Liturgy Boxes: The Lord's Prayer in Symbols
I decided to find some objects to represent different things in the Lord's Prayer. I chose a purple cloth to put them on, because purple symbolises the kingship of Christ. I chose a circular shape because it symbolises God's eternal love. I put a card with the Lord's Prayer on in the middle, and arranged the objects around it.
Each line of the prayer has an object to explain it. You can 'read' it clockwise from the top.
Our Father who art in heaven:
an angel candle
Hallowed be Thy name:
a napkin ringthat looks like a halo
Thy Kingdom come:
Thy will be done:
a handrepresenting the hand of God
On earth: a ball in the shape of the
As it is in heaven:
a glittery boxto show the mystery of heaven
Give us this day our daily bread: a plastic
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us:
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil:
a snaketo represent Satan
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory:
a candleto represent the kingdom of light;
a chaliceto represent the power of Christ's blood shed for us;
a decorated Easter eggto represent the glorious transformation of the resurrection and new life
For ever and ever, Amen:
a circular braceletsurrounding a box with
I placed a bracelet which tells the story of Christ's life using beads beside the prayer, to show how the Lord's Prayer fits into Jesus' life when he was on earth.
After I had done this I thought it might be interesting to try and depict the Lord's Prayer with ordinary household objects. That way it could be used by someone who didn't have lots of religious symbols at home. Also, it might help to relate it to everyday life. This is a lot more difficult, and I am still working on it!
Mahoney (age 12)
You may also like to look at: The Lord's prayer: an activity for All Age worship.