The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in the United States is offering a virtual tour of the chapels dedicated to the Mysteries of the Rosary of Jesus’ childhood.
Newsroom (28/12/2022 08:00, Gaudium Press) The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, USA, is offering a virtual tour of the chapels dedicated to the Mysteries of the Rosary of Jesus’ childhood.
In a tweet made on December 25, the shrine invited the faithful to tour the chapels dedicated to the joyful mysteries of the Holy Rosary.
The shrine has five chapels dedicated to recounting the mysteries of Jesus’ birth and childhood: the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity, the Presentation in the Temple, and the Loss and Finding of the Child Jesus.
The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC is the largest Romanesque church in the United States and is among the ten largest churches in the world.
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The Mysteries of the Rosary
Each of the chapels has mosaics that tell of the respective mystery of the rosary in addition to a similar episode from the Old Testament.
For the chapel of the Annunciation, which tells of the apparition of the Archangel St. Gabriel to Our Lady, the Old Testament mosaic recounts the episode of Moses’ burning bush.
The second chapel tells of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Elizabeth. The Old Testament scene tells the story of Obed-Edom who welcomed the Ark of the Covenant into his home.
To illustrate the birth of the Child Jesus, the mosaic in the sanctuary shows Isaiah’s prophecy of the virgin birth of the One who is Expected of the Nations.
The fourth mystery is represented by the presentation of Jesus in the Temple and, in the Old Testament, by Samuel’s presentation by Anna.
The last mystery represents Mary and Joseph looking for the Child Jesus in the Temple and the Old Testament scene shows Daniel among the elders of his time. (FM)
Compiled by Florence MacDonald