Saturday, 9 May 2015

10.5.15 Remain in my love

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Welcome back to a little liturgy.

In a departure from the normal structure, we are looking at things Marian this week in order to celebrate the month of May.  


The readings this week are all focussed on LOVE.  St Peter tells us that "God does not have favourites" and we hear that the Holy Spirit is "poured out on the pagans too."  John tells us that "anyone who fails to love can never have known God".  In the Gospel Jesus commands "Love one another as I have loved you."  

If we look at the life of Mary we see that it is a good example of loving God.  Throughout her life she accepted the events in Jesus' life and did her best to support him even though it was often difficult and she did not fully understand his ways.  


One of the most famous Catholic prayers is the Rosary.  The traditional form groups prayers into three "Mysteries".

The Joyful Mysteries
The Sorrowful Mysteries
The Glorious Mysteries

The Joyful Mysteries trace the early life of Jesus and celebrate Mary's role as his mother.  

1.  The Annunciation
2.  The Visitation
3.  The Nativity
4.  The Presentation
5.  Finding the child Jesus in the Temple.  

Write a number between each of the statements below to show which of the Joyful mysteries of the rosary they are associated with.   

Mary visited her cousin.
Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem to be counted for the census.  
Jesus was interpreting the scriptures at the temple.
Mary spoke with Simeon.  
Mary accepted her role as mother according to God's will.  
Joseph and Mary took an offering of doves to the temple.  
John the Baptist jumped in his mother's womb when she met Mary.  
Mary and Joseph took shelter in a stable.
Mary was greeted by an angel.  
Mary and Joseph were worried that Jesus was lost.  

Think about how each of these five mysteries might be joyful for Mary.  

Extra resources and activities

Find a rosary and sit down with someone who can explain it to you.  Try praying one decade of the Joyful Mysteries with them.  

Below is a useful link to help you understand and remember how to pray the rosary.

Explanation of the rosary

Many people suggest that it was St Dominic who first started praying with a rosary.  You may like to find out more about this.

I hope you find something helpful this week.  


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