In the seasonal lesson for Lent in Christ Our Life, Grade 6, young people discuss the meaning of the Sign of the Cross traced on our forehead on Ash Wednesday. Lead a discussion with your class. Say: On Ash Wednesday, after we have received the blessed ashes on our forehead, we think about God’s mercy and love for us. Why do you think the priest traces the Sign of the Cross with the ashes? (It reminds us that God sent us his Son to be our Savior. It reminds us that we are saved through Jesus’ Death on the Cross.)
We also thank Jesus for his love and tell him how much we love him. We remember that he rose from the dead to a new life and that someday we will live with him forever in heaven.
Distribute paper crosses to the students. Invite them to write a prayer on their cross, asking for God’s love and mercy in their lives.
Conclude in prayer. Have the students place their paper crosses in a basket in front of a cross or crucifix that you have displayed in the prayer center. As they do this, play reflective music or a song of repentance. Conclude by praying together an Act of Contrition.