(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.)
The Rite of Peace follows. The celebrant prays that the peace of Christ will fill our hearts, our families, our Church, our communities, and our world. As a sign of hope, the people extend to those around them a sign of peace, typically by shaking hands.
The priest prays a prayer out loud to Jesus, reminding Him of His gift of peace to the Apostles. He then asks the Lord to look down upon the faith of the people gathered in this church and to grant us His peace and unity.
Saying the prayer before Communion expresses our need to be reconciled with one another. When we receive the Eucharist it is a sign that we are in “communion with the Lord”.
During every Mass the celebrant invites the assembly to “offer each other the sign of peace.” With that gesture, parishioners connect themselves to each other within the parish family.
We are all standing and the priest, with hands extended, says aloud:
Lord Jesus Christ,
who said to your Apostles,
Peace I leave you, my peace I give you,
look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and graciously grant her peace and unity
in accordance with your will.
(He joins his hands.)
Who live and reign for ever and ever.
The priest turns toward the people, extending and then joining his hands adds:
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
People: And with your spirit.
Then if appropriate, the deacon or priest adds:
Let us offer each other the sign of peace.
And all offer one another a sign, in keeping with local customs, that expresses peace, communion, and charity. The priest gives the sign of peace to a Deacon or minister.
During the Sign of Peace at our church we greet one another as Jesus greeted his friends. We shake hands with the people around us and say, “Peace be with you” to share God’s love and to bring God’s love and peace to all you meet.
Are we standing or sitting during the Sign of Peace? (Standing)
What do we say after the priest says, “The peace of the Lord be with you always.”? (“And with your spirit.”)
What do we do after the priest says, “Let us offer each other the sign of peace.”? (We shake hands.)
What do we say to the person when we shake their hands? (“Peace be with you.”)
How can you share peace with others outside of Mass?
Discuss with the students what they think the signs of peace in the world are. Where have you seen them? What did the signs say? Why were they publicly shown? Etc. How can you be a sign of peace to other people? Have the students break into groups and create their own sign of peace. Present them to the class and discuss.
*You can also do the above as a journal writing activity. Students can also create their own sign of peace in their journal and describe what it means.
Large piece of newsprint
Crayons, colored pencils, pens, markers
1. Hang the newsprint on a blank wall.
2. Have the children create a mural filled with images that make them feel peaceful. They can draw images, cut images out of magazines, or write words that remind them of peace.
Sign of Peace Wreath
Give each student a paper plate. Have them cut out the center of the paper plate to make a large ring to make a wreath out of. Give the students various colors of construction paper and have them trace around their hands to make a handprint. The students then cut out the handprints and staple them to their paper plate to make a wreath. Students then make a sign that says, “Peace Be With You” and attach it to their wreath.
Sign of Peace Mobile
Give each student a picture of a dove on cardstock. Have them cut out the dove and color. On five blank index cards (you can cuts these in half to make them smaller) have the students write 5 ways they can share peace with others outside of Mass. To make a simple mobile attach the dove to a long piece of string and hang the five index cards below it in a line.
*You can also make a dove craft and hang the index cards below it.
Taking Flight- A bird that can be a dove that you make out of white paper and using the child's handprints. (From the Hands of a Child by Anthony Flores, page 41).
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