The Rosary

The final traditional form of meditation we are going to explore today is the Rosary. The Rosary is a meditative prayer that reflects upon the life, ministry, and death of Jesus and also on His Blessed Mother. As we repeat the familiar prayers, we allow our minds to think about events in the lives of Jesus and Mary here on earth – a mystery.

You can imagine that praying the rosary is like being invited to look at Mary’s family photograph album. It gives us a snapshot of the joyful, luminous, sorrowful, glorious moments of her life with Jesus.

There are lots of different ways you can pray the rosary in school. It could be part of your daily prayers or you may use it more during the Month of the Rosary –  October or May the Month of Mary. Some schools have rosary clubs at lunchtime, where older pupils can teach the younger ones how to pray.

One of my fondest memories from primary school is the annual May procession. Those who had made their first Holy Communion wore their dresses, everyone brought in flowers and we walked around the playground praying the rosary before gathering in the hall to crown the statue of our lady.

However, you choose to pray the rosary in your school I would really encourage you to do it if you don’t already.

Pope Francis himself encourages us to pray the rosary. A few years ago now he said to young people:

I would like to emphasise the beauty of a simple contemplative prayer, accessible to all, great and small, the educated and those with little education. It is the prayer of the Holy Rosary. In the Rosary we turn to the Virgin Mary so that she may guide us to an ever closer union with her Son Jesus to bring us into conformity with him, to have his sentiments and to behave like him. Indeed, in the Rosary while we repeat the Hail Mary we meditate on the Mysteries, on the events of Christ’s life, so as to know and love him ever better. The Rosary is an effective means for opening ourselves to God, for it helps us to overcome egotism and to bring peace to hearts, in the family, in society and in the world.
Pope Francis to Young Lithuanians, 2017

I had the opportunity to pray the rosary on my visit to St Francis’ primary school and here is how we got on.

Praying the Rosary

You can find resources to help you pray the rosary in the content library on our website, including information about how to lead it, images and words you can put on the board to help and ideas for Key Stage variations.

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