Dramatised Epiphany gospel reading. Journey of the Magi dramatized reading. Hymns Arise and shine, your light has come text As with gladness men of old Bethlehem of noblest cities Brightest and best of the sons of the morning Christ be our light text ; performance From a distant home text ; performance In the bleak midwinter O splendour of God's glory bright O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness Shine, Jesus, shine!
The first nowell Thou whom shepherds worshipped We three kings of orient are What child is this. The Epiphany tradition of blessing houses for the new year is a practice that can be effectively adapted for schools. Three children dress up as the three kings carrying their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh; or even just wearing crowns and carry a star on a stick from classroom to classroom.
In each room, a brief excerpt from the gospel story could be read, a sweet distributed to each child as a symbol of the gifts, and the room or rather the people who will occupy the room in the coming year is blessed by chalking the blessing over the door. A reader reads from the gospel of Matthew use the symbolism of reading from the Bible book instead of from a sheet of paper :.
After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of King Herod, some wise men came from the east. Then the chaplain or one of the kings takes chalk and marks up the blessing on the door of the classroom. If it is difficult to do this on the paint of the door it is an idea to use a strip of black sugar paper attached to the top of the door or above it.
The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, followed the star to where Jesus was born two thousand and nineteen years ago. They did him homage and offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. May Christ bless this classroom and all those who teach and learn in it this year. May it be a place of joy and peace. Then the chaplain blesses the classroom and the people in it by sprinkling holy water. And the procession of kings departs for the next room.
Don't forget to include the staff room and offices too! The word Magi means a well-educated or learned person and is often translated as ' wise ' because these people were scholars who used their wisdom to good effect. They are curious about the prophecies they have studied and curious about the new star which they follow with intent to Bethlehem. Their wisdom tells them not to report back to Herod and so they return to their country by a different route.
They bring generous gifts with them of gold, frankincense and myrrh and, filled with faith , they see in the newborn baby hope for the future of the world. More on the Jesuit Pupil Profile. Three Kings image vectorportal.
A large collection of Epiphany images Vrijeschool. The Adoration of the Magi Andrea Mantegna c. Caspar holds a fine Chinese porcelein bowl. He has removed the lid to show that it is filled with gold coins.
He wears a gold ring on his thumb studded with rubies. Notice the fingers of Jesus' right hand, counting his two natures: human and divine. This is God and man. And they point away into the darkness at the back of the picture.
The focus and centre of the painting is the gift of myrrh. The baby's attention is drawn to this gift. What is the look on Christ's face? Melchior gazes into the distance past us, the observers. What does he see? What does the future hold for this child? The direction of Mary's stare is the same as Jesus' stare towards the myrrh.
Balthasar looks towards Mary. And Joseph has one eye on Balthasar completing the way in which each person in the painting is preoccupied. A very high resolution of this image which allows you to zoom in on minute detail is available on the Getty Museum website. This picture is full of movement.
The three kings are rushing into the frame and towards the empty space on the right. Only the star brings them to a halt and sits serenly in the painting. James Christensen. Three Kings template. Wise Men colouring page. The Wise Men 0m 52s. The Wise Men 1m 45s. Suitable for secondary pupils. How to Understand the Three Wise Men 3m 20s. A cold coming we had of it. Just the worst time of year For a journey and what a long journey, The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter.
Full text and recording: Poetry Archive Dramatized setting of the poem for use in liturgy or assembly. Now as at all times I can see in the mind's eye, In their stiff, painted clothes, the pale unsatisfied ones Appear and disappear in the blue depth of the sky With all their ancient faces like rain-beaten stones, And all their helms of silver hovering side by side, And all their eyes still fixed, hoping to find once more, Being by Calvary's turbulence unsatisfied, The uncontrollable mystery on the bestial floor.
Step softly, under snow or rain, To find the place where men can pray; The way is all so very plain That we may lose the way. Oh, we have learnt to peer and pore On tortured puzzles from our youth, We know all labyrinthine lore, We are the three wise men of yore, And we know all things but the truth. We have gone round and round the hill And lost the wood among the trees, And learnt long names for every ill, And served the mad gods, naming still The furies the Eumenides.
