We are pleased to present a Sunday School Lenten Retreat Guide developed by the Educational Enhancement team for the 2019 Lenten Season. In order to provide a consistent education experience throughout the diocese, it is encouraged for each region/parish to conduct a Sunday School Lenten retreat based on the theme presented here. These are resources, templates, topics, guides, and activities that can be used to conduct such a Lenten Retreat for your Sunday School students at the regional or parish level.
“Journey to the Cross”
I have been crucified with Christ so it is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me. ~ Galations 2:20
The Great Lent is a spiritual journey in which we prepare for the great feast of Easter. Our deepest desire, during this 50 day process, is to better understand and experience Christ. Through His Passion, Christ freed us from the oppression of death and opened for us the door to Paradise and eternal life. To help keep us focused, the Church every year compresses for us this journey as it prepares us to greet the Feast of Christ’s Resurrection. This preparatory time is the joyous period of Great Lent. Without this preparation, without this expectant waiting, the deeper meaning of celebrating Easter would be lost.
This year the Sunday School Lenten retreat will focus on four Orthodox practices:
- Prostrations (KG / Primary)
- Fasting (Sub-Junior / Junior)
- Prayer (Intermediate)
- Scripture Reading (Senior)
- Lesson 1 – Prostrations (PDF / HTML)
- Lesson 2 – Fasting (PDF / HTML)
- Lesson 3 – Prayer (PDF / HTML)
- Lesson 4 – Scripture Reading (PDF / HTML)