Mary is the Mother of God. Jesus is 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
For Parents to Teach to Their Children
This week begins our 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
“Twelve Roses for Mary Print”
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 Writing Project–“Hail Mary” Abbreviated Acrostic Poem
This is a parent and child project. It helps to have the Bible story you want to use in front of you to help your child. Invite your child to write, “Hail Mary” (or “Ave Maria”) vertically on a sheet of paper. For each capital letter, add a word from any of “The Joyful Mysteries.” I chose to find words from story of “The Annunciation.” For example:
Source: USCCB.org “Announcement of the Birth of Jesus.” Luke , chapter 1:26-38
Our Prayers to Mary
Our Art Project–“Twelve Roses for Mary”
Method and Materials
- 1. Squirt an Oreo-size glob of both white liquid glue and liquid acrylic paint onto a paper plate, for the back ground color.
2. Mix with brush and start painting the watercolor paper, rapidly.
- 3. Add colors you want to bottom of paper and smooth to top with a “squeegee.” Imperfections in spreading is desired!
4. When done, quickly place a new, clean sheet of watercolor paper on top of the wet, first sheet.
5. Press down, all over, with your hands, then peel off.
6. Let both sheets dry completely.
7. Now, squirt a glob of the color paint you want onto a paper plate.
8. Use a rose or other flower, with the color you choose of acrylic paint for the design “stamp.”
9. When dry, dip the rose into paint and press it down upon the sheet of paper. Repeat as many times as you wish. Let dry.
Note* If you don’t have a rose, cut the bottom of a celery bottom straight across, dip in paint, and use as a stamp. The result looks like it was made from a rose!
The successive prints will be a mirror images of the original. Expect the printed sheets of paper will look different with each printing. The original may quickly end up without hardly any paint on it. Feel free to add anything you’d like to the prints–gold paint, cut-outs, new paintings, etc. If something doesn’t work as you wish, let it dry, then cut it up to make a collage out of one or more of the sheets of paper. Have fun and experiment!
Suggested Homework Activities–Week Ten
The quiz below is from “MagnifiKid!” October 20, 2019. Vol.16. Part II. Section 4. Pages 14-15
“How well do you know the land of Jesus?”
1. “What is the name of the town where Jesus was born?” (Bethlehem)
2. “What is the name of the town where Jesus grew up?” (Nazareth)
3. “In which region is the town of Nazareth located?” (Galilee)
4. “What is the name of the river that crosses the country where Jesus lived and in which John the Baptist performed
5. “What is the name of the town in which Jesus performed his first miracle?” (Cana)
6. “What is the name of the capital of the country where Jesus lived?” (Jerusalem)