The Most Holy Trinity
Life Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this night is to introduce teens to the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. This night will explain the Church’s understanding of the Trinity that has been given to us through Divine Revelation. Finally, it will provide teens with an opportunity to pray and meditate on who God is and what He does in our personal lives as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
About this night
This Life Night begins with a game that will challenge partners to decipher the item inside a “mystery box” using teamwork. This image of “solving a mystery” will be expanded upon during the Proclaim. The teaching discusses the mystery of the Holy Trinity as a relationship to be experienced rather than a puzzle that needs to be solved. The Break allows teens to discuss the different Persons of the Trinity, and the Send is a time of prayer with each Person of the Trinity.
This week at Life Night we broke open the deepest mystery of the Christian faith: the Holy Trinity. It is important for every Christian to understand that we cannot know everything about the Trinity because we weren’t created to do so. At the same time, we can know who the persons of the Trinity are and what they individually do as God in our lives. All three are fully God, but are distinct persons just like you and your children are. The distinction is that these three persons are one individual being united in love. We discussed how we talk about the mystery of the Trinity by comparing it to what we can know. Such analogies give us vocabulary to speak about this wonderful truth of our faith.
- One of the most beautiful ways that the Trinity is revealed is in the model of the human family. How does the relationship between Jesus and His Father compare to the relationship between you and your children?
- How does an understanding of the Father help us to better understand fatherhood? How does Jesus’s obedience to the Father affect our understanding of being a “child of God,” as well as a child of our human parents? How do we see the effects of the Holy Spirit’s work among our daily interactions with the people in our family?
- How does our Baptism “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit” shape our relationship with each other, knowing that we each share the same adopted “sonship”?
- God is a community of three persons that make up one God, and God is love itself. How can we love one another better by modeling our lives after the relationship of perfect love between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
The theme for the night is about things that seem “impossible” or “mysteries.” Create a giant rubix cube using several cardboard boxes and put it at the front of the room. This can be created by finding 54 boxes roughly the same size and shape and building them into a cube. After all of the boxes have been glued together, paint the outside boxes different colors. To achieve a realistic effect, you will need to have six different paint colors. Paint nine boxes each color and using different sides (so it looks like an unsolved rubix cube). As teens enter, give them challenging word puzzles or Soduku sheets to solve while they wait for the Life Night to begin.
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