Immaculate Mary, your praises we sing;
Who reignest in splendor with Jesus our King.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria! Ave, ave, Maria!
Last night our Family Formation students had class and discussed everything Marian.
My wife taught the 6th grade class and this is what she did for class:
1) She broke the kids up into 5 groups and they rotated to 5 different stations about Mary.
2) The 5 Stations explored the following:
1. Original Sin
2. What we as Catholics believe about Mary
3. Why wear a Scapular or Miraculous Medal
4. Developing a devotion to Mary in the Rosary
5. Marian Apparitions
3) After students spent time at each station they took a quiz reviewing what they learned at each station.
4) My wife shared that this not only helped them learn about Mary but it engaged them to a far greater degree than if they would have just talked about it with students sitting at their desks.
This brings me to a larger point regarding teaching on Mary. I truly believe that by helping foster a devotion to Mary to your students it will draw them into their faith and increase their love for God and neighbor. Mary is truly our model in faith and she draws us closer to Jesus. It not only sounds good but it is true. How many times have you heard people talk about their devotion to Mary as a way that had helped them grow in their faith?
Here are a few ways to help your students grow in their devotion to Mary thus leading them closer to Jesus:
1) Pray a decade of the Rosary as you begin or end class. Consider picking one of the mysteries of the day (for example if you meet on Sundays or Wednesdays then choose one of the Glorious Mysteries to pray). Try to connect it to the lesson of the day or a way to ask Mary to bless your class. I also pray at the end and offer it to Mary at the foot of the cross.
2) Point to Mary often in your teaching as a model of faith and response to God’s ways. For example if you are talking about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit – point out how Mary shows us how to live them.
3) Pray a Marian Litany (two examples below)
May today’s Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception be a reminder of Mary’s Holiness and our call to help our students grow in their faith and model her!