Praying 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 the lives of Jesus and Mary here on earth – a mystery. This resource was created to be used in the classroom, but you may wish to use it to help you pray the Rosary at home with your child(ren).

The Mysteries

There are four parts to the rosary, known as ‘mysteries’:

The Luminous Mysteries
The Sorrowful Mysteries
The Glorious Mysteries
The Joyful Mysteries

For each set of mysteries, we are introduced to five different elements or ‘snapshots’ of the lives of Jesus and Mary. Each snapshot taken from Scripture is an opportunity to reflect and pray. To respond, we pray a set of prayers, which together with the reflection is called a ‘decade’. The prayers we say as part of this set begin with one Our Father, followed by ten Hail Marys and one Glory Be to finish. We use the beads of the Rosary to keep track of our prayers!

May is known as ‘The Month of Our Lady’, while October is known as ‘The Month of the Rosary’, and on October 7 we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. But anytime is a perfect time to begin or continue praying the Rosary with children!

Each week during May or October you could choose one set of mysteries of the Rosary, and each day complete one decade.

Alternatively, complete a whole set of mysteries in a single time of extended prayer (5 decades).

Decide for yourself how many times to say the prayers each day, for example:

Option 1: 1 x Our Father, 10 x Hail Marys, 1 x Glory Be (this is ‘a decade’)
Option 2: 1 x Our Father, 3 x Hail Marys, 1 x Glory Be
Option 3: 1 x Our Father, 1 x Hail Mary, 1 x Glory Be

If the children are saying 10 Hail Marys, they can use their fingers to count.  Children may also like to bring in rosaries from home to use.

  1. Identify a Prayer Leader and two Readers each day.
  2. Start with the Sign of the Cross.
  3. Invite the Readers to read the text on the first two slides each day, which helps children to focus on different elements of the mystery.
  4. Allow time to pause and reflect in silence before moving on to the set of prayers.
  5. Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be according to your selected option above. The Prayer Leader reads the beginning of each prayer, and the rest of the class should respond to finish the prayers.
    NB. There is only one Hail Mary slide each day so stay on this for the number of times you will say this prayer.
  6. End the time of prayer with the Sign of the Cross.
    NB. If you are completing a full set of mysteries in one time of extended prayer, the Sign of the Cross is only required at the beginning and end of the whole Rosary and not at the end of each individual decade.

Key Stage Variations

  • You could ask the children what is happening in the picture for each day.
  • For younger children, the teacher may be the Prayer Leader and take the Readers’ parts, or you could invite older children from KS2 to take responsibility for helping to lead the daily prayers in KS1.
  • On the first slide each day, invite children to set a prayer intention for their time of prayer.