Presentation on theme: "ASH WEDNESDAY Para-Liturgy - for Primary Schools"— Presentation transcript:
1 ASH WEDNESDAY Para-Liturgy - for Primary Schools You will need the following:small table, crucifix, candle (optional), appropriate table cover and Bible – set-up an altar to create a central focusashes – you can use barbecue charcoal; pulverise it and lightly moisten for ritual usemusic or hymns familiar to studentspencil and paper/cardsbowl – for the offering of Lenten promises
2 Lent 2014 – Dig Deep and PrayThe room should be dimly lit and simply furnished with a central focus point. This could be a small altar or table with a crucifix, a lit candle (optional) and a bible on it.
3 All: In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teacher: Let us begin our worship with a reminder that Jesus died and rose again for us Altogether….All: In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.Amen.Opening Song: choose an appropriate and familiar song from your Walking with Jesus Cd
4 Opening Prayer: [Pupil 1] Wonderful God your light shines into our world and brings happiness and peace to our hearts. As we begin our journey of Lent today give us your blessing and strength so that we may show care for one another. Encourage us, creator God, to be close to you.All: AMEN
5 Does anyone know what happens today? Today blessed ashes are put Teacher:Today is Ash Wednesday.Does anyone know what happens today?Today blessed ashes are puton our foreheads in the shape of a cross. These ashes are made by burning the palm leaves saved from last year’s Palm Sunday.Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent.
6 Teacher:Lent is a time of preparation for Easter. Following Jesus’ example, it is a time to try to improve our relationship with God and with others. Lots of us choose to give up something we enjoy during Lent. We can also make an extra effort to pray and to do good things for other people.
7 Teacher:It’s not always easy to do the right thing. We try but sometimes we can be tempted to do the wrong thing. This is something that happened even to Jesus, as Matthew tells us in the Gospel:Matthew 4: 1-11
8 Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11 Narrator: God led Jesus into the desert. Jesus stayed in thedesert for forty days and nights, praying andlistening to God. During that time, he did not eatanything because he was trying to pay closeattention to God. After forty days and nights, thedevil came to him and tried to tempt him to do wrong.First the devil said:Devil: "If you are God's son, tell these rocks to turn into bread."Narrator: Jesus would not do it, even though he was very hungry. Instead, He answered by using a memory verse:Jesus: "It is written in the Scriptures, 'A person does not live by eating only bread. But a person lives by everything the Lord says.'"You might want to do a short role play to be acted out by children, who play the parts of narrator, Jesus, devil and angels.
9 Narrator:. Next, the devil led Jesus to Jerusalem. He put. him on Narrator: Next, the devil led Jesus to Jerusalem. He put him on the top of the temple building and said:Devil: "If you are God's son, jump off."Narrator: Then he tried to use a memory verse to convince Jesus to jump. The devil said:Devil: “It is written in the Scriptures, „He has put his angels in charge of you. They will catch you with their hands."Narrator: But Jesus answered with another memory verse,Jesus: “The Bible also says „Do not test the Lord your God‟.”
10 Narrator: Jesus would not bow down. He answered the devil by saying: Narrator: So Jesus did not jump off the building. A third time the devil tried to tempt Jesus. He led Him to the top of a high mountain. He showed Jesus all the world. He said to him:Devil: "If you will bow down and worship me, I will give you everything you see."Narrator: Jesus would not bow down. He answered the devil by saying:Jesus: "Go away from me satan! It is written in the Scriptures, “You must worship the Lord your God and serve him only.”Narrator: So the devil left Jesus and angels came to take care of him. (Angels could put their arms round Jesus)Children can go back to their seats. Short Pause.
11 Teacher:Jesus was tempted, but he did not do wrong. Even though Jesus was hungry and tired, he found the strength to do the right thing.Even though God created the world with enough food for everyone, many people around the world still go hungry.Samai is five years old and lives in a village in Sierra Leone. Samai is clever and does very well at school. But his family find it difficult to buy enough food to feed themselves and still have enough money left to pay for Samai to go to school.Reflection Time
12 Let us read these questions and reflect: Teacher:CAFOD has helped Samai‟s family learn how to grow their own food on unused swampland. The crops that Samai‟s family grow help them to have enough to eat and they can sell any extra crops so they have enough money for Samai to go to school.Let us read these questions and reflect:What are some ways that I am tempted?What did Jesus do when he was tempted?What can I do when I feel tempted so I don'tdo the wrong thing?CAFOD’s mission is to end poverty and injustice in the global south. To do that it works directly with local communities and organisations to find practical and lasting solutions to hunger and poverty. Inspired by the gospels and Catholic Social teaching, it is the official agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. This makes it our development agency. And the organisation relies on our prayers, donations and actions to end the scandal of poverty in our world, on our behalf.CAFOD means Catholic Aid for Overseas Development
13 This is Samai. Let us watch a video about him. Show the short video clip about Samai: minutesTry to download the video before your class.Links:Or go to the CAFOD website: and click on Lenten resources for Primary
14 The question being ask of you and me: Teacher:The question being ask of you and me:WHAT WILL YOU DO THIS LENT?This Lent we are invited to DigDeep inside ourselves andconsider how we can becomemore like Jesus.Lent invites us to make our personal commitment – to do something and be more Jesus.Have the children write a personal commitment during this Len – it can be something that they can do/would like to do for themselves or for others. Examples:I will pray for Samai and for those who do not have enough to eat.I will give up my favourite snack and not waste any foodHave this personal commitment written on a paper or a card/template.
15 Distribution of AshesWhen pupils have written their personal commitment, they are invited, row by row, to come forward and to place their cards/papers on the altar table (you need a small bowl or container to put the offering).They then receive ashes on their palm, before returning to their seats. Put a sign of the cross on their palms.It would be appropriate for a hymn or music to accompany this time of solemn ritual. You can play “You are my People” from Walking with Jesus CD.
16 God help me to Dig Deep this Lent. Group 1: PrayersThe response is:God help me to Dig Deep this Lent.Group 1:Caring God, we pray for our school family as we begin this season of Lent.Help us to be generous in our actions.Response:Each prayer can be read by group.
17 God help me to Dig Deep this Lent. Group 3: Group 2: Loving God, we thank You for your love and patience, and for always being ready to forgive us if we do wrong.Response:God help me to Dig Deep this Lent.Group 3:Gentle God, during Lent, help us to Dig Deep within ourselves in order to be the best we can be May we show our love for you by doing what we know is right, and by doing good for others.Response: God help me to Dig Deep this Lent.Each prayer can be read by a different pupil.
18 In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Final PrayerALL:Be close to us, Lord Jesus, as we journey through Lent. As we pray and share with others, help us to see that all people are precious, and that we are all blessed by your love. Amen.In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.Again you might use music. Promises can be displayed as a reminder of everyone’s Lenten promises and referred to throughout the season of Lent.For more information about Dig Deep, visit cafod.org.uk/primary/food