The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

The Fifth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary is the Finding in the Temple, when, after a trip to Jerusalem, Mary and Joseph could not find the young Jesus.

Mary and Joseph and a large group of their relatives and friends went to Jerusalem on pilgrimage, following Passover. On the day of their return, Jesus "lingered" in the Temple, but Mary and Joseph thought was among their group. Mary and Joseph headed back home and after a day of travel realized, Jesus was missing, so they returned to Jerusalem. He was found in the Temple in discussion with the elders who were amazed at his learning, especially given his young age. When admonished by Mary, Jesus replied, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?

At the top of the window is a symbol of the Menorah. Traditional Catholicism has many elements that came from the Jewish religion of the times of Christ. The reason why there are six candles on an altar is that early Christians used a menorah, and the middle candle was replaced with the crucifix.

The bottom half of the window depicts the holy family with Christ’s hands raised, which traditionally is a sign of teaching authority.  In the background are depicted various elders from the temple.  [see LK 2:42-51]

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