Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Little ones show big faith around the Cross

Everyone knows that Jesus died on the Cross. That should probably make us shiver, but the fact that he died changes everything. God loves us and he gave the life of his Son to save us. (Emily, Year 6)

The Cross & Icon spent the greater part of today absorbing the touches of many small hands of primary school students from around the Wagga Wagga Diocese.
The day began at Jerilderie at a beautiful lakeside location, where a liturgy was held with the local primary school students and community.
The Cross then went to Berringan where it was greeted with the fantastic singing of the primary school students as part of a liturgy focussing on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
Later in the day at Finley, the Cross & Icon were taken to the local high school, where they were well received by the students, with many choosing to spend some extra time around the Cross after the liturgy was finished.
The primary school students of Finley also had a chance to have their special time with the Cross & Icon. The liturgy included some year 6 students sharing what the Cross means to them, and I was really blown away with how strong a sense of the significance of the Cross these students have.
The last stop of the day was in Tocumwal, where the Cross & Icon were the centre of a lively mass led by the primary school students, who did a great job of dramatising the gospel and leading the prayers.
In each of these locations today, what struck me was how the seemingly complex concepts of our faith that we sometimes struggle to understand can be so simple and explained in a way that the youngest of our communities can really make sense of. What also was really important to see is how the young students are so proud of their faith and not scared to share their stories and prayers with others. I’m sure JPII was looking down proudly today as these students gathered around the cross that he gave them.
Bernadette :)

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