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 pages in the Catholic Children’s Bible (CCB) and the Rosary Activity Book (RAB) as indicated.
- After reviewing the lesson, you may find it necessary to explain the information to your children in language they can better understand. Please contact the FF Office at 716-688-0599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like assistance in modifying an activity to better suit your family’s needs.
Begin your lesson with prayer –
- Begin prayer with the Sign of the Cross (CCB pg. 1992)
- Pray the Our Father (CCB pg. 1992)
- End your prayer with the Sign of the Cross
Parents – before beginning the lesson, review The Rosary & Prayers of the Rosary as follows:
- Parents: If your child is not familiar with the rosary, then please put a rosary in the hands of your child and explore it together using one or all of the following activities.
- Read and discuss CCB pg. 1998
Prayers of the Rosary
Parents: If your child does not know the prayers of the rosary, you can use the following list to teach them. You may also find the activities on pages 2-7 in the RAB to be a help.
- Sign of the Cross — CCB pg. 1992
- Apostles Creed — CCB pg. 1994
- Our Father — CCB pg. 1992
- Hail Mary — CCB pg. 1993
- Glory Be — CCB pg. 1992
- 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.”
The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary focus on the suffering and death of Jesus.
- Suggestion: Bookmark each Bible passage (see bolded Bible passages below) before you begin the lesson.
- Complete the activity in RAB pg. 20
1. Sorrowful Mystery #1 — The Agony In The Garden
- Bible — CCB pg. 1562, Mark 14:35-38 (Jesus Prays in Gethsemane)
- Rosary — With the Rosary spread out on the table, find the 1st large bead where this mystery would be announced. Jesus prayed in the garden when he was afraid of what was to happen to Him. Talk about a time that you were afraid and how God helped you through it.
- Activity — RAB pg. 21
2. Sorrowful Mystery #2 — The Scourging At The Pillar
- Bible — CCB pg. 1699, John 19:1-3 (Jesus Is Sentenced To Death)
- Rosary — With the Rosary spread out on the table, find the 2nd large bead where this mystery would be announced. Jesus was hurt because others didn’t understand and were jealous of Him. Talk about a time that you may have been misunderstood or have had someone act negative to you when they were jealous. How did you handle the situation? Remember you can think to yourself “What Would Jesus Do” when these situations come up.
- Activity — RAB pg. 22
3. Sorrowful Mystery #3 — The Crowning With The Thorns
- Bible — CCB pg. 1699 John 19:4-5 (Jesus Is Sentenced To Death)
- Rosary — With the Rosary spread out on the table, find the 3rd large bead where this mystery would be announced. Jesus was made fun of by the soldiers. Even when a situation in our life is not going well, God will give us the strength and courage to get through it. Talk about how you can ask God for help during a tough situation.
- Activity — RAB pg. 23
4. Sorrowful Mystery #4 — The Carrying Of The Cross
- Bible — CCB pgs. 1699 – 1700, John 19: 6-17 (Jesus Is Crucified)
- Rosary — With the Rosary spread out on the table, find the 4th large bead where this mystery would be announced. This mystery remembers when Jesus carried the heavy wooden cross a far distance. Think of the challenges we have in our lives and say a prayer thanking God for the life lessons we can learn from those challenges we face. We can also pray for others and the challenges they face.
- Activity — RAB pg. 24
5. Sorrowful Mystery #5 — The Crucifixion
- Bible — CCB pg. 1516, Matthew 27:50-54 (Jesus Gives His Life for Us)
- Rosary — With the Rosary spread out on the table, find the 5th large bead where this mystery would be announced. We remember the sacrifice that Jesus endured for us. The day Jesus was crucified is called Good Friday. It’s good because when we ask God to be with us each day through every moment, He will help us to bring out the good in every situation. Talk about how Good Friday can be observed by your family in honor of God and Jesus and His love for us.
- Activity — RAB pg. 25
- Even in the hardest moments, Jesus never lost His love for God. While on the cross, Jesus asked for those who hurt him to be forgiven. As a family, decide how you will share forgiveness and the love of God and Jesus with others this week.
- Enjoy a family meal together and discuss how God has been present in your life over the past week. Parents, these words and phrases remind us of the Sorrowful Mystery: sorrow for sin, purity, courage, patience and perseverance. Choose one and discuss how to put this into action.
- Parents, consider praying a decade (10 beads) of the rosary with your children to remind us of the sorrowful events of Jesus’ life. Note: For younger children, consider praying 3 Hail Mary’s instead of a whole decade.
End your lesson with prayer –
- Begin prayer with the ‘Sign of the Cross’
- As a family pray ‘A Prayer to Jesus‘ (CCB pg. 1995)
“O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother, May I know you more clearly, Love you more dearly, And follow you more nearly, For ever and ever. Amen”
- End prayer with the ‘Sign of the Cross’