Rosary

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This is one of a series of PowerPoint presentations developed by Joe Paprocki and Loyola Press to assist catechists in bringing to life the Church’s liturgical year for those they teach. This presentation provides a basic overview of the Catholic tradition of celebrating October as the Month of the Holy Rosary. The presentation includes a complete script so that catechists and religion teachers can effectively lead their students to a deeper understanding of this treasured Catholic devotion.

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What’s so special about the month of October?

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What’s so special about the month of October?

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What is the Rosary? Think of what you do when you visit an art museum: you GAZE at the images.

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The Rosary helps us to “gaze” upon Jesus and upon moments in his life and in the life of his Mother, Mary. We call that “gazing” meditation .

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But sometimes it’s not easy to focus or concentrate…too many worries, concerns, and distractions get in the way!

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We call that lack of focus, “monkey brain” because our brains have a habit of jumping from thought to thought the way monkeys swing from branch to branch. The Rosary helps us to “tame” the “monkey brain!”

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Just as an art museum has different “galleries” to visit, the Rosary invites us to “visit” four such “galleries” where we gaze upon certain scenes from the life of Jesus and Mary.

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The Joyful Mysteries (Mondays and Saturdays) The Annunciation Mary learns that she has been chosen to be the mother of Jesus. The Visitation Mary visits Elizabeth, who tells her that she will always be remembered. The Nativity Jesus is born in a stable in Bethlehem. The Presentation Mary and Joseph take the infant Jesus to the Temple to present him to God. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple Jesus is found in the Temple discussing his faith with the teachers.

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The Luminous Mysteries (Mysteries of Light) (Thursdays) The Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan God proclaims that Jesus is his beloved Son. The Wedding Feast at Cana At Mary’s request, Jesus performs his first miracle. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God Jesus calls all to conversion and service to the Kingdom. The Transfiguration of Jesus Jesus is revealed in glory to Peter, James, and John. The Institution of the Eucharist Jesus offers his Body and Blood at the Last Supper.

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The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesdays and Fridays) The Agony in the Garden Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before he dies. The Scourging at the Pillar Jesus is lashed with whips. The Crowning With Thorns Jesus is mocked and crowned with thorns. The Carrying of the Cross Jesus carries the cross that will be used to crucify him. The Crucifixion Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies.

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The Glorious Mysteries (Wednesdays and Sundays) The Resurrection God the Father raises Jesus from the dead. The Ascension Jesus returns to his Father in heaven. The Coming of the Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit comes to bring new life to the disciples. The Assumption of Mary At the end of her life on earth, Mary is taken body and soul into heaven. The Coronation of Mary Mary is crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

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Like reading the “thumbnails” in a comic book, the Mysteries of the Rosary give us “thumbnails” of the entire life of Jesus Christ.

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Let’s take a closer look at how to pray the Rosary.

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When we prepare to exercise, we “warm up.” In a similar way, we begin the Rosary with a “warm up.”

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3. Pray Three Hail Marys (for an increase in faith, hope, and charity) and one Glory Be to the Father 2. Pray the Lord’s Prayer 1. Pray the Sign of the Cross and the Apostles’ Creed

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5. Pray ten Hail Marys (a decade) and one Glory Be to the Father . 4. Think about/announce the first Mystery . Pray the Lord’s Prayer .

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7. Pray ten Hail Marys (a decade) and one Glory Be to the Father . 6. Think about/announce the second Mystery . Pray the Lord’s Prayer .

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9. Pray ten Hail Marys (a decade) and one Glory Be to the Father . 8. Think about/announce the third Mystery . Pray the Lord’s Prayer .

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11. Pray ten Hail Marys (a decade) and one Glory Be to the Father . 10. Think about/announce the fourth Mystery . Pray the Lord’s Prayer .

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13. Pray ten Hail Marys (a decade) and one Glory Be to the Father . 12. Think about/announce the fifth Mystery . Pray the Lord’s Prayer .

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15. Pray the Sign of the Cross 14. Pray the Hail, Holy Queen (Rosaries often have a medal here).

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Images of Mary often show her holding up her Son, Jesus, for us to see. In the Rosary, Mary “holds up” Jesus for us to see and to believe in.

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Just as we can listen to our favorite songs over and over again, we can reflect on the Mysteries of the Rosary, over and over again, throughout our lives!

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For more information about the Rosary, visit www.loyolapress.com

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