This Sunday we will celebrate the Liturgy of Light with the children in the Good Shepherd and True Vine Atria. I love this special day and am happy that it always comes a week or two into the Easter season. After all the fun of the dresses and candy are forgotten, we gather to celebrate the deeper joy of Easter with the children. I have copied a post from last year describing the celebration below, so read on to learn what we will be doing!
On Sunday, we will celebrate Easter with the Liturgy of Light in the atrium. The image of Jesus as the light is an ancient one, and resonates deeply with the children. Over the years, catechists observing children in the atrium found this image recurring in the children's prayer, conversation, and art work. With the Liturgy of Light, we celebrate the light and life of the risen Christ, which is more powerful than death, and which we all share by virtue of our baptism.
In the atrium, I sing a short section of the "Exultet," a song of praise and blessing over the paschal candle. A child reads the scriptural account of the resurrection for us. Then each person is handed a small candle, lit from the paschal candle, with the words, "receive the light of Christ." We hold the candles on our laps for a short time of prayer and singing, then place them around the paschal candle. Our celebration ends with a rousing rendition of "This Little Light of Mine" and a feast!
Click here to see pictures from last year's celebration.