Cleaning my Temple
Cleaning my temple
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese
For young people to realize that their body is a temple where Christ lives. They need to continually clean it, so God can shine through them in all they do.
JOY (3rd to 6th grade)
Christ, my Lord, the Giver of light and wisdom, who opened the eyes of the blind man and transformed the fishermen into teachers of the gospel through the coming of the Holy Spirit, shine also in my mind the light of the grace of the Holy Spirit. Help us to understand your lessons and make them a part of our lives for to You I give honor and glory. Amen.
Activity – Building a House for Jesus
Tell story (best if told not read and if you can get a copy of Da Vinci’s Last Supper for a visual)
Leonardo Da Vinci, the famous artist, was asked to paint the Last Supper, a picture of Jesus and His Twelve Apostles during the Last Supper. Now, since it is a painting and not an icon, Da Vinci used people to pose for the different people in the picture. After 4 years, Da Vinci was asked if he had finished the picture. “No, I didn’t even start,” he said. “I can’t find a model to paint Christ’s Face.”
“Go through all Italy,” said the Pope’s representative, “and take anyone you think is fit for the model of Christ’s face.” Going from place to place; the artist found in a little village and interesting man. His face, his humility, his kindness impressed Da Vinci. He asked him to pose. In a few weeks, he painted Christ’s Face and then the eleven Apostles.
After another four years, the artist was asked again if the picture was ready. “No,” said he, “because this time I am having difficulty in finding a model to make Judas’ face.” “Take this open letter,” said the Pope’s representative. “It is a command to all to let you pick any one you would like for a model.” The artist went through all the jails. He also went to the prisons of Venice where he saw all types of criminals. One of them, the wildest and meanest, drew his attention. “Come,” Da Vinci told him. “You will be freed. You will have a good salary. All you have to do is sit in from of me for a few weeks.”
Gladly the ugly criminal accepted the offer. The artist started his work. One day, however, the criminal said: “Mr. Da Vinci, you can’t do anything without me. Even when you wanted to paint Christ, you took me as a model, and now that you wish to paint Judas, again you took me as a model.” (taken from Lovely Little Stories for People of All Ages – Polizoidos)
Closing Prayer (if you know the tune teach children to sing it)
Create in me a clean heart O Lord and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence my Lord and keep your Holy Spirit with me. Create in me a clean heart O Lord and renew a right spirit within me.