Piety – The Becket (13th – 17th June)

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11th week in Ordinary Time 

Our Word of the Week this week is

PIETY

Through piety, a person shows reverence for God

On Sunday we celebrated the feast of the Most Holy Trinity which celebrates God in three persons. One of the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit – Piety – reminds us to show reverence and respect for God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit at all times and we can do this in many ways. One way is by following the second of the Ten Commandments by never talking about God disrespectfully. We can also show reverence through prayer and the way that we behave. Make an effort this week to be reverent and to show respect to God and to those around you.

Notices for this week: 

  • On Monday, the Chapel will be open at break time but closed during lunchtime.
  • NEW – Y7 Retreat is being postponed from this Friday, normal lessons for Y7 on Friday – new date to be sent to staff soon!

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 weeks word of the week video is led by some of the students at Trinity school. Some of the Trinity students thought about some of the places around their school they particularly experience piety. Remember piety means showing reverence and respect to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

 

A moment to pause and reflect 

Even though there are particular places we might associate with the word piety, such as the chapel, or a prayer focus, or a church, we should try to involve piety into all parts and places of our lives to ensure that we are always showing respect and reverence to God. Christians believe that, God is love. God is omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing) and omnibenevolent (all good and loving). He created us out of love and created us in his own image, therefore we can show our thanks and gratitude to God by showing respect and reverence.

Think about an aspect of your life where you could use or show more respect for God.

Do you need to use better language and cut out swearing or cut out using the Lord’s name in vain?

Do you need to show more respect when you enter the chapel for worship or use the chapel space at lunchtimes?

Do you need to show more reverence during Mass and when in the presence of the body and blood of Jesus?

Let us see this week as a fresh start and a time to make our lives more reverent so that we can offer God the respect and love He deserves.

 

Let us pray…

Dear God, we pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and awe and wonder. May we always feel the presence of the Holy Spirit directing us and guiding us. May we use the gifts that the Spirit offers to help others who struggle with decisions in their own lives. May we do all this in love and service to you, O Lord.

Amen

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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 hear from Tom at the Briars who is going to share with us the Gospel that was read during Sunday’s Mass on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Every year in the Church, on the first Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The feast of the Most Holy Trinity invites us to consider what we believe about God, who has revealed himself to us in the Trinity—one God in three persons.

Our Patrick house patron, St Patrick used a 3 leaf shamrock to teach many people about the Holy Trinity.

God the Father – Our heavenly Father and creator

God the Son – God came down to earth in the person of Jesus (fully God and fully human)

God the Holy Spirit – The power and gift of God that we can feel that brings us closer to God

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Click on the video to find out more about this wonderful feast and how it links to this week’s theme of piety!

 

Comment in the comments box below if you have any faith related questions that you are searching for answers for!

Let us pray…

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, please draw me
into a relationship of love with You, Who are one God and
three divine Persons. May the mystery and beauty of Your life
become more known and loved by me each day through the
gift of transforming mystical prayer.
Amen

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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.”

People often mistake piety for coming across as a perfect Catholic and person. Being pious doesn’t mean knowing the most about the Catholic faith, praying the most or dressing in the smartest clothes at Church. Let’s watch the short video below to hear what Pope Francis thinks about piety.

In the video, Pope Francis speaks in Italian, if all students can’t see the board, the staff member or student leading prayer may want to read the subtitles aloud for the class.

Pope Francis agrees that our piety is shown through our actions during the good times and the difficult times, it’s not about pretending to be a saint.

What do you think the quote from St John Chrysostom means? Discuss in your classes and let us know in the comments below!

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Let us now take a moment to remind ourselves of our relationship with God, to spend a moment revering and thanking Him.

During this time of prayer we ask God for the strength to rejoice with those rejoicing, cry with those who weep, be near to those who are alone or in distress, to correct those in error, to console the afflicted, to welcome and come to aid those in need.

If anyone wishes to share a prayer aloud then please use this time of prayer. You may want to end your prayer with the words ‘Lord in your mercy’ and everyone will respond ‘hear our prayer.

 

Let us end our time of prayer by asking for Mary’s intercession. Mary was always reverent and respectful, a perfect example of a pious person who loved and gave her life to God…

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.”

