Today Is Also Known As Divine Mercy Sunday
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We Process In
Children choose, “first come first served,” what they want to carry into the classroom.
Then, they remain standing for this reading.
Magnifikid!–Our Liturgical Guide
The Reading for Today from the USCCB.Org
R. “Alleluia, alleluia.”
“You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;
blessed are they who have not seen me, but still believe!”
R. “Alleluia, alleluia.”
The priest says: “The Lord be with you.”
We say: “And with your spirit.”
The priest says: A reading form the holy gospel according to John.”
We say: “Glory to You O Lord.”
“On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But he said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
that are not written in this book.
But these are written that you may come to believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that through this belief you may have life in his name.”
The priest says: “The Gospel of the Lord.”
We say: “Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.”
“Take and Eat–Communion Song”
Take and eat, Take and eat.
This is my body given up for you.
Take and drink, Take and drink.
This is my blood given up for you.”
We Practice Receiving Communion
The children will practice forming two lines to approach the parents volunteering to be “Eucharistic Ministers” in our learning how to receive Holy Communion. We will practice bowing, and using their hands to “form a throne to receive the King.” Children will pantomime putting the host in their mouth, “sipping” from the chalice, crossing themselves and returning to their seats to kneel and thank Jesus for his gift to us.
Our Art Project
Our art project uses a template of a church for the children to write in today’s messages, and decorate with their favorite symbols. This only requires markers, glue sticks, construction paper, and the template. There is blank paper for the children who want to draw their own church.