ALMSGIVING

We are in the third week of Lent and this week we focus on the third pillar of Lent- Almsgiving. Almsgiving simply means giving what we are able to those in need. It’s not just about giving money to charity however. You can give of yourself in so many ways – you can give your time, your compassion or your love to those in need. By giving selflessly we truly understand what Lent is all about and grow to be more like Jesus our perfect role model.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Extra – Ordo – Nary – Almsgiving – 3rd week in Lent

This morning we are going to hear from Tom at The Briars to find out what is being celebrated in the Church this week as well as our weekly Sunday Gospel reflection reading.

 

Tom asked us to pick one thing that we can give to another person to bring hope or joy TODAY. So before you leave your form room today make sure that you decide on something that you are going to give, this could be a physical donation of money to charity, signing a petition, gathering together some clothes or toys to donate to charity when you get home or giving someone some kind words who might be in need of hearing some kindness.

Spend a moment telling the person next to you what you think you might do today to give to another person, you may even want to start your giving straight away and affirm the person you are sat next to by telling them something that you appreciate about them or tell them something that they are good at!

Feedback your ideas to the class and let us know in the comments box what YOU are going to give to someone else today.

As you leave this morning this fantastic quote from Therese of Lisieux…

 

 “Let us bow our heads and pray together…” 

St. Ignatius Prayer
Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve as you deserve,
To give and not to count the cost,
To labor and not to seek to rest,
To give of my self and not ask for a reward,
Except the reward of knowing that I am doing your will.
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Pray for us.
Amen

 

 

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD

 “Good morning, let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

“In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

On Friday we celebrate the Annunciation of the Lord, the moment that Mary gave herself for the whole world so that the Saviour could be born. She could have said no, she could have said that she was not able to but God gives us the strength to be able to offer ourselves for the sake of others. Have you ever given up your own needs for the needs of others?

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Lent reflection for 25 March: The Annunciation of the Lord

Please choose a couple of confident readers to lead the reflection below. 

Mary is told that she will have a baby, who will be the Son of God. She puts aside her own concerns, the hopes and plans that she may have had for her future and says ‘yes’. Through her acceptance of God’s will, Christ enters the world to bring salvation to all.

Are we willing to be like Mary, and say ‘yes’ to what God asks of us?

It is not easy. We might not be sure what it is we are being called to do. We might not want to let go of our own desires and surrender to God’s vision. We might fall into the trap of thinking that doing what God wants of us will lead to a life of self-denial, lacking in joy.

But let us try to remember that God wants what is best for all his children. Following his path does not mean we will never face hardships, but it can also lead us to a full and dignified life.

As Mary goes on to proclaim in the Magnificat, “All generations will call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me.”

So today, let us try to listen to what it is God is asking us to do, and to trust that God will be with us on the path we must take.

Let us pray that we will be able to respond “Here I am, Lord”, and be moved to put ourselves not only at God’s service, but at the service of our brothers and sisters – especially those who live in poverty.

If you’re feeling up for a sing song in your classes, join the Briars team in singing the Magnificat, a favourite hymn of our Trust! The Magnificat, taken from Luke’s Gospel (1:46-55), is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s hymn of praise to the Lord. As you sing or listen to the hymn, think about what God is calling you to do to give to others.

The Magnificat – click the link below, the lyrics will be on the screen to join in!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dxsy2pqMhmNizMIqe4sU7xtQpnhVRtKf/view?usp=sharing

 “Let us bow our heads and pray together…” 

As we remember Our Lady’s courageous “yes” to God and approach Mother’s Day we remember that Mary is a mother to us, let us say our Our Lady of Lourdes Trust prayer together…

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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