This week our Word of the Week is Reverence. This a a tricky word as we don’t use it very often, but in terms of our faith it means showing respect for God and Holy places like our Church or school Chapel. Have a look at the different resources this week, and don’t forget the Missionary Discipleship task below for NDCYS!

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Every day when we pray we make the sign of the cross as an act of reverence. But why?

When we make the sign of the cross we show reverence to all 3 persons of the Trinity:

As we touch our head we remember God the Father and recognise that we began as just a thought in God’s head.

As we touch our hearts we remember God the Son and recall how He has taught us to love others.

As we touch our shoulders we remember God the Holy Spirit and realise that, in everything, we do we are carried on the shoulders of the Holy Spirit and are not alone.

Finally, as we join our hands at the end and say ‘Amen‘ we show our belief and reverence for the Holy Trinity – one God in 3 persons and this helps us to enter into prayer, or the next part of our day, remembering that we are not alone and that we are loved.

As we end our Act of Worship today, make the sign of the cross more slowly and really think about the way in which you show reverence to God through this small act.

We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ Mark 12:30

Reverence is a strange concept for some, especially in today’s society. Reverence is all about having a deep respect for someone or something, in a Catholic’s case deep respect for God. It’s about showing that God is the centre of your life, and that you respect him more than anything. The bible quote above is from Mark’s Gospel, and Jesus says that it is the most important commandment. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus teaches us lots of different lessons, but for him to say himself that this is the most important shows us just how much it means.

Sometimes people say that reverence is all about love. If that is the case, then it is put perfectly when you say that we should love God with all of our being. Spend some time thinking about this today, and if you can think of any other examples of reverence in the scriptures. Comment them below if you can!

 

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

This song is particularly beautiful. It’s all about us exalting God and showing our love and reverence for him through our worship.

This second song features The Kingdom Choir. The Kingdom Choir is a British gospel choir based in London. After performing for more than 20 years, the choir became world-famous after being invited to perform at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. They are incredible, and their voices add so much to this great song all about trusting in God and showing him reverence through the power of prayer.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Take a look at this bible passage then think about how the people were not showing Reverence and why Jesus got mad.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (21:12-17)

Jesus went into the temple courtyard and threw out everyone who was buying and selling there. He overturned the money changers’ tables and the chairs of those who sold pigeons. He told them, “Scripture says, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you’re turning it into a gathering place for thieves!”

Blind and lame people came to him in the temple courtyard, and he healed them.

When the chief priests and the experts in Moses’ Teachings saw the amazing miracles he performed and the children shouting in the temple courtyard, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were irritated. They said to him, “Do you hear what these children are saying?”

Jesus replied, “Yes, I do. Have you never read, ‘From the mouths of little children and infants, you have created praise’?”

He left them and went out of the city to Bethany and spent the night there.

The Gospel of the Lord.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

(Video coming soon, in the meantime, the link below takes you to the series so that you can see a little what the videos are like.)

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

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