Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Four Years Ago on the Feast of St. Cecilia....

Four years ago on the Feast of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians, the Children's Rosary humbly released a song. It was a song written for the Children's Rosary by Fr. Lawrence Tucker SOLT. He shared with us that while he was in prayer with his guitar, an idea came: wouldn't it be nice if the Children's Rosary had a theme song. A beautiful melody came as he began to play the guitar and the lyrics just as fast. Fr. Tucker kindly gave this song "Rosary Children" to the Children's Rosary and it has become our theme song.

Four years ago today, that song was made public to the world recorded by a male vocalist. Later, we released a version with children from the Children's Rosary singing this song. It can be heard on Youtube HERE.

We have invited Children's Rosary groups to sing this song at the end of their meetings. It is our hope that although groups exist all across the globe the children will learn the song in English. In this way there is a central song all the children would know and could sing together no matter what part of the world they had their groups.

We have provided subtitles in Spanish and French so that the children might know the meaning of the song but still we hope that the children could sing it in English.

We are grateful to God for this song. The children that sang the song in the recording are not professional singers but children whose experience is praying the Rosary. It is a simple song but made with love with the hope that it might bring joy to others and to Our Lord and Our Lady.

If you would like to obtain a copy of this song it is present on each of our three Children's Rosary CDs. The Sorrowful Mysteries CD has the version sung by Jeff Batter (I love this version as it reminds me of what the song might sound like if Our Lord sang it). The Glorious and Joyful Cds have the version sung by the children - also wonderful. The CDs are available through EWTN Religious Catalogue.
We also have available the song video with lyrics and the sheet music for the song available for printing as a pdf.

Other Posts You May Enjoy:
How to Start a Children's Rosary

Novena of the Miraculous Medal

We are Not the Sum of Our Weaknesses

Don't forget to unify prayers with the children during their meetings. A schedule of meetings is present on our website. By clicking "Join in Prayer" you can add your gold flashing light to our View from Heaven map.


For more information about the Children's Rosary visit our website: www.childrensrosary.org
Visite nuestro sitio web en español para obtener más información: www.rosariodeninos.org

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Yesterday we received these beautiful pictures from our Children's Rosary (Rosario de Niños) at San Miguel Parish - San Antonio de Padua outpost in Ixmiquilpan, Hidalgo Mexico. This group meets daily at 5PM local time. 
I received a note with the pictures. Here is an excerpt from the note:
"Well the kids pray the Rosary every day at 5PM, the group is small but strong and some days there are more kids. In the pics you will see a little ba(b)y, he is just starting to talk, but he knows he will go everyday to pray "amen amen" (that is how he says)"

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of Our the Blessed Virgin Mary, we celebrate the day when Mary was brought by her parents (possibly around the age of 3) to be presented to God in the Temple.

In thinking about this Feast, the little boy in the picture kept coming to mind. His mother brings him to Church to pray with the other children each day...to spend time in his Heavenly Father's Home. He is in a way presented before Our Lord. This little boy knows so little but it is part of his day; something he has come to look forward to each evening. He sees the older children praying, just as he sees them most likely playing outside at other parts of the day. All these things for a little child are exciting. They watch in wonder soaking in so much. As this little boy watches the older children kneel, he is held in his mother's arms. But surely he wishes to join them. To be old enough to find his place next to the "bigger children". He sees some stepping forward to lead prayers. As he gets older might he wait for the day he is old enough to be asked to lead. Yes, this is how a child grows. Watching, soaking in all around them both good and less ideal. 

Recently, a priest asked Asher my 10 year old son, how can you get children to want to pray?  Asher tried to explain that it is what a child is used to in their family. For my small part, I mentioned the age of the children and the importance of having little children involved in prayer. How important it is to invite young children to the Children's Rosary. There is an age when children almost universally are open to prayer. It is in this window that exposure to prayer is so integral to their development. This does not mean that if a child is not exposed at an early age they cannot have a fully developed prayer life as an adult. But at those tender years seeds are sown and when those seeds are watered with prayer it becomes part of one's heart and later those seeds can grow and the roots can go deep. When trials come the roots of faith and prayer are less easily uprooted. It is one of the reasons, I suspect that Scripture has many references to Our Lord calling the children in particular to Himself. We might ask ourselves on this Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary why such a Feast exists and why St. Anne and St. Joachim brought Our Lady to the Temple at such a young age? How are we introducing God to our young children? Can we involve them more?

Other Posts You May Enjoy:
How to Start a Children's Rosary

A Procession for Our Lady

Under the Protection of Our Mother

Don't forget to unify prayers with the children during their meetings. A schedule of meetings is present on our website. By clicking "Join in Prayer" you can add your gold flashing light to our View from Heaven map.