The gods of violence took the veil Of vision and philosophy, The Serpent that brought all men bale, He bites his own accursed tail, And calls himself Eternity. Go humbly… it has hailed and snowed… With voices low and lanterns lit; So very simple is the road, That we may stray from it.
The world grows terrible and white, And blinding white the breaking day; We walk bewildered in the light, For something is too large for sight, And something much too plain to say.
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The Child that was ere worlds begun …We need but walk a little way, We need but see a latch undone… The Child that played with moon and sun Is playing with a little hay. The house from which the heavens are fed, The old strange house that is our own, Where trick of words are never said, And Mercy is as plain as bread, And Honour is as hard as stone. Go humbly, humble are the skies, And low and large and fierce the Star; So very near the Manger lies That we may travel far. Laughter like a lion wakes To roar to the resounding plain. And the whole heaven shouts and shakes, For God Himself is born again, And we are little children walking Through the snow and rain.
Three Kings came riding from far away, Melchior and Gaspar and Baltasar; Three Wise Men out of the East were they, And they travelled by night and they slept by day, For their guide was a beautiful, wonderful star. The star was so beautiful, large and clear, That all the other stars of the sky Became a white mist in the atmosphere, And by this they knew that the coming was near Of the Prince foretold in the prophecy.
Three caskets they bore on their saddle-bows, Three caskets of gold with golden keys; Their robes were of crimson silk with rows Of bells and pomegranates and furbelows, Their turbans like blossoming almond-trees. And so the Three Kings rode into the West, Through the dusk of the night, over hill and dell, And sometimes they nodded with beard on breast, And sometimes talked, as they paused to rest, With the people they met at some wayside well. And when they came to Jerusalem, Herod the Great, who had heard this thing, Sent for the Wise Men and questioned them; And said, "Go down unto Bethlehem, And bring me tidings of this new king.
And the Three Kings rode through the gate and the guard, Through the silent street, till their horses turned And neighed as they entered the great inn-yard; But the windows were closed, and the doors were barred, And only a light in the stable burned. And cradled there in the scented hay, In the air made sweet by the breath of kine, The little child in the manger lay, The child, that would be king one day Of a kingdom not human, but divine.
His mother Mary of Nazareth Sat watching beside his place of rest, Watching the even flow of his breath, For the joy of life and the terror of death Were mingled together in her breast. They laid their offerings at his feet: The gold was their tribute to a King, The frankincense, with its odor sweet, Was for the Priest, the Paraclete, The myrrh for the body's burying. And the mother wondered and bowed her head, And sat as still as a statue of stone, Her heart was troubled yet comforted, Remembering what the Angel had said Of an endless reign and of David's throne.
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Then the Kings rode out of the city gate, With a clatter of hoofs in proud array; But they went not back to Herod the Great, For they knew his malice and feared his hate, And returned to their homes by another way. Epiphany Michael Guit e link to poet's blog and text. They did not know his name but still they sought him, They came from otherwhere but still they found; In temples they found those who sold and bought him, But in the filthy stable, hallowed ground. Their courage gives our questing hearts a voice To seek, to find, to worship, to rejoice.
What must this child be to bring kings from distant lands with costly incense and gold? What would the mother do with the gifts? What would become of the child? You can purchase stage prop gold nuggets from Props4Shows. Myrrh is an expensive type of incense and can be bought online as a gum resin or as the liquid extract known as an 'essential oil'.
Downloadable poster. As with all the great feasts of the Church's year, folk customs have grown up around the celebration of Christmas and the Epiphany. These domestic devotions make what is being celebrated more understandable and memorable, especially for children.
After a service at the churches, the children go from house to house to gather offerings for poor children in poor countries. They are dressed as the three kings and carry sticks with stars on the top. At the homes they sing songs and recite messages of Christmas.
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