Epistles, Feasts and Sacraments

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Galatians: Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5: 22-23a – Fruit of the Spirit

 

Scripture Verse: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”

 

Objectives:

              1.     Student should be able to name the fruit of the Spirit, and discuss how this can be reflected in his own behavior with others.

 

Possible Lesson Plan:

 

1.  Open with prayer.

 

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Ephesians: Armor of God

Ephesians 6:11 – Armor of God

 

Scripture Verse: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

 

Objectives:

 

1.  Student should be able to name our adversary -- Satan or the devil

2.  Student should be able to name the pieces of armor for battle.

3.  Older students should recite the verse.

 

Possible Lesson Plan:

 

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Philippians: Prayer

Philippians 4:6 – We pray to God

Scripture verse: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

Objectives:    

  1. Each student should begin to say prayers, however simple, at the family icon corner each day; a specific focus each week is especially good.
  2. Older students should memorize the verse.

Possible Lesson Plan:

1. Open with prayer – the Lord’s Prayer would be a good one.

 

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Colossians: Forgiveness

Colossians 3:13 -- Forgiveness
Scripture verse: “forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”

Objectives:

  1. Children should know what forgiveness means and remember the lines from the Lord’s Prayer about forgiveness.
  2. Children should know that Jesus forgave us from the cross.
  3. Children should recall Forgiveness Sunday – what it means and what we do.

Possible Lesson Plan:

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Presentation of the Theotokos

THE PRESENTATION OF THE VIRGIN

 

Objectives:

  1. Student should identify the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple as one of the twelve major feasts of the church.
  2. Student should be able to identify the major characters in the icon.
  3. Student should be able to simply tell the story of the feast.

 

      Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.

 

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Presentation of the Virgin

PRESENTATION OF THE VIRGIN

Home Activities:

  • The Entrance of the Theotokos or Presentation of the Virgin celebrates Mary’s entrance into the temple. Is it on your feast wheel?
  • Color the icon and place it in your icon corner.
  • Review other Bible stories of Mary, the Theotokos.
  • Sing the Megalynarion from the Liturgy each day.

Prayer: Pray for us, Mary, to your son Jesus.

 

HELP LITTLE MARY FIND HER WAY INTO THE TEMPLE:

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1 Thessalonians: Giving Thanks

 

I Thessalonians 5:18 – Giving Thanks to God

 

Scripture reference: “in everything give thanks”

 

Objectives:

 

  1. Even the youngest should be able to memorize this short verse; older students can give the reference as well.
  2. Each student should be able to list many things in his life for which he personally can thank God.

 

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