LITURGICAL YEAR MODULE – ADVENT & CHRISTMAS
Year
Key Concepts
Learning Intentions (might be)
We are learning:
Success Criteria (could be)
We will:
1
Advent
Getting ready for the birth of Jesus


Christmas
The Birth of Jesus – the Christmas Story
· How Mary and Joseph prepared for Christmas and how we can prepare for Christmas today



· That Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus
· Talk about how Mary and Joseph prepared for the birth of Jesus
· Talk about how families can prepare for the birth of Jesus at home, at school and in the parish

· Act out the Christmas story
· Name the important characters in the Christmas story
2
Advent
A time of waiting and being with others


Christmas
The Christmas Crib
· How, in Advent, we wait like Mary for the birth of Jesus



· To tell the Christmas story through the crib
· Name what we are waiting for in Advent
· Compare what Mary did to wait for Jesus’ birth and what we can do.


· Relate the Christmas story using the crib figures
3
Advent
The Advent Wreath


Christmas
The meaning behind giving and receiving gifts
· The meaning of the Advent wreath



· That gift giving is part of Christmas because Jesus is God’s greatest gift us
· Identify and explain the meaning of the symbols in the Advent wreath


· Tell why people give gifts at Christmas
· Retell the story of St Nicholas
· Say why the Eucharist is an important way of celebrating Christmas
4
Advent
Preparing the way for the coming of Jesus

Christmas
The traditions of carol singing and Christmas trees
· Jesus’ whakapapa and preparing the way for his coming


· How Christmas carols and Christmas trees help us tell the story of Christmas
· Recall how John the Baptist prepared the way for the coming of Jesus
· Tell how we prepare for the coming of Jesus

· Choose a carol and explain how it tells the Christmas story
· Identify Christmas decorations that have a Christian meaning
5
Advent
The meaning of Advent and the Jesse Tree
Christmas
Making room for Christ at Christmas
· Church symbols of Advent and the Jesse Tree

· How to make room for Christ at Christmas (a holy day of obligation) at home and at Church
· Describe symbols in the church which show it is Advent
· Tell the story of a symbol on the Jesse Tree
· Tell 3 ways we make room for Christ at Christmas
6
Advent
The people of Advent who prepared for the Messiah

Christmas
Ways Christmas is celebrated in different cultures and the Christ Mass in all cultures
· About the people who hoped for the coming of the Messiah and how they prepared for his coming

· How people throughout the world celebrate Christmas and the importance of the Christ Mass
· Explain their poster of the images from Isaiah
· Identify Advent people in the Scriptures and what they tell us about Jesus

· Explain a Christmas custom from another culture and how it relates to the birth of Christ
· Explain why Christmas and the Christmas celebration of the Eucharist is significant
7
Advent
The message of Advent in symbols of Aotearoa New Zealand
Christmas
Feasts of the Christmas Season
· What Advent is about and seeing its meaning in symbols of Aotearoa New Zealand

· The meaning of four feastdays celebrated during the Christmas season: Christmas, the Holy Innocents, Mary Mother of God, Holy Family
· Explain ways Christians prepare to receive Christ more fully during Advent
· Explain symbols on their NZ Advent calendar and how they relate to Christ’s coming

· Explain the meaning of one of the feasts celebrated during the Christmas season
8
Advent
Preparing for Christ’s coming in history, now and at his Second Coming

Christmas
Feasts of the Christmas season
· How Advent prepares for Christ’s coming in history, now and at his Second Coming


· The meaning of three feastdays celebrated during the Christmas season: Christmas, Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord
· Identify the three aspects of Christ’s coming that people prepare for in Advent
· Name ways people can try to be more like Christ during Advent

· Explain what the feasts of the Christmas season reveal about Jesus