Session Two: At Home This Week
Our session this week was all about the WORD! Jesus as the Word, the Bible as the Word, and our celebration of the Word at Mass through the Liturgy of the Word.
The Liturgy of the Word
The first half of the Mass is called the Liturgy of the Word, which includes the following parts:
First Reading - a reading from the Bible, usually from the Old Testament
Responsorial Psalm - a prayer from the book of Psalms, which we usually sing
Second Reading - another reading from the Bible, usually from one of the letters from the early Christian communities
Alleluia / Gospel Acclamation - we sing to welcome the Gospel
Gospel - a reading from one of the four books in the Bible telling stories about Jesus
Homily - the priest or deacon talks about the readings we heard and how they guide us in the way we live our lives
Profession of Faith / Creed ("We believe in...") - we say together what we believe as Christians
General Intercessions / Prayers of the Faithful - we pray for our needs and the needs of the world
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." - John 1:1
The Bible is an incredible tool and gift from God that our children need to know how to use. As parents, it is our job to teach them! But let's face it, we might need a brush up on bible-basics ourselves! First, there are two ways to read the bible! Literally and spiritually. Fr. Casey Cole breaks that down for you in the video below:
Okay.... so now we understand that the bible should not always be taken at face value... and that it significantly influences our spirituality through allegory, moral lessons, and anagogically.
Great - So... HOW to teach our kids the basics of how to use the bible... Books - Chapters - Verses!! So confusing!!
Not to worry - I've got you covered with that too! Check out this video from the Miacademy Learning Channel. Watch this one with your kids!