INTRODUCTION TO LITURGY
WHAT IS LITURGY?
THE KEY ELEMENTS OF LITURGY:
Scripture: the most important. How to access suitable scripture.
Symbols: sacred symbols, postures and gestures, symbolic action.
Speak to God: in prayer. Different forms of prayer, how to write them, how to
begin a prayer, progression in prayer writing.
Silence: how to teach and use silence
Senses: how to appeal to the senses, including music
Sacred Space: how to create a sacred space in the class and for the whole school.
Making a focal point.
A detailed look at different kinds of prayers from Nursery/ Reception to Year 6.
Circle time prayers, bidding prayers, using the psalms, litanies, collects, how to begin and construct a prayer
4. PROGRESSION OF LITURGIES
How a class liturgy might look in each age group, discussing how children prepare and take an active part.
A look at some useful resources.
6. A LITURGY MODELLED
A closing liturgy showing how a class liturgy might look.
SESSIONS OF REFLECTION
NOVEMBER: THE HOLY SOULS
Origins of the feast.
How, through history, the dead have been remembered.
Felicity and Perpetua; the stories and martyrdom
of these two lesser known women of the church.
What the Church says about death and eternal life.
Reflection (images and music).
A journey towards Christmas.
Who was Mary?
The origins of the feast of Christmas (development from pagan festivals).
The liturgy of Christmas.
Activities for children.
Liturgy resources for the classroom (including videoclips).
Reflection(images and music).
INTRODUCTION TO IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY
St Ignatius Loyola, his life and style of prayer (pictorial ppt and short video).
The Daily Examen (short video
Opportunity for personal prayer.
INTRODUCTION TO CELTIC SPIRITUALITY
Its origins and meaning.
How it can be prayed.
Reflection and meditation.
Time for personal prayer.
PRAYING WITH ICONS
How to read icons.
The rules of iconography.
How to pray with icons.
Practical prayer session….contemplation through art ( candles, music, paint/pastels etc.)
WOMEN IN THE EARLY CHURCH
Including the stories of Thecla, Helena, Felicity and Perpetua.
LITURGY IN SCHOOL
What is liturgy?
What elements should a simple liturgy contain?
What from should a whole school liturgy take?
Practical suggestions and sources.
Opportunity to plan a class liturgy.
PRAYING WITH CHILDREN
Exploring what prayer is.
Our role in the school environment.
How we can encourage young people to pray.
Practical ideas for the classroom.
CELEBRATING THE EUCHARIST WITH YOUNG PEOPLE.
The structure of the Mass…its high and low points.
What should be emphasised.
Opportunities for pupil participation.
How to involve all pupils.
Liturgy of the Word with Children (look at the guidelines).
Discussion and share ideas.
YOUR SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
The opportunity for staff to reflect on their own faith journey and that of the school.
Reflection, formation and discussion.
Practical ways of incorporating the mission into the daily life of the school.
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provide for the needs of your group.