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
4. Our Lord Carries the Cross to Calvary (Matthew 27:32)
As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.
Reflection: When we see someone struggling…a teammate who is challenged to complete conditioning or having a hard time learning a new play or an opponent who has been knocked down during a game, become Simon for him/her. Don’t wait to be asked, jump in and lend a supportive hand to help him/her up, give a positive encouraging word or hug. When you do this for someone, you are extending this kindness to and for Christ.