40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities: Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary Scripture Search

We turn to the Rosary for our next Lenten activity and explore the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.

Sorrowful-Mysteries

Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary Scripture Search

  • During the season of Lent, we reflect on the suffering and death of Jesus.
  • This is a good time to introduce/review the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary – “scenes” that help us to meditate (reflect) on the Passion of Jesus.
  • For directions on how to pray the Rosary, visit http://www.loyolapress.com/praying-the-rosary.htm
  • Describe the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary and list them on the board:

1. The Agony in the Garden
Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before he dies.
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
Jesus is lashed with whips.
3. The Crowning With Thorns
Jesus is mocked and crowned with thorns.
4. The Carrying of the Cross
Jesus carries the cross that will be used to crucify him.
5. The Crucifixion
Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies.

  • Next, provide the young people with Bibles and arrange them into 4 groups: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
  • Have each group search through specific chapters of their Gospel to locate the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary:

Sorrowful Mystery

Matthew 26-27

Mark 14-15

Luke 22-23

John 18-19

The Agony in the Garden

 

 

Mt 26:36

 

Mk: 14:32

 

Lk 22:39

 

Jn 18:1

The Scourging at the Pillar

 

 

Mt 27:26

 

Mk 15:15

 

Lk 23:16

 

Jn 19:1

The Crowning with Thorns

 

 

Mt 27:29

 

Mk 15:17

Lk 23:11 (a crown of thorns is not specifically mentioned)

 

Jn 19:1

The Carrying of the Cross

 

 

Mt 27:31

 

Mk 15:20

 

Lk 23:26

 

Jn 19:17

The Crucifixion

 

 

 

Mt 27:33

 

Mk 15:22

 

Lk 23:33

 

Jn 19:18

  • Allow sufficient time for them to locate the Scripture passages and then have each group report to the large group, reading their passages aloud.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

2 Comments on 40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities: Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary Scripture Search

  1. Hi Joe.
    Would you happen to have charts like the above for the other Mysteries of the Rosary? This is great.

    Thanks a lot, and God Bless you.

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