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From Genesis to Revelation: Seven Scriptural Rosaries [$10.00]
by Christine Haapala and Illustrations by Christine Parson

An Encyclopedia of Rosaries
This is the first Scriptural devotional Christine Haapala wrote. Now in 2nd edition, this is the most extensive collection of Scriptural Rosaries you will find in one book - Seven in All. One for each day of the week. Each Scriptural Rosary contains a thematic set of 150 Bible quotations that are specially selected to accompany and illuminate meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary from the books of the Old and New Testament.
This is a prayer book you will love to use often.
15 Duplettes from the book
From Genesis to Revelation: Seven Scriptural Rosaries
Gabriel, the Holy Spirit's Messenger
Reflections for the First Joyful Mystery - The Annunciation






The archangel Gabriel appeared to Daniel, as well, as the Blessed Virgin Mary as the messenger and the voice of the Holy Spirit. While Daniel (and other Old Testament writers) wrote about the coming Christ, the four Evangelists wrote of the Incarnate Word, the Virgin Birth, and the Risen Christ including Mary's role as Mother of the Redeemer

Daniel 9:21-23; 12:4; Psalm 102:19-20; Matthew 1:1; Mark 1:1; Luke 1:1, 26-28, 30; John 1:1, 21:24; Ephesians 6:19; 2 Timothy 3:15-16;

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Spirit Filled
Reflections for the Second Joyful Mystery - The Visitation






Mary visits Elizabeth and Zechariah, spending three months with them prior to the birth of St. John the Baptist. All were filled with the Holy Spirit. Thirty years later, St. John baptizes Jesus in the Jordan River.

Psalm 104:30; Isaiah 40:3; Matthew 3:13,16-17; 11:7,11; 18:19-20; Luke 1:13-15, 39--42, 67, 76; 1 Cor 6:19; 1 John 4:2

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Prophetic Trumpet
Reflections for the Third Joyful Mystery - The Nativity






The Old Testament prophets trumpeted the prophesies of the Messiah reflecting the birth of the Christ Child in Bethlehem.

Ezekiel 39:29; Zephaniah 1:14; Haggai 2:4-5; Hosea 8:1; Isaiah 7:14; 9:5; Micah 1:3; Joel 2:1, Isaiah 27:13 Malachi 3:19; Jeremiah 33:14; Nahum 2:3; Habakkuk 3:13; Obadiah 0:15; Zechariah 2:14; Amos 9:11; Psalm 81:4; 98:6; Luke 1:69-70; Acts of the Apostles 3:24

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Pierced with a Sword
Reflections for the Fourth Joyful Mystery - The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple






The various sacrifices to God are depicted from the faithful obedience of Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, to Mary and Joseph's obedience to the Mosaic law - sacrifice of two turtledoves, and the ultimate sacrifice of Christ as "the Lamb of God." Mary's suffering was prophesied by Simon that she would be "pierced with a sword."

Genesis 22:2, 12-13; Exodus 12:6, 13:1-2; Mark 14:24; John 1:29, John 19:33-34, Isaiah 53:7, Luke 2:24, 34-35; 1 Peter 1:18-20; Revelation 5:12

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Teacher of Wisdom
Reflections for the Fifth Joyful Mystery - The Finding of Jesus in the Temple






Jesus' wisdom was evident from his youth, from His teaching at the feet of the wise men in the temple to His miraculous ministry to the thousands during the Sermon on the Mount. Blessed are we when we hear the Word of God.

Deuterononmy 8:3; Matthew 4:4; Hebrews 1:3; Isaiah 30:20; John 3:2 John 18:19-20 Luke 2:46-47 Luke 2:48-9; Mark 6:34, 41; Psalm 49:4; Matthew 12:42; Psalm 50:5,7

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My Rock, My Salvation
Reflections for the First Sorrowful Mystery - The Agony in the Garden

The theme of God as our "Rock of Salvation" permeates Old Testament writings. This figurative reference to the rock in the garden and the stone rolled away at the tomb depict the salvation Jesus wrought for us at the cross.

On the left are the sleeping apostles beside Jesus, while He prays in the Garden of Gethsemani. Jesus, drenched in blood, leans in agony on the rock and receives strength from an angel as He accepts the cup - God's will to save His people.

On the right, three days later, Mary Magdalene is greeted by two angels at Jesus' empty tomb. The stone is rolled away. She hears the good news of His Resurrection and brings the word back to the apostles.

Psalm 18:3; 62:2-3; Isaiah 25:9; 33:2; Matthew 26:12-13; Luke 22:39-43; John 20:1, 11-12; Philippians 2:12; Hebrews 5:7-8

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XL
Reflections for the Second Sorrowful Mystery - The Scourging at the Pillar






Both Jesus and St. Paul suffered brutal sufferings at the hands of the Romans. St. Paul lived his exhortation to us to "Imitate Christ."

2 Corinthians 11:26-27; 2 Corinthians 12:10 2 Corinthians 12:9, 1 Corinthians 11:1 Colossians 1:24; Deuteronomy 25:3 Isaiah 50:6 John 19:1, Isaiah 53:5 Matthew 5:11; Psalm 62:4; Revelation 3:12

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Cleansing Tears
Reflections for the Third Sorrowful Mystery - The Crowning of Thorns






Mary Magdalene's tears of sorrow washed Jesus' feet. Jesus' suffering during His crowning with thorns washes away our sins and wipes clean all of our tears of sorrow.

