SACRIFICE

This week we will be thinking about the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. His death and resurrection are at the heart of our faith and they are the reason that we have our school and our Church today. We are called to make sacrifices too, not necessarily to give our lives, but maybe to give our time, or our love or our compassion.

 

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.

This week we are going to watch the extra-ordo-nary from NDCYS!

Let us pray…

Heavenly Father, may we follow in Jesus’ example to do what is right and not just what is easy. To love others, even when this is challenging and to strive to be better people each day.

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.

On Sunday we celebrated Laetare Sunday. If you live streamed Mass or went to Mass in person you probably noticed a few changes to other Mass celebrations during Lent…

Here are three things to know about Laetare Sunday:

Laetare is a Latin word that means “rejoice. The name comes from a Scripture verse from the book of Isaiah, “Rejoice, O Jerusalem, and come together all you that love her: rejoice with joy, you that have been in sorrow.” The priest wears rose coloured vestments. The change from violet to rose is meant to mark a shift in our celebration of Lent. Laetare Sunday is a day to rejoice, even as we make our Lenten sacrifices. Laetare Sunday marks the half-way point through the season of Lent. It is celebrated 21 days before Easter Sunday. Essentially, this is a day of encouragement for those of us doing penance and making our Lenten sacrifices. On this day we are encouraged and reminded that through our sacrifice we will soon taste great joy.

 

In pairs discuss the following questions and then share with your form some of your answers.

What sacrifices have you made during this season of Lent?

How are you finding making these sacrifices?

Have you noticed a positive change from doing these sacrifices?

Let us pray…

Help us to have ears that hear and eyes that see the needs of others. Give us the courage to respond with generosity and kindness. May our sacrifices strengthen us and those around 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.

Below is a video on Sacrifice and Atonement. God is on a mission to remove evil from His good world, along with all of its destructive effects. However, He wants to do it in a way that does not involve removing humans. In this video on sacrifice and atonement, they trace the theme of God’s “covering” over human evil through animal sacrifices that ultimately point to Jesus and his death and resurrection.

(Stop the video after 6:00 mins)

Once you have watched this video, in your form think about the times when sacrifice appears in the Bible just like the video was talking about. This could be an example physical sacrifice or it could be another type of saxrifice that soemone made. Comment the examples that you come up with in forms down below!

Let us pray…

Loving Father, may the holy sacrifice of your Son cleanse my soul, strengthen my heart, pardon my past and restore me in your peace.

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.

In life, we will always have to sacrifice something if we are going to achieve what we want to achieve in life. Below is a list of jobs and vocations that require certain sacrifices to be made. Comment some of the scrifices that can be recognised in some of these vocations and jobs.

Priest Religious life (nun/brother) Football Player Athlete Artist Musician Teacher Doctor CEO Army Firefighter Policeman

Juggling dual careers and family lifeJuggling dual careers and family life

Take some time to reflect on what you feel called to do later in life and what sacrifices that would require you to make. Are you willing to make these sacrifices to achieve what is calling you to achieve?

Let us pray…

With Mary, the mother of Jesus, who joined her heart with the sacrifice of her Son, may I become a holy sacrifice of love and service for others. Gathered around the altar of love, may all be united in listening to your word and sharing the one bread and cup and become one people, offering one holy sacrifice.

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.

Let us pray…

Heavenly Father, may we follow in Jesus’ example to do what is right and not just what is easy. To love others, even when this is challenging and to strive to be better people each day.

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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