In Fr Wilfred’s homily this week he invited us to study Andrei Rublev’s Icon of the Holy Trinity (see below). Did anyone in your class hear Fr Wilfred’s homily at Our Lady and St Patrick’s Church or Corpus Christi Church?

Andrei Rublev was an iconic Russian painter from the medieval era. An icon is not a painting in the sense we normally regard pieces of art, although it is an image that is painted. An icon is a window out of the obvious realities of everyday life into the realm of God. Every paint-stroke has a meaning hallowed by centuries of prayer.

Let’s take a closer look at the piece of art…

What initial thoughts do you have about the icon? What do you think it teaches us about the Holy Trinity? The colours? The placing? The three figures? Objects present in the art?

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Discuss as a class or in pairs the questions below and then feedback to the class. Comment your answers below!

The three faces in the artwork are identical…how do you think this helps us to understand the nature of the Holy Trinity? The figures are sat in a circle around a table…what do you think this tells us about the life of the Trinity? All the figures wear a blue garment – the colour of the heavens…but each wears something that speaks of Their own identity. Are there any differences you notice about the three figures?

 

God the Father on the far left

The blue garment is almost hidden by a shimmering – ethereal robe. God the Father, the One who is Creator who cannot be seen by His human creatures.

Behind the figure is a house
the dwelling place of God.

In the scripture we hear, “In my Father’s House are many rooms –
I go to prepare a place for you…”

 

God the Son in the middle

The figure wears the blue of divinity. The brown garment speaks of the earth – of His humanity.
The gold stripe speaks of kingship.

Behind the figure is a tree. The tree may represent the Cross – the tree on which our Saviour died.

The Christ figure rests two fingers on the table –
laying onto it His divine and His human nature.

He points to a cup filled with wine…

What does this represent?

God the Holy Spirit on the far right

Behind the figure is a mountain.

Mountains are places where people often encountered God –
places where heaven and earth seem to touch.

Moses met God on mountains.

Jesus was transfigured whilst in prayer on a mountain.

Reflect on your own “mountain top” experiences –
times when you have felt very close to God –
when you have felt transfigured and filled with the Spirit.

Let us pray…

The three figures are in a circle shape around the table, but the circle is not closed, there is an open-ness. There is a space at the table, for you and I. Let us pray today, that we come to know God, three persons in one more and more each day.

O most Holy Trinity, bless me with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Please give me wisdom so that I may recognize the importance of others and keep God central in my life. Please, also, pray for me and my intentions.

With my voice and my heart, I glorify You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You are great and do wonderful things. You alone are my God. All praise and honor and glory are yours now and forever, O most Holy Trinity!

Amen.

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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.”

Saint Teresa of Calcutta once said:

“Seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, all the time, and his hand in every happening; this is what it means to be contemplative in the heart of the world. Seeing and adoring the presence of Jesus, especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor.”

Seeing Jesus in the face of those in need means that we need to treat them with the same love, honour and respect that we would treat Jesus himself. The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25-37) was the story that Jesus used to give his disciples an example of how to do this.

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THINK

All of our churches (and our own chapel) has a tabernacle. When the Sanctuary Lamp (a special wax candle or electrical light, usually red, near the tabernacle) is lit it is a sign that Jesus is present in the tabernacle in the Blessed
Sacrament.

One way that we show reverence to Jesus, present in the Eucharist is by genuflecting.

How does this action help to show reverence?

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DISCUSS AND COMMENT

What other things do you do when entering a church or sacred space to show reverence to God?

How is the chapel or church space different to other spaces?

YOUR MISSION 

Reverence is about respect and love for God. When we have a visitor in our schools or in our homes we make a special effort to make that person welcome and to feel comfortable, we might even save him or her a special seat, gather some favourite things, and ask people to come and say hello to the person when he or she arrives.

Think about how you can do this in your school and home today and this weekend. Can you make a space for God in your life? Create a Prayer Focus – a place which is reserved for God – think about the things that remind you of God’s presence in your life. Maybe you could include other members of your school and faith community such as your Trust or the patron saint of your school to remind you of the group of disciples of which you are part.

Let us pray…

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 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.”

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