As we start our lesson...sit quietly for a moment...take a few deep breaths... make the "Sign of the Cross" and slowly read the Prayer.
(Found on page 143 in workbook)
God, our loving Father, thank you for all the ways you bless me. Help me to be aware that every person, place, and adventure I experience is an opportunity to love you more. Fill me with a desire to change and to grow, and give me the grace to become the-best-version-of-myself in every moment of every day.
Sarah has a special gift for Hemingway, let’s find out what it is together!
Ben takes a break from a bike ride to remind you that you are ready to walk with God and you are ready to receive Jesus in the Eucharist.
You are preparing for your First Communion, but it is important to prepare every time we receive Jesus in the Eucharist. We do this with prayer.
When you were preparing for your First Reconciliation we talked about how important preparation is. We Catholics prepare for everything that is important.
Just as great athletes prepare every time they compete, Catholics prepare for the biggest moments in life. The great champions of our faith are the saints. They are all masters at preparation. The saints teach us how to prepare to receive Jesus in the Eucharist.
Preparation is essential to a great experience. Sarah explains how prayer and fasting are great ways to help us prepare to receive Jesus in the Eucharist.
Look at the picture on pages 150-151 of your workbook.
Where is Jesus?
Why is he alone?
Read the text to find out.
Ben is unsure if God will help him to do great things in life. Let’s watch as Ben and his dad have an incredible conversation about the power of the Eucharist.
What amazing thing will God do through you?
God has been using the Eucharist to empower people to do great things for two thousand years.
Hemingway dances for joy at the sound of Sarah singing inside the church. His joy prompts Ben to dive into the Bible and relive the day Mary arrived at her cousin Elizabeth’s house.
Pages 154-155 in your Workbook
When you go to church there is usually a little red light on next to the tabernacle - or a candle burning in a red glass holder. This light means that Jesus is in the tabernacle. Mary was the first tabernacle; Jesus was inside her.
After you receive the Eucharist, Jesus will be in you. This should bring you great joy.
In this episode, Sarah shares with us some of the best advice she received from her mom, dad, Sr. Rosa, and Ben leading up to her First Communion.
Remember to work on memorizing your prayers!
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
and ever shall be,
world without end.
Grace Before Meals
Bless us O Lord, and these thy gifts,
Which we are about to receive, from thy bounty,
Through Christ, Our Lord.
Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Angels watch me through the night,
And wake me with the morning light.
Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Act of Contrition
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy.