For Parents To Teach To Their Children
This week we begin to prepare for Advent and Mary has a starring role. Advent this year begins on November 28th. The first Sunday of Advent is November 29, 2021.
An excellent way to teach the stories about Mary is through the Rosary.
Begin your lessons on Jesus, through learning the Mysteries of the Rosary.
We begin with The Annunciation. Click to learn how to pray the Rosary by Catholic-Kids.com .
The Joyful Mysteries begin with The Annunciation and are recited on Mondays and Saturdays.
“The Joyful Mysteries”
- “The Annunciation
Mary learns that she has been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.
- The Visitation
Mary visits Elizabeth, who tells her that she will always be remembered.
- The Nativity
Jesus is born in a stable in Bethlehem.
- The Presentation
Mary and Joseph take the infant Jesus to the Temple to present him to God.
- The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
Jesus is found in the Temple discussing his faith with the teachers.”
Source: LoyolaPress.com “Mysteries of the Rosary”
Our Art Gallery
“Learning About The Virgin Mary”
“Symbols of Mary–Lily, Fleur-de-lys, Mystic Rose, Iris, Pear, Almond, Periwinkle and Pansy”
Things to Learn About the Virgin Mary
Mary is the Mother of God.
“Mary is the most important of all the saints–a person so good and holy that she was chosen to be the mother of God’s own son.”
“Mary is the Patron Saint of the Entire Human Race.”
Source: Saint and Angels page 7
“Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou amongst Women!”
“Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold, you shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call him Jesus.”
“And the Word was made Flesh and dwelt amongst us.”
Source: Jesus of Nazareth The Story of His Life Written for Children
“Salve Regina” Hail Queen–Gregorian Chant by Monks in the Abbey of Notre Dame, Paris, France
“The Magnificat–Mary’s Prayer”
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.
From COMPENDIUM Catechism of the Catholic Church Appendix A Common Prayers Page 183
An Excerpt for Children On “The Annunciation”
“See! See! in the midst of a dazzling light, not of this world, an Angel stands before her. He comes near, and, kneeling, salutes her:
‘Hail full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women!’
What glorious praise, and from one so high and holy! This is Gabriel, one of the seven who stand before God. How will she answer him?
‘Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold, thou shalt bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord His father, and He shall reign in the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom shall have no end.’
“When at length she is satisfied that it is God’s Will she should be the Mother of the Messiah, and that He wants her consent, thinking neither of the dignity nor of the pain this will bring upon her, she bows her head and says:
‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to they word.’”
“And The Word was made Flesh and dwelt amongst us.”
“And the Angel was returned to God who sent him; and all Heaven was made glad that night.”
Source: Jesus of Nazareth The Story of HIS Life Written For Children Pages 42-44
Our Art Project–Symbol for Mary–The Rose with Cross, and Insignia for Mary
I finally can draw a rose that looks pretty. It’s not so hard if you have good tools–watercolor paper, water soluble crayons and/or watercolor pencils, watercolors and brush and for embellishment, I also used a gold ink pen.
Here are some of the tools that I like the best:
Week Twelve and Suggested Homework Activities
Please make sure your child can recite the “Hail Mary.”
Read “The Annunciation” from your family Bible (Luke 1:26-38) or from a Catholic Children’s Bible.
I do not receive anything in renumeration for these books and supplies. However, the following Catholic Children’s Bible stories are excellent and available on Amazon.com:
Catholic Book of Bible Stories
The Catholic Bible for Children