"To recite the rosary is nothing other than to contemplate the face of Christ with Mary." - Pope John Paul II
In his letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae" October 16, 2002, Pope John Paul II expressed his esteem for a method of praying that has nourished the faith of generations of Christians. The pope called on Catholics, and other Christians as well, to pray the rosary and enter "the school of Mary." who knew Jesus Christ so well as his mother and who was his closest disciple.
Though it is not mandatory, the pope also suggested that five mysteries be added to the traditional fifteen. He called them "Luminous Mysteries," or the Mysteries of Light, which include the mysteries of Christ's public ministry between His Baptism and His Passion. While leaving the use of these mysteries "to the freedom of individuals and communities," Pope John Paul suggested that they could help make the prayer more deeply centered in the life of Christ.
This book includes the Luminous Mysteries, taken from a period of Jesus' life when he revealed Himself as "the light of the world," and incorporates them into the fifteen traditional mysteries.