How can you accomplish a setting in the room that you will teach that will let your students know there is something different, something entirely unique about what they are about to experience? That what they will learn in your classroom will affect their lives in a deeper way than they experience in the rest of their life. The first part of preparation is the setting of the room. The room should be a place set apart. This can be difficult to accomplish in some instances.
A sacred space is an area in your classroom that is set apart. Usually a small table or area on a table in a central spot of the room is ued. The objects in a sacred space are sacramentals. In most cases you will have at least a Bible and a crucifix in your sacred space. Sacred spaces are about putting people in touch with Jesus through their senses. The Catholic Church is filled with ways in which we lift our minds and hearts to God through out senses.
Teach from your sacred space! Add items to your sacred space based on what you will be teaching for the day and point to your sacred space during your teaching. Read the Word of God out of the Bible on your sacred space. Be creative! If you have good ideas for sacred spaces, please add them to our catechetical archives. If you need help, post your question in our content and method section.
1. White - (alternatives: gold, silver)
2. Green - For ordinary time
3. Red - For the Holy Spirit or Martyr or Triumph of the Cross (Good Friday)
4. Purple - Lent and Advent. Some people have asked if it is okay to use blue during some days in advent. Blue is not a liturgical color. It is wrong to use it in the US.
5. The crucifix must be the largest most prominent piece on your sacred space.
It is against liturgical regulations to have state, federal, or other government flags in the sanctuary in a church.