Focus on the Gospel for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Use this 37-page unit study to help children understand that God wants us to know that the Holy Cross is our salvation, based on John 3:13-17. In this lesson, Jesus explains to Nicodemus God's purpose for sending the Son of Man to earth.

Everything you need to deliver a CCD or Religious Ed lesson on the weekly Gospel is included in this packet. These materials could also be used for home catechesis or a Sunday school class as well.

Lesson Materials

Weekly Liturgical Lesson Student Sheets

There are two thematic lesson sheets that focus directly on God's Word in John 3:14-15 and the summary of the Jesus' passion and death on the Cross as the means of salvation. Additional printables are included for lesson reinforcement and fact recall; they include a Fill-in-the-Faces worksheet, a graphic organizer that focuses on the word "exalt" and the cross, and a lesson based cloze activity that reiterates the main (first) paragraph from the student lesson sheet.

Weekly Liturgical Lesson Teacher Guide

The teacher guide includes a full lesson plan, which you may alter to meet the specific needs of your program or learners. The plan includes a Gospel focus sheet with the week's Gospel reading, vocabulary focus and lesson highlights. It also includes a layout that will take you from gathering, through the lesson to closing. As well, the guide contains a copy of all student content and matching answer sheets.

Lesson Extensions

This liturgy lesson contains fun activities or extensions, which are found immediately following the lesson plan pages. One is based on creativity and the other on game play.

The Play to Learn Lesson Extensions in this lesson include the games, Crosses I Might See in a Catholic Church, Put-It-In-Order for the Sign of the Cross Prayer as well as thematic crossword and word search puzzles.

The Create to Learn Lesson Extensions in this lesson include the mini-books My Mini-Book of Crosses I Might See in a Catholic Church and God's Message on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. The first contains writing prompts; the second book does not. Children are also encouraged to decorate their lesson cover page in a creative way, which is explained in the lesson plan.

Take Home Materials

Although children may take home all of their lesson sheets and creations, they should also have a tangible reminder of God's Word. This lesson includes a Get the Gospel! printable scripture trading card featuring specific ways that children can live out the Gospel at home.

The practical instruction card for this lesson is called, "How to Celebrate the Holy Cross."

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Age: Gr.2-4
Liturgical Week: Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Focus: The Cross of Christ
Theme: God Wants Us to Know the Holy Cross Is Our Salvation.
Gospel: Reference John 3:13-17



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