|When extended, the “rosary” measured 325 feet, or more than 100 meters. |
San Antonio, Texas -- What do you get when you
take large inner tubes, colorful paint, and more than 200
school children? You get a very special prayer event in
honor of the Blessed Mother.
The school children, staff, parents and
friends of Rolling Hills Academy in San Antonio, Texas,
gathered at Woodland Lake Park near the school on the
feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7, 2011.
Each year during October the school holds a “Living Rosary”
event. The Catholic Church sets aside the month to honor
the Virgin Mary.
This year the school sponsored a “Floating
Rosary.” While they prayed the rosary prayer, students placed in
the lake a series of 72 inner tubes – each
measuring more than 48 inches across – that when full
extended, measured 325 feet, or more than 100 meters. The
floating “beads” each had a particular prayer intention attached to
it. The inner tubes were colorfully decorated by the students
during their art classes.
|Students decorated the inner tube “beads” during art class.|
“This year we are joining in
prayer with the community to honor the Virgin Mary and
demonstrate a dedication to World Peace,” said Principal Rick McCormick.
He explained that during the month, students at Rolling Hills
learn about the importance of the Rosary within their Catholic
faith. “Our teachers try to bring meaning to the Rosary
by explaining why we say it, and how the prayer
developed or changed over the centuries.
“It has always been
important to me that Catholic education involves more than just
saying the standard prayers. It is our role to explain
to the children why we do what we do, and
how it impacts our lives and our society.”