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Theology
Grade School Marian Hymns and Prayers

Immerse your young learners in the rich traditions of Marian devotion with our captivating online course tailored for Catholic home educators! Explore the beauty of liturgical prayers and hymns dedicated to Mary, delving into their history, pronunciation, and profound meanings. From ancient chants like Sub Tuum Praesidium to seasonal hymns like Alma Redemptoris Mater, journey through the liturgical year with Mary as your guide, fostering a deeper connection to faith and tradition.

Total classes: 12

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 3rd – 5th grade 

Suggested credit: One full semester of Theology 

Description

Through once a week class and daily practice videos, students will learn how to live the liturgical year with Mary through Roman Rite prayers and hymns in her honor. This course will cover five Marian hymns (history, pronunciation, meaning), the para-liturgical prayer of the Latin Rosary, and some surprising Advent reflections!

Join us as we weave the threads of devotion through daily practice and weekly classes, nurturing a lifelong love for the Blessed Mother.

Outline

Week 1: The most ancient prayer to Mary: Sub Tuum Praesidium. Pronunciation, meaning, and history will be discussed.

Week 2: Review of last week. Prayers of the Rosary, Part 1: Ave Maria. Pronunciation, meaning, and history will be discussed.

Week 3: Review of last week. Prayers of the Rosary, Part 2: Signum Crucis and Gloria Patri. Pronunciation, meaning, and history will be discussed.

Week 4: First seasonal Hymn to Mary: Salve Regina. Pronunciation, meaning, and history will be discussed. We will also focus on the place of this prayer in the liturgical year.

Week 5: Review of last week. Prayers of the Rosary, Part 3: Pater Noster. Pronunciation, meaning, and history will be discussed. Assignment: Pray a Latin rosary with your family from memory!

Week 6: Review of last week. Prayers of the Rosary, Part 4: Credo (Part 1). Pronunciation and meaning will be discussed. Assignment: Pray a Latin rosary with your family from memory!

Week 7: Review of last week. Prayers of the Rosary, Part 5: Credo (Part 2). Pronunciation, meaning, and history will be discussed.

Week 8: Second seasonal Hymn to Mary: Alma Redemptoris Mater. Pronunciation, meaning, and history will be discussed. We will also focus on the place of this prayer in the liturgical year.

NOTE: This week will be placed immediately before Advent of 2024.

Week 9: Third seasonal Hymn to Mary: Ave Regina Caelorum. Pronunciation, meaning, and history will be discussed. We will also focus on the place of this prayer in the liturgical year.

Week 10: Fourth seasonal Hymn to Mary: Regina Caeli. Pronunciation, meaning, and history will be discussed. We will also focus on the place of this prayer in the liturgical year.

Week 11: Rosary bonus material: the titles of mysteries in Latin and the “O my Jesus” prayer. Pronunciation, meaning, and history will be discussed.

Week 12: the Latin O Antiphons of Advent. Pronunciation, meaning, and history will be discussed. Liturgical significance will also be a primary focus. NOTE: This class should fall as close as possible to the last week of Advent

Materials and Homework

Course materials: All course materials are provided FREE by the instructor. A working microphone is required for this course.

Homework: Students will be expected to spend 5-10 minutes per weekday on homework, memorizing the prayer or hymn of the week. In addition to class, recordings of the prayers and hymns for practicing purposes will be provided free by the instructor.

Important Dates

Class dates: Fridays, September 13 to December 13, 2024. (No class Oct. 11, Nov. 1, & Nov. 29) A pre-recorded class will be posted for October 11.

Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)

Duration: 30 minutes

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