During these 40 days of Lent, I am offering 40 ideas (activities) to help catechists engage young people around the themes and images of this holy season. Here is your next Lenten activity:
Remembering the Lamb
- Explain that we refer to Jesus as the “Lamb of God” not because we want to think of him as cute and cuddly, but because lambs were the animal used in sacrifice for the celebration of Passover.
- Remind the children that, in the Exodus story, the blood of the lamb saved the Israelites from the angel of death. (see Exodus 12:1-20)
- Point out that we are saved from the death of sin by the blood of the Lamb of God – Jesus sacrificed his life to save us from sin.
- Print out a picture of a lamb such as this one found at http://www.lucylearns.com/images/easter-lamb-clipart-easter-lamb-graphic-3.gif
- Post the picture of the lamb (print it so that it is the size of a small poster) on a bulletin board.
- Tell the children that remembering is an important part of our faith and that at Mass, we remember the sacrifice of Jesus – the Lamb of God.
- Invite the children to remember various aspects of the Catholic faith this Lent by taking certain prayers or doctrinal formulas to memory.
- Invite them to choose which prayer (for younger children, the basics such as the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be; for older children, the Memorare, the Morning Offering, the Hail, Holy Queen, and so on) or doctrinal formula (the Nicene or Apostles’ Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Virtues, the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, the mysteries of the Rosary, and so on) that they will commit to memorizing (taking to heart) this Lent.
- Tell them that, throughout Lent, whenever someone has committed to memory a prayer or a doctrinal formula, they can come forward and recite it in front of the group and then glue a cotton ball on to the lamb.
- By the end of Lent, the lamb should have a full “coat” of “wool.”
- Encourage the children to see how many prayers or doctrinal formulas they can take to heart during these 40 days.