Children’s Liturgy – Sunday 3rd May

4th Sunday of Easter

Good Shepherd Sunday.

Vocations Sunday.

3 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. Today is known as Good Shepherd Sunday. The Gospel of today Jesus tells us that he is the way that leads us to a good life. He refers to us as sheep that follow his voice. Today is also known as Vocations Sunday. A vocation is one’s calling in life, what God wants you and me to do with our lives. Jesus guides us to know what God created us to do in our lives. He does this in many ways. Today we are going to see one way in which Jesus helps us to do right things in our lives. He has given us our Guardian Angels to help us know our vocation, our calling, the good things that God wants us to do in our lives.

 

Penitential Rite

Preist: Sometimes we want to do thing our way, we don’t always listen to our parents and teacher helping us to so good things.

So, lets pause for a moment now. I want you to think of one time when you didn’t listen to your parents or teachers and did something wrong, something they told you not to do. Think about it now.

Now let us ask Jesus to help us to listen as our parents and elders when they guide us to do what is good and right.

Let us ask Jesus to forgive us for the times when we didn’t obey them.

 

Priest: Lord Jesus, you obeyed your parents Joseph and Mary. Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Lord Jesus, you want us to obey our parents and elders when they teach us what is right. Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.

Priest: Lord Jesus, you have given our Guardian Angels to guide and protect us. Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

 

Priest: Jesus loves you. Jesus forgives you. And we promise Him now to live as good, obedient children. Amen.

 

Opening Prayer

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

 

Lord God, you are the Good Shepherd. You made the world and you take care of it. You made us, and you take care of us too. Help us to obey our parents, our teachers, our elders, our Guardian Angels, just as Jesus obeyed his parents, Mary and Joseph. Amen.

 

Liturgy of the Word

 

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

I am the Good Shepherd, says the Lord. I know my sheep and they follow me.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

 

Gospel

Preist: 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, “I tell you the truth. The man who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. The man who guards the door opens it for him. And the sheep listen to the voice of the shepherd. He calls his own sheep, using their names, and he leads them out. He brings all of his sheep out. Then he goes ahead of them and leads them. They follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger. They will run away from him because they don’t know his voice.”

(International Children’s Bible, John 10:1-5)

 

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, the Good Shepherd, 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, the Good Shepherd?

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, our Good Shepherd.

 

Thank you, God, for creating me. Help me to appreciate everything and everyone that you have created. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Thank you, Lord, for loving me. Help me to love others as you have loved me. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Thank you, Jesus, for guiding us through our guardian angel. Help us to remember that they 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. 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.

 

Prayer to our Guardian Angels

Please take your paper angels in your hands as we now say a prayer to our Guardian Angels: Repeat after me:

 

O Angel of God

My guardian dear

To Whom His love

Commits me here

Ever this day

Be at my side

To light and guard

To rule and guide. Amen

 

I want you to write this prayer down, and learn it. Say it every morning.

 

Concluding Rite

 

Concluding Prayer

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

 

Let us pray:

Look upon your flock, kind Shepherd, and guide us to eternal pastures for we have been redeemed by the Precious Blood of your Son, who loves and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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.