For more information about the Children's Rosary visit our website: www.childrensrosary.org
Visite nuestro sitio web en español para obtener más información: www.rosariodeninos.org

Monday, November 20, 2017

33 Day Consecration To Jesus Through Mary (November 29, 2017- January 1, 2018)

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONSECRATION 

TO JESUS THROUGH MARY 

May we the Children's Rosary humbly invite you to participate in a 33 Day Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary.  Our Children’s Rosary groups are Consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary at their first meeting but this would be a way to beautifully place our individual families and members under the protection of Our Blessed Mother who always leads us on the straightest path to her Son.  For those of you unfamiliar with Consecration to Jesus through Mary it has been blessed and supported by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Bishops and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. St. John Paul II urged Catholics to make this Act of Entrustment, which involves ten minutes of private prayer daily, for 33 days, in your home.  Many may be familiar with Totus Tuus which was John Paul’s papal motto. It is a Latin phrase meaning "totally yours" and expressed his personal Consecration to Jesus through Mary.
We would like to use the 33 days to Morning Glory written by Fr. Gaitley to guide our Consecration. We have been using this material yearly as a means of preparation to January 1st since 2013. The book has daily reflections with a short prayer. The first week contains reflections from writings of St. Louis de Montfort. The second week has excerpts from St. Maximilian Kolbe; the third St. Teresa of Calcutta and the fourth St. John Paul II.  It spends more time in reflection and less on vocal prayers of litanies. From all that I have seen, it has been well received by many. While I am recommending we use the 33 Days to Morning Glory, if you would prefer using a different format this would be fine. I myself have used the traditional St. Louis de Montfort Consecration prayers but also like this one as well. There is also an App available to do the St. Louis de Montfort Consecration each day.

The 33 Day Consecration prayers traditionally precede a Marian Feast and the Feast that we will be saying our Consecration on is January 1st - the Feast of Mary Mother of God.  Therefore we will begin our prayers on November 29thThis date is relatively close so this requires immediate action to participate.

Outline of the Plan:
Number 1: Obtain a Consecration book 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Gaitley
(books are available to order online and at many bookstores) IMPORTANT: As we do not have much time until the start date of the 33 days of prayer beginning Nov 29th please order your book soon. If you have difficulty getting a book I have some and could send them to you but we simply ask for a donation to cover the shipping expense.

Number 2: Once receiving the book have a general read through the introduction.

Number 3: On Nov 29th begin the first day of prayers and reflections which takes about 10 minutes. Each day is clearly marked in the book.

Number 4: January 1st: Consecration Prayers.

Any questions about the Consecration please contact me. If you have already made a Total Consecration preceding another Marian Feast you could still participate in this Consecration. Please let me know if you are planning to join in (my email address is blythe.kaufman@gmail.com) Thank you so much!  

Please feel free to share this amongst your friends as we would like to have a large unified body making the Consecration.

Thank you all!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Novena of the Miraculous Medal: November 19-27 2017


O Immaculate Virgin Mary,
Mother of Our Lord Jesus and our Mother,
penetrated with the most lively confidence in your
all-powerful and never-failing intercession,
manifested so often through the Miraculous Medal,
we your loving and trustful children implore you to obtain for us the graces and favors we ask during this novena,
if they be beneficial to our immortal souls,
and the souls for whom we pray.

(Here mention your petitions *)

You know, O Mary, how often our souls have been 
the sanctuaries of your Son who hates iniquity.
Obtain for us then a deep hatred of sin and that
purity of heart which will attach us to God alone so 
that our every thought, word and deed may tend to 
His greater glory.
Obtain for us also a spirit of prayer and self-denial
that we may recover by penance what we have lost
by sin and at length attain to that blessed abode 
where you are the Queen of angels and of men.

Amen.
(source: EWTN)

The Children's Rosary would like to humbly invite you to join us in praying the Novena of the Miraculous Medal (November 19th -27th).  
* In a special way may we pray for the intentions of Our Blessed Mother and a fulfillment of Her plans for each of us and the Children's Rosary prayer group movement.

Other Posts You May Enjoy:
How to Start a Children's Rosary

A Procession for Our Lady

Under the Protection of Our Mother

Don't forget to unify prayers with the children during their meetings. A schedule of meetings is present on our website. By clicking "Join in Prayer" you can add your gold flashing light to our View from Heaven map.


For more information about the Children's Rosary visit our website: www.childrensrosary.org
Visite nuestro sitio web en español para obtener más información: www.rosariodeninos.org

Saturday, November 18, 2017

New Children's Rosary to Meet Today at St. Nicholas Church

We are excited to share that a new Children's Rosary group will meet at St. Nicholas Church in Rupert, Idaho today at 11AM Mountain time. This is 1PM Eastern time.This first meeting will begin by a Consecration of the group to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary. The group leader is Spanish speaking and the children will be praying in Spanish. This group has chosen the third Saturday of the month as their monthly meeting time. We warmly welcome this new Children's Rosary group and invite you to unify prayers with them today. See our website for a list of meeting times in your local time zone.

