Sacraments & Vocation – Teen Family Lesson 2019-2020

Lesson Focus – The Rosary tells the story of Jesus’ life in four parts called Mysteries. This lesson will focus on the Luminous Mysteries. These stories tell about the things Jesus did that brought light to the world.

 

Before you begin – INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARENTS
  • To complete this lesson, you will need to refer to the Catholic Youth Bible (CYB).
  • How to find Scripture Passages in the Bible – Refer to CYB pg. 14
  • After reviewing the lesson, you may find it necessary to discuss with your teen what was learned and questions needing further explanation. Please contact the FF Office at 716-688-0599 or email familyfaith@stmaryswormville.org if you would like assistance.
  • You may also want to consider attending one of the scheduled Lesson Nights on this topic with your teen.

Pray!

Begin your lesson with prayer  –
  • Begin prayer with the Sign of the Cross
  • Pray –

Lord God, open our minds and hearts as we come together in prayer. Learning and reflecting on the mysteries of your life, allowing us to absorb their meaning and live out the lessons that Jesus reveals to us. Amen

  • End the prayer with the Sign of the Cross

Discover!

Parents – Before you begin the lesson with your teen, review The Rosary Prayers of the Rosary (see below):

The Rosary

  • If your teen is not familiar with the rosary, then please put a rosary in the hands of your teen and explore how to use it together.
  • How to pray the rosary

Prayers of the Rosary

  • If your teen does not know the prayers of the rosary, you can find them in the Bible as indicated below:
    Sign of the Cross
    Apostles’ Creed — CYB pg. 1728
    Our Father — CYB pg. 1730
    Hail Mary — CYB pg. 1729
    Glory Be — CYB pg. 1729
    Fatima Prayer — (this is not in your Bible) “O my Jesus forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls into heaven especially those in most need of your mercy “
Lesson –

The Five Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary

 

  • Suggestion: Look up and bookmark the bolded Bible passages before you begin the lesson.
  • Parents: For each of the five mysteries, with your teen, read the Bible passage, share in the discussion for each mystery, and pray.
    1. Luminous Mystery #1 — The Baptism of Jesus (Read the Bible passage, Discuss, Pray the Rosary)

      • Bible — read Matthew 3:16-17
      • Discuss — The Lord Jesus came to each of us in our Baptisms. When you were Baptized, the Holy Spirit descended upon you, and the Father said, “This is my beloved child, with whom I am well pleased!” Thus, you became the light of Christ to shine in the world. You have been invested with the mission of this light! Parents, describe the day your children were Baptized, remembering as many details as possible; the weather, who was in attendance, etc.
      • Pray — Place the rosary in your hands and find the 1st large bead where this mystery would be announced. Take a moment to reflect on how your Baptism started you on your faith journey and how you plan to continue this journey.
    2. Luminous Mystery #2 — Wedding at Cana (Read the Bible passage, Discuss, Pray the Rosary)

      • Bible —  read John 2:5-7
      • Discuss — The servers listened to Jesus’ instruction after His mother told them to “do whatever He tells you.” Talk about a time when you’ve obeyed instructions even when the task didn’t make sense at the time. It could of been a time involving your parents, a teacher, a coach, etc. Why did you listen and obey without fully understanding; was it out of trust, love or a different reason?
      • Pray —  Place the rosary in your hands and find the 2nd large bead where this mystery would be announced. Take a moment to thank the Holy Trinity for making Christ known to us in this miracle, and for Mary’s intersession.
    3. Luminous Mystery #3 — Proclaiming the Kingdom (Read the Bible passage, Discuss, Pray the Rosary)

      • Bible— read Matthew 10:7-8
      • Discuss — Jesus “commissioned” or sent his disciples out to act in the same ways they had watched Him act. Jesus wasn’t only asking this of the twelve disciples, He is also asking the same of us at this very moment.  He sends us forth into this world to act as He did. For example, every time you get hurt, He asks you to forgive as He did. Recall a time in your life you acted in a way Jesus would have, or think about a situation in the present time and discuss how you intend to follow Jesus’ example.
      • Pray —  Place the rosary in your hands and find the 3rd large bead where this mystery would be announced. Take a moment to slowly pray “The Lord’s Prayer”, the prayer that Christ himself taught us during his public ministry. Pay close attention to each word as you pray.
    4. Luminous Mystery #4 — Transfiguration (Read the Bible passage, Discuss, Pray the Rosary)

      • Bible —  read Luke 9:29,35
      • Discuss — In this mystery, we see something extra special about to happen…Jesus prayed, and He changed. His clothes were super bright, and the three disciples witnessed the glory of God. What God does in our lives when we let Him into our hearts is like a transfiguration of sorts. By doing good you become brighter to others, you can make a difference! Please watch this video about how Brandon Jackson shares the light of Christ.
      • Pray — Place the rosary in your hands and find the 4th large bead where this mystery would be announced.  Take a moment in prayer asking God to come into your heart, to inspire you to share your goodness or light with others.
    5. Luminous Mystery #5 — Institution of the Eucharist (Read the Bible passage, Discuss, Pray the Rosary)
      • Bible —  read Luke 22:19-20
      • Discuss — Jesus gave us the greatest gift in the Eucharist, the core mystery of our faith. He gave us His very self. When we attend Mass we actively participate in this gift and receive the grace we need to give of ourselves.  As a family talk about generosity and how we can be generous in different ways; our time, talents, and treasures. Take turns listing one way you can be generous in these ways and discuss a plan to make it happen.
      • Pray — Place the rosary in your hands and find the 5th large bead where this mystery would be announced. Take a moment to thank Jesus for this new covenant, one based on love, and sealed with His own blood. A promise and gift that He shares with us each time we receive Him in communion.
  • Live!

    • The Luminous Mysteries remind us to follow Jesus, the light of the world. Parents, share with your teen a person in your life either in the present or when you were younger who inspires(d) you to be a good person. Ask if they can think of someone who brightens their day and motivates them share that light with others.
    • Parents, if you have not already prayed the rosary, consider praying a decade (10 beads) of the rosary with your teen to remind us of the joyful events of Jesus’ life.
    • Parents, these words/phrase remind us of the Luminous Mysteries: Openness to the Holy Spirit, To Jesus through Mary, Repentance and Trust in God, Desire for Holiness, Adoration. Choose one and discuss how it relates to your family’s life.

  • Pray!

    End your lesson with prayer –
    • Begin prayer with the Sign of the Cross
    • Sit together quietly for a moment or two and be aware that Christ gave each one of us a light and we are capable of magnifying that light and passing it on to other people. Close your eyes and imagine the next way you will pass that light along to someone else. Share your thoughts with one another.
    • End prayer with the Sign of the Cross