Several years ago as we were preparing for the new school year, I decided to create a “Back to School Rosary.” It was simply written, and at the time, I never thought it would be more than a private prayer for our family. The rosary prayers are the same, the only difference was that I added reflections after the Joyful Mysteries that tie in to the new school year. My meditations would certainly not win any awards, but that wasn’t the point. As I wrote at the time: “So much planning goes into gathering the supplies for school , but I wanted to prepare the kids spiritually as well. Just a small way to sanctify the eve of a new school year.”
After that post, I received a request from a teacher for the rosary meditations. In addition, we have continued to make the back-to-school rosary an annual tradition in our home. So, it is my hope that this humble little project may bless another family as well. There are so many emotions that come with each new beginning.
As a mom of five kiddos and a special needs student, I can say that I experience these emotions just as acutely as my kiddos sometimes. Will they fit in? Will they remain strong through struggles and avoid temptations? Will they stay focused and treat other students with kindness?
We all need prayers. From the teachers (which include homeschool mamas), to the coaches, custodians, bus drivers and pastors.
There is no weapon better to deploy for this mission than The Most Holy Rosary.
Click here to download the Back to School Rosary.
A big thank you to my producer, Mark Coming, for his quick work and dynamic skills, Sister Emmanuel for her consultation, and Katherine Szerdy for her editing assistance. xoxo
“The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description.” ~Venerable Fulton Sheen