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Praying with Joy
w/c 12 November 2018
Liturgical Year: Ordinary time
Gospel: Luke 1: 30-38
This week’s daily prayer focuses on the Joyful Mysteries. The Joyful Mysteries are part of the rosary and focus on five moments in the early life of Jesus.
The first Joyful Mystery is the Annunciation, where the angel Gabriel gave Mary the message that she would conceive and bear the son of God. The angel Gabriel visited Mary at the Holy House in Nazareth, and it is a replica of this house that was built in Walsingham in 1061. Walsingham (in Norfolk) is now a holy place of pilgrimage to Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox Christians.
As we journey through the joyful mysteries of the rosary this week, we pray that the pupils will hear and be open to God’s call for them to respond, like Mary, with joy and love.
The image that we focus on this week is of Our Lady of Walsingham, from the Walsingham Catholic shrine.
Before you start each day:
- Prepare a simple prayer focus, for example a green cloth for Ordinary time, a candle and a Bible open at Luke 1.
- Invite the children to gather around the prayer focus, with a good view of the IWB for the presentation each day.
- You might like to invite a pupil each day to read the slides, or an adult working in the classroom.
Structure of each day:
• Prayer intention.
• The Our Father.
• Joyful mystery for the day.
• Hail Mary (KS2 might like to pray a decade of 10 Hail Mary’s each day).
• A moment to pray, reflect or share (this can be led or adapted by the prayer leader).
• Glory Be to close.
Tuesday – Discuss why Mary was so joyful. A variety of answers are possible depending on age and knowledge e.g. Mary had been chosen by God, she would bear God’s son, she had found favour with God.
Wednesday – Discuss how they can welcome Jesus into their heart and into their school. A variety of answers are possible depending on age and knowledge e.g. through prayer, choosing to be like Jesus (loving, kind etc), learning scripture, reception of the Eucharist, going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, raising money for people in need, having statues and artwork of Jesus and the saints in school, etc.