This week we have started to get ready for the National Day of Prayer – Pope Francis’ May Rosary Call to the Universal Church, to pray the Rosary.
Mary is honoured all over the world. She is the mother of Jesus and the mother of the Church.
Why is the Rosary associated with Mary?
Saint Dominic saw Mary in a vision, and she explained the Rosary to him telling him it would help bring people to Jesus.
The Rosary is a collection of prayers that help us think about times in Jesus life. During each memory we say an Our Father, ten Hail Marys and a Glory Be. This group of prayers is called a decade and there are five of them. In each one we think of a different memory called a mystery and these are in groups from different times in Jesus life.
Mysteries of the Rosary
There are four groups of mysteries:
Joyful Mysteries – These are about Jesus’ childhood.
Luminous Mysteries – (Mysteries of Light) These are about Jesus’ adult life.
Sorrowful Mysteries – These are the events of Good Friday.
Glorious Mysteries – These are about what happened after Jesus’ Resurrection.
Nicola and Wojciech went round the school and put up some posters to remind us of this important event.
We have also been busy making flowers and next week we will be crowning Mary with flowers and laying flowers at her feet.
So why pray the Rosary?
It helps us get closer to Jesus and Mary. It helps us to remember the events in the life of Jesus and to praise God for him.