The ambience of the school’s gymnasium was dramatically transformed with low lighting and soothing music. In the living rosary tradition, students carrying flowers, representing rosary beads, formed the shape of a rosary on the gymnasium’s floor. They stood during each decade, delivered their flower to a statue of Mary, and sat down after their prayer was recited.
Once they left to place their flower, a single, battery-powered tea light candle was switched on and placed down where that child had been sitting. At the conclusion, the lit candle represented a perfect rosary in the dimly-lit gymnasium. Students of all ages, from preschool to eighth grade, participated in this Living Rosary presentation, coordinated by Maria Bilodeau, religion teacher at Sacred Heart School.
The praying of the rosary is often not practiced as it was many years ago, especially among the youth. By keeping this glorious tradition and involving the children, we hope that they will be encouraged to say the rosary and remember its meaning.
After the conclusion of the living rosary, the children proceeded to the prayer garden and held the crowning of the Blessed Mother. This display of the Living Rosary and Crowning of our Blessed Mother was certainly a moving tradition appreciated and touching to all in attendance that day.
Article written by Delaney L., 8th grade student, Sacred Heart Catholic School, New Smyrna Beach