Children’s Liturgy – Sunday 17th May

6th Sunday of Easter

The promise of the Holy Spirit.

17 May 2020.

(The following are the texts used by Fr Tshepo in today’s Children’s Liturgy.)

 

Introductory Rites

Greeting

Priest: In the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Preist: The Lord be with you.

All: And with your spirit.

Priest: Welcome to this celebration of the Liturgy of the Word. In the Gospel reading today, Jesus promises the coming of the Holy Spirit. He calls the Holy Spirit the Helper. The Holy Spirit helps us on our Christian journey, throughout our lives, to be the good people God has created us to be. Today, we prepare ourselves to celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost in two weeks’ time, which is a feast celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit among us. Today we give thanks to God our Father for his promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Penitential Rite

Priest: Sometimes we forget that we have a helper with us always, the Holy Spirit.

So, let’s pause for a moment now. In your heart, I want you now to think of the Holy Spirit who dwells within you. Thank God for this great gift.

Now let us ask Jesus to help us to appreciate the gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Let us ask Jesus to forgive us for the times when we forgot this gift that He and the Father has given to us.

 

Priest: Lord Jesus, you promised us the coming of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Lord Jesus, you want us to be aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.

Priest: Lord Jesus, you have given us the Holy Spirit to help us get to heaven. Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Jesus loves you. Jesus forgives you. And we promise Him now to always be aware of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives. Amen.

Opening Prayer

Priest: I want you to put your hands together, close your eyes, as we pray:

Lord God, grant that we may celebrate with joy these days of Easter, when we remember the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit, our Helper, who helps us live good lives. We make our prayer through Christ, our Risen Lord. Amen.

Liturgy of the Word

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Gospel

Priest: The Lord be with you.

All: And with your spirit.

Priest: A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.

All: Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said, “If you love me, you will do the things I command. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper. He will give you this Helper to be with you forever. The Helper is the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him because it does not see him or know him. But you know him. He lives with you and he will be in you.

“I will not leave you all alone like orphans. I will come back to you. In a little while the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live, too. On that day you will know that I am in my Father. You will know that you are in me and I am in you. He who knows my commands and obeys them is the one who loves me. And my Father will love him who loves me. I will love him and will show myself to him.”

(International Children’s Bible, John 14:15-21)

Priest: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Homily

Profession of Faith

It is Sunday, and every Sunday we remind ourselves of what we believe in as Christians.

So, I will ask you some questions, and you will respond by saying “I do.”

 

Priest: Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, who created the world and created you?

All: I do.

Priest: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, who died and rose from the dead to save all people?

All: I do.

Priest: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, who enables us to love God and to love one another?

All: I do.

Priest: Do you believe in what the Catholic Church teaches about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ?

All: I do.

 

May we grow in our faith, and appreciate it more and more. Amen.

 

Prayer of the Faithful

Let us now present our prayers to the Lord.

 

Thank you, God, for creating me. Help me to appreciate everything you have given me. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Thank you, Lord, for loving me enough to give me the gift of the Holy Spirit. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Thank you, Holy Spirit, for guiding us through our daily lives. Help us to remember that you are always there by our side. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Lord, we pray for an end to the Coronavirus pandemic. Keep us safe and healthy. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for those who are sick because of the Coronavirus. Lord, Jesus, heal them. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for those who have died. Lord, may they find rest in you. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Let us pause for a moment now, and pray for someone else who we think needs the help of God. (pause) Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Receiving Jesus in our hearts

We still cannot come together at church because of the Coronavirus and the Lockdown. But Jesus said that wherever we gather in His name, He is present among us. Let us now ask Him to come and stay in our hearts.

I will fetch the Blessed Sacrament from the tabernacle and place it in the altar.

We will then together spend a few moments in silent prayer and then ask Jesus to come and stay in our hearts in a special way.

 

Moment of silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

Let us pray:

Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. I cannot come to church for the celebration of Holy Mass and to receive you in Coly Communion. I ask you to come and stay in my heart and my soul. I love you with all my heart. Amen.

Concluding Rite

Concluding Prayer

I want you to put your hands together, close your eyes, as we pray.

 

Let us pray:

Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead to give us eternal life. When he ascended back to you in heaven, he left us the gift of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for this gift. We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord.

Blessing

Priest: The Lord be with you.

All: And with your spirit.

 

Priest: May Almighty God bless you: + the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Priest: Let us remain the peace of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is our HELPER: Take a pencil/pen/crayon and help the little boy get to the Bible. The Holy Spirit is our Helper, and He guides us and helps us to live the Word of God in our daily lives.