Teaching preschoolers about the revised Roman Missal is not easy, to say the least. Lots of grownups will be confused! But I’m giving it a try … and incorporating a little teaching across the curriculum in the process.
During our first lesson we practiced saying “and with your spirit.” We had fun and the kids did catch on! During Lesson #2, we learned how the Holy (or Hosanna) Song would change.
First, I told the kids the Holy Song would change in one place. I sang it to them to help them remember what it is. This is one of my students’ favorites to sing at church. They sang along with me as I pointed to the words of our current version on the smart board. I had written the words to the new version there too.
When we finished singing, I asked them to look at the 1st lines of both versions. I asked them if they could tell a difference.
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Zack said, one is shorter! Together we counted the words in the first lines. Yes, we confirmed, the new one was shorter. Then we counted the letters in the first lines. It was shorter that way, too! We said and sang the new version several times.
Religion class: check. Math class: check. What a great (double) lesson!