Our Lady of the Rosary

The lovely fall month of October is upon us with many inspiring feast days! The Church celebrates a beautiful feast day on October 7th: the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

This feast day commemorates our Lady’s role in the victory over the Turks in the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. To learn more about this feast day you can visit the following web pages:

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2013-10-07

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=7391

Older children (middle school through high school) might enjoy reading the poem about the Battle of Lepanto by G. K. Chesterton, which can be found here:

Assembling the Rosary by gluing objects onto the poster board

Assembling the Rosary by gluing objects onto the poster board

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To celebrate this feast day, you can make a Rosary out of different materials. This is a fun project to do with your children while teaching them about the Rosary.

Begin by gathering the materials you will need. These could include: poster board (or half of one), glue, shells, colored pasta, beans, candy, small rocks, pumpkin seeds, sequence — or whatever small items your children would like to use to represent each of the “beads” of the five decades of the rosary. For example, we used candy corns to represent one decade and sea shells to represent a different decade.

You will also need something to represent each Our Father for your Rosary. You can buy a small wooden cross at a local craft store or just draw a cross. Place the items on the board before gluing to make sure you have enough space for a all five decades of the Rosary.

Patrick with his finished Rosary for the October 7 feast day

Patrick with his finished Rosary for the October 7 feast day

As your children are making the Rosary by gluing on the different items, discuss how to pray the Rosary, or discuss the Battle of Lepanto (depending on the age of the children.)

After finishing making the Rosary, older children can write the Mysteries of the Rosary on the bottom of the poster board.

This is an activity that children from ages 6-12 would enjoy. It is a good activity for a family — or several families — to do together. When finished, you can hang your completed Rosary  in your home to be used as a teaching tool. Enjoy!

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

Comments

  1. This is a really great activity. I love making the rosary and studying about history. It really brings home the historical elements and the importance of prayer, with the hope of miracles… Many blessings!

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