From: Being Empowered
Contents Selections from Sacramental Theology for Teaching
the Sacraments to Children:
I: Introduction for Teachers -
We see the sign, but we must believe in the reality
The Sacraments as an Ongoing Source of Christian Spirituality
Baptism: The presence among us in Jesus; You are my beloved
Confirmation: The ‘gifting’ of our spirituality; Receive the Holy Spirit
Eucharist: The presence of Jesus; Jesus the present one at the meal and in the world
Reconciliation: Jesus is the reconciling one; Forgive us as we forgive
Marriage: Jesus is the loving one; Reflect the love of God for each other
Anointing: Jesus is the healing one; Holiness must be a life of wholeness
Holy Orders: Jesus is the servant of holiness; Christian spirituality is a servant spirituality
The spirituality of the seven sacraments returns us to the spirituality of Jesus- the journey to
God. Jesus - the Sacrament of Grace to Us
Teaching the Sacraments
II: Nine Lessons with Response Activities for the Celebration of Each Sacrament
Part 1: Jesus in his humanity as a sacrament is a sign of God's forgiving love for all men and women. Jesus is,
therefore, a sacrament of God.
-celebration of the grace of his humanity among us, teacher of relationships
Part2: The Church is a sacrament of all that Jesus revealed. The Church is, therefore, a sacrament of Jesus.
- celebration of the grace of community
Part 3 & 4: Baptism/Confirmation is a sacrament of God's gift of life in all its created dimensions, both
natural and supernatural.
-celebration of the grace of life
Part 5: Eucharist is a sacrament of Jesus' fellowship with all his followers, men and women, a fellowship that is
saving, reconciling, promising.
-celebration of the grace of Jesus' presence
Part 6: Reconciliation is a sacrament of Jesus' forgiveness to all of his followers.
-celebration of the grace of reconciliation and forgiveness
Part 7: Marriage is a sacrament of Jesus' love for the Church, manifest in Christian marriage, and the Church's love
for Jesus, also manifest in Christian marriage.
-celebration of the grace of consent and faithfulness of covenant
Part 8: Anointing is the sacrament of Jesus' love for his followers even when they are sick, a love that is with them
down to the end of their lives if necessary.
-celebration of the grace of God's healing power
Part 9: Orders is a sacrament of Jesus' continuing ministry of service within his Church.
-celebration of the grace of service