The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows and the feast is celebrated on 15th September. Let’s look at different ways we can help our kids understand and learn about Our Lady of Sorrows.
Make a Rosary:
We made a simple craft depicting the 7 sorrows of Mother Mary. I have attached a pic for reference. The above can be done with clay, felt or just plain colored paper. Ours is made of thermocol. The idea is to help children reflect on the Seven Sorrow’s. Do it along with the Chaplet/ Rosary.
7 Sorrows of Mary cheat sheet:
Doing these different activities with our children continuously speaking about Mother Mary’s life gives them a peak into her person. Also in-stills in them the desire to look upon our Mother for guidance when they encounter sorrows in their lives too. We could also do an activity making a cheat sheet with them based on the 7 sorrows of Our Mother to ensure they have memorised it. These are the complete list of 7 sorrows which Mother Mary endured in her life:
- Prophecy of Simeon
- The Flight to Egypt
- Loss of Jesus in the Temple
- Mary meets Jesus on Road to Calvary
- Jesus dies on the cross
- Mary receives the Body of Jesus
- Jesus is placed in the Tomb
Cake/ jelly/ pancake in the shape of a heart. Use toothpicks or cloves to represent the swords. We did a simpler version to symbolize the heart of Mother Mary. Cut a strawberry in half and insert toothpicks in it saying each sorrow of Mary.
Also ended up making a red heart shaped jelly to symbolise Mama’s heart, using raisins for fire, puffed rice for flowers and 7 cloves for the 7 sorrows. Making a heart shaped cake would be a good way of celebrating too. If possible get some mini cocktail swords to symbolize the 7 sorrows of Mary.
Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows:
These activities have ensured that our children learnt the 7 sorrows of Our Mother by heart. So we can move forward and then teach our kids how to pray the Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows by making it part of our family prayer for this month.
Let’s all try to take some time out this month to celebrate this feast with our kids. Have fun and God bless you all!
The Church celebrates the feast of many well known and loved saints in September. Do visit our page for some ideas to make it memorable.
Thanks to the contributions of Rosmin Francis Stanny.