Strand: Prayer, Liturgy and Sacraments (PLSL1-2E1)
Levels 1 and 2
Through various prayer forms, liturgy and sacramental encounters people can grow in relationship with self, others, creation and God.
Imagine and name ways Christians experience God in the everyday and prepare Christian rituals that reflect this encounter.
The Christian understands that participating through rituals builds on a growing relationship with self, others, creation and God. These rituals are key components of prayer and liturgy. Through active participation there is an invitation to the growing relationship.
Examples of rituals and sacramentals: making the Sign of the Cross to signify the commencement and conclusion to prayer; the use of Holy Water for blessings; the use of shaking hands for making a Sign of Peace within a liturgy; the lighting of candles to signify God’s presence.
Active participation does not mean that everyone has an assigned role during a liturgy or prayer experience. Examples of active participation include an invitation to reflect silently; singing as a joyous response or reflection, and responding to the prayers of liturgy with appropriate responses, such as 'Amen’ and ‘Peace be with you.'
See Learning Lites: Sacraments, Sacramentals and Sacramentalities (and refer to the explanation of Sacramentality.)