Connecting Exodus, Passover, and the Sacraments of Initiation

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am preparing a lesson on the Sacraments of Initiation for this Monday evening and plan to connect it to our study of the Old Testament, in particular, the Exodus/Passover story.

As part of that, I put together a review of the Exodus/Passover story – 10 pictures from the Exodus story that need to be placed in order – that can be used in one of 2 ways:

  • I plan to project the review (in a Word document) on the screen and invite students to come forward and, using my laptop, “drag” the images and drop them into the boxes in the correct order on screen and then have volunteers re-tell the whole story using the images to illustrate the story.
  • If you don’t have an LCD projector, you can print out the page and have the students cut and paste the images in the correct order to tell the story.

Here is the Word document that shows the images in random order at the bottom of the page and the empty boxes at the top of the page where they are to be dragged and dropped: Exodus Review Word Document

Here is the PDF showing the correct order the images should be in: Exodus Review PDF – Correct Order

The pictures illustrate the following “moments” in the story:

  1. The Hebrew people as slaves in Egypt
  2. Moses and the burning bush
  3. Moses before Pharaoh
  4. The Ten Plagues
  5. The blood of the lamb on the doorposts
  6. The Passover meal
  7. Hebrews march out of Egypt
  8. The parting of the Red Sea
  9. The destruction of Pharoah’s army
  10. The Hebrews rejoice

I’ll use this as a lead-in to talking about the Sacraments in Initiation…more on that later!

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at


  1. Joe, This was such a creative lesson. Could you please direct me to some places where I can learn to use my smart board in such a fashion? I would really like to do more of this with my students

  2. Joe

    Just wanted you to know that sincere flattery is coming at you again. I was asked to “fill in” at a parish in a somewhat last minute fashion..and so I adapted your Sacraments of Initiation to a lesson on the symbols of Confirmation – for 150 …for an hour presentation. It was well received – and the candidates and their sponsors/parents had a good time, explored and unpacked the symbols and went home with happy hearts and bags filled with good things.

    thank you.

    I also used your article from RTJ as a way to begin the evening…a perfect “tool” for creating a sacred context.

    Thank you so very much. Your work, as the ad say, is priceless.


    • Susan, you are a pro! It’s not easy to take anyone’s idea and adapt it last minute as you did and have it work so effectively! Glad we could “work together” in this fashion!

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