Sign & Symbol, Word & Song
From lighting the Advent wreath to singing around a birthday cake, children delight in ritual. Ritual touches upon mystery, and, as author Amy Florian explains, it "defines and expresses who we are, what we believe, to whom we belong, and our relationship with others." For catechists and teachers desiring to create meaningful ritual for children, Sign & Symbol, Word & Song makes it easy. The first half of the book teaches the basics, defining ritual and exploring its purpose, shape, and components, including ideas for connecting classroom rituals to the catechumenal process and the liturgical year. The second half of the book contains sample rituals ready to use as they stand, or perfect for adapting to fit individual circumstances. Whether a seasoned master teacher or a first-year volunteer, Sign & Symbol, Word & Song will bring catechists and teachers the help needed for preparing and celebrating meaningful rituals—connecting children to their Catholic identity, and immersing them in the symbols, gestures, and meaning of ritual life.