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Learning Focus 3

LEARNING FOCUS 3:  The Eucharist challenges Christians to live in communion.

 

CONTENT

 

‘Communion’ means ‘being at one with’.  The celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of being at one with God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as well as being at one with one another.  It is about God making the world holy and of people offering worship to God.  Recall how, in Year 5, the children learnt how the Eucharist is a memorial of Jesus’ sacrifice.  Jesus’ sacrifice unites the whole Church, those in Heaven and those on earth and makes it one Church.  That is why, in the Eucharistic Prayer, reference is made to Mary and all the saints.

 

There are three Eucharistic Prayers written specially for children. This is the text of the third. Before you look at it in detail, find out the name of the Pope and our own bishop and fill in the blanks.

 

Eucharistic Prayer for Children III

 

Priest: Jesus now lives with you in glory, but he is also here on earth, among us.  We thank you and say:

All: Glory to God in the highest.

 

Priest: One day he will come in glory, and in his kingdom, there will be no more suffering, no more tears, no more sadness. We thank you and say:

All: Glory to God in the highest.

 

Priest: Father in heaven, you have called us to receive the Body and Blood of Christ at this table and to be filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit. Through this sacred meal give us strength to please you more and more.  Lord, our God, remember N…., our Pope, N……our bishop, and all other bishops.  Help all who follow Jesus to work for peace and to bring happiness to others. Bring us all at last together with Mary, the Mother of God, and all the saints, to live with you and to be one with Christ in heaven.

 

(The priest takes the chalice and the paten with the host and lifting them up, he sings or says:)

Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all glory and honour is yours, Almighty Father, for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

 

SOME KEY QUESTIONS

 

  1. Which are your favourite words or phrases and why?
  2. Was there a word or phrase which made you think more deeply?  Why?
  3. How do you think being in communion with Jesus Christ and his Church might make a difference to your life?

 

Your activity:

 

Describe all the ways in which you can work for the peace and unity of your family, class and/or school today.  Illustrate this in a method of your own choice e.g. a PowerPoint presentation

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