Lesson focus – The Rosary tells the story of Jesus’ life in four parts called Mysteries. This lesson will focus on the Sorrowful Mysteries. These are the difficult times that happened in Jesus’ life.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Begin your lesson with prayer –
- Begin prayer with the Sign of the Cross
- Pray the following prayer found in your CYB pg. 1387
‘Dear Jesus, you made it clear that those who are greatest are the ones who serve, not the ones who have fame, fortune, or authority. Help me to adjust my priorities so that my wants don’t supersede the needs of others. Place within me a genuine desire to serve. Enable me to recognize the daily opportunities I have to reach out to those in need in my family, in my school, and in my community. Guide me as I strive to follow your example to become a servant leader. Amen’
- End the prayer with the Sign of the Cross
Parents – Before you begin the lesson with your teen, review The Rosary & Prayers of the Rosary (see below):
- 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 “
Five Sorrowful 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. Sorrowful Mystery #1 — The Agony in the Garden (Read the Bible passage, Discuss, Pray the Rosary)
- Bible — read Mark 14:32 – 36 (The Agony in the Garden)
- Discuss — Jesus went to pray knowing what was going to become his fate. “Take this cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will.” Mark 14:36 is a quote from this Bible passage. What does this prayer mean to you? Have you ever found yourself in a sorrowful situation and reaching out to God for guidance?
- Pray — Place the rosary in your hands and find the 1st large bead where this mystery would be announced. Take a moment to think about Jesus praying in the garden and thank Him for His sacrifice for our sins.
2. Sorrowful Mystery #2 — The Scourging at the Pillar (Read the Bible passage, Discuss, Pray the Rosary)
- Bible — read Luke 23: 18-22
- Discuss — Jesus was wrongfully mistreated. Jesus kept his composure through it all. Share some examples of times in your life that you have been in a difficult situation. Did you look to God for help?
- Pray — Place the rosary in your hands and find the 2nd large bead where this mystery would be announced. Take a moment to think about Jesus being mistreated and thank Him for His sacrifice for our sins.
3. Sorrowful Mystery #3 — The Crowning of Thorns (Read the Bible passage, Discuss, Pray the Rosary)
- Bible — read Mark 15:16-18
- Discuss — Jesus was unfairly mistreated further. Talk about a time that a situation was tough for you and you had to face it rather than run away from it. Talk about how we can use Jesus’ example when challenging times happen in our day.
- Pray — Place the rosary in your hands and find the 3rd large bead where this mystery would be announced. Take a moment to think about Jesus going through this tough and painful time and thank Him for His sacrifice for our sins.
4. Sorrowful Mystery #4 — The Carrying of the Cross (Read the Bible passage, Discuss, Pray the Rosary)
- Bible — read John 19: 16-17
- Discuss — Jesus struggled to carry His heavy cross. He had chosen to do this for His love of God and His love for us. How does that make you feel? Sometimes we feel that our problems are a lot to handle until we hear the difficulties others are going through. Have you experienced that before? Do you get through your challenges with prayer and love for God?
- Pray — Place the rosary in your hands and find the 4th large bead where this mystery would be announced. Take a moment to think about Jesus under the heavy weight of His cross and thank Him for His sacrifice for our sins.
5. Sorrowful Mystery #5 — The Crucifixion (Read the Bible passage, Discuss, Pray the Rosary)
- Bible — read Luke 23: 33-34
- Discuss — Even in this most difficult and painful moment, Jesus prayed to God to forgive those who were mistreating Him. Talk about ways that forgiveness can be given to those who mistreat us. Have you every been in a situation that it was difficult for you to give your forgiveness? How do you feel after you’ve gone to confession and received God’s absolution? How can you use this example that Jesus gave to you?
- Pray — Place the rosary in your hands and find the 5th large bead where this mystery would be announced. Take a moment of silence to think about Jesus being crucified and thank Him for His sacrifice for our sins.
- The Sorrowful Mysteries remind us of the prayerful journey Jesus took. We see how much Jesus suffered for His love for God and for us. Parents, take your teen to experience the Stations of the Cross during the Lenten season.
- 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 sorrowful events of Jesus’ life
- Parents, these words and phrases remind us of the Sorrowful Mystery: Humility, sorrow for sin, purity, courage, patience, perseverance. Choose one and discuss how it relates to your family’s life during a family meal.
End your lesson with prayer –
- Begin your prayer with the Sign of the Cross.
- Prayer found in CYB on pg. 1293
“Dear Jesus, everyone endures some suffering in life. Some people suffer in silence, some complain loudly, and others bitterly blame everyone around them. You suffered ridicule, betrayal, persecution, crucifixion, and death, and yet you endured. Strengthen me to withstand the suffering I must face in my life. Help me to confidently reach out for support from the people in my life who love me. When I feel that I have more than I can take, give me the courage and the patience to endure it, knowing that you are with me every step of the way. Amen”
- End your prayer with the Sign of the Cross