This year's concerts will open with this beautiful piece, and so we have prepared some resources with the song's theme in mind. You can view and listen to a live performance of the song here to set the scene.
Perhaps at times, we may all consider that prayer takes only one form - petition! Asking God for His help on something. This song offers us an alternative, more rounded view of prayer.
Yes the composer asks 'Help me, Lord, if I stumble' but as the title suggests it's a joyful, worship piece: 'Sing your praise and shout, "Almighty!"....' What an energising and positive way to engage in prayer.
This PowerPoint: Christian Prayer provides some background on a variety of forms of Christian Prayer, etc, with a student task to conclude. For this closing task, why not offer a prayer of thanks and praise!
Have a listen to this beautiful children's choir as they sing Nowell, Nowell
This PowerPoint resource presents a variety of topics: the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25, it also references another prayer dedicated to Our Lady; the Hail Mary and finally, recalls the Nativity story; the figures who feature therein, etc: Annunciation Lesson PowerPoint
View the text of the Hail Holy Queen Prayer and learn a little about it's origins here. The inclusion of this hymn in the Emmanuel 2017 Repertoire also offers us an opportunity to explore/revisit the Rosary as a form of prayer to honour Mary, Our Mother: Education Dublin Diocese: Rosary Resources & TES Rosary Blendspace
Above All: Listen here. This song is particularly relevant during Holy Week, but could be incorporated into many contexts of Lenten reflection.
See the Lent Resources on our website for ideas.
The lyrics and meditative quality of this piece (in particular with the chorus) serve as an opportunity for prayerful reflection with students, and you could conclude with this litany (below); taken from the following retreat resource: AIM Summer 2015
Further explorations of this hymn could include an invitation to students to recall their experience of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Perhaps they could bring in some photographs and share what they can remember about that day. This Sacramental event marks the beginning of a young person's independent choice to make a life-long commitment to live the faith. The journey is not always easy, but we can invite God to help and support us along the way: Send Us Your Spirit, O Lord...
These resources can also help to further explore the Holy Spirit, as part of the Trinity: Holy Spirit Resources.
The title of this song holds a lot of meaning in three brief words. But what do we mean by 'abide'? This PowerPoint: Abide with Me - Some Background Information invites us to examine the title more closely. Songwriter, Matt Maher explains the story behind Abide With Me in this YouTube clip
Also in tune with this title, Dermot Mansfield SJ shares this article: Abide With Me
Have a listen to the song with your class here: Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled
Haas' chorus lyrics are contextualised in this Pentecost PowerPoint; (Gospel of John 14:1 - 3).
This resource: Ten Thoughts to Live By offers some advice as to how we too can avoid carrying troubled hearts.
'Have faith in God and faith in me...' Pope Francis reflects on the Gospel (Sunday, Feb 26): Let God Take Care of Tomorrow
Lectio Divina Exercise
Psalm 72: Justice Shall Flourish (Craig & Kristen Colson)
Psalm 145: My Soul Give Praise to the Lord (Ciaran Coll) *You can listen to Ciaran Coll's My Soul Give Praise here
Psalm (Ps) 95:1-5; Ps 104:24; Ps 145:1-7; Ps 147:4 & Job 38 Indescribable (Performed by Chris Tomlin) You can view the story behind Indescribable (lyrics by Laura Story) here.
Lectio Divina would be a lovely way to reflect on the Psalms that have inspired each of these songs.
Any of these links could be used to introduce your students to this form of prayer: