Daily Prayers for Champions are daily prayers for coaches, parents, athletes and fans that are meant to help you grow in your relationship with Christ. New prayers will be posted each morning Monday through Friday, so check back often to grow in your personal spiritual journey or find a prayer for your team or family. If you have a suggested prayer for this space, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Play Like a Champion has Sports Rosary Reflections that have been popular with teams. Below is a scripture verse and simple reflection on the 3rd Sorrowful Mystery that helps athletes to connect with the mystery through their own experiences, in this case related to sports. It’s a unique way to pray together and help both youth and high school aged children grow in their relationship with Christ.
Athletes and coaches can also bring a Living Rosary to your sport team. A living rosary is when people are used to represent each bead of the rosary. Each person leads one prayer of the rosary. There are 61 prayers on a Rosary. If you have fewer than 61 people, you may double-up duties.
The Sorrowful Mysteries
3. Our Lord is Crowned with Thorns
Matthew 27: 27-31: Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. "Hail, king of the Jews!" they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
Reflection: Have you or a teammate been mocked or insulted by an opponent? These experiences are humiliating, hurtful and unjust. They should never happen, but if they do, dedicate yourself to always play with fairness, never stooping to retaliate. As children of God, we are created to lift others up and never tear down. Dedicate your team to living the golden rule: do unto others as you have them do unto you.
To get the complete set of Sports Rosary Reflections, contact the Play Like a Champion Today Educational Series at email@example.com.