All Saints Day – Liturgical Year Lesson

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Lesson Overview

The Solemnity of All Saints, or All Saints Day, began in the early part of the first millennium as a number of different practices that honored the lives of the martyrs, or those who died for the faith. Eventually the practice of honoring the martyrs expanded to include all of the saints. The official Solemnity, or highest feast day, as celebrated today was set in the liturgical calendar on November 1st all the way back in the 9th century.
In this lesson, students will learn about sainthood and how to look to the saints of Heaven as examples of holiness.

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Lesson Details

Subject area(s): Religion

Grade Level: Family Catechesis, Middle School, Elementary

Resource Type: Close Reading/Reflection

Special Learners

This resource was developed with the following special learners in mind:

  • Traditional Classroom
  • Homeschooled Students
  • CCD/Parish-Based Education

 

The Beatitudes

(Upper Elementary - Middle School)

Solemnity of All Saints

Overview

In the Gospel, Jesus teaches Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes provide a road map to Sainthood for the faithful follower of Jesus. Though we may gain little reward in this life by following Christ鈥檚 teaching, our victory comes in the end and is nothing short of the Kingdom of God itself. Students will learn about Sainthood and how to look to the Saints of heaven as examples of holiness.

Directions

  1. Have students read the Gospel passage and reading from the Book of Revelation and complete the Focus Questions.
  2. Have your students read about the Solemnity of All Saints.
  3. Then, arrange students into groups of 3 or 4. Have each group complete the Lives of the Saints Activity. Each group should choose two Saints and look up their biographies either online or in a lives of the Saints book.聽
  4. Have each group choose one of the Saints they studied, stand and briefly present their findings, specifically how that Saint loved and served God and how the Saint loved and served others.
  5. Conclude by praying a litany of the Saints, such as the one found at this link: SophiaOnline.org/SaintsLitany.

Answer Key

  1. From a mountain. This is the beginning of Jesus鈥 most famous teaching, the Sermon on the Mount.
  2. The blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the clean of heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted for Christ鈥檚 sake. Their reward is the Kingdom of Heaven, comfort, the land, satisfaction, mercy, seeing God, being a child of God, and the Kingdom of Heaven.
  3. They must be marked with God鈥檚 seal. They come from all of the tribes of Israel.
  4. The Saints in Heaven. They are praising and worshipping God. They came from every nation and people on the earth.
  5. The Beatitudes teach us how to be Saints, how to be like Christ. By living the Beatitudes, we are faithfully living the Christian life and seeking holiness.

 

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