Praying the Rosary

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“Let Us Pray.”

Mary and Jesus from the Milk Church in Bethlehem

We begin our on-line Sunday School enrichment activities with learning about Mary in the life of Jesus, and have a review of How to pray the Rosary. Praying the Rosary is a part of the weekly material.

Here is my Rosary from Bethlehem. The beads are made of olive wood, and there is a bit of soil from Bethlehem in a small glass bead on the back of the silver portrait of Mary and Baby Jesus.

“Begin with the sign of the cross, then say an Our Father, ten Hail Mary’s and a Glory Be.” From Magnifikid! Vol. 14.Part 9. Section 4

My Rosary from Bethlehem


We Learn Through Reading

Child’s Guide to the Rosary is an excellent resource for families. “A youngster’s guide to the Rosary, with each mystery keyed to scripture to show how the Rosary is not centered around Mary, but leads us, through Mary, to Jesus; includes illustrations and full prayers for how to pray the Rosary. Ages 5 to 9.”

I like all of Elizabeth Ficocelli’s books on Catholicism for children. They are age-appropriate, loving, and sensitive to children’s needs and development.

We Recite the Mysteries

Beginning with The Joyful Mysteries (These are recited Monday and Saturday)

  1. “The Annunciation “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to you word.” (Luke 1:38)
  2. The Visitation “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. (Luke 1:46-47)
  3. The Nativity “For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.” (Luke 2:11)
  4. The Presentation “My eyes have seen your salvation.” (Luke 2:30)
  5. The Finding in the Temple “Did you not know that I needed to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:41-52)”

Source: Magnifikid! Vol. 14.Part 9. Section 4
And, From COMPENDIUM Catechism of the Catholic Church Appendix A. Common Prayers Page 189

The Mysteries of Light (These are recited Thursdays)

  1. “The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:13-17)
  2. The Wedding Feast at Cana “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5)
  3. The Announcement of the Kingdom  “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom is at hand: repent and believe in the Gospel.” (Mark 1:14)
  4. The Transfiguration “This is my Son, my Choses; listen to him!” (Luke 9:34-35)
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist “And behold, I am with you until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).”

Source: A Child’s Guide to the Rosary (last page)

The Sorrowful Mysteries (These are recited Tuesdays and Fridays)

  1. THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN (Luke 22:43)
  3. THE CROWNING WITH THORNS (Matthew 27:28-29)
  5. THE CRUCIFIXION” (John 19:25-27)

Source: The Sorrowful Mysteries from

The Glorious Mysteries (These are recited Wednesdays and Sundays)

  1. THE RESURRECTION (Matthew 28:5-6)
  2. THE ASCENSION (Mark 16:15)
  4. THE ASSUMPTION (Revelation 12:6)
  5. THE CORONATION” (Revelation 12:1)

Source: The Sorrowful Mysteries from

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After the Rosary:

“HAIL, HOLY QUEEN, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. O GOD, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our Lord.” Amen.

“After each decade say the following prayer requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima: ‘O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.'”