The Fall, Original Sin
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Goal of this Night
The goal of this Life Night is to explain the effects of the Fall of Adam and Eve and the doctrine of original sin. This Life Night will challenge the teens to recognize the effects of original sin on God’s intended plan for the world, and recognize the necessity of Christ in their redemption.
About this night
This Life Night is the second night of the Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Happiness curriculum, and continues where the first Life Night, “Life” left off — in the Garden of Eden. The night begins with an exciting announcement from the youth minister and a simple rule that ultimately gets broken. This transitions into a teaching about the Fall and original sin. During the Break teenagers will have an opportunity to discuss the effects of original sin and concupiscence within the world today. During the Send, the teenagers will renew their baptismal promises and be reminded that Christ has won the victory over sin and death, and that our hope is Him.
This week at Life Night we continued to discuss the creation narratives in the Book of Genesis, and picked up where we left off last week with Adam and Eve. This week we discussed the Fall; this is the moment when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God’s commands and chose themselves over God. It resulted in the first sin, which we call “original sin.” The effects of original sin were that humanity’s relationship with God was distorted, as were man and woman’s relationship with each other. The teens discussed the effects that this has on our world today, the most severe being the reality that everyone will one day die. We also learned that through Christ we have redemption and that in our baptism the stain of original sin was washed away, but the effects of sin (called concupiscence) still remain. We must strive to be holy in order to avoid sin, and live as God has called us to live.
Take some time to discuss this Life Night with your son or daughter. A couple of questions that you can use for discussion are:
- What are some of the effects of original sin that you see in our world? Are there things that we can do to bring Christ to those situations or people?
- Why is having a relationship with Christ important for our family? What can we do as a family to strengthen our relationship with Christ?
The environment for this night should be set up like a garden. Decorate the room with plants and flowers (real or fake). String Christmas lights around the room to give it a festive feeling. As teens enter have upbeat music playing and all of the Core Members very excited. In the front of the room on a small table have a red button. This button will be replaced by a basin of water for the Send portion of the Life Night.
Mass Announcement: Prior to the Life Night, the youth minister should make an announcement at the end of Mass that there is big news that is going to be shared at the Life Night that evening, inviting all teens to attend. Make this a big deal and go over the top about how life-changing this news is going to be for all of the teens.
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