Term 4 Week 36
32nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Matthew 25: 1-13
Living Faith gives students an opportunity to engage in a short Liturgy of the Word, reflecting on the Sunday Gospel.
Living Faith Sways for Primary, Secondary and Family
Living Faith PDF for Primary, Secondary and Family
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The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
History of this devotion
The original Scala Santa, also known as "Holy Stairway" is the staircase which Jesus ascended during His Passion while proceeding to Pilate's pretorium.
By the Saviour's footsteps, that staircase which is still in existence today, was sanctified. It continues to be venerated in Rome, in the Basilica of St. John Lateran. Take a virtual tour of St John's Lateran basilica
Pray: The Sacred Stairs
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Saint Leo the Great
Saint Leo the Great, also known as Pope Saint Leo I, was born into a Roman aristocratic family. His response to the call of the Lord transformed him into one of the greatest popes of Christian history. In fact, he was the first pope to be given the title "the Great." Details pertaining to Leo's place of birth are not known, but it is believed his ancestors come from Tuscany.
Pray: O God, who never allow the gates of hell to prevail against your Church, firmly founded on the apostolic rock, grant her, we pray, that through the intercession of Pope Saint Leo, she may stand firm in your truth and know the protection of lasting peace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, a minutes’ silence is observed and dedicated to those soldiers who died fighting to protect the nation. In Australia and other allied countries, including New Zealand, Canada and the United States, 11 November became known as Armistice Day – a day to remember those who died in World War One. The day continues to be commemorated in allied countries.
Pray: Remember, O Lord, all those the brave and the true, who have died the death of honour and are departed in the hope of the resurrection to eternal life. In that place of light from which sorrow and mourning are far banished, give them rest, O Lord, thou lover of men. And grant to us who remain the spirit of service which may make us worthy of their sacrifice, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Nature and Reflection
Take the students outside the classroom. Go and stand in front of something that reminds you of what God has created in the world or something amazing from creation. Now take 1 minute in silence and stillness to say a prayer of gratitude to God in your heart, for the amazing world we live in. Then take 1 minute in silence and stillness to listen in your heart. What is it that God is asking you to do to protect our amazing world? Make your commitment to God to do something in your everyday life to protect our environment. (An alternative to going outside is show students a nature image and go through the same steps.)
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A Letter from God
If God could write a letter to you today, what would God say? Listen, deep in your heart, then write what you think God is saying. Hear what God is saying about your gifts; how much you're loved and who God wants you to become.
Dear (your name).
I really want to tell you today that...
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