I realize the fall season has just passed, but I am always looking for ways to get excited about pumpkin season again! I hope you are too and enjoy the little video below, which shows you just how I made the Rosary pumpkin. It is a fun way to celebrate and spread the love of Jesus and Mary.
I’ll highlight some of the ways I completed this project and why I enjoyed it so much.
- This project only took about 30 minutes from start to finish.
- As you can see, there were the basic colors of acrylic paint. I just mixed them together to get purple and silver.
- I bought a mini pumpkin and cleaned it out really well. This helped the pumpkin to last for at least two weeks before showing a little sign of mold.
- You could paint a pretty Crucifix at the base of the Rosary, but I’m not THAT talented and decided to cut a cross hole. This made it like a normal Jack-o-lantern, which was nice. But if you didn’t want to cut into it, the pumpkin could last the whole month of October.
- October is celebrated in the Church as the month of the Holy Rosary and Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7th. The Rosary is an incredible prayer that brings peace and joy to those who pray it with devotion and confidence. This website had a nice description if you are interested in learning more: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/overviews/months/10_1.cfm
My Journey Regarding the Rosary
I did not start praying the whole Rosary overnight after I became Catholic. I had come to understand why the Catholic’s loved and respected Mary and how her intercession worked, but I was still shy with her. Plus, the Rosary seemed like a lot. Wouldn’t it be better to pray my own prayers from the heart? However, curiosity got me thinking more and more about it; plus, I was interested in a challenge. I remember sitting by the Tabernacle in the little campus chapel and taking one of their community Rosaries and pamphlets to learn how to say the prayers. This is where I was introduced to the Mysteries, which are completely based on the life of Christ in Holy Scripture. I was touched and amazed. Before I knew it, I had memorized the basic Rosary prayers and was able to pray it. Unfortunately, I did not turn to this prayer very often. I found it to be too long and tedious unless I was in “the mood.” As the years went on, I began to pray it more and more with groups at my Parish. Finally, I made a Marian Consecration at the beginning of 2020. Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC had a section in the back of his book which gave the most beautiful description of the Rosary. It made me excited to pray it more often, and Mary gave me a newfound strength and courage. Plus, the 15-20 minute Rosary prayer did not seem like so long and tedious as I began to spend more and more time in prayer and study in hopes to grow closer to Jesus.
There have been periods of time where I pray the Rosary every day, and I have even had one day where I prayed ALL the Mysteries. But I still often fight the battle of laziness. On days where it is a challenge for me to pray, I will try to pray one decade with the deepest devotion I can muster. I would also like to share that the Rosary has sometimes been my favorite prayer when I cannot find the words to pray. Mary has guided me at times to pray and think on the love of Jesus when I couldn’t do it on my own. Mary has also lead me to a greater understanding and appreciation of Jesus’ love through meditation on the Mysteries. She is truly such a wonderful mother.
I will pray for you! Blessings.