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Class Prayer in

Lent
Gibbs, C., Sullivan, E.,
Benefield, E., &
Beech, L.
(2012).
Classroom
Prayers for
Lent. Retrieved
from Caritas:
New Zealand:
http://www.cari
tas.org.nz/sites
/default/files/Cl
assroom
%20prayers
%20for
%20Lent
%202012.pdf

Books

Activities

Meditation:
Arrange a sacred space in your
classroom with a purple cloth,
open Bible, candle, and space for
other symbols as they emerge
each week throughout Lent.
Whilst the children meditate, the
teacher reads a bible reading that
corresponds with the prescribed
Lenten reading for that day.

This is a very nice,


peaceful and relaxed
way for students to
listen to any bible
passages. By
meditating, the
students are given the
opportunity to reflect
upon the messages
that are evident within
the reading.

Interfaith Peace Prayer


Divide the class up into small
groups. The teacher is to find a
peace prayer from three religions
that inhabit the Holy Land. The
children are to read the prayers
out as a group. As an alternative,
the teacher could get the children
to present the prayer through
roleplay or other drama based
activities.

This activity allows


students to explore the
similarities and
differences between
prayers of different
faiths. To make this
activity even more
engaging, the teacher
could get the children
to make a drama out of
the prayers.

Hunt, A. E. (2001). The tale of


three trees. Oxford: Lion
Children's Book.

This story explores the


tale of three trees who
dreamed of holding
treasure, carrying
kings, and pointing to
God. However, the
trees end up being cut
down to make a
manger, a basic boat,
and a cross. However,
it is soon revealed that
each tree has a
connection to Jesus
Christ. This is story
that could be told
during Christmas, Lent,
and Easter.
After reading the story
about Jesus trials in
the desert, the
students could draw
the temptations that
Jesus faced. This

Illustrating Jesus Journey


Loyola Press: A Jesuit Ministry.
(2013). Activities for
children. Retrieved from
Lent:http://www.loyolapres
s.com/lenten-activities-for-

children.htm

Hymns
Mangan, M. (2001).
Hearts on fire.
Retrieved from
Church music:
http://www.six
maddens.org/?
p=348

HEARTS ON FIRE MICHAEL


MANGAN
1.
We come from ancient
Dreamtime,
from the bush, or by the
sea.
We come from a thousand
city streets.
We are the rich and lowly,
we are the poor and
strong.
We come to share this
moment,
gathering here, singing one
song.
Chorus:
With our hearts on fire with the
love of Jesus.
Hearts on fire, lets spread the
Word.
Hearts on fire, feel the Spirit
blazing.
Hearts on fire, called to live the
Good News in this land.
Setting hearts on fire, with our
hearts on fire, setting hearts on
fire.
2.

We long to live in freedom,


we yearn for unity.
We dream of justice, joy
and peace.
Spirit fill us with your
power.
Jesus help us live your call.
O Creator give us wisdom,
so we will be Good News
for all.
Chorus:

activity allows students


to explore their own
ideas about the
sacrifices Jesus made
over the 40 day period.
This is a very catchy
song, which is
enjoyable for teachers,
students, and parents.
Although it isnt strictly
for Lent, the message
of the song is
applicable to season
due to its ability to
reflect on the key
messages of the
church.

With our hearts on fire with the


love of Jesus.
Hearts on fire, lets spread the
Word.
Hearts on fire, feel the Spirit
blazing.
Hearts on fire, called to live the
Good News in this land.
Setting hearts on fire, with our
hearts on fire, setting hearts on
fire.
3.

Zinzendorf, N. L.
(1940). Jesus,
lead the way.
Retrieved from
Music for you
hymn book:
http://www.hy
mnbooks.com/Hy
mnBook_Hymn
.php?
HBHymns_ID=
519&Rge=2

We are the voice of Jesus,


we are his heart and
hands.
We are his body in our
land.
Stand up! Live the story,
to all the world proclaim.
Go out!
To all creation lighting the
fire,
fanning the flames.
Chorus:
With our hearts on fire with the
love of Jesus.
Hearts on fire, lets spread the
Word.
Hearts on fire, feel the Spirit
blazing.
Hearts on fire, called to live the
Good News in this land.
Setting hearts on fire, with our
hearts on fire, setting hearts on
fire.

Jesus, lead the way


Author: Nicolaus L. Von
Zinzendorf
Jesus, still lead on,
Till our rest be won;
And, although the way be
cheerless,

This hymn explores the


time Jesus spent in the
desert. The hymn
allows the singers to
express their want for
Jesus to lead them
through the Lent
period. The melody is
easy to follow and the
lyrics are

We will follow, calm and fearless;


Guide us by thy hand
To our Fatherland.
If the way be drear,
If the foe be near,
Let not faithless fears o'ertake us,
Let not faith and hope forsake us;
For through many a woe
To our home we go.
When we seek relief
From a long-felt grief;
When temptations come alluring,
Make us patient and enduring;
Show us that bright shore
Where we weep no more.
Jesus, still lead on,
Till our rest be won:
Heavenly Leader, still direct us,
Still support, console, protect us,
Till we safely stand
In our Fatherland.

comprehendible for
primary school
students.