Friday, April 1, 2011

Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Gloria

(This lesson is in accordance with the new Roman Missal that is to be implemented on November 27, 2011.)

*Be sure to adjust this lesson to fit the needs of your students.

(Please take in consideration that I am just a Mom and I'm providing these lessons and activities to the best of my abilities. I will try to make them as accurate as possible, but I know I will make a few mistakes and it was not intentional.)

Gloria is a song, sometimes it is read. It is a joyous acclamation in which we praise God and recognize the Father as our heavenly King and Jesus as the Lamb of God. We do not sing or recite the Gloria during Sundays in Advent or Lent.

Gloria is a prayer that is actually an ancient hymn with three parts. The first part is the song that the shepherds heard sung by a heavenly choir of angels at the birth of Jesus. The second part praises God by recalling all of His attributes. The third part prays to Jesus, asking Him to save us from our sins.

We continue to stand during Gloria as it is sung or it is read.

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.


When this hymn is concluded, the priest, with hands joined, says: “Let us pray.”

And all pray in silence with the priest for a moment.

Then the priest, with hands extended, says the Collect prayer, at the end of which the people acclaim: “Amen.”


Are we standing or sitting during Gloria? (Standing)

Is Gloria sung or said? (Either)

Long ago, who heard the angels sing part of this song at Jesus’ birth? (The shepherds)

The second part of this song praises whom? (God)

The third part of this song prays to Jesus asking Him to do what? (To save us from our sins.)

What times of the year is this prayer not said or sung at Mass? (During Sundays in Advent and Lent.)

Activities: Catechist Resources for Roman Missal, 3rd Edition
Gloria- lesson with Puzzle (page 2), Stand Up Angel Craft (page 3)


Introduce craft: Who died on the cross so our sins would be forgiven? Printable Resurrection Set
Only make Jesus on the Cross which is on page 1. Directions on how to make craft is posted.
*Be sure to have students cut out the cross on the dotted lines so the cross will stick out. Mosaic Cross
Easy cross necklace/magnet that all kids can make. Colors of Christ Cross (neat tip on the bottom for little ones) Beaded Cross Necklace (change the color of the beads to the cross craft above)
Tips: You may glue the white bead in place if you wish. You can also put a knot at the bottom of the necklace to keep the beads from slipping off. Jelly Bean Prayer Cross Craft Kit Jelly Bean Prayer Craft (scroll down to this) Jelly Bean Prayer Magnet
Cute magnet using painted dry beans. The Jelly Bean Prayer (scroll down to Craft Idea)
Fill an empty jar with jelly beans and put the Jelly Bean Prayer on the outside of the jar. Jelly Bean Sweet Jar (be sure to put the Jelly Bean Prayer on the outside of the jar).

Games: 2 Games: Clean Heart & Repent (scroll down for these)

The following games are from

A May Zing- Display Gloria on a chalk or white board. Children read Gloria together several times. Erase Gloria. Begin writing it again on the board, but purposely incorrectly. As soon as a child detects an error, he or she calls out, “Zing!” Erase and begin again. Continue going through Gloria several times before you write it correctly.

Bible Verse Hopscotch- Using masking tape or chalk, mark off a hopscotch grid in an open area. Write the words of Gloria on a card. Place a card in each of the squares of the grid. Children will take turns completing the hopscotch grid until all have learned Gloria.

Blank Verse- On a chalk or white board write Gloria, leaving blanks for words you intentionally leave out. List all the words omitted on the board in a random fashion. Ask one child to go and write a word in the proper blank. Repeat until Gloria is completed. This can be done several times until all children have the verse memorized.

Cut and Glue a Verse- Write Gloria on construction paper and tape it on the wall. They are to find and cut out letters to the words of the verse from magazines and glue them under the words on the wall. Say Gloria when all have been found. (You can assign a few students to each do a line to avoid confusion.)

Domino a Verse- Write words to Gloria on the backs of several dominoes. Lay them face down on a table. Children turn them face up and arrange them in correct order to form Gloria. Children say Gloria correctly. After that they can “domino Gloria” by arranging standing dominoes to fall.

These games below are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.

Jelly Bean Prayer File Folder Game: The objective of the game is to collect the most Jelly Bean jar cards by answering questions about Jesus and get to FINISH.

2 different game boards to choose from!

Directions- Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim and glue on the inside of the file folder. Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last. 2 Game Boards to choose from.

Game Board #1

Game Board #2

Game Cards- Print Game Cards out on card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. Use only the cards that reflect your students abilities.

Jelly Bean Jar Token Cards- Print out several pages of tokens on card stock. Cut out tokens. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.

Questions and Answers- For the teacher to check answers.

Gloria File Folder Game is a simple board game with the straightforward objective of racing the player's 4 pawns from start to finish with dice throws. Similar to the brand-name board "Sorry!" marketed by Parker Brothers, Gloria (Ludo) shares similarities with the game Pachisi (or Parcheesi), which in turn originated in 6th century India.

