We are approaching the finish line. Only two more classes left in the CCD year.
Last night, we covered Holy Week, especially the Eastern Triduum and Easter. We started by asking the students to name some ways they show they express love to someone, and then said we would be talking about how Jesus expressed his love for all of us.
We began by having the students both read aloud and silently some material in the text covering Holy Thursday and Good Friday.
–We talked about the meaning of the term “Paschal Mystery.”
–We discussed why the resurrection is the center of the Christian faith.
–We compared the Mass on Holy Thursday to the Last Supper, which is essentially the basis of our modern Mass.
–We talked about the practice of washing feet, in Biblical times and now on Good Friday.
–We discussed why the cross is the central image of Christ’s suffering and death.
–We talked about the veneration of the cross ceremony on Good Friday evening.
–We indicated that Holy Saturday is usually a quiet day, leading up to the celebration of the resurrection at the Easter Vigil Mass.
We transitioned to an entirely different chapter in the text to discuss Easter.
–We compared the feeling of Lent of sacrifice and penance, culminating with the remembrance of Jesus’s death and burial to that of Easter, a joyous celebration.
–We had three volunteers role-play a dialogue from the text describing the scene on the first Easter morning when Mary Magdalene and others went to Jesus’s tomb only to find an angel waiting for them.
–We discussed the signs of Easter, like white and gold vestments, Alleluias, and the readings from the Acts of the Apostles.
–We also talked a little about how Jesus appeared to many people during the next 40 days.
As always, we finished by asking each student to name one thing they learned in that class, and rewarded all reasonable answers with a cookie. Last night, that process went exceptionally well.
Next week we will cover Holy Orders. Our final class will be April 30. We will do something special, but I’m not sure just what yet. I have two weeks to think about it.