This term we are learning about Special People. That there are special people in our lives who are there to help us and that on Sunday, in church, we meet people who do special jobs as we gather to celebrate the Good News of Jesus.
Draw a picture of someone special and write why they are special.
When the parish family gathers to celebrate Mass, we have an important part to play by listening to God’s Word. The priest (or deacon if there is one) reads the Gospel, the stories of the life of Jesus, who is the most special person for the parish family. We stand to listen to the Gospel. One of the stories we hear at this time of year is about Mary and Joseph taking Jesus, as a baby, to be presented in the Temple. Explain that Mary and Joseph made many journeys to the Temple. We remember this story on 2nd February, the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus. Candles are blessed and carried on this day to remind us that Jesus would bring light and joy to the world.
Read, tell or watch this story to the children.
Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the Temple. They wanted to thank God for him. At the Temple, they met an old man called Simeon. He was a good and holy person. He often went to the Temple to pray. When he saw Jesus, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God. He said, “This baby will bring light and joy to the world.” Mary and Joseph were very surprised by Simeon’s words and didn’t know what he meant at the time. Simeon blessed them.
After that, they met Anna. She was eighty-four years old and spent all her time in the Temple praying. She said a thank-you prayer to God for Jesus and told everyone that he would bring happiness to those who loved God. Mary and Joseph took Jesus home to Nazareth where he grew up and learned to praise God.
Based on Luke 2: 23 - 40
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