Here are ideas for you to use in reflecting on the upcoming Sunday’s scriptures with your classes.
Readings for November 20, 2016: Solemnity of Christ the King:
2 Samuel 5:1-3
“For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth . . . all things were created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:16).
Jesus is king over all creation and rules all things with love.
Teaching for Primary Grades:
The Bible tells us that God made everything through Jesus and for him. He is in charge of our world to care for all things, to guide everyone, and to make the world holy. With joy we proclaim Christ as our king!
This calls for a celebration. Draw paper crowns that children can color and cut out. Call on children to come forward and say something about their favorite time of year. (To encourage variety, use a calendar and turn to different months, asking what children like in that month.)
After each child speaks, pronounce a blessing on that time of year, and direct the child to put on a crown to celebrate that Jesus rules over that time.
After all children have had a turn, explain to them that they are all wearing crowns because God wants us to help take care of this world and to celebrate all the seasons God has made. End with a party to celebrate Christ the King: a snack, a song, decorations depicting all seasons of the year.
Teaching for Intermediate Grades:
Give drawing paper to the students, and ask them to draw something from their favorite time of year. Then ask them to share this with one other student.
If these two have the same favorite time, direct them each to choose one more season they especially like and add that to their drawing.
Hang the artwork around the room, and then draw a diagram of the liturgical year on the board. This could be a line drawing with peaks for feast days and valleys for seasons of preparation. Begin with Advent.
For each liturgical season indicated in your drawing, ask students if anyone chose that time of year as one of their favorites. Praise them for recognizing that as a special time. Encourage comments about what is good or special in each part of the year, even if it was not designated as a favorite.
Explain that the Church year ends this week, and this ending is celebrated with the feast of Christ the King. Jesus is king over all the earth, over all feasts and seasons. Choose an appropriate hymn for this feast, and sing it with the class.
Teaching for Secondary Grades:
This week brings the liturgical year to a close. Provide students with missals, calendars, a Lectionary, articles from Catholic periodicals about the liturgical year, and books about feast days, holy days, saints, etc.
Divide the class into five groups, and assign to each group some segment of the year. Tell the students to research the important feasts and happenings of their part of the year. Divide the year into five segments:
- Advent/Christmas season and Ordinary Time up to Lent
- Lent and Holy Week
- Easter up to Pentecost
- Ordinary Time after Pentecost up to October
- October and November up to Advent
Each group will make a poster depicting the highlights of its assigned part of the year. Review the year that is now ending by having the students present their findings, following the order listed above. Explain that the liturgical year ends with a celebration of Christ as King over all. Read together this Sunday’s second reading.