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Our Word of the Week this week is

Peace

2nd Week of Advent

God gave himself to the world, not as a powerful king but as a tiny baby. He brought a message of peace and humility to a world that needed it more than ever. Think this week about the peace in our world. Does everybody live in the peaceful communities that we do? This week let’s try and remember that during Advent we are called to bring the peace of Christ to everyone we meet.

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Leader/Young person: “Good morning, let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

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

On Sunday we entered into the 2nd week of Advent. This week we light the second purple candle on the Advent wreath and reflect on the theme of Peace. 

WORD OF THE WEEK VIDEO

Leader/Young person – “Let us bow our heads and pray together…”

Heavenly Father, 

We pray that we may recognise the importance of Peace this Advent and make time in our busy lives to be still with you. 

Amen. 

Leader/Young person: “We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader/Young person: “Good morning, let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

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

27 “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.

Leader: The word Shalom is often translated to mean ‘Peace’ but for the ancient Hebrews the word meant wholeness, completeness, soundness, health, safety and prosperity.

Shalom experienced is multidimensional, complete well-being — physical, psychological, social, and spiritual; it flows from all of one’s relationships being put right — with God, with(in) oneself, and with others. So how can we experience peacefulness in our lives and support others who need peace in their lives?

Group Action

At Mass, we’re reminded of the Peace that Jesus leaves us with and we’re encouraged to offer one another a sign of peace.

This sign of peace might be an offer of an apology or forgiveness but often we offer this sign of peace to those who we’re not in a quarrel with. So what is it we’re offering them when we shake their hand?

As we offer this sign of peace we’re wishing for our friends to find shalom – this sense of wholeness and ultimate well-being.

During Covid-19 restrictions we haven’t been able to offer the physical sign of peace. Watch the video below and learn the BSL for peace be with you. Once you have learnt it, let us now offer a gesture of peace to the people around us.

Peace Be With You - (Pack of 10)

Leader/Young person – “Let us bow our heads and pray together…”

Loving God, please grant me peace of mind and calm my troubled heart.

Give me the strength and clarity of mind to find my purpose and walk the path you’ve laid out for me.

Let your angels of peace go ahead of us when we go out and stay by our side when we return.

Amen.

Leader/Young person: “We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader/Young person: “Good morning, let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

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

Today we are going to pray in the form of a meditation. To help prepare you for this type of prayer, clear any work or distractions around you. Maybe you could dim the lights or light a candle if you have one nearby. Now sit up straight, get comfortable in your seats and click on the video below which will lead you through this meditation.

 

 

Leader/Young person – “Let us pray…”

Dear Lord,

We pray that we may find peace in our lives. May we have the strength to take a step back from the business of life and be in the quiet with you. We ask the Holy Spirit to come down on us and fill our classrooms with the gift of peace this Advent.

Amen.

Leader/Young person: “We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader/Young person: “Good morning, let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

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

“Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children!”

Matthew 5:9 GNT

Reader: In a week where we are thinking about peace and the visitors that we welcome into our lives it is important to reflect on those times when there has not been peace and there has instead been war, fighting and anger.

It can be difficult to imagine how peace could be found in the midst of a war but there is a Christmas advert that helps us to see that, even in the darkest, most troubled times there can still be space and an opportunity for peace.

Reader:

How does the story shown in the video make you feel?

If you had been one of the soldiers in those trenches do you think that you would have been able to make peace with the other soldiers?

Reader: Making peace with someone isn’t always easy, especially when we would call that person our ‘enemy’ and we know that they have been persecuting the people we love.

Even in today’s world we hear lots of stories in the news and the media about people we should call our enemy and that we should be at war against.

The story above goes to show that even in the midst of war and destruction there are good people who can make good and peaceful choices.

Reader: The question is, will that person be you?

  • Where can you bring peace this Advent?
  • Is it by leaving someone in peace and quiet?
  • Is it by reconciling with someone and forgiving them?
  • Is it by encouraging those around you to make peace with one another?
  • Is it by choosing to make peace with people rather than to fight and argue and blame?

 

Think of someone you would like to make peace with and make it your mission this week to reach out to them by Sunday. Either by saying sorry, asking for forgiveness or offering them peace and friendship.

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Leader/Young person – “Let us bow our heads and pray together…”

Help us Jesus to bring peace to the world just like you did.

Even in times where there are arguments and there is fighting help us to be the people who make the right choices and bring peace to those around us.

Amen.

Leader/Young person: “We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader/Young person: “Good morning, let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

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

This week’s Gospel reflection is led by Mr Turton. Listen carefully particularly to the second half of the passage – what do you think it means by prepare the way for the Lord?

GOSPEL REFLECTION – 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

A brief summary or fundamental lessons of the Bible

 

What preparations can we make in our hearts, homes, classrooms and wider school to prepare the way for the Lord?

 

Leader/Young person – “Let us pray…”

God of mercy,
help us to listen to your voice,
a voice that speaks of peace to all people.

Let the sound resonate within us,
until a whisper becomes a shout
which cannot be ignored.

Move us with your love,
so that our actions echo your peace,
and we may bring tidings of comfort and joy
to those touched by conflict.

Fill us with your hope, O Lord, and
quiet the fear and hatred which divides us,
as we seek to build a future together,
of true and lasting peace.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Prince of Peace,

Amen.

Have a great Friday everyone!

Leader/Young person: “We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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