Friday, March 25, 2011

Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Lord, Have Mercy (Kyrie Eleison)





(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.)



After the Act of Penitence, the Kyrie is always begun, unless it has already been included as part of the Act of Penitence. Kyrie it is a chant by which the faithful acclaim the Lord and implore his mercy. Sometimes it is sung, sometimes it is said.

As a rule, each acclamation is sung or said twice, though it may be repeated several times, by reason of the character of the various languages, as well as of the artistry of the music or of other circumstances.

If the prayer is prayed as the Kyrie eleison and Christe eleison, it is the remnants of an ancient prayer in Greek. Because the New Testament was written in Greek, here we are praying in the language of the early Church.


We are all standing and the Kyrie eleison (Lord, have mercy) invocations follow, unless they have just occurred in a formula of the Penitential Act.

V/: Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.

R/: Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.

V/: Christ, have mercy. Or: Christe, eleison.

R/: Christ, have mercy. Or: Christe, eleison.

V/: Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.

R/: Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.


*If the students need extra help:

Say to the students: We are all standing (have students stand up) and each acclamation is usually repeated twice. During this time the priest will say or sing something and then we repeat what he just said.

(Write this below on the board before class. Write what is in English in one color. Write what is in Greek in another color. Stand in front of the Greek language so the students cannot see it at this time.)

Priest: Lord, have mercy. ------ Kyrie, eleison.

People: Lord, have mercy. ------ Kyrie, eleison.

Priest: Christ, have mercy. ---- Christe, eleison.

People: Christ, have mercy. ---- Christe, eleison.

Priest: Lord, have mercy. ------ Kyrie, eleison.

People: Lord, have mercy. ------ Kyrie, eleison.


Say to the students and point to each line accordingly: We are all standing during the “Lord, have mercy”. The priest says, “Lord, have mercy.” What do we say, (“Lord, have mercy.”). Then the priest says, “Christ, have mercy.” What do we say? (“Christ, have mercy.”). Then the priest says, “Lord, have mercy.” What do we say? (“Lord, have mercy.”)

Say to the students: “Lord, have mercy” is in English. What would the priest say in Greek? (Move out of the way so the students can see what is on the board. Point to what the priest says and help the students pronounce each part correctly. Go through each line and help students pronounce the words in Greek.)

Say: I will now say what the priest would say in Greek and I want you to repeat what I say in Greek just like you would in Mass. (Point to what the students should say in Greek.)



Questions:

Are we standing or sitting during Lord, Have Mercy? (Standing)

Is Kyrie, eleison (Lord, have mercy) sung or said? (Either)

How many times are each acclamation usually repeated? (Twice)

What does Kyrie eleison and Christe eleison mean?

(Kyrie eleison- Lord, have mercy)
(Christe eleison- Christ, have mercy)



Craft:


Lesson 7: Lord, Have Mercy- Children Discover the Mass by Mary Doefler Dall
A mobile that helps reinforce “Lord, have mercy” and “Christ, have mercy” in English and Greek. (Craft/Activity directions and template on pages 43-44.)



Lessons:

tuesdaycafe.wordpress.com- Lesson 11: Lord, have mercy! – Psalm 51(32)

isaiah61-3.com- Lord, Have Mercy! Psalm 51



These activities 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.


Handwriting:



Lord, have mercy. Kyrie, eleison.




Puzzles:

Word Search

Crossword





Friday, March 18, 2011

Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Penitential Rite





(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 Mass continues with the Penitential Rite. The Penitential Rite is a time of reflection on one’s sins and a prayer for God’s mercy. It focuses on our sinfulness and helps us to confess our sorry for any wrongdoing, knowing that God is always there for us, ready to forgive.

The priest has other options in celebrating the Penitential Rite. He can use other shorter options but the purpose is the same: to declare our sinfulness before God and each other and to implore the Lord for His forgiveness and mercy.

