Read a little bit of history about Our Lady of the Rosary and mix in praying with some tasty, edible rosaries and you have the perfect recipe for another fun feast day celebration!
by Tracy Bua Smith
The Catholic Church celebrates another beautiful Marian feast day Oct. 7, Our Lady of the Rosary! Here are nine creative and edible ways to celebrate!
1. Learn about the history of Our Lady of the Rosary
Did you know this feast day was known for several centuries as “Our Lady of Victory?” Our Lady is said to have played a major role in a historic naval victory, the battle of Lepanto, in the 16th century. When I first learned about the history behind Our Lady of the Rosary a few years ago, I was eager to share the story with my family. We all enjoyed the history lesson! Be sure to read all the details of this battle at Catholic News Agency‘s post titled Feast of our Lady of the Rosary.
2. Make edible rosaries, but why?
I first saw the idea of making edible chocolate chip and M&M rosaries for Our Lady of the Rosary feast day at Catholic All Year blog a few years ago. I fell in love with edible rosaries when our homeschool group made doughnut rosaries for Our Blessed Mother’s birthday Sept. 8 for the first time several years ago. So when I saw rosaries made out of chocolate, I knew my kids would love the idea!
Edible rosaries are another fairly easy way to make our Catholic faith fun, memorable and “hands on,” and to show how our our faith is not just an hour on Sunday. Rather, Catholicism lends itself to be woven into our daily lives with prayer, fellowship, food and fun using the liturgical calendar filled with feast days for inspiration. Using edible rosaries is a clever way to motivate children and families to pray the rosary, even if it’s just a decade to start. To keep children’s attention, I find it works best to set up the rosaries and then as each prayer is recited, kids can eat each “bead.” And if making and displaying an entire rosary is too much time, you always can make just a decade using 10 pieces of your favorite food item.
3. Make a rosary with sliced strawberries and blueberries
If you want to get in your daily serving of fruit, this is the rosary for you. Just add a dab of peanut butter to two pretzel sticks for the cross at the end of each rosary listed below, and you have yourself a fun, fruity rosary.
4. Another fruitful rosary
Cut up some sliced bananas and use grape “Hail Mary” beads and you have another healthy treat to eat as you recite the prayers of the rosary.
5. If it’s breakfast time, you can make this rosary
Grab a handful of Cheerios and Fruit Loops to make reciting the rosary first thing in the morning a memorable and fun time!
6. Snack-themed rosaries make snack time that much more fun and faith-filled
Eating Goldfish crackers and mini pretzel twists while reciting the rosary will fill the hungry bellies and give parents time to pray with their kids.
7. Fall in love with the rosary with seasonal popcorn and candy corn
Heidi at Work And Play, Day by Day shows a creative way to string Autumn mix candy corn and popcorn to make and pray with this rosary.
8. More candy corn with pumpkin rosary
9. Share the sweetness of the rosary with this chocolate rosary
Make a yummy rosary with chocolate chips and candies and enjoy eating the sweet treats after each prayer is recited.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Do you recite a family rosary regularly? Maybe this special feast day will inspire you to incorporate some favorite treats with this special devotion and prayer.