Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.
From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Almighty God, it is not always easy to have faith. Some people will not like us because we believe in you. So we ask you to give us the strength and courage to stand strong, knowing that you are with us, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
[Some bad men] turned the people and their leaders and the teachers of the Law of Moses against Stephen. Then they all grabbed Stephen and dragged him in front of the council. Some men agreed to tell lies about Stephen, and they said, “This man keeps on saying terrible things about this holy temple and the Law of Moses. We have heard him claim that Jesus from Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs that Moses gave us.” Then all the council members stared at Stephen. They saw that his face looked like the face of an angel. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: Have you ever had someone tell lies about you? How did it make you feel?
Child: Why do you think people tell a lie? Why is it important to always tell the truth?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
God of truth, we are called to speak the truth of your Word to others and to be faithful, as Stephen was faithful, in sharing the Good News of Jesus. Give us courage to speak of Christ with the wisdom of the Spirit. In his name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with his goodness and truth. Amen.