The fourth option for the Penitential Rite is the Rite of Blessing & Sprinkling of Holy Water. This is most commonly used during the Easter season. On Sundays, especially in the Season of Easter, in place of the customary Act of Penitence, the blessing and sprinkling of water may be done as a reminder of Baptism.



*Review with your students what you do at your church.


Everyone continues to stand and the priest invites the faithful, saying: Brethren (brothers and sisters), let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

A brief pause for silence follows. We are given time to think and reflect.

Confiteor is a Latin word that means “I confess,” are the first words of the prayer that we all recite together:

Form A

I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,

(And, striking our breast with our fist softly, we say:) through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;

Then we continue:

therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.


Form B

Priest: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
People: For we have sinned against you.

Priest: Show us, O Lord, your mercy.
People: And grant us your salvation.


Form C

Priest: You were sent to heal the contrite of heart.
People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: You came to call sinners.
People: Christ, have mercy.

Priest: You are seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us.
People: Lord, have mercy.




The absolution of the Priest follows:

Priest: May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.

People: Amen



Questions:

Why do we do the Penitential Rite during Mass? (The Penitential Rite is a time of reflection on one’s sins and a prayer for God’s mercy. It focuses on our sinfulness and helps us to confess our sorry for any wrongdoing, knowing that God is always there for us, ready to forgive.)

Do we stand or sit during the Penitential Rite? (Stand)

On Sundays, especially in the Season of Easter, in place of the customary Act of Penitence, the blessing and sprinkling of water may be done. Why? (As a reminder of Baptism.)

What does Confiteor mean? (It is a Latin word that means “I confess”.)

How many forms are there of the Penitential Rite and what are they? (There are 4 different forms. Form A, B, C, and The Rite of Blessing & Sprinkling of Holy Water.)

What do we say after the priest gives us absolution?

Priest: May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.

(People: Amen)



Activities:

Cakewalk- Use paper plates for this activity. Write a line of the Penitential Act on each paper plate. Arrange the plates in a circle- like a cakewalk- with the words in order. While music plays, the children walk around the circle of plates. When the music stops, the person standing on the plate with first line of the Penitential Act starts. Each child reads the words he/she is standing on until together they have said the Penitential Act. Continue playing several times.

Correct Me If I'm Wrong- Divide the class into two teams. Each team sits in a circle around a bell. The teacher says the Penitential Act and the kids wait for her to purposely make a mistake. When they think they've heard a mistake, they try to be the first one to ring their team's bell. They must then say the Penitential Act and point out the teacher's mistake. Award points for most corrections, if you like.

Ice, Ice, Baby- Have children form a line. Hand the first child a square piece of ice. The child must hold the ice in his hand until he says the Penitential Act (you can have this written on the board to make this easier). He then passes the ice to the next child who must say the Penitential Act while holding the ice, etc. (As the students get better with saying the Penitential Act, erase some of what you wrote on the board and see how well they do.)

ministry-to-children.com- Post-it Cover Up
For this activity write the Penitential Act on the front board of the classroom. Practice reading it once together and then use post-it notes to cover up one of the words. Then, practice reading it again followed by covering up a second word with post-it notes. Continue this pattern until the entire Penitential Act is covered and the children are saying it from memory. You could also reverse the game beginning with some words covered and have children guess the missing words.

ministry-to-children.com- Erase the Verse
Write the Penitential Act on a dry erase board. Have the children read the Penitential Act together. Then ask for a volunteer to read it aloud. This child is then allowed to erase one word from the Penitential Act. Call on another child to read the Penitential Act as it was originally written. Then allow them to erase a word. Repeat this process as the children remove more and more of the Penitential Act. After they gain confidence, you can speed things up by allowing them to erase two words after each time they recite the Penitential Act.



The activities 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.



Penitential Act Puzzle- Print puzzle on card stock and have the students cut on the lines to make a puzzle. Have the students put the puzzle together to practice the Penitential Act. Put puzzle pieces in an envelope or Ziploc bag.

