Over 2,500 primary school children in the Shrine
Mysteries of Light School Project in Scotland
SCOTLAND, WWW.SCHOENSTATT.CO.UK During the whole of October the Schoenstatt centre hosted a special programme based on the new mysteries of the Rosary. In conjunction with the local catholic primary schools over 2500 children visited the Shrine over four weeks. It was an effort that drew in the help and support of many members of the movement.
A total of 2645 Scottish primary school children united in prayer at the Schoenstatt centre this October as a special project lasting 4 weeks marks the end of the year of the rosary."
Balloons released before the shrine marking the beginning of the Mysteries of Light Project. Each day had the same program: The children were divided in different groups, working on the different mysteries of light. Members of the Movement took the groups. A handicraft workshop was part as well, so that the children could take something home fitting to the day. In the Shrine, the children learned how to pray the rosary. The culmination of the day was the festive celebration of the holy mass - the fifth mystery of light - for which the children learned specially chosen hymns. At the end of Holy Mass each child received a rosary.
On day one 250 ( green, gold, red and blue) balloons were sent
into the sky to thank our Holy Father for giving us the five new
Mysteries of Light. They also prayed for our Holy Father and our
new Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien.
"A marathon prayer project"
Some weeks before start, the "Scottish Observer" wrote about the "marathon prayer project". The project has been embraced by 36 primary schools across central Scotland. with a number including Holy Cross in Croy and St Elizabeth Seton Cranhill attending the workshops as full schools from primary 1 to primary 7. The Schoenstatt rosary project has been organized by the sisters at Campsie Glen centre and follows on from their equally successful Jubilee 2000 Project for Schools.
Explained Sr Mary Elsbeth: "Towards the end of last year Sr Margareta and myself were approached by Patricia Lockhart, deputy director for religious Education in primary schools in the archdiocese of Glasgow and asked if we would be prepared to organise the event to celebrate the year of the Rosary with the children." They were!
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