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Third Sunday of Lent. Fourth Sunday of Lent. Fifth Sunday of Lent. Palm Sunday. Examination of Conscience. Giving things up for Lent. Jesus Forgave Sins. Lenten Almsgiving.During this six-week season, we are encouraged by the Church to engaged in three spiritual practices — prayer, penance, and almsgiving.
To assist you in carrying out these practices for yourself and with your family or students, Sadlier is pleased to offer a number of inspirational and practical resources. We hope it adds to your experience at this sacred time of year. Download them now! Need ideas on how to keep your momentum strong throughout the six weeks of the Lenten season?
Lent is a time of preparation for the celebration of Christ's Death and Resurrection at Easter. Lasting for forty days — from Ash Wednesday to the evening of Holy Thursday — the season draws us towards the light of Christ. Download The Road to Lent Leads to Easter lesson and prayer celebration to discuss the spiritual practices of Lent with your family or class.
When you hear the word Lent, what picture comes to mind? Penance, purple, fish, ashes, fasting, sacrifice, giving up movies?
These are the images many Catholics associate with Lent. Faith Fact with an explanation of Lent by a Master Catechist to share with junior high school students. Teach children that Lent is a special season that prepares us for Easter with an interactive activity. With the Living Out Lent Cube Activity children will brainstorm things they can do to make Lent a time of simple living. During the season of Lent, students will roll the cube to determine an activity they will "live out.
Keep your seasonal intentions intact with a Prayer for a Lenten Spirit. Download it and share it in your home or parish. Sharing the meaning of Lent with our family members and students, adorning our learning and living spaces with signs of the season, and taking part in Lenten practices helps us understand the important preparation of this liturgical season.
To help families prepare for the season of Lent, download a special Lenten Preparation Checklist for Families. This checklist can be distributed to families to help them to prepare and to observe the season of Lent in their homes and in their daily practices.
Baptism provides the key to Lent. In the fourth and fifth centuries, the Church developed liturgies to assist people who wanted to become Christians. This Lenten worksheet to help young children practice renewing their Baptism during Lent. Bring parishioners of all ages together to learn about and share their faith during a special seasonal event. Download these Lenten Whole Community Catechesis handouts to implement your event for the entire parish community or all the students in a school community or Religious Education program.
To keep from giving up on the traditional seasonal practices, download a Prayer for Lenten Initiative and share it in your home or parish. The season of Lent encourages us to go outside of ourselves to serve others and learn what it truly means to live out the love of Jesus. Use a Prayer of Lenten Reflection for your own reflection or share it with your family or class.
As a spiritual tradition, fasting goes back millennia. Jesus followed the practice set by his ancestors. It was a form of purification. Download a Soul-Nourishing Practices for Lent Reflection and use it with your family or class to heighten awareness of Lenten fasting.
During the sacred season of Lent, re-discover the grace of gratitude and generosity.Lent is a great liturgical season to observe with kids to help teach them about the church year. Lent is the 40 days the come before Easter, and it is a season of adding extra prayers, fasting, and almsgiving. There are many ways to celebrate or observe Lent with children, and this is my page that links out to all of the resources I have available to help you with this!
I hope you find these Lenten resources for children helpful in your celebrations this year. The first thing to understand is that Lent is its own season, it is very different in feel and observances than Easter.
So I fully recommend observing Lent first, and trying some of these Lenten activities rather that going straight for the Easter stuff during Lent. Here is an article I wrote on observing Lent first and then celebrating Easter.
This has been the most popular Lenten resource here for a decade now, so if you would like to print one, you can download yours for free here. There are a lot of awesome Catholic traditions for celebrating Mardi Gras too, so I would highly encourage you to check that out!
Counting down the days of Lent or having an activity that lasts the length of the season is a great way to observe Lent with kids! I have a post with all of the Lenten activities that start on Ash Wednesday here.
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I highly recommend this post! It has tons of great stuff and free printables! Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent.
Many activities start on this day and run through the season of Lent. I also have some special recipe and craft ideas for observing Ash Wednesday with kids. Find all of my Ash Wednesday resources for kids and families here. Setting up a table for the season of Lent is one of my favorite traditions, and a great way to keep the whole home and family focused on the season! Ours looks different every year, but I always like to put something together. You can see how I set up our Lenten home altar here.
You can find my post here with stations of the cross activities for kids. Lots of great resources there! Holy Week is the last week of Lent. The classic stories we all know about for the season of Lent and the stations of the cross… they all happened during Holy Week. I designed a special book to teach kids about the events of each day of Holy Week! The book is printable, and then kids illustrate it themselves with handprints.
