PIETY

/ˈpʌɪəti/
the quality of being religious or reverent.
Through piety, a person shows reverence for God as a loving Father, and respect for others as children of God. Pope John Paul II defined piety as “the gift of reverence for what comes from God,” and related it to his earlier lectures on the Theology of the Body.

Gather

We begin our Act of Worship this morning with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

This week we are thinking about Piety, one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Piety is about acting with reverence and respect, especially in the presence of God. We don’t often use the word anymore, or at least it is not one used in our society very much, so let’s delve a little deeper into it’s meaning and the effect it has on us as Catholics. Spend a few moments listening to the song below, readying yourselves to hear the Word of God.

 

Word

A reading from the book of Deuteronomy

Israel, remember this! The Lord—and the Lord alone—is our God. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Never forget these commands that I am giving you today. Teach them to your children. Repeat them when you are at home and when you are away, when you are resting and when you are working. Tie them on your arms and wear them on your foreheads as a reminder. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

In this reading we are reminded that we are to love God with all our being. We are also reminded that God is the only God that we should worship, that we should spread this message to those around us, that we should not hide our faith. All of these combined lead us to understand that we should be pious and reverent. When we love someone we show them respect, and so we should do the same with God. In fact, that love should be so great that the respect is also shown through worshipping Him and how we carry ourselves in our day to day lives, not just when we are at Church.

Piety is the evidence of our sincere faith. It is a devotion to God through our actions, not just thoughts and words. The importance of piety and living piously is seen in the virtue of faith for Catholics. It is a demonstration that our faith is alive and well, committing ourselves to worship and loving others.

Response

People often mistake piety for coming across as a perfect Catholic and person. They believe that by showing others that they know all the words to say during Mass, that they are always impeccably dressed for Church and that they are singing as loud as they can that they are being pious. But this could not be further from the truth. Watch the short video below where Pope Francis explains his views on piety.

So now we know, the Pope also agrees that our piety is shown through our actions. As with a lot of things in our faith, we do them with the utmost respect but also with a sense of privacy, as if it were a conversation purely between God and ourselves. Let us now take a moment to remind ourselves of our relationship with God, to spend a moment revering and thanking Him. If anyone wishes to share a prayer aloud then use this silent time now.

 

We’ll end our time of silent prayer with the Hail Mary. Mary was always reverent and respectful, a perfect example of a pious person loving God.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

Mission

Today your mission is to take a minute out of your day to revere God. Spend time praying, thanking Him for all that He does for us, and all that He will do. Praise His almighty power, and remind yourself of the respect and reverence that we should show Him.

We end our Act of Worship this morning with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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.

Before we delve deeper into the meaning of the word Piety, we thought we would explore some places linked to school that might come to mind when we think of the word. Take a look at the Word of the Week video below!

Whilst our mission was to think of places around school where we might practice the gift of piety, it is not a gift that should be used as and when one desires. This gift is something that we should involve in every element of our lives, ensuring that everything that we do is showing that respect and reverence to God that He deserves. Spend a moment in prayer and then say the prayer below altogether.

Dear Lord,

We ask that you give us diligence and fervor to sustain our reverence to you, so that our life may become a perfect offering of praise to the glory of your name. We ask this through Christ our Lord. 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.

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.

 

You will most commonly find the word piety being used when people are talking about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Our video today takes a more in depth look as piety as one of these gifts, and then we are going to think about those Gifts in practice below.

 

 

Below we can see all seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Piety is also sometimes called Reverence, or Reverence for God, and is all about showing that respect and desire to be with and worship Him. As the lady in the video said, we have developed a culture whereby piety can be used as an insult and have negative connotations, which is not how it should be. We should be happy to be pious, it reminds us how lucky we are to be in the presence of God at all times.

 

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit and What They MeanThe Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit and What They Mean

Whilst we are mainly focusing on piety this week, the seven Gifts all interlink and compliment each other to help us to be better Catholics. We would like you to spend some time this morning thinking about times when you may have used these gifts, knowingly or perhaps unknowingly. Share with the person next to you and then back to your form if you are feeling brave (a chance to show the Gift of Fortitude!) before letting us know in the comments below.

 

Let us pray:

Dear Lord,

We ask you, in the name of your Son Jesus, to increase in us the gift of piety, which you have so generously showered to us through the outpouring of your Holy Spirit. Help us to always recognize you as our God in a constant attitude of prayer and openness.

Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

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.

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.

Today we are going to hear the Gospel from Mass on Sunday. 

Are there any other pieces of scripture that you can think of that we might be able to draw messages of piety from? Let us know what they are in the comments below and the lessons that we can learn from them! There are often many messages that weave throughout the Bible, and it’s interesting to see that sometimes they aren’t in the passages that we might expect.

Let us finish our prayer this morning by saying the Glory Be, reminding ourselves of His almighty power.

Glory be to 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.

Be Inspirational