Help students understand the seven Sacraments with this prayer service.
Preparation: Choose a Leader and a Reader, or take the Leader role yourself. The Leader and Reader stand near the prayer table, and classmates join them to form a circle. All have a copy of the prayer service. Following the service, soft instrumental liturgical music could be played in the background while students are given the opportunity to journal about a sacrament they will soon receive, or their favorite sacrament they have received so far. Those who wish to share revelations aloud may be given the opportunity.
All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Leader: God has blessed us with the seven sacraments to enrich our lives. Initiation sacraments of baptism, Eucharist and confirmation bring us into full membership with the Church. To emphasize the importance of baptism, Jesus sought out his cousin, John the Baptist.
Reader: (Reads Mark 1:9-10)
All: “And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved, with you I am well pleased.’ ” (Mark 1:11)
Leader: At the Last Supper, Jesus created the same Eucharist we share at each Mass as a family.
Reader: (Reads Matthew 26:26-28)
All: Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.
Leader: In confirmation, the Holy Spirit gives us courage of spirit to spread the Good News.
Reader: (Reads Acts 2:2-4)
All: Come, Holy Spirit, come.
Leader: The sacraments of healing of spirit and body are reconciliation and anointing of the sick.
Reader: (Reads John 20:22-23 and Matthew 9:20-22)
All: Dear Jesus, show us that you forgive our sins through the actions of the priest, and carry us during times of illness and physical burdens. Let not our will but your will be done.
Leader: The final sacraments of vocation are holy orders and matrimony.
Reader: (Reads Matthew 28:19-20)
All: We give thanks for Pope Benedict XVI, and our bishops, priests, and deacons. May they guide us in learning how to follow the right path to you, Lord.
Leader: Matrimony is the sacrament through which Jesus blesses each family relationship and opens hearts to accept the gift of children. Jesus’ first miracle was performed at the wedding feast.
All: For those in our faith community who will be receiving sacraments this year, and in thanksgiving for the gift of the seven sacraments that guide us in our lives, we pray, “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, Amen.”
Jean Grant teaches at St. Charles Borromeo School, St. Charles, MO.