This helps teach them the story of Holy Week, and also becomes a keepsake for years to come! The book is called Holy Week In Handprints and you can download yours here! I have a completely separate post rounding up all of my Holy Week resources for kids hereand you should totally click over. The liturgical color of Palm Sunday is red, and this day marks the beginning of Holy Week! Check out all of my Palm Sunday activities for kids here.Stations of the Cross refers to the depiction of the final hours or Passion of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion Commit to your faith and choose to 'live' Lent.
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Get inspired, don't just observe Lent, live it! In France, the people feasted on foods that would be given up during the forty days of Lent. Meats, eggs, and milk were finished off in one day, giving the holiday its French title of 'Mardi Gras' which means Fat Tuesday Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four canonical Gospels On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the first joy of the season, as we celebrate Our Lord's triumphant entrance into Jerusalem where he was welcomed by Holy Thursday is the most complex and profound of all religious observances.
It celebrates his last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover On Good Friday, each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption. In the solemn ceremonies of Holy Week Easter is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year. Leo I calls it the greatest feast, and says that Christmas is celebrated only in preparation for Easter The Ascension occurred on the 40th day of Easter, a Thursday Pentecost Sunday is one of the most ancient feasts of the Church, celebrated early enough to be mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles and Corinthians For most people the easiest practice to consistently fulfill will be the traditional one, to abstain from meat on all Fridays of the year.
During Lent abstinence from meat on Fridays is obligatory in the From the humorous to the bizarre, people have had interesting Lenten experiences.Grades 1—2 Grades 3—4 Grades 5—6 Grades 7—8. Links of Love Help children brainstorm simple ways to make helpful and meaningful contributions to family, school, and parish life. Every time someone cheerfully serves or helps another, the child can make that act of love concrete by adding a link to a Love Chain.
Have children decorate their links. Use the Love Chain to decorate the room for Easter. Lenten Promise Posters Help children brainstorm a list of ways that they can change their lives during Lent to become more like Jesus.The Lent Song For Catholic Kids
Write ideas on the board. Invite children to choose one or two ideas that they will do this Lent. Then have children make posters to remind them of their Lenten promises. Have children take their posters home and display them where they will be seen each day. The people who distribute the ashes make the Sign of the Cross and say: Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel [adapted from Mark ] or Remember, you are dust and to dust you will return [adapted from Genesis ].
How We Depend on God In advance write on slips of paper situations where children demonstrate how they depend on God, such as praying before meals and attending Mass. Organize children into small groups.
Give each group a slip of paper and have them perform a skit for the rest of the class. Have the group that guesses correctly go next. Pray the Rosary Distribute rosaries to children. Say: The Rosary is a great prayer to pray during Lent. If you choose to pray this prayer, you might wish to use the Sorrowful Mysteries. Pray together the Rosary, using the Sorrowful Mysteries. Pray the Stations of the Cross Arrange with your catechetical leader to take children to church to pray the Stations of the Cross.
You may wish to pray the Stations by using this special online version. Eventually the Church settled on the 14 stations we now have. Celebrate Reconciliation Arrange with your catechetical leader to have children celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
If this is not possible, share with children the opportunities your parish offers to celebrate the sacrament. Explain that celebrating Reconciliation during Lent is a great way to prepare our hearts to celebrate Easter. Instruct children to make their own illustration of Jesus overcoming temptation in the desert. When children have finished, invite volunteers to share their drawing with the class. Lenten To-Do List Tell children that planning out their steps to grow closer to God will make them more achievable.
Instruct children to write their plans for growing closer to God during Lent in a bulleted list. Remind children to focus on different ways they can pray, fast, and give alms. Encourage children to share their plans with their families.
Tell children to hang their list in a place where they can review it daily during Lent. Ideas to Share: Ash Wednesday Explain that the ashes we receive on Ash Wednesday come from burning the palms we received on Palm Sunday of the previous year.
This is why we are asked to bring our palms from the last year to church.We'd love to hear from you. We do our best to reply to customer support issues and other requests within business days. We are artists in ministry creating resources for people in ministry. In light of Covid and churches now worshiping and connecting online, we are crafting some supplemental resources for Lent to support you through this uncertain and overwhelming time. In many ways, our ministry is perfectly positioned for this moment.
