A Spiritual Bouquet of Prayer Petal Flowers
by Monica McConkey
Build your children's devotion to the Rosary, one decade at a time!
This activity may help to initiate the process of saying the Rosary, while offering a more concrete way of keeping track of the prayers and holding the attention of little ones.
Begin by introducing the concept of the Rosary, one decade at a time. Each day, focus on only one decade of the twenty in the Rosary: A single Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful or Glorious Mystery.
|Before you begin to pray together, cut out a series of flower petals, stems and leaves for each person who will be taking part. There should be 1 stem (representing the Mystery), 10 petals (representing the Hail Marys), 1 little circle or centre for each flower (representing the Our Father) and 1 leaf (representing the Glory be...).|
|Either you or the children can carefully print the corresponding prayer (or Mystery) on the appropriate pieces.|
|As the Mystery is announced and described, everyone holds a stem. As the Our Father is said, the circle is glued to the end of the stem. As each Hail Mary is said, a petal is glued to the circle. As the decade is concluded with the Glory Be... glue the leaf onto the stem.|
|As the days go by and the decades are said, a great collection of flowers will reflect the achievement! Offer the prayers each day for a specific person, and give them the completed flowers for a colourful and meaningful gift!|
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