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Black History Month
by Jean Grant
Help your student celebrate Black History Month with this prayer service.
Preparation: Collect the following items to be brought to a central prayer table during prayer: globe, crucifix, any musical instrument, enlargement of face masks used to depict the arts (such as acting/drama), baseball and glove, tennis racket, music CD, piece of chain (real or plastic) about one foot long, toy railroad train, toy bus, baseball bat, golf club, and an “Olympic” medal. Bring each object forward to the prayer table when the text related to the item is read. Three readers should also be chosen.


Bring up globe and crucifix.

Leader: Today in honor of Black History Month we join together in appreciation for the Black individuals in our Church and world who have had a positive impact on our lives. Their talents have been varied and inspiring. Whether we recognize St. Augustine, a Doctor of the Church; three African popes; or numerous Black bishops and priests, we see God working in our lives through their unique ethnic experience. St. Josephine Bakhita, St. Martin de Porres of Peru, and Sts. Perpetua and Felicity showed supreme kindness, charity, and love. May their example guide us each day.
   
All: Thank you, Lord, for those who have been willing to share their gifts and love with us.

Bring up the bus, railroad train, and chain.

Reader 1: Dear Jesus, Black individuals have endured much at the hands of others. Once bought and sold as slaves (chain), they yearned for freedom and escaped through the efforts of people like Harriet Tubman and others on the Underground Railroad (train). They began the Civil Rights movement with the magnificent speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and brave people like Rosa Parks, who began a revolution from the seat of a bus (bus).

All: Thank you, Lord, for those who have been willing to share their gifts and love with us.

Bring up musical instrument, drama face masks, and music CD.

Reader 2: Dear Jesus, we have been uplifted by the musical talents of Black people around the world! Whether their voices come from an African village, Gospel music in a church, or some of the most loved music from artists and actors in the entertainment industry, we have been moved.

All: Thank you, Lord, for those who have been willing to share their gifts and love with us.

Bring up the baseball and glove, Olympic medal, tennis racket, golf club, and baseball bat. Lean the racket, bat, and club against the table.

Reader 3: Dear Jesus, amazing feats have been accomplished on every level by Black athletes. They have used their gifts to soar higher, bat stronger, be swift of foot, win matches, and excel no matter what the contest. They have represented their countries at world events like the Olympics just as Jesse Owens competed and triumphed before the hatred of German rulers. 

Leader: Throughout history, we have witnessed the power of God and His love for all people, no matter their color, shape, or size. Help us to focus on the unique talents and gifts of our fellow people, and open our hearts to learn from each other and to build a world of peace.

All: Thank you, Lord, for those who have been willing to share their gifts and love with us.

Close with all praying the Glory Be aloud.


Jean Grant teaches at St. Charles Borromeo School, St. Charles, MO.


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