“Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Source: USCCB.org Luke, chapter 24:32
For Parents to Teach to Their Children
Our Art Gallery
“Empty Tomb of the Risen Christ” and “Chalice and Host”
Helping Children Prepare for First Holy Communion
“The Sacrament of the Eucharist”
Source: MagnifiKid! April 26, 2020 Pages 11, 14, 15 Vol. 17 . Part 5. Section 7.
“Discover the Liturgy”
“For Catholics, the Eucharist is truly, really, and substantially
the Body and Blood of Jesus. It is the sign and cause of our union with God and with one another.”
“RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT OF LOVE”
“During the Mass, the one Bread of Life is broken and shared with God’s people, just as Jesus broke the bread and gave it to the Apostles at the Last Supper. However, the Mass is much more than a meal. It is the sacrifice offered to the Father by Jesus on the cross. After the proclamation of the Gospel, the priest, in union with Jesus, offers the bread and wine, our prayers and our very lives to the Father. This is done at the Offertory.”
“During the consecration, the Priest says the words of Jesus: ‘This is my Body…,’ ‘This is the chalice of my Blood…’ These words, spoken by the Priest in union with the whole Church throughout the world, cause the bread and the wine to become the Body and Blood of Christ.”
“After the consecration, the Priest lifts up the Lord’s Body and Blood and gives glory to the Father in the doxology, the prayer that begins ‘Through him, and with him, and in him…”
“Communion follows next, after the Our Father and the Lamb of God. This is the sacred moment in which we are invited to receive the Eucharist. Jesus, the source of all our life and love, strengthens us and gives us a foretaste of the joy of heaven.”
Why the word “Eucharist”?
“Eucharist comes from the Greek word meaning “gratefulness.” We use it to speak about the Mass, which is a great prayer of thanks to God for giving us his life.”
“Do this in memory of me”
“Do this in memory of me” doesn’t just mean remembering what Jesus did. At the Mass, we are mysteriously present at the Last Supper and at the foot of the cross. We can’t see Jesus physically, but in faith we believe that he is there with us.”
“There is always a big celebration when someone receives the Eucharist for the first time. The joy of this event is renewed throughout our lives every time we receive Communion, because Jesus sustains and increases the life of grace in us.”
“Your prayer after Communion”
“After receiving Holy Communion, you can say this prayer silently to yourself. If you have not yet received your First Communion, you can still say it because of your desire to receive Jesus.
“Father, Through Jesus Christ, in union with the whole Church, I thank you for coming into my heart. Make our hearts burn within us, as did the disciples on the road to Emmaus. We believe that Jesus is risen and here with us in this Eucharist. Stay with us, Lord.” Amen.
The Gospel for April 26, 2020, USCCB.org Luke, chapter 24:13-25
“That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus’ disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them,
‘What are you discussing as you walk along?’
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
‘Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know of the things
that have taken place there in these days?’
And he replied to them, ‘What sort of things?’
They said to him,
‘The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
to a sentence of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
and besides all this,
it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
they were at the tomb early in the morning
and did not find his body;
they came back and reported
that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb
and found things just as the women had described,
but him they did not see.’
And he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?’
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them what referred to him
in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, ‘Stay with us,
for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.’
So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
‘Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?’
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
where they found gathered together
the eleven and those with them who were saying,
‘The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!’
Then the two recounted
what had taken place on the way
and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.”
Our Reading for Children
“THE ROAD TO EMMAUS”
Source: My First Communion Bible
Saint Benedict Press
“The Road to Emmaus” Page 59
“Jesus appeared to two of his followers as they were walking to the town of Emmaus. They did not recognize him, but welcomed him as a traveling companion. ‘Some claim to have seen Jesus risen from the dead,’ one said, ‘but that is impossible.’ Jesus explained how the prophets had foretold that the son of God would be crucified and rise from the dead. When they stopped for a meal, Jesus took bread and blessed it. He broke it and gave it to them. They recognized him at once. But Jesus disappeared.
Later that evening Jesus appeared in the middle of a crowd of disciples. They were afraid and thought he was a ghost. ‘Peace be with you.’ Jesus said. ‘Why do you doubt who I am? Touch me and see the wounds in my hands and feet.’ Then Jesus ate with them and opened their eyes to understand the scriptures which said he had to suffer and rise from the dead for forgiveness of sins.”
(Mark 16:12-14; Luke 24:13-49; John 20:19-29)
Our Art Project–The Chalice and Host in Markers
The chalice is a sacred vessel in which the Precious Blood is held.
It has a base that is wider than the cup for stability, a knot to help the priest hold the chalice, and a cup lined with gold.
It is made of a precious metal—gold or silver.
This art project can be made with markers, crayons, colored pencils or watercolors. I have used Prismacolor “Art Markers” for these drawings. They are best for older children and adults because they are expensive, and need the tops to be securely fastened after use. Regular markers are perfect for students.
Week Twenty-Eight, Suggested Homework Activities
Note* CatholicMom.com offers free pages for praying the Rosary for children.
Praying the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
When you pray the Rosary, please read about one Glorious Mystery each Sunday with your children. Use your family Bible instead of a child’s Bible for this experience.
The Glorious Mysteries (These are recited Wednesdays and Sundays)
- “THE RESURRECTION (Matthew 28:5-6)”
- “THE ASCENSION (Mark 16:15)”
- “THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Acts 2:4)”
- “THE ASSUMPTION (Revelation 12:6)”
- “THE CORONATION” (Revelation 12:1)”