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Celebrating Easter Through Art
Liturgical Guides for Children
MagnifiKid! published by Magnificat is a wonderful resource for Catholic families, churches and religious education programs. It is a guide to the readings for each week for children ages 6 to 12. There are helpful notes, definitions of words, and activities for each week’s reading. Here is an excerpt from April 4, 2021, Easter Sunday, page 4:
“Alleluia means “praise God” in Hebrew, the language of the Old Testament. It is a cry of joy and praise that is often found in the psalms. The church has borrowed it to proclaim the joyful reading of the Gospel. The Alleluia is not used during Lent, because Lent is a time of Penance and longing for new life. On Easter Sunday, the return of the Alleluia expresses the great joy of the Resurrection.”
“The Paschal candle”
“The Paschal (Easter) candle is a large candle engraved with the present year and two Greek letters. The letters are called Alpha and Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. This symbolizes that everything begins and ends with Christ, that he is the same yesterday, today, and for ever. The light of the Paschal candle is a sign of the Resurrection. It is lit during the Easter Vigil and continues to burn in the church throughout the Easter season, and during baptisms and funerals throughout the year.”
MagnifiKid! April 12, 2020, Easter Sunday, pages 8-9
The Gospel Reading
Source: USCCB.org John, chapter 20:1-19 “The Empty Tomb”
“On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
‘They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.’
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.”
Our Easter Music
“Jesus Christ is Risen Today”
1 Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
2 Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
3 But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
our salvation have procured. Alleluia!
Now above the sky he’s King, Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
4 Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
praise eternal as God’s love. Alleluia!
Praise our God, ye heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!
Our Easter Art Project–Joyful Crosses
This is a simple art project that uses markers on any type of art paper. If you use Sharpies, you’ll need a heavier paper so the color doesn’t run through.
Week Twenty-Six–Suggested Homework Activities
There is no homework for this week.