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Sing a New Song!

Through the waters of Baptism we have new life in Christ. How are you called to live this new life today?

Is there any day of the year when Christians have more cause to sing than on Easter? Make your own contribution to the great resurrection feast by composing the words to your own song.

Note: You may want to compose both words and music. Or, you may want to set your words to a familiar melody.

Sample: Dawn Has Come (to the tune of "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore")

Dawn has come and Jesus lives, alleluia!

Jesus conquers sin and death, alleluia!

Dawn has come and Jesus lives, alleluia!

We walk with him and serve him well, alleluia!

Share your joy and your music with someone this week!

Caring for Easter Flowers

Flowers are visible signs of the church's rejoicing on this feast of new life. Draw four large flowers on a separate piece of paper. On their "faces," decoratively print the names of four people for whom you will show special care during the Easter season. Below each flower, write one way you will reflect God's love to this person.

Friend: share my favorite tape, CD, book, or video with him or her

Grandparent: call, visit, or e-mail to express my love

Parish minister: show appreciation and offer to help him or her

Someone hospitalized or home-bound: make paper flowers or a flowery card with a promise of prayers and visits

This Is the Day!

This is the day that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad! Point out that these words are the responsorial psalm on Easter. Explain to the children that today is the day we have been preparing for all during Lent. Today we celebrate that Jesus is risen from the dead!

Sing together an Easter Alleluia song. Invite the children to write their own Easter song and to share it with the group.

A Resurrection Play

Invite the children to participate in the Easter story by dramatizing what happened on that Sunday morning. Distribute copies of the Resurrection Play. Choose children to read the different parts.

Have the children decorate the border of the play by drawing Easter symbols (flowers, butterfly).

A Resurrection Play (John 20:1?9)

Narrator: Jesus had died on the cross, and all his friends were sad. Now it was early Sunday morning. It was still dark. Mary Magdalene came to the tomb of Jesus.

Mary Magdalene: Something looks funny here! The stone is rolled away from the tomb! I had better tell Simon Peter right away!

Narrator: Mary ran and went to Simon Peter. He was with the other disciple, John, the one whom Jesus loved. Mary said,

Mary Magdalene: "They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don?t know where they put him." (John 20:2)

Narrator: Peter and John were horrified! Who could have done such a thing?

John: We ran to the tomb as fast as we could. I ran the fastest, so I got there first. I bent down, looked in the tomb, and saw the burial cloths, but I did not go in. I waited for Simon Peter.

Peter: As soon as I arrived, I went in. I saw the burial cloths there. The cloth that had covered Jesus' head was rolled up in a different place.

John: Then I went in. And I saw, and believed. Jesus was truly risen from the dead!

All: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! Christ is risen as he said! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

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