We use digital platforms to craft art and resources for spiritual nourishment. We hope these additional materials can help you navigate this wilderness and continue to nurture your community. In order to show up for you during this crisis, we are offering these resources for free for now. We hope that eases any financial burdens you may be carrying.
We welcome you to use these materials for your ministry, including credit where appropriate. After Easter, we will take these free resources down and add them to our shop for license. This contemplative reading of John offers a meditation using art, visio divinaand original music.
Email the link to members in your congregation as an at-home meditation. Use the meditation in a meeting as a form of centering prayer or bible study group. After watching the video together, discuss the art and scripture. This is a contemplative reading of the Palm Sunday story using visio divina and art, "Daughters of Zion" by Hannah Garrity. This short film tells the story of the empty tomb through time lapse art using the image, "Fullness of the Tomb" by Lauren Wright Pittman.
This at-home liturgy allows individuals and families to embody worship by baking bread or any baked good and then reflecting and praying around the table. This liturgy is very family-friendly prompts for children includedbut also meaningful for individuals who live alone. This at-home liturgy guides individuals or families in celebrating Easter Sunday.
The liturgy includes poetry, candle-lighting, prompts for conversation or journaling, scripture, and prayers. Slats offers suggestions for how to break up the elements of this liturgy throughout each day of Holy Week, or offer it as a continuous service from Maundy Thursday to Good Friday. After watching the video together, discuss the poem. Take a few deep breaths then watch, listen, and receive this moving meditation on Jesus' crucifixion.
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Pay close attention as the imagery slowly evolves. Reach OUt! Services Retreats Ministry Branding. A Sanctified Art. Info Email. Supplemental Lent Resources in light of Covid A Contemplative Reading of John 11 Lazarus is raised from death. At-Home Maundy Thursday Liturgy This at-home liturgy allows individuals and families to embody worship by baking bread or any baked good and then reflecting and praying around the table.
Licensing Terms Pricing Philosophy.Lent is now upon us. In fact, my kids were off of school all last week because of it. And the entire city was immersed in parades and all the festivities. You can use them all, or pick and choose what you want. It helps students to understand that Lent is not just about self-denial for its own sake, but that it can be a time of meaningful sacrifice, service, and self-reflection.
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This teaching is designed for a small groups. For larger groups, divide students into teams and have them send a representative up for each of the games. The games are used to break up the lesson to keep students engaged, and are meant to reinforce the theme of the lesson Lent is about giving something up to achieve a greater good.
The way this works is that students or teams start out with a prize candy works well and, with each new game, have the option of giving up their prize for the opportunity to win extra candy or prizes if they win the next game. Looking for youth group lessons or Bible lessons for kids? Use an online version of the once-popular game show like this one.
The rules of the game will vary depending on which site you use, but should be pretty self-explanatory. Before you begin with the quiz, offer the students the opportunity to give up their piece of candy they received after the previous game. If they keep their original candy, they get one piece for winning. Give up something small to achieve a greater good. Before the game, offer students the chance to give up one piece of candy for the chance to get two pieces if they win the game.
In the bowls on one table place five to ten cotton balls, and on the rim put a glob of petroleum jelly. The object of the game is for students to get all the cotton balls from the bowl on the table into the bowl on the other table. They do this by dabbing jelly on their noses and sticking their noses in the bowl of cotton balls and getting a cotton ball to stick to their noses. They then walk over to the other table and get the ball to drop into their bowl on the other table.
If they drop a cotton ball before putting into their bowl, they must pick it up they can use their hands for this and put it back in the starting bowl. Before Jesus began his earthly ministry, he spent 40 days in the wilderness Luke 4: ; read this with the youth if you like. So, in the same way, we ought to spend time fasting and praying in preparation for our ministry of bringing the good news of the risen Christ to the world.
Our celebration of Holy Week often coincides on the calendar with the Jewish celebration of Passover. In preparation for Passover, our Jewish friends must do a thorough cleaning of their houses and kitchens and get rid of all their old food. Jesus gave up so much to restore our relationship to God Philippians 2is it too much to ask of us to give something up for 40 days? Before the game, ask participants if they want to give up one piece of candy for the chance at winning two pieces in this game.
Stand five to seven highlighter markers up on a table, placing them in a line about two inches apart from each other. In the event of a tie, place one marker in the middle lengthwise of the table and have the two players who tied go to either end of the table.
Below are some ideas for your students on ways they can celebrate Lent and make it a meaningful experience for themselves. If they choose to give something up, it should not be for its own sake, but rather for the sake of gaining something greater like the candy prizes with the games.