2024 Lenten Retreat Guide

The Great Lent is a time set aside to allow every member of the Holy Church to embark on a 50-day spiritual journey as we prepare ourselves for the great Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord.

We are pleased to present a Sunday School Lenten Retreat Guide developed by the Educational Enhancement team for the 2024 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.

Theme:
Serving God with All Our Senses

“By showing love, compassion, and service to others, we embody His hands and feet, actively doing His work in our everyday lives.” 

1 Corinthians 12:27

Introduction: This lesson is to be used as a general session for all students to understand that we must serve God with all our senses and how our senses are used/understood in the Holy Qurbono.

Our 5 Senses are touch, taste, smell, sound, and sight.

Objective: Understand how we can stay attentive during the Qurbono and how we embody Christ.

Introduction Questions:

What are our 5 senses?

What do you think the senses relate to in the Qurbono?

How can we use our senses to serve God?

Sight:

What do you see during the Qurbono?

We see the service of the Holy Sacrament which commemorates the birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and second coming of Jesus Christ.

We see the candles, 13 candles represent Jesus and the 12 apostles.

Touch:

What do we touch?
We touch each other’s hands offering peace between us.

We touch the Bible to accept and hear God’s words.

Taste:

What do we taste?

We take part in Qurbono by accepting the body and blood of Christ, showing that He is in us.

Each time we take the bread of life, we renew Jesus’ dwelling in us, therefore if we refrain from taking communion for a long time, we lose our communication with Christ and disobey the Lord’s Command.

Smell:

What do we smell?

We smell the incense burning from the censor or the Dhoopakutty.

Sound:

What do we hear?

We hear the prayers asking for forgiveness.

We hear the Marvahasas, for the fluttering of Angels.

Closing:

Students must understand that the Service of the Holy Qurbono will only be as fruitful as the effort put in by the person. Explaining that if you are coming to seek forgiveness for your sins, that is what you shall receive. However, coming to socialize is coming for the wrong reason.

Questions:

Is there anything else you can relate to the senses with the Holy Qurbono?

What is the importance of Communion? Why must we pay attention to the Holy Qurbono?

Note to Teachers: This lesson is divided into four classes.

The class break ups are just a guideline, please divide the classes as works best for your situation.

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