Gloria File Folder Game: Players race against other players in advancing his/her 4 playing pawns from start to finish by answering questions about Gloria and with successful die rolls. Each player has four specifically-designated finishing positions. The winner is the first player to successfully rest his 4 pawns on his designated finishing space. This game can be played individually or in teams.

What's Needed:

• 2 - 4 Players (or players can be in teams)
• Game Board
• 8 - 16 playing pieces (pawns) in 2 -4 colors (4 per color)
• 1 - die

About the Game Board:

The game board is laid-out as a "Cross" (having 4 arms). Each arm contains 4 colored "resting spaces" -- also called Home Spaces, which are the destination spaces for a player. These home spaces are bordered by the spaces along which the pawns are intended to travel. At each corner of the board are the 4 colored Starting Zones, where each player's pawns sit at the start of the game awaiting entry into the game board proper. A successful die throw of 6 is required for a pawn to jump from the starting zone onto the starting square. Lastly, the single colored space between the Starting Zone and the Home Spaces is the Starting Space where each pawn starts its journey toward the Home Spaces.

Set Up: This game can be played individually or in teams. Each player gets 4 pawns of the same color. Players put all 4 of their pawns resting in the Starting Zones located at the 4 corners of the game board. Next, shuffle the deck and place it face down in a small basket near the game board. Put an empty basket nearby for the discards. Players choose who will go first and then game play goes clockwise. Players can roll the die and have the person with the highest number go first.

Moving Pawns:

The playing pieces are meant to travel in a clockwise direction along the cross-shaped. Each playing piece is required to travel 1 full rotation around the game board before it can move into the player's Home Spaces. A die throw is used to determine the number of spaces by which pawns may advance.

At Start of Play: The game begins with each player's 4 pawns resting in the Starting Zones located at the 4 corners of the game board. Players take turns answering questions (the first person to their left reads the card). Players must answer a question correctly to roll the die. In order place your pawn on the Game Board a player needs to roll to exit the Starting Zone and enter the game board proper, a player needs to roll a 6. On a successful throw of 6, the player then places a pawn at the colored Starting Space.

The 4 colored Starting Zones are located in the same place. The single Starting Space is designated as the tail end of the colored Arrow pointing towards the center.

Moving One's Pawns:

The player has choices: Provided the player rolls enough sixes, he can have all four pawns in play. Thereafter, he can choose to move any of his pawns on any valid die roll. Conditions for valid moves:

* The destination space should be empty, or,
* The destination space is occupied by another player's pawn. If so, this pawn is "Captured" and gets sent back to its Starting Zone.

Capturing Pawns: Landing one's pawn on a space occupied by another player "Captures" the opponent's pawn. The captured pawn is then returned to its Starting Zone, where it must remain until a successful die throw of 6 makes it possible to be returned to the game board.

Forced Pass: A player is forced to pass his turn if his die roll results in no legal moves. If the only way to complete a move would result in a player capturing himself, the pawns remains in place and the player loses his or her turn.

Landing on the Home Spaces: A player needs an exact die roll in order to land on a vacant home space. Pawns that are already resting on home spaces can no longer be moved.

The game board is laid out as a "Cross" (having 4 arms). The Home Space is the exact center of the game board, which means all 4 pawns must reach the colored "Arrow tip" by means of an exact die roll.

Rule Variations for Faster Games:

*Throwing Multiple Dice: To make a game proceed faster, each player can roll 2-3 dice at the start of the game and keep throwing multiple dice each turn until he rolls a 6. He then uses the results of the multiple dice throw to move his piece. In subsequent turns, the player should only roll 1 die to move.

For example, if a player rolls "6-1-2", he can place 1 pawn on the Starting Space, then move it 1, then 2 places on the game board. Thereafter, he can only roll 1 die each turn, and must roll a 6 before he can place any other pawn at the Starting Space. On the other hand, if the player rolls "4-4-2", then all his pawns remain in the Starting Zone, forcing the player to pass his turn. On his subsequent turns, he can throw 3 dice until he gets a 6, thereby allowing him to place a pawn on the game board proper. Thereafter, he should throw only 1 die.

*Rolling Sixes: Under this rule, a player is allowed to roll again whenever he rolls a six. This way, a truly lucky player can have all four pawns advancing toward his Home Zone in record time.

Directions- Print out Directions and put inside legal size file folder for safe keeping

Game Board- Print out Game Board, assemble, trim, and glue on the inside of a legal size file folder or on a piece of cardboard or poster board. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make it last.

Game Cards- (Use these cards or make your own.) Print Game Cards out on card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. Use only the cards that reflect your student’s abilities.

*Pawns can be coins, colored buttons, game pieces from other games, fish rocks for the bottom of aquariums, craft foam cut into shapes, etc. You can paint small objects such as rocks, small plastic tops or caps, etc. You can also buy pawns at game stores.


This worksheet below is free, however it can only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.

Gloria (fill in the blanks)- Fill in the blanks with the words from below. (With younger students you can do this together on the board.)

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