Children's Liturgy - Lent 2021
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SAMM (Syria, Angal, Monze, Mannar)
Hello Children. We may not be able to meet up together for our Sunday liturgy, but we can still try to do a few things until we can all be together again. This Lent, what extra special activities can you do to help? Here are some things that you can do this year:
The Lent Calendar
This calendar (which you can download from this page) shows our Lent journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. You can put a special family prayer in the middle and then colour a footprint in each day to show our journey towards Easter. What will you do along the way? Will you say a special prayer for someone? Help around the house? Take a walk and enjoy the wonderful nature all around us? We know you will come up with some excellent ideas.
Usually, we give out a SAMM pot for you all to take home and fill with a few pennies that you may have saved up or from doing a few extra jobs around the house. The community in Monze have planted some beautiful sunflowers. They were able to buy a special press to make oil from the sunflower seeds. All your little coins can make a big difference!
This year we are asking you to design your own pot to fill with coins for our parish projects. On Good Friday, bring it into church and we will add your pennies all together in our special SAMM collection basket.
This year we will be having a Stations of the Cross service especially for families. Come and meet some of the characters that help to tell the story of Jesus’ Journey towards the cross.
Don’t forget your collection pots for our parish projects.
Many thanks to you all for making a special effort during Lent. We look forward to seeing you all soon.
Stations of the Cross
My name is Pontius Pilate. I am the man that the Roman emperor sent to rule over the Jews in Palestine. They were a hard people to please. Once when I tried to put pictures of the emperor in the temple at Jerusalem, the people got very angry. Then the leaders of the people brought this man Jesus to me. They asked me to kill him on a cross. They said that he claimed to be the Son of God. I was afraid. I would not dare try to kill a god. I was even more afraid that the Jewish leaders would report to the emperor that I was a traitor. They said to me; “If this man goes free, Pilate, you are no friend of Caesar.” Well, I let them have their way with Jesus. What would you have done in my place?
JESUS HAS TO CARRY HIS OWN CROSS
Barabbas, the Rebel
My name is Barabbas, the Rebel. I was in jail with Jesus because I had tried to kill some Roman soldiers. But Pilate let me go free. It was a big holiday in Jerusalem and the Romans used to let one prisoner go free. Some people wanted Pilate to let Jesus go, but the leaders who hated Jesus got their friends to ask for my freedom. I saw Jesus take up his cross without saying anything. I hated my enemies, but Jesus seemed to love the people who were mean to him. What would you have done?
JESUS MEETS HIS MOTHER
Mary, the Mother of Jesus
Jesus was my little boy. I held him in my arms in a stable in Bethlehem. I watched him grow up. When he was twelve, Joseph and I lost him for many hours. Finally, we found him in the Temple. He told us that he had to be about his Father’s business. Is this Cross “his Father’s business”? I felt so bad to see him suffer and bleed, but I believe he knows what he must do for the world. I look into his eyes and saw only love, love for me and for you. Isn’t my son wonderful?
SIMON HELPS JESUS CARRY HIS CROSS
Simon of Cyrene
My name is Simon. I am a farmer from the town of Cyrene. On that Friday morning, I had come to Jerusalem from the fields where I worked. I saw a big crowd of people, so I went to see what was happening. All of a sudden, a Roman soldier grabbed me and made me carry the cross for a man condemned to die. I was very angry. I had not done anything wrong. But then I saw the man’s face. His name was Jesus. He smiled as if to thank me. All of a sudden, I was glad to help this poor man carry his cross. After that, I found it easier to help other people who were in trouble.
VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS
Veronica of JerusalemI am Veronica. My home is on the street that leads to the place where the Romans crucified prisoners. I was in the doorway watching Jesus go by. I remember hearing him say, “As long as you give a cup of cool water to the least of your brothers or sisters, you give it to me.” I wanted to help him, so I pulled the veil from my head and I bent down to wipe the blood and sweat from his face. The soldier almost hit me, but I did not care. Jesus looked at me with love and that is all the thanks I needed.
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