Our Junior chaplaincy team planned and delivered a lovely liturgy on what it means to be holy this week to mark the feasts of All Saints.
A saint is one of those men and women who in their life, and often their death, set an example of how to live a life for God. They give hope to us all that we can be better people and one day and even become saints ourselves! We are all called to Holiness and all called to live a life pleasing to God. In the month of November, we remember all those who have gone before us and keep them in our prayers.
It was the feast of All Saints on Sunday.
The pupils chose a reading from St Peter’s first letter because he is our parish saint and was the first ever Pope, so he is pretty inspirational. The children made up group actions to go along with the scripture to help the pupils attending the liturgy remember the key words and phrases more.
1 Peter 1: 13-16: A Call to Holy Living
So then, have your minds ready for action. Keep alert and set your hope completely on the blessing which will be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. Be obedient to God, and do not allow your lives to be shaped by those desires you had when you were still ignorant. Instead, be holy in all that you do, just as God who called you is holy. The scripture says, “Be holy because I am holy.”
The group decided to take inspiration from the saints and share who their favourite saints are. They gave some examples of their own before asking the children to draw their favourite saint and write a sentence about what makes them holy.
The mission was to give the picture of the saint to the person next to you and tell them what makes that saint holy. Everyone got to keep their saint to mark All Saints Day.
To address our next step from our previous liturgy, we invited the Yr6 choir to practise the liturgy with us and teach the other children some actions to the hymn, ‘Oh when the Saints go marching in’. Our next step was to include group actions, so we did it twice in this liturgy: with the scripture reading and with the song!