Psalm 34:18, 23; 126:5-6; Jeremiah 33:8, John 8:11; 2 Timothy 4:7-8; Isaiah 38:5; 25:8 ; James 1:12; Lamentations 2:18-19 ; Luke 7:38; Matthew 27:28-29; 1 John 1:7, Revelation 7:17; Revelation 21:3-4

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His Burden
Reflections for the Fourth Sorrowful Mystery - The Carrying of the Cross






Jesus triumphantly enters Jerusalem on a beast of burden, but one week later is carrying the burden of our sins. Ironically, many in both of the crowds were the same - one week cheering, the next week jeering.

Acts of the Apostles 15:28 Hebrews 12:7,12-13; Isaiah 9:3 Jeremiah 17:24-25 Luke 23:27, Romans 14:11; Isaiah 45:23; Mark 15:21; Luke 23:26; Galatians 6:2 Matthew 11:25,29-30; Matthew 21:2, Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:5; Matthew 21:8; Matthew 21:9-10; Numbers 11:17

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Woman
Reflections for the Fifth Sorrowful Mystery - The Crucifixion






Entangled in the serpent's lie, Eve at the foot of a tree brought sin, and consequently, death to the world as she shared in the first sin with Adam.

However, Mary, called the new Eve, stood at foot of Jesus' wooden tree where He died for our sins to bring all men to eternal life.

Genesis 3:1, 6, 14-15; Psalm 1:1-3; Proverbs 3:13,18; Luke 1:28; John 19:25-27; Romans 6:10; Galatians 4:4; 1 Corinthians 15:22-23; Hebrews 12:2; 1 Peter 2:24

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Three Days
Reflections for the First Glorious Mystery - The Resurrection






Numerous times Christ referred to Himself fulfilling prophesies, such as, just as Jonah spent three days in the belly of a whale so He would spend three days in the bowels of the earth.

1 Corinthians 3:13; Daniel 3:88; Isaiah 43:2; John 2:19,21; Jonah 1:14-15; Jonah 2:1-2; Jonah 2:3, 6-7; Luke 11:29-30; Matthew 12:39-41; Micah 7:19-20; Tobit 13:2

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Right Hand of God
Reflections for the Second Glorious Mystery - The Ascension




The central theme is the mighty right hand of God which spans time and space to save His people.

The Old Testament tells of Moses and the Israelites crossing the Red Sea with the Egyptians in pursuit. Trusting in God's promise to save them, they witness the waters being held back by the mighty hand of God.

In the center of the picture is depicted the crucified hand of Jesus, nailed at the cross, where he brought salvation and mercy to the world. From His hands pour forth water and blood to wash us clean.

Exodus 13:3; 15:6; 17:12; Ezekiel 8:22; Psalm 16:8; 18:17-18; 48:11; 73:23; 110:5; 139:10; Proverbs 8:29; Ecclesiastes 9:1; Isaiah 26:11; 57:20-21; Naham 1:4; Zechariah 9:10; Mark 16:19; John 12:32; 20:24, 29; 1 Peter 5:6

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Spirit in the Church
Reflections for the Third Glorious Mystery - The Descent of the Holy Spirit




Mary, the Apostles, and followers of Jesus are filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Spirit flows through the church, as evidenced in the Saints, such as, St Thomas Aquinas, St Augustine, St Francis of Assisi, and St Theresa of Avila who are depicted in the lower right of the picture. Even today, the family of God is in the Church and is continually being blessed by the Spirit. (The church silhouette in the upper right hand corner is my parish church)

Exodus 24:17, Isaiah 10:17, Zechariah 2:9; Psalm 68:6, Matthew 28:19; John 14:26; 15:26; Acts of the Apostles 1:8; 2:3-4, 33-36; Colossians 1:15,18; 1 Corinthians 12:27-28; Ephesians 4:5-6; 5:25-27; Hebrews 12:29; Revelation 1:6

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Magnificat
Reflections for the Fourth Glorious Mystery -
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven

The unifying theme is the goal of eternal life with Christ.

Mary's arm as extending from the lower left corner depicts the ultimate follower of Christ as His Sorrowful Mother. She followed her Son throughout her life, eventually holding the dead Christ in her arms. Other faithful followers, Mary Magdalene and St. John, also join her at the foot of the cross.

The upper right depicts Mary's constancy of purpose. Her eyes are ever on heaven where her Risen Son draws her to Him.

Judith 13:18; Ecclesiastes 5:14; Song of Songs 2:10; 4:7; Isaiah 29:19; Matthew 5:2, 11, 12; Luke 1:46, 48, 52; 23:47; John 11:25-26; 14:3; 19:30, 40; Romans 16:6; Philippians 3:14; Colossians 3:3-4

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Shepherd and King
Reflections for the Fifth Glorious Mystery -
The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth



The little town of Bethlehem, home of King David and his son King Solomon, is the birthplace of the King of Kings. While Mary and Joseph hold the Prince of Peace, He is visited by three kings, as well as, lowly shepherds - rich and poor alike. Jesus' kingship iextends to all his followers and we are part of His flock as He cares for us as the "Good Shepherd."

1 Chronicles 11:2-3; Psalm 23:1; 45:10; 95:7; Micah 5:1; Matthew 1:20-21; 2:10-11; Luke 2:15; John 7:42; 10:14; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 12:1, 5; 22:16

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