Column: Illuminations

What Star Is This?

Several years before he died, Pope John Paul II added a new devotion to the Catholic rosary: the Luminous Mysteries. These are moments when Christ shows himself for the first time, in a special outpouring of light for us who have walked in darkness. As with the other sets of mysteries, there are five, all related: the Baptism, when first he is first greeted by the mysterious words of John, "Behold the Lamb of God"; the Wedding at Cana, when he works his first miracle; the Preaching of the Kingdom, when he appears to the people as a teacher who possesses his own authority; the Transfiguration, that time-gathering and time-bursting moment of ecstasy; . . .

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Anthony Esolen is a professor at Magdalene College of the Liberal Arts in Warner, New Hampshire, and the author of many books, including Life Under Compulsion (ISI Books), Real Music: A Guide to the Timeless Hymns of the Church (Tan, with a CD), Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture (Regnery), and The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord (Ignatius Press, 2019). He has also translated Dante's Divine Comedy (Random House). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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