Penitential Act- Cut out strips and glue strips of the Penitential Act in the proper order on a piece of construction paper. (For younger students you can do this together as a group activity.) You can play this as a game by dividing the class into teams and give each team the strips of the Penitential Act. See which team can put it in the proper order the fastest.

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








Penitential Rite (file folder game) is based on Alquerque which originated in the Middle East as the game Quirkat. Alquerque boards are carved into the stone slabs which form the roof of the great temple at Kurna, Egypt. The Arabic author Abu al-Faraj al-Isfahani mentioned Quirkat in his 24 volume work Kitab al-Aghani ("Book of Songs") c. 950 AD. Alquergue migrated to Europe when the Moors invaded Spain. It was named Alquerque (the Spanish form of El-Quirkat) in the Alfonso X Manuscript which was written between 1251 - 1282 at the command of Alfonso X, King of Leon and Castile. This game is the ancestor of modern day checkers (Draughts in the UK) when it evolved to being played on a chess board instead of the standard Alqerque board. The Madagascan game Fanorama may have evolved from Quirkat.

Penitential Rite (file folder game)- For 2 Players or 2 Teams. The idea is to answer questions about the Penitential Rite so you can remove one or more of your opponent’s pieces. The goal of the game is to remove all the opponent’s pieces.





Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Church Potluck Recipe: Congo Squares





Have you ever signed up to bring chocolate chip cookies to the next Potluck at church and you are too tired to make them? Well, here is a great alternative.



Congo Squares





1/3 lb. (1 stick and 2 ½ tablespoons) real butter
1 box light brown sugar (about 2 1/3 cups firmly packed)
3 eggs
2 ¾ cup sifted flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 package (12 oz.) Hershey chocolate chips

Stir together butter and light brown sugar using a mixer. Add eggs. Then add flour, baking powder, salt. Mix well and add pecans and chocolate chips. Bake in a 9 x 13 inch greased and floured pan for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool before cutting into squares.





Friday, March 11, 2011

Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Greeting





(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.)



When the opening hymn has concluded the priest and the people, who are still standing, sign themselves with the Sign of the Cross, while the Priest, facing the people, says:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The people reply: Amen.


Then the priest, extending his hands, greets the people, saying;

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Or

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Or

The Lord be with you.

People: And with your spirit.


In this first greeting a Bishop, instead of The Lord be with you, says:

Peace be with you.


The Priest, or a Deacon, or another minister, may very briefly introduce the faithful to the Mass of the day.



Questions:

Are we standing or sitting during the Greeting? (Standing)

When the priest says, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” what do we do? (We make the Sign of the Cross.)

How do we respond to the priest’s greeting? (And with your spirit.)



Activities:

catholicmom.com- Catechist Resources for Roman Missal, 3rd Edition
Greeting- lesson with Decoder Puzzle (page 2), Church Greeting Card Craft (page 3 & 4)



These activities 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. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these activities are not my own and are from various internet sources.



Younger Students: Greeting Handwriting Activity- Have the students trace the letters. Then have students cut out a heart from red construction paper and glue in the center of the paper.

Older Students: Have students write on a colored piece of construction paper at the top, “The Lord be with you”. Then have students cut out heart from red construction paper and glue in the center of the paper. Underneath the heart have the students write, “And with your spirit.”



Worksheet:

The Mass Begins- The following sentences are in the wrong order. Number them so they are in the right order.





Friday, March 4, 2011

Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Opening Procession





(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.)



Mass begins with everyone standing and singing the opening hymn. If incense is used the procession is lead by a thurifer carrying a thurible with burning incense. Next comes the cross bearer holding aloft the Processional Cross and usually there are two altar servers holding candles on either side. If there are other servers, they follow behind the cross bearer. If there are concelebrants (one or more priests who are not the principle celebrant), they come next. Then comes the deacon or lector who carries the Book of the Gospels overhead. Last is the presider of the liturgy, a priest or bishop. If there are two deacons, one will be with the Mass celebrant. When they arrive at the sanctuary of the church, together they make a profound bow toward the altar. The Book of the Gospels is then placed on the altar. The deacon and priest will go to the altar and venerate (honor) it by kissing it. If appropriate, the priest incenses the cross and the altar. The priest then walks and stands in front of the celebrant’s or presider’s chair. During the whole procession we stand and sing the opening hymn.



