Today we celebrate Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (and in our family, we also remember the anniversary of TheMadHatter’s First Holy Communion!)
The rosary is a prayer which we offer with our hearts, our lips and our fingers. It is a mental prayer in which we meditate on the life of Jesus. The rosary may not be “in the Bible” but surely the Bible is in the rosary!
There are four sets of “mysteries” ~The Joyful, The Luminous, The Sorrowful and the Glorious. The Joyful mysteries point us to meditate on these events:
First Joyful mystery: The Annunciation by Gabriel to Mary
Second Joyful mystery: The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
Third Joyful mystery: The Birth of Jesus
Fourth Joyful mystery: The Presentation
Fifth Joyful mystery: The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple
I’ll let you look up the rest of the mysteries if you’re unfamiliar with them. All of the the mysteries can be prayed each day, or one set of mysteries each day… There are traditional days on which different mysteries are said, but it’s really up to us. Since the introduction of the Luminous mysteries, there are varying “opinions” on what are the ‘right’ days to say which mystery. Just keep praying no matter which mystery you pray! 🙂
Renewal Ministries has a great free PDF called Holy Scriptures in the Rosary. There is a great introduction to the rosary, its history and practice in addition to scriptures for meditation on each bead. Here is a peek at part of what they put together for the Joyful mysteries:
I. THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE INCARNATION OF JESUS BY THE ANGEL
Prophesied Isaiah 7:13-14
Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to weary men, must you also weary my God!? Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.
Prefigured Genesis 18:1,9,12
The LORD appeared to Abraham by the terebinth of Mamre. … “Where is your wife Sarah? … I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah will then have a son.” … So Sarah laughed. … The LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? … Is anything too marvelous for the LORD to do? At the appointed time, … I will return to you, and Sarah will have a son.”
John 1:1,14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.
Luke 1:26-27 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.
Luke 1:28-29 Coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Luke 1:30-32 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High.”
Luke: 1:32-34 “The Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”
To see the rest of this a great document, go download Holy Scriptures in the Rosary.
We will be making our Sorrowful mysteries lapbook today and I have a little idea for another craft the kids might enjoy… And of course, we’ll color Charlotte’s Our Lady of the Rosary Coloring page!
I’ll be back later with some pictures!