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25 March 2020

A carved statue of Our Lady.

Celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or any of Our Lady's feasts with children of all ages by using our Marian-themed prayer activities together as a family. They are also ideal for honouring Mary during May, the month of Mary, or October, the month of the rosary. 

Glorious mysteries of the rosary for families

Pray the rosary together as a family this week. Use our short meditations on the glorious mysteries to guide your prayers and reflect together on how you can look wisely at the world and respond to God’s creation with love and care.

The rosary

Use this colouring sheet to remind you of the words of the prayers that form the rosary, as well as what a rosary looks like if you are making your own.

You could also use this sheet as your prayer focus. The children could colour in a bead each time the relevant prayer is said.

The Magnificat

Mary praises God for all the wonderful things that he has done for her. She also praises God for lifting up the poor, scattering the proud, feeding the hungry with good things and sending the rich away empty-handed.

So often in our world we can see that the rich and powerful just get richer and more powerful, while those who are poor struggle to get the basic things they need to live, like food and clean water. But Mary is filled with joy because she realises that God's love can turn the world upside down.

Download the illustration, and colour in the top half of the world that we can see today. Can you see people who might be hungry or need clean water or a safe place to live in the picture? And what is the rich man doing? Is he caring for his brothers and sisters?

Then turn the paper around, so that the first picture is upside down and the empty bottom half becomes the top. Draw what you think the world would look like if it was more like Mary's song of praise, the Magnificat.

When you've finished, reflect together as a family on what you can do to help make this a reality. How will you share God's love with others and help turn the world upside down?

Family activities and ideas

We have loads of great ideas for busy parents and families, including fundraising ideas and home learning resources.

Children's liturgy

Help children to explore and reflect on the Sunday gospel with our resources.

Pray with us

Use our range of prayers to pray for all our sisters and brothers throughout the world

Pray the rosary

Pray the rosary with your family, group or at home and use our resources to guide your reflections.