Saturday, October 9, 2010

Praying the Rosary ~ Luminous Mysteries

This is part two of a four part series on the Rosary and how we as a family, have used an image slideshow to help deepen our meditation and to aid our ability to concentrate during the rosary.

To how to create this slideshow, go to Part One and it is all explained there.

In this posting I am sharing some of the Luminous Mystery images I have collected and also what our family altar looks like and how the slideshow works in with our family altar.

Click on any of the images to see in full size.

Our family altar sits upon our entertainment unit ~ our unit contains a fairly big TV screen. We do not have normal channels connected to it, only EWTN. Behind the right hand door of the entertainment unit we use to have a stereo and speakers, but upon going over to iphone, we now listen to our music via the phone and a dock. So in that, now spare space, we keep an old computer so that we can convert the TV into a computer screen and it is from there that we show our slidshow images, using the computer.

Here is a full view, when doors are closed.

Here are some photos of the slideshow in operation. You can see how the IrfanView slideshow takes each image and allows it to fill the screen. The background is black and so I have put a few images that are not rectangular or square in shape, into paintshop pro, in order to colour the surrounding areas of the picture, black.

The image above would have been one example of that except the original image had the background as black around the spires area (thank goodness! that would have been a difficult one to work on eitherwise.)

If you do not have a similar set up, there is no reason why you cannot put a slidshow on a laptop and place near to your usual family prayer area.

As I mentioned in my previous posting, I have five images to a mystery and I set the slideshow up with a 20second gap between changing images, this allows for two Hail Mary's per image.

Usually we have the keyboard and mouse out of the sidedoor to operate the slideshow and dh or my eldest ds will operate it from a chair that they set in front of them.

Though we do have room to set up the keyboard and mouse in front of the TV screen, it's whatever works best for us at the present time.




Another Carl Bloch painting.


When I think of this beautiful mystery I think of this passage of scripture: Luke 4: 16-21

"16And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

17And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

19To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

20And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

21And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."

So when I search for images for the Proclamation of the Kingdom, I search for images that reflect the words Our Lord spoke from scripture in the synagogue, so there is just so many beautiful scenes from the New Testament to find for this mystery.

Carl Bloch




Leanne said...

Thank you Anne for this inspiring blog entry. You have taken quite some time in preparing these Mysteries. Thanks again.

Kristi said...

You found some beautiful artowrk:)

Dipi said...

Wow. Your blog has been a treasure of a find for me. I have downloaded the mysteries you've posted so far, to do something similar - THANK-YOU very much. I await your remaining mysteries hopefully.