Today Thursday the 4th of February the Harinui Syndicate went for a Prayer Walk around Holy Cross Catholic School. We talked as we walked about the different types of places we could pray.
Mary in the grotto
the special tiles on the grotto path
The koru design helps us to meditate on God as we pray
Mrs B talks to us
We are looking and listening
The beautiful tree at the centre of the grotto area
We pray to Mary
We say the rosary
We sit quietly
We put our hands together
We say our morning prayer
Then we walked along the path to where we could see the koru shaped mural, and one of the Stations of the Cross. We talked about how we can walk from one station to the other reading about Jesus Easter story and praying to Him.
We talk about the types of prayers we are learning
We talk about places we can pray
We can pray under the trees by the garden
We can pray by the cross
A special cross by the office
Our grace we say before eating
Our monarch butterfly murals
Our ANZAC Day remembrance area
A ceramic cross outside Room 9
One of the Stations of the Cross
A mura with a cross and a toi toi design, because our school is in Papatoetoe
Because our Holy Cross Parish Church is being renovated services are now being held in the school hall. So we went for a walk to the hall.
Holy Cross Church
Walking into the hall
Carefully climbing the stairs
A statue of Jesus
The front of the Church
A icon of Mary
The seats ready for parishioners
A bowl of Holy water
We walked to the back of the hall and looked at the foyer decorations. Then we blessed ourselves with the Holy water. Next we walked quietly down the aisle to the front of the hall.
A stained glass plaque
Made from the windows in the old school hall
A photo of Father Mc Kean our first parish priest
Dipping a finger into the Holy Water
And making the sign of the cross
Walking down the aisle
When we got to the front of the hall we practised genuflecting and moving to a seat. We learned to kneel on one knee and make th esign of the cross.
I can genuflect
I listen carefully to Mrs B
I can do it!
Sitting still on the seat
Watching others genuflect
Trying my hardest
Using my right hand to bless myself
Being respectful and prayerful
We looked at the cross as we genuflected
We now know there are many places around our school where we can be prayerful and talk to God.