The Easter Season

Easter has arrived! Alleluia!

With the change of liturgical seasons from Lent to Easter, our daily class prayers change as well. The first part of the Easter season is the octave (8 days) of Easter. This originated from one of the customs of the Israelite people in the Old Testament. For the celebration of a major event, it was customary to celebrate for a whole week, from one Sabbath to the next. In the Church, our celebration of the octave of Easter begins on Easter Sunday and ends a week later on what we now know as the Sunday of Divine Mercy. During that week the Gloria is recited even at the daily Masses. So for the first week after Easter we will say the Gloria as our class prayer.

Then for all of the other weeks of Easter, we will celebrate the joy of the season by reciting Philippians 4:4-7 (which begins with the word REJOICE) on Mondays and then for the rest of the week we will recite our Will of God prayer followed by a one minute period of silent mediation on "What is God's will for us TODAY?"

We will be in the Easter season until the last week of the school year. At that time we will stay with the Philippians prayer since every day we will be rejoicing in the successful conclustion of another school year.

Copies of the Will of God prayer and Philippians verses are below. Happy Easter to all.

Will of God Prayer Information

One of the main objectives I have for all students in any of my classes is to spend time at the first of each class period building their relationship with our triune God by a moment of prayer and meditation. We do this with the Will of God Prayer. Most of the new sixth grade students are to the point where they know the prayer (a copy of the prayer is posted in the article after this one). After the prayer is finished, the students spend one minute in quiet prayer or meditation with God.

One of the purposes of the prayer is to guide the student to just to listen for God's voice and to feel that connection with Him. From there they can hear what God has to say to them and discover His will for them just for today.

I would even recommend the prayer for adults seeking to conform their lives more fully to God's will. The only change I make in the prayer when I use it personally is to use the word "servant" in place of the word "children" in the last sentence. If you do try it, I would really like to hear how it worked (or didn't work) for you.

Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again, rejoice!

Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near.

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.

Then the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.