Mary, Mother of God or wait a minute I wasn’t brought up catholic what does this mean?

I grew up Methodist…there it is I said it

Now the bible is something the Methodists are really great at as a kid we learned all the parables of Jesus and all the important and “interesting” stories of the Old Testament

And…

as someone who majored in religious studies in college I thought I knew a lot about christianity.

for example

I knew God as creator

I knew the stories of Jonah and the whale, Daniel and the Lions Den, Joseph and his coat, Noahs Ark and more from the old testament (all of which are excellent stories to teach children)

I also knew the life of Jesus, and the teachings/parables of Jesus(something we should all take more time to get acquainted  with)

I knew Mary was Jesus Mother,and Joseph was his father on earth

But that’s where the importance of Mary ended  at least in what I remember about my early christian education.

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Then I got married to a catholic

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I thought(mistakenly) that Catholics(big C) worshiped Mary,

but they don’t its really more of an adoring respect for the mother of Jesus

still it took some time I really didn’t (and perhaps to some degree still don’t) get the full devotional stuff

…but…

When I am stressed, or depressed and exhausted and can’t come up with the words to pray

I have the Hail Mary and other prayers and memorized bible verses are things that I can say out loud or silently and I don’t have to think of the words. and yes I believe God knows our heart knows what we think, what we need and all that but sometimes having words to pray, to say to think to, consider can be very comforting.

For the full link to all the prayers within the  Hail Mary

Hail Mary

Full of Grace

The Lord is with thee

Blessed art thou among Women

and Blessed is the Fruit of thy womb Jesus

Holy Mary

Mother of God

Pray for us sinners

Now and at the hour of our death

Amen

rosary beads

a most interesting list of where the Hail Mary can be found in the bible

(not as a whole prayer)

but all parts of the Hail Mary can be found at different points in the bible

and this site attributed to Pope John Paul

where is the Hail Mary in the Bible?

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How do we teach this to children?

We teach them that the Rosary is a tool

Not a necklace, though they can be very beautiful

I do not expect my first graders to have the entire Rosary memorized, we only go over one decade in class

In first grade its more of learning what the Rosary is for

and

The basic prayers used in the Rosary.

Specifically for the first Graders we emphasize:

The Sign of the Cross

The Our Father

The Hail Mary

The Glory Be

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 If you are able have each child leave the class with a rosary of their own. and ask if they have one at home to look at it and if they want bring to show the class.

additional blog post on Mary and Jonah Two Who Said Yes

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About ellasurreau

I am a first grade religious education catechist I have been teaching for 20 years I have a BA in Religious Studies I have continued taking classes in religious studies since graduating. I grew up Methodist, and became catholic after marrying.
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One Response to Mary, Mother of God or wait a minute I wasn’t brought up catholic what does this mean?

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