Adam and Eve in the Garden
“One thing, and one thing only, they were told to leave alone. ‘Eat from all the trees you want,’ God said the them. ‘Except the one in the middle of the garden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.'”
“Each one of us is heir to Adam and Eve. Their sin shattered God’s created harmony, not only for them but also for us. We experience the effects of Original Sin in our daily life. This explains why it is so difficult to do good or to do what we should.”
For Parents to Share with Their Children
We Continue to Learn Our Creed, Stanza by Stanza
“For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. “
Prayer for This Week
Hail Holy Queen
“Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
(Verse) Pray for us O holy Mother of God,
(Response) that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.”
Salve Regina–Hail Holy Queen Video
“Expulsion from Eden.” Genesis, chapter 3
“1Now the snake was the most cunning* of all the wild animals that the LORD God had made. He asked the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You shall not eat from any of the trees in the garden’?
2The woman answered the snake: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; 3a it is only about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, or else you will die.’”
4But the snake said to the woman: “You certainly will not die!b
5God knows well that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, who know* good and evil.”
6The woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and the tree was desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.c
13The LORD God then asked the woman: What is this you have done? The woman answered, “The snake tricked me, so I ate it.”e”
Note* The symbols and letters are related to the commentary on the USCCB.org webpage that has this reading, Genesis, chapter 2. All of the Bible readings have this notation for readers.
An Excerpt for Children
“Adam and Eve Disobey God” Page 26
” 1 The snake asked the woman, ‘Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?’
2. ‘We may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden,’ the woman answered, 3 ‘except the tree in the middle of it. God told us not to eat the fruit of that tree or even touch it; if we do we will die.’
4 The snake answered, ‘That’s not true…5 God said that because he knows that when you eat it, you will be like God and know what is good and what is bad.’
6 The woman saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit… So she took some…and ate it. The she gave some to her husband, and he also ate it.”
Source: The Catholic Children’s Bible, Pages 26-27, Genesis chapter 3:1-6
An Excerpt for Young Children
“Adam and Eve” Genesis 2:4-3:34, Pages 14-15
“Adam and Eve had everything they needed to be happy forever. God said to them, ‘Eat all that you like, except the the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat that, you will die.’
One day, under the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Eve met a sly and cunning snake. He tempted her.
‘Taste this delicious fruit! You will become like God.’ Eve gave into temptation and ate the forbidden fruit. She gave some to her husband, and he ate it also.
Adam and Eve were afraid God would be angry. They knew that they had just disobeyed him very badly. So when they heard God’s footsteps coming to them, they hid. ‘What have you done?’ God asked. He made Adam and Eve leave the beautiful garden.”
Source: The Catholic Bible for Children, Pages 12-13, “Adam and Eve” Genesis 2:4-3:24
Below, there are four symbols for the Adam and Eve story. A symbol is a picture, statue, word or object which immediately signifies something we all know. For instance, when we wear a cross people see that we are Christian. The cross is a symbol of Christ.
Invite your child to choose one or more of the symbols for the Adam and Eve story and write a few sentences about the symbol, that helps him or her to remember the key points of Adam and Eve.
For instance, a child might choose to draw a picture of an apple to remember God’s rule for Adam and Eve about eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A younger child could perhaps write one word under their chosen symbol. The serpent could have the word, “Liar” or “Evil,” under the picture.
Possible key words for the story are: Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, God’s Rule, forbidden fruit, temptation, Satan, devil, obey, disobey, tree of knowledge of good and evil, serpent, snake, sly, cunning, embarrassed, shame, hiding from God, expelled from the garden, banished, “The Fall.”
The expression, “The Fall,” is often used to talk about Adam’s and Eve’s fall from Grace with God for choosing to be disobedient, rejecting God’s rule and love, and then being banished from the garden. (Please read Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part 1, Paragraph 7). Talk about any new words with your children to enhance their reading comprehension and vocabulary.