(Wednesdays and Sundays)
1. The Resurrection
(Mt. 28:2-8; Mk. 16:2-8; Lk. 24:1-8; Jn. 20:1-10)
On the third day, the first Easter Sunday morning, Jesus rises from the dead. The stone covering His tomb is rolled away and the guards are terrified. Jesus later appears to Mary Magdalene and sends her to the Apostles with the Good News. In the evening, He appears to Apostles behind locked doors.
2. The Ascension
(Mk. 16:19-20; Lk. 24:50-53; Acts 1:9-12)
Jesus appears to the disciples over the course of 40 days. Then He leads them out as far as Bethany. Blessing them, Jesus departs from them and ascends into the clouds. The disciples return to Jerusalem, rejoicing.
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
The disciples pray in the upper room, the Cenacle. On the Jewish feast of Pentecost, 50 days after the Resurrection and 10 after the Ascension, the Holy Spirit descends upon them, like tongues of fire, with charismatic gifts. The Church grows quickly after Peter preaches the Gospel for the first time.
4. The Assumption
It was a special privilege of the Blessed Virgin that, at the end of her life on earth, she was assumed body and soul into heaven. There she joined her resurrected Son in the glory of heaven. She now possesses, body and soul, the glory we hope to have at the resurrection of the dead.
5. The Coronation of Mary
Assumed into heaven, Mary is now crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth by her son, Christ the King. Because of her humility and obedience to the divine will, our Lady now reigns in glory. As our Queen, she intercedes for all those who turn to her in their needs.