Questions:

If incense is used who carries the thurible? (The Thurifer.)

What does the cross bearer hold aloft? (The Processional Cross.)

Who carries the Book of the Gospels? (The deacon or Lector.)

Who is last in the Procession? (The presider of the liturgy, a priest or bishop.)

What happens when they all arrive at the sanctuary of the church? (Together they make a profound bow toward the altar.)

What does the deacon and priest do when they go to the altar? (They venerate it by kissing it.)

What are we doing during the Opening Procession? (We stand and sing the opening hymn.)



Crafts:

What does the cross bearer hold aloft? (The Processional Cross.)

Make crosses.

christiancrafters.com- Mosaic Cross
Easy cross necklace/magnet that all kids can make.

dltk-bible.com- Stained Glass Cross Craft

christiancrafters.com- The Colors of Christ Cross (neat tip at the bottom for younger students)

catholicicing.blogspot.com- Cross Crafts for Kids (lots of different kinds are posted)



Worksheets:

The worksheets 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. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these worksheets are not my own and are from various internet sources.


Opening Procession (for younger students)- Cut out pictures and trim. With the pictures that are given, glue them in the proper order that they appear in the Opening Procession.

Opening Procession- Match the words in the first column to the best available answer in the second column.





Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament





Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is the service in which Jesus Christ is adored in the consecrated Host exposed on the altar, and in which the priest blesses the faithful with the Sacred Host.

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament begins with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (i.e., consecrated Host) in a monstrance set upon the altar. The liturgy includes singing the ancient Latin hymns written by St Thomas Aquinas, O Salutaris Hostia and Tantum Ergo, followed by the benediction proper. The celebrant holds the monstrance wearing a humeral veil covering his shoulders, arms and hands, and then blesses the faithful with the Blessed Sacrament by tracing the sign of the cross with the monstrance held steadily upright before him. The liturgy concludes with the Divine Praises and Psalm 117 (LXX 116) "Laudate Dominum" with the antiphon, "Let us forever adore the Most Holy Sacrament."

A monstrance is a vessel used in the Roman Catholic, Old Catholic and Anglican churches to display the consecrated Eucharistic host, during Eucharistic adoration or Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The monstrance is usually gold or silver and has an opening through which the Consecrated Host can be viewed. Benediction is often employed as a conclusion to other services, e.g. Vespers, Compline, the Stations of the Cross, etc., but it is also still more generally treated as a rite complete in itself. Created in the medieval period for the public display of relics, the monstrance today is usually restricted for vessels used for hosts. The word monstrance comes from the Latin word monstrare, meaning "to show", and is cognate with the English word demonstrate, meaning "to show clearly". In Latin, the monstrance is known as an ostensorium (from ostendere, "to show").



Coloring:

christiancoloring.com- Monstrance

etc.usf.edu- Just click on Download TIFF* File to print.



Crafts:

therealpresence.org- Monstrance Picture Craft for Children

Directions

Monstrance Picture

Picture of Jesus



catholicicing.blogspot.com- Craft a Monstrance with a Gold Doily


weekofgraces-yearofthepriest.com- made from clear plastic plates on an upside down plastic wine glass with doilies behind them and decorated with stick on jewels.


ewtn.com- Banana Nut Candy Monstrance



Lessons:

fullhomelydivinity.org- The Order for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament (scroll down to this)

ceciliaschola.org- Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament (music included)

thesacredheart.com- Eucharist Adoration and Benediction

davenportdiocese.org- Instructions: Exposition / Adoration / Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

locator.net- Exposition and the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

rosary.freeuk.com- Service of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction with some popular prayers. A5 leaflet.



Videos:

strimoo.com

ustream.tv

youtube.com