Catholic and Orthodox Christians have a devotion to the Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady taught to the Catholic faithful to pray the rosary--the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries--to turn the focus away from selfishness and onto her son Jesus Christ. Here are free printable Catholic rosary coloring pages and Marian devotional activities. The events in the rosary are called mysteries because they are so miraculous that human beings can't fully understand them.
Family in Feast and Feria has made available in free printable PDFs a lovely little Catholic rosary devotional booklet entitled "The Rosary Color Book" written and illustrated in 1949 by Ettore Fattori. These free printable Blessed Virgin Mary rosary coloring pages feature vintage image. They evoke a prayerful, devotional sense of peace. The booklet has a prayer and meditation for each of the Joyful Mysteries, Sorrowful Mysteries, Glorious Mysteries and Luminous Mysteries of the rosary (added by Pope John Paul about 10 years ago). Each mystery is followed by a coloring page depicting each event. The booklet is one single book, but each set of mysteries of the rosary opens separately. You must open each set of mysteries of the rosary from attached links.
The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary include: The Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel (the angel announces to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she has been overshadowed by the power of the Almighty and bring forth a Son who will be savior of the world). The Visitation (the Blessed Virgin Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth who is carrying John the Baptist), The Birth of Jesus (Christmas), The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple (for circumcision and blessing) and The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple (Jesus, at 12 was found in the temple teaching the elders.) There are coloring pages for each
The Sorrowful mysteries of the rosary include The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning With Thorns, Jesus Carries His Cross, The Crucifixion. Free printable coloring pages details each sad event from the Bible story of the life of Jesus so they are called the Sorrowful Mysteries. Some of them are Catholic Stations of the Cross as well.
The Glorious Mysteries of the rosary include The Resurrection of Our Lord, The Ascension into Heaven, The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven, The Crowing of Blessed Virgin Mary Queen of Heaven. These are the events that show the divinity of Jesus, so they are called Glorious Mysteries. The Catholic rosary coloring pages were made before the Luminous Mysteries of the rosary were added, so here are other links for free printable Luminous Mysteries of the Catholic rosary.
This free printable Catholic rosary prayer book is written with meditations. It includes a place for the child to write a response or promise to Jesus while praying the rosary as she reflects on each mystery of the rosary. When you pray the rosary with children, encourage each family member to go off into a private spot to meditate. Ponder what Jesus and Our Lady may be saying to you. Write your response directly to them. For example, "My Jesus, I promise to love thee more, pray more faithfully."