Sunday, October 30, 2022

The Source & The Summit- Studying the Eucharist

We often spend a lot of time teaching kids about the Eucharist in preparation for their First Holy Communion, as we well should! But sometimes this great gift is then a mere mention in the textbooks of later grades. I want my students to see the Eucharist as integral to what we believe, literally "The Source and the Summit" as described in the Catechism, so I've been working on adding some new tools into my curriculum.

The activities below were created with my middle schoolers in mind, but could certainly be stretched to older kids or simplified for younger. We did them as stations, and there is a booklet with the student copies all in one place at the bottom of the post, or you could use any of them individually. The National Eucharistic Revival is a perfect reminder and opportunity to renew our focus on the Most Blessed Sacrament in our homes, parishes, and classrooms!

You can also find resources for other Eucharist projects and teaching about the Mass under the Sacraments tab here.

Click here for a page of recommended Scripture verses in the New Testament. I hung this up and the students chose their own passage for a Lectio Divina reflection, which can be found below.

Get a student reflection page for Lectio Divina here:

These Old Testament Typology passages are a great way to show that the Eucharist was concealed in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the Person of Jesus Christ.
Click here for a list of Types of the Eucharist in the Old Testament:

This fill-in-the-blank page uses the NABRE translation of the Bible if you want to make it as easy as possible on your students to find the missing words. These would all make great memory verses to remind what we believe about the Eucharist!
Click here for a fill-in-the-blank of five important verses about the Eucharist:
In addition to Sacred Scripture, it is important to teach kids how to navigate the Catechism of the Catholic Church. There are tons of paragraphs in the CCC related to the Eucharist, but this page has them read a little from the section that explains the term "Source & Summit":

Here is a cover page/coloring page/mini poster to use with this unit:

And if you'd like to do these activities as a whole unit or offer them as stations, you can find the student handouts in this booklet:
Other supporting resources for the stations include this post on books about the Eucharist:

This post about using Visio Divina with Sacred Art about the Eucharist:

And this post about Bl. Carlo Acutis and his Eucharistic Miracles Website:
May Jesus, Truly Present in the Blessed Sacrament, help us keep our eyes fixed firmly on Him!

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