Christopher Walker, Paule Freeburg, DC, Jean Germano
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The Way of the Cross for Children -
by Christopher Walker, Paule Freeburg, DC, Jean Germano
Based on Scripture, this resource offers responses, Bible readings, reflections, artwork and songs for each of the 14 stations, all in a format that's easy for children to follow.
Known for their popular Stories and Songs of Jesus series, Christopher and Sister Paule have collaborated once again to create The Way of the Cross for Children. Based on Scripture, this resource offers responses, Bible readings, reflections, artwork and songs for each of the 14 stations, all in a format that's easy for children to follow.
Children may be involved not only in the singing but also in the Scripture readings, with a teacher or catechist leading the reflections. An optional "Resurrection" station is provided, which may be performed with the other stations or done on its own after Easter.
All the prayers and song texts are delightful, original works by master poet Sister Paule. The music, composed by Christopher Walker, includes guitar and keyboard accompaniment parts, available in the Leader's Guide. The CD can serve as a helpful learning tool or for background accompaniment.
The Children's Book features spectacular, full-color artwork for each station, giving you the flexibility of leading the devotion in the classroom, at home or in church. Laminated posters (16" x 17") featuring each of the 14 stations (and one displaying all 14) can be placed around the classroom. The posters can also serve as placards to be held by children during the Stations of the Cross.
Designed for children in grades K–8, this complete, one-of-a-kind resource gives you everything you need to lead children in this devotion.
List of Songs:
The Way of the Cross
Opening Song: Love Each Other - 2:00
I Am Your Friend - 1:11
Jesus, I Will Stay with You - 1:16
Jesus Lives! - 1:09
If You Would Be My Disciples - 1:03
The 1rst Station
The 2nd Station
The 3rd Station
The 4th Station
The 5th Station
The 6th Station
The 7th Station
The 8th Station
The 9th Station
The 10th Station
The 11th Station
The 12th Station
The 13th Station
The 14th Station
Jesus, I Believe in You - 1:22
Jesus Has Given His Life - 0:53
Jesus, You are Truly the Savior of the World - 0:44
O God, Nothing Can Take Us from Your Love - 1:38
By Your Cross, You have Saved Us - 0:27
Song for Veneration of the Cross -
Jesus, Forgive Us - 1:11
The man who penned “Celtic Alleluia” and “The Lord Is My Light” is one of the Church’s most prolific and versatile composers. From Latin hymns for papal Masses to collections for children, his music touches the heart of every generation. Bio:
An internationally known lecturer and choral conductor, Christopher Walker is also one of the Church’s most prolific and versatile composers. Born and educated in England, he earned his degree in music from Bristol University. He served as director of music at Clifton Cathedral in Bristol and the Clifton Diocese. He has appeared on BBC TV and radio and his music is frequently played on BBC.
His extensive oeuvre includes such well-known works as the “Celtic Alleluia,” from the iconic Celtic Mass, “The Lord Is My Light” and “Laudate, Laudate Dominum,” which was sung at the Papal Mass during Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, DC, in 2015. Recently composed Mass settings include Belmont Mass and Mass of St. Paul the Apostle. The collection Love Beyond Knowledge includes powerful hymns and the striking Gaelic Mass setting. Christopher has also published many collections for children in collaboration with Daughter of Charity Sister Paule Freeburg, including Stories and Songs of Jesus (Many More Stories and Songs of Jesus was released in 2015).
Christopher’s inspiration for composing music is the hope that it sparks faith in people and encourages them to carry on. He was named the NPM Pastoral Musician of the Year in 2012. His wide-ranging experience makes him a versatile presenter for the parish and school events. His talks and workshops focus on liturgy, music and children’s worship.
Christopher resides in Santa Monica, California, and directs music at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Los Angeles, where he has served since 2000.
Paule Freeburg, DC:
A long-time collaborator with composer Christopher Walker, Sister Paule has written song and prayer texts for many well-known collections of children’s music. She also presents workshops on children and spirituality. Bio:
Sister Paule Freeburg has an extensive background in religious education for both children and adults. Though not raised Catholic, she became one during her undergraduate years. A few years later, she took her faith one step further by becoming a nun, joining the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. She was inspired while watching a community of sisters in Santa Barbara works with developmentally disabled children. "I saw in them profound respect for the dignity of human beings," she said. She took her vows in 1971 and then went to Gonzaga University to earn a master’s in theology.
A long-time collaborator with composer Christopher Walker, Sister Paule has written song and prayer texts for many well-known collections of children’s music, including Stories and Songs of Jesus, More Stories and Songs of Jesus, Many More Stories and Songs of Jesus and The Way of the Cross for Children. She also wrote the texts for Morning and Evening and, more recently, We Shall Praise Your Name, both of which are based on the Liturgy of the Hours.
In addition to her text writing and her work at the school, Sister Paule presents workshops on children and spirituality.
Currently, Sister Paule is the religion consultant for the Diocese of San Jose, California. She also works in development and public relations at a school for economically disadvantaged children. She lives with her community in Mountain View, just north of San Jose.