The middle school youth will pray the rosary and learn how prayer with the Virgin Mary will always point them to Christ.
As Jesus was dying on the cross, He presented His mother to His disciple and to all of us by saying, “Behold your mother” (John 19:27). Today, we still view the Blessed Virgin Mary as mother to us all. As with any mother, we can turn to her for guidance and prayers and we look to her to show us the way to her son.
Mary gave her consent in faith at the Annunciation and maintained it without hesitation at the foot of the Cross. Ever since, her motherhood has extended to the brothers and sisters of her Son “who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and difficulties.” Jesus, the only mediator, is the way of our prayer; Mary, his mother and ours, is wholly transparent to him: she “shows the way” (hodigitria), and is herself “the Sign” of the way, according to the traditional iconography East and West (CCC 2674).
Everything Mary did pointed to Jesus. Her fiat is the perfect example to us all of what it means to trust in God and follow His plan for our lives. We should give thanks to Mary for all she has done. We trust that she hears us and offers our prayers and petitions to her son Jesus.
Because of Mary’s singular cooperation with the action of the Holy Spirit, the Church loves to pray in communion with the Virgin Mary, to magnify with her the great things the Lord has done for her, and to entrust supplications and praises to her (CCC 2682).