life, He had another to bestow on her in the next. "The Almighty has done great things to me"—and now He does one more. The humble servant of the Lord who became the Mother of God is crowned the Queen of Heaven.

Twelve stars: one for each of the 12 tribes of Israel, whose entire history led to that moment, that first Joyful Mystery of the Rosary, the Annunciation. When Mary submitted herself to the will of God, she had no idea what He had in store for her—neither the heartaches and sorrows, nor the glory. At times, as she pondered all of these things in her heart, she must have wondered where it all might lead. And perhaps she even wondered if she could bear the burden, and persevere to the end.

Yet her faith never wavered, and she did persevere. And now the crown is placed upon her head, a symbol of the crown of sainthood that awaits each one of us, if only we follow her example, by following her Son.

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