Faith Love and Respect

Catherine McAuley Hub Chaplaincy

Week 14 – 2023/24

Day 1 – Head

We begin our prayer today with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy spirit, Amen.

On Sunday we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany. This is when the wise men (or magi) visited Jesus after his birth. There is a common misconception (a faulty/wrong idea) that these were Kings who visited Jesus. It is thought that this mistake came about because in various places in the Old Testament it spoke about kings bringing gifts to the Son of David (Psalm 72, Isaiah 60). There is also another assumption that we make about the Wise Men, once you’ve read the scripture see if you can work out what it is!

So Herod called the visitors from the East to a secret meeting and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem with these instructions: “Go and make a careful search for the child; and when you find him, let me know, so that I too may go and worship him.”

And so they left, and on their way they saw the same star they had seen in the East. When they saw it, how happy they were, what joy was theirs! It went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. They went into the house, and when they saw the child with his mother Mary, they knelt down and worshiped him. They brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and presented them to him.

Then they returned to their country by another road, since God had warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod.

Spend a moment in quiet thinking about the journey that the Magi made. They travelled a long way to see Christ, and were dedicated throughout. Are we always like that?

We pray together:

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.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Day 2 – Heart

We begin our prayer today with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy spirit, Amen.

Before we begin today, let’s see what we can remember from yesterday!

  1. Who did the magi visit before they got to Jesus?
  2. How many magi were there?
  3. What were the gifts that the magi brought?
  4. Which scriptures spoke about Kings in the Old Testament?

Today we are going to think about the three gifts that were brought to Jesus and their meanings.

GOLD

The first gift the magi gave was gold. They gave this to symbolise that Jesus was the King of Kings. Gold was traditionally something that rulers either had on their heads (like crowns) or their heads were put on (like coins). By giving Jesus Gold, the magi were saying that they accepted him as the Son of God.

FRANKINCENSE

The second gift that was given was Frankincense. Frankincense was burnt to send prayers up to God in the temple. It is still used today in our Catholic Mass and is often just called incense. By giving this to Jesus, the magi were reaffirming their belief that he was God incarnate.

MYRRH

The third gift was Myrrh. This one is a bit of a strange one to give a baby! Myrrh was used on dead bodies, in order to make them smell nice when they were embalmed and buried. By giving this to Jesus they were foretelling his death.

All three of these gifts were given to Jesus by the magi. Yesterday, we said there was another assumption often made, and that is that there were only three wise men. This is often thought due to the fact that only three gifts were given, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the case. In fact, chances are, there were more than three of them travelling together in a community.

Take a moment to think about gifts that you have received throughout your life, physical or not. How have they made you feel? How do you think Mary would have felt when these gifts were given to her for her baby?

We pray together:

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Day 3 – Hands

We begin our prayer today with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy spirit, Amen.

This morning, take some time to listen to the song Prince of Peace, and reflect on its lyrics. Think about how you are going to make the most of this New Year and fresh start, and how you are going to use your faith to strengthen yourself.

Let us give glory to God together:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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  • How did Mary feel after being given these gifts for her baby?
    – Happy: that people were being kind enough to give gifts
    – Thankful to the wise men for travelling so far to deliver these gifts.

  • 3/4 On the test. It is interesting to find out that there were more then 3 wise men. Mary must have felt quite overwhelmed to receive such expensive gifts. When we receive gifts we should be grateful because its the thought that counts.

  • Happy new year!
    Informative information about the Magi
    Interesting information about myrrh
    The 3 gifts symbolising what Jesus would become and his life

  • How did Mary feel about receiving these gifts for her child?

    -Confused – who are these people, why her?
    -Shocked – in a good way
    -Blessed
    Emotional – in a good way, that these people have travelled to see her child.

  • These are some of the new years resolutions for our form:
    keep in touch with friend more.
    drink more water.
    less phone time.
    learn a new hobby.

  • We really enjoyed our time listening to the beautiful music and having chance to reflect on our intentions for the year ahead.

    Some of the things we thought about trying to do more were:
    – Reading the bible
    – Praying independently
    – Sort some things at home and give things we no longer need to charity
    – Donate some money to charity
    – Attend church regularly
    – Always be respectful

  • As a form some of our goals this year are to improve our behaviour , not fall out with friends , be kinder, good grades and to think deeper in our faith.

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