The lesson below, taken from The Religion Teacher’s New Roman Missal Student Activity Pack, addresses one of the most striking changes to the new Roman Missal: And with your spirit. The Church community responds to the bishop, priest, or deacon with these words at multiple times during the Mass. What does it mean? How is the spirit different from the body and the soul?
- Students will be able to differentiate between body, soul, and spirit.
- Comparison Chart
1. Bell Work: Have students complete the Greeting, Preface Dialogue, Sign of Peace, and Concluding Rites worksheet from The Religion Teacher’s New Roman Missal Student Activity Pack.
2. Individual Activity: Have the students fill out a Venn Diagram to show the similarities and differences between the body and the soul based on what they already know. Review their work and have them add to the diagram based on the class discussion and video that follows.
3. Class Discussion: Discuss the following questions to get an idea of what students already know about the body, soul, and spirit:
- How are the body and the soul different?
- What happens to the body and soul after we die? (The soul experiences a particular judgment leading one to purgatory, heaven, or hell. At the Last Judgment, the body and soul will be reunited.)
- When does the Bible mention “spirit”? (Creation in Genesis, Prophetic books, Jesus Baptism, Last Supper, Pentecost, Paul’s letters)
- How is our spirit different from our soul?
4. Video Presentation: Watch the video, The Meaning of “And With Your Spirit” in the New Roman Missal. Have the students complete the Video Graphic Organizer: And With Your Spirit.
5. Journal Writing: If our spirit orients us toward good and toward God, how does the spirit affect the way we act? Have the students journal about times when they acted in such a way that they were led to God.
6. Assessment: Give students the Body Soul and Spirit Comparison Chart from The Religion Teacher’s New Roman Missal Student Activity Pack. Have the students complete it and return it to you for feedback and corrections. (Teachers: here is the answer key with suggested responses.)