The Bridegroom Says Come
Life Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this Life Night is to introduce the vocation of consecrated life as a person giving up earthly marriage for marriage with God. It will connect this special relationship with the ability to hear God’s voice, and challenge teens to learn from aspects of the consecrated life, especially in the realm of prayer.
About this night
This night should emphasize that when a person discerns entering religious life he or she is not “giving up” marriage. Instead, they are anticipating the elevation of marriage beyond the world, towards its ultimate fulfillment. It is to live, here on earth, in anticipation of our final goal – heaven.
The Life Night begins with a unique drawing challenge between two teens. After, the teaching for night will help the teens understand the vocation of the consecrated life and how those in this state bless the Church. After a time in small groups, the night will close in prayer praying a litany for vocations.
This week at Life Night we discussed the vocation of consecrated life. A person who has this vocation professes vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, and sometimes lives in community with other people who have professed those same vows. There are many different “orders” of consecrated life, and each one has a different “charism” or special calling. Some are simply orders of prayer; these men and women withdraw from the world and seek an intimate relationship with God through daily prayer. Others orders lead lives of service and prayer with hospitals, schools, and parishes.
This vocation may seem the most foreign to us – why would someone give up marriage to live with a bunch of other unmarried people and pray? The reality is that these people are not giving something up, but they are choosing to live their entire lives for Christ and are marrying Him. Through a deeper relationship with Jesus, they are open to the way the Holy Spirit is moving in their lives, and can give us a great example as we seek that relationship as well.
Some questions to discuss with your teen after the night are:
- What did you learn about consecrated life tonight? Why do you think it is important to the Church?
- What can we do as a community to develop a routine of prayer?
Turn a corner of your main meeting space into a chapel and another part of the space into a prayer corner in a teen’s room at their home. Items for the prayer corner are a kneeler, crucifix, small altar, candle, and picture of Mary on it. Around the prayer corner have common items found in a teen’s room – things like laundry, homework, a video game system, pictures of friends, etc.
Each area will be used to represent a quiet place for a teenager to talk with God. At the end of the Proclaim these two areas will be referenced and teens will be challenged to begin a routine of prayer in imitation of the routine of prayer of a person that lives the vocation of consecrated life.
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