IDEAS TO INSPIRE, GUIDE & STRENGTHEN YOUR DOMESTIC CHURCH AT HOME
WEEK OF November 22
Guided Prayer at Mealtime
During this time, God is inviting all of us to strengthen our domestic churches. The prayer below is a simple, yet meaningful way to pray with your family during mealtimes that encourages you to relate this week's gospel reading to your own lives. Making a habit of praying as family is one of the most impactful ways to strengthen our faith. Dedicate one meal each week to praying together and start feeling your family grow closer to each other and to God.
GATHER: Begin simply by saying “Bless Us, O Lord!” and make the Sign of the Cross
LISTEN: Use a portion of the reading this week to read aloud.
Our Gospel for today is Matthew 25:31-34. This feast marks the end of our current Liturgical Year, and it is always the feast of Christ the King. Not many of us have experience with actual kings and queens. But in the Kingdom of God, we see Jesus as King of the Universe – a vast universe, but also as close as you and me, as the people who gather in Jesus’ name. In the parable, we hear that the nations are separated as a shepherd might separate sheep and goats. We can understand this as God’s way of judging, of seeing how each of us and how each community tries to do God’s will by loving God and neighbor each and every day. What other titles might we give to God in addition to King? How many can you name?
Pause a little,
SHARE: Invite each person at your table to answer.
What exactly does the Kingdom of God look like, feel like, or act like? Have we caught glimpses of that Kingdom around us? When someone looks at me, can they tell that I am a part of that Kingdom? How?
Being a King is not just being a “ruler,” but it also entails care and protection for those in the Kingdom. It includes working together to create a Kingdom of fairness, of peace and sometimes even reconciliation.
PRAY FOR: After your sharing, consider all those you would want to remember in prayer today.
You might want to add to your prayer today all those who lead countries and nations, especially our own – that the leaders we choose might reflect the same qualities we find in our feast today, that they may be examples of honesty and fairness, dignity and service, and compassionate care for those most in need.
GIVE THANKS: Conclude with: "Bless Us, O Lord, and these your gifts which we are about to receive from your bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen."
Enjoy your meal!
Additional Ideas for This Week:
- Take the time to pray with us by using the Mass on our homepage.
- Check out the "Advent Activities for Your Domestic Church" section of our website, located here >
- If you have special intentions that you would like to be included in our prayers, please email these to [email protected]. We feel it is important to be able to turn to your community in faith during the most troubling times. Since we cannot all be together to do so, we hope this invitation assists you on your journey.
- Coloring Pages and Activities for Young Children
FREE CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD
St. Mary's Press is offering you and your families free access to Kids’ Liturgy, their digitally-led Children's Liturgy of the Word program. Parents can log in using any internet-connected device and engage their children in the included children's songs, a gospel reading, an active reflection and prayer for a full liturgical experience. By presenting the Word in a format and language that children can understand, we can continue to strengthen their faith and enliven the whole church community – even as we are apart.
To access this free resource, please follow the instructions below:
1. Go to https://mlearn.smp.org
2. Copy/paste the following login information:
Username: [email protected]
* This is a universal login. Please DO NOT change the password!
You can also watch the free video walk-through of a Kids’ Liturgy session at the following link: https://vimeo.com/359125753.