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INTRODUCTION TO LITURGY
 

  1. WHAT IS LITURGY?

  2. 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.  

3. PRAYERS

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.

5. RESOURCES

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
(Female martyrs)

 

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).

 

 

ADVENT

 

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).
Spoken Reflection.
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
Lectio Divina.
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

 

Short history.

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.
Private reflection.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Do get in touch to talk about how we can best
provide for the needs of your group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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