The photo above is of Snake River which runs several miles north of Rupert, Idaho. It is fascinating to see the different regions where Children's Rosary groups have formed. The Responsorial Psalm from today's Mass comes to mind, where we are encouraged to "Remember the marvels the Lord has done!"

Other Posts You May Enjoy:
How to Start a Children's Rosary

Nuestro Fe en Vivo

Little hands rescue Jesus and Mary

For more information about the Children's Rosary visit our website: www.childrensrosary.org
Visite nuestro sitio web en español para obtener más información: www.rosariodeninos.org


photo credit: Wikipedia. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Visit to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Cancún, Mexico

On Saturday November 11th, we were able to visit the Children's Rosary at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Cancún, Mexico.  We were greeted by Veronica the group leader. She introduced us to Father Salomon the Pastor. All were so kind and welcoming to us.We are grateful to Fr. Salomon for his support of this group in his Parish. We humbly brought handmade rosaries to share with the children. Accompanied by the Guzman Alejandro the Catechist in charge, we had the opportunity to visit all the catechism classes in session that morning. Asher who is fluent in Spanish, explained to the classes about the Children's Rosary, showing them pictures of some of the groups around the world (see picture below). We began with the little children only age 6 and progressed to the older classes. Alina and Kostin took turns handing out the Rosaries. I enjoyed asking the children their names as they came forward and also seeing which of the handmade rosaries they wanted to pick for their own. 

At 11 AM we met back in the main Church for the Children's Rosary. Veronica had brought fresh roses to place before Our Lady. Different children took turns placing them at the end of the decades.Veronica took such care to make sure everything was done beautifully for Our Lady. One could see her deep devotion and love of Our Blessed Mother.

The children prayed the Rosary in Spanish. We were very excited to pray with them. Over the years the children and I have gone through periods of time when we try to pray the Rosary in Spanish. I imagined early on that there might be a time when we would be with children who only spoke Spanish and knowing the prayers would be important. So it was with joy that I was able to see my own children praying the Rosary in Spanish with those of this group in Mexico. Asher was able to lead the first few prayers of the Rosary and other children took turns leading the decades. We were also joined by Seminarian Luis Olán pictured above praying along with the children in one of the pews. He is assigned to this parish and was very interested in helping the Children's Rosary group and also sharing this prayer group movement with his fellow seminarians. We are very grateful for his help.

The picture below is Veronica the group leader with our family. We hope to do an additional post about the visit to Our Lady of Lourdes Church when we return to the United States and have access to more of the pictures we took. A special thank you to all those at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Cancún who so warmly welcomed us. We also thank Our Lord and Our Lady for such a blessing.


Other Posts You May Enjoy:
How to Start a Children's Rosary

Nuestro Fe en Vivo

Little hands rescue Jesus and Mary

Don't forget to unify prayers with the children during their meetings. A schedule of meetings is present on our website. By clicking "Join in Prayer" you can add your gold flashing light to our View from Heaven map.


For more information about the Children's Rosary visit our website: www.childrensrosary.org
Visite nuestro sitio web en español para obtener más información: www.rosariodeninos.org

Saturday, November 11, 2017

We Arrive in Mexico!

Yesterday afternoon we arrived in Mexico. We made our way from the airport to a taxi which we took to the hotel. Sitting in the van I looked forward to see the Cross pictured above hanging next to the steering wheel. It seemed Our Lady of Guadalupe was here to show us Her country. The driver then shared about his devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe and the special processions that will occur here in December during Her Feast. We began to talk about our visit and the many Rosaries we brought with us. He asked how much do the Rosaries cost? He wanted to buy two for his little girls. We said they are free. He was very excited. He shared that he prays every night with his children. 

It had been raining very hard when we arrived in Mexico but as we pulled up to where we were staying the sky was clearing and we were able to open our luggage and give him four handmade Rosaries. We again thank all those who have been making Rosaries and sending them to the Children's Rosary. We know they were made with love and we feel blessed to be able to share them on this trip. There is more to share from today's visit to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish where we held a Children's Rosary.  More to come..... 

Other Posts You May Enjoy:
How to Start a Children's Rosary

Nuestro Fe en Vivo

Little hands rescue Jesus and Mary

Don't forget to unify prayers with the children during their meetings. A schedule of meetings is present on our website. By clicking "Join in Prayer" you can add your gold flashing light to our View from Heaven map.


For more information about the Children's Rosary visit our website: www.childrensrosary.org
Visite nuestro sitio web en español para obtener más información: www.rosariodeninos.org