Daily Prayers for Champions

 

 

Sports Mysteries of the Rosary

 

The Rosary is a form of prayer used especially in the Catholic Church named for the string of knots or beads used to count the component prayers. The Rosary prayer focuses on the life of Christ from the Scriptures...it is partly a history lesson. To that end, the beads of the Rosary are divided into five decades (sections) and each decade represents an event from the life of Christ.  These five events are grouped into a set of Mysteries, each with five events. The four Mysteries (Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, Luminous) focus on an important part of the life of Christ. 

 

Looking for a special way to pray the Rosary? Try bringing a Living Rosary to your sport team.  This beautiful prayer service takes some preparation and practice, but many find it makes for a powerful and prayerful tradition. A living rosary is when people are used to represent each bead of the rosary. Each person leads one prayer of the rosary. Gather your athletes (61 spots in all) to embody the Rosary. If you have fewer than 61 people, you may double-up duties. 

 

Play Like a Champion has sports themed reflections based on the mysteries of the rosary. Consider praying either a single decade or an entire rosary with your team and reflecting on how God is speaking to you individually and as a team.

 

 

The SORROWFUL MYSTERIES of the Rosary 

Prayed on Tuesdays, Fridays; daily through Lent

 

 

2.  Our Lord is Scourged at the Pillar (Matthew 27:26)

 

Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

 

 

Reflection:  There are days when we feel “beat up” as an athlete…sore muscles, an exhausted will, or an injury that takes us out of play can be devastating. Pray for the strength to accept these pains by “offering them up” to God.

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