"She wears sunlight in her hair
It started off with the children being broken up into 2 age groups, and a Marian book was read and discussed - This is the under 5 group, where a lady is reading The Donkey's Dream and discussing the Marian symbols.
The older group was read a story from The Forty Dreams of St John Bosco where he relates the dream with the boys bringing up various gifts to Our Lady, some beautiful, some tainted, some unacceptable - we also talked about a rosary a day for the rest of our lives is 2 million "pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death" that we have said for our death bed.
Then the older boys led the procession around the yard, whilst reciting the rosary and singing a Marian hymn in between each decade. A child led each mystery.The Hail Holy Queen was recited in front of our Mother as the procession came to an end.
The children then led us all in consecrating ourselves to her motherly love and care.
"The Many Faces of Our Lady" game, with different images of Our Lady hanging from the tree. This game had some elements of musical chairs (to the strains of Dana's Hail Holy Queen tape) with an image of Our Lady being called out and explained, the child who was holding onto that image would then step out to the side and continue to watch, the image then removed from the tree. When the music started again they would move in out of the pictures floating above their heads and hold onto another one when the music stopped. The winning child being the last one to have their image called out and explained.
Then there was a Marian quiz that tested the Marian knowledge of pairs of children, until there was only one winning pair left.
The games finished with an exciting Marian Quiz Treasure Hunt, with three teams, Team Fatima, Team Lourdes, Team Guadalupe, each team had a parent to supervise their quest. The teams would run from one base to the next (each teams going to different bases at different times) and opening up their next quiz question which had to be answered correctly for them to move to the next base with the final quiz question leading them to the treasure in the Mary Garden.
It was a beautiful day to honour Our Blessed Mother that we will never forget!