Chapter Six: The Word of the Lord (Liturgy of the Word)

In this chapter we take a closer look at the second part of the Mass – the Liturgy of the Word. It is about the importance of listening to God and to each other. Talk about the different readings, when they are in Mass and why they are different – these are noted on page 63. We listen to God by listening to the readings at Mass. Think about what stops us from listening to God and to each other.

Some key words to talk about:

  • Liturgy – word of God in a public place
  • Parable – a story with a message e.g. The Prodigal Son
  • Gospel – stories about the life of Jesus – “good news”
  • Creed – means I Believe – we say this in Mass after the Bible Reading
  • Tabernacle – the special box behind the altar where the consecrated hosts are reserved and where the presence of God dwells.

Practise signing with three crosses – bottom of page 61 and what each cross means – think, speak and love.

Remember to do the online quiz (one for each chapter) – reading through the chapter and completing the quiz are the two things that must be completed, everything else is optional and there to support you if required.

Some questions to ask

Most of these are open ended and should be used to help your child explore these ideas/their feelings:

Q. What are the names of the Readings we hear in Mass?
A. The First Reading (Old Testament), The Responsorial Psalm, The Second Reading (New Testament) and the Gospel Reading.

Q. What is a Lectern?
A. It’s the special stand where the Lector (Reader) or Priest stands to read God’s Word.

Q. What is your favourite Bible story and why?
A. This question will have a variety of answers, but your child’s answers can help you draw out the excitement that comes with many of the most well-loved Bible stories (PDF), as well as talking about the messages contained in them. Many stories contain high drama (e.g. Noah and the Ark), others describe amazing miracles (The Feeding of the 5,000). Others, still, bring home a strong message about God’s love (The Lost Sheep) or forgiveness (The Prodigal Son).

Q. What is your favourite sound and why?
A. You can talk about the sounds you most like to hear and why. Some favourite sounds may include the gentle sound of a cat miaowing, the sound of daddy or mummy coming home from work, the crinkling sound of someone opening a chocolate bar or the cheers of a crowd supporting their football team.

Q. Why do we need to be quiet to hear something? Why is silence important to hear God’s voice?
A. Allow your child to share their ideas. It is only when we listen carefully that we pick up what is being said. Make the link to listening to God – both through the Readings at church, but also through his voice that we can hear in our hearts in prayer.

The Readings

Old Testament Reading

The Call of Samuel

This is a story that reminds us that we are called by God. When we hear God calling, we should respond. Samuel is called by name – as each of us is – and takes the Word of God to others (a prophet). That is our calling too. God loves us each individually and, when we hear God’s messages in the Bible, we should carry those messages out to others.

New Testament

There is no reading here but a link back to Chapter 5 is made, about the way in which Jesus entered our world (the Nativity), in quiet glory. He came as a fulfillment of all the prophets of the Old Testament. Those prophets heard God’s Word and spread the Word of God they had heard. We believe Jesus is the Word of God.

Colouring Page

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Jesus proclaiming the Good News
Jesus proclaiming the Good News

Suggested Activities

  • Put your Bible in a central place in your home and read a story with your child. Look at the Bible stories to captivate your kids sheet in the online resources and pick one to read.
  • When you attend or join Mass through the live stream encourage your child to remember and spot the order of the Readings in Mass.
  • Encourage your child to say a prayer to God each day and write a family prayer.
  • Look at the key words sheet (PDF).