On Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, the pupils from second class and sixth
classes presented a lovely ceremony for the whole school to mark Ash Wednesday.
The presentation included drama, prayer, liturgy and singing. Everyone joined in
to sing the Alive-O songs: "The Wilderness" and "My Shepherd is
Ash Wednesday Assembly
Presented by Second Class and Sixth Class
Shepherd is the Lord (first and second verses)
Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is a special day. It marks the beginning of Lent.
We wear ashes on our forehead. Ashes come from burnt palm. Ashes help us to
remember that it is important sometimes to
turn away from being busy, to stop and turn towards God.
Turn away, turn
away from being too busy
Be quiet, be still and pray.
Turn towards God in the wilderness.
Turn, turn, day by day.
Jesus decided that it would be good for him to go away and be on his own for a
while. He wanted to go somewhere
where there would be no distractions, and some place where he could think and
pray to God about his life, about his friends and about the world.
it dawned on him that the desert might be a good place for doing what he
wanted to do. He went off and
spent some time in the desert wilderness.
stayed in the desert for 40 days and nights thinking and praying.
We remember Jesus’ time in the desert during Lent.
and first verse)
We would now like to share a poem with you. It is called ‘Time’ and it is
by Christy Kenneally.
Christy Kenneally (Second
would like to continue by placing objects in our Sacred Space as a reminder of
what we are to celebrate during the days of Lent.
As we journey during Lent, we place a candle in our Sacred Space. This candle
reminds us that we are called to live in the light of Christ, and that each of
us is called to shine as brightly as this candle.
we journey during Lent, we place the Bible in our Sacred Space. In its pages
are found the stories of those people whose examples we follow, and we hear
the stories of Jesus and his love for everyone he met.
As we journey during Lent, we place a bowl of holy water in our Sacred Space.
This water will remind us of our baptism, when we became children of God, and
brothers and sisters of Jesus.
we journey during Lent, we place a cross in our Sacred Space. The cross
reminds us of Jesus, who died for us. It reminds us that God sent his only son
into the world and that by his death on the cross he has become our Saviour.
we journey during Lent, we place a Trócaire box in our Sacred Space. The box
reminds us that Lent is a time when we make sacrifices that will benefit
others. By giving up sweets or fizzy drinks and placing that money in the Trócaire
box we will help children in the developing world to have a better life.
Lent, we will try harder to love God in all the things we do and in all the
choices we make.
Lent is a time
when we can be quiet and thoughtful. It
can be a time when we remember that we are connected to others and to God.
HYMN: “Connected” from Alive-O.
Pupil: During Lent we
can say sorry for the times when we have chosen not to be connected to those
who love us and have been distant from God.
Lent we decide to do something special or make a sacrifice to help us to feel
closer to God. We could go to Mass
everyday or keep our bedroom tidy or be kind to someone we know or say an
extra prayer each day.
Pupil: Our classes have made promises of what we are going
to try to do for Lent this year. Some of the girls from our classes will now
present their Lenten promises.
pupils present their promises and place them in the Sacred Space.)
As we receive ashes on our foreheads we remember that we are connected to
others and we remember that we are connected to God.
would now like to invite the teachers to receive ashes from Mr. Costello.
like Jesus during Lent”
receive ashes to distribute in their classrooms.)
us pray. God our Father, we thank
you for sharing your love with us. Help
us to show it during Lent with our families, our friends and all those who
help us in school. We ask this
through Christ our Lord Amen.