Introductory tune.

A group of four children [sitting] are studying and another group of four enter and approach them [standing].

1st standing – What are you doing?
1st sitting – Learning our Catechism.
1st standing – What lesson are you learning about?
1st sitting – Our teacher gave us an assignment to read about the Virtues.
2nd standing – What are virtues?
2nd sitting – According to the Catechism, a Virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do good.
3rd sitting – It allows a person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself.
4th sitting – The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers …
1st sitting – … And he pursues the good and chooses it in his actions.
3rd standing – So what are the virtues we have?
1st sitting – We have four moral virtues and three Theological virtues.
2nd sitting – The moral virtues grow through education, deliberate acts, and perseverance in struggle. And they are: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.
3rd sitting – The Theological virtues have God for their origin, their motive, and their object. And they are: faith, hope and charity.
4th Standing – What does each of these virtues mean?
4th sitting – Prudence helps us to recognize, in every circumstance, our true good and to choose the right means for achieving it.
1st sitting – Justice is the firm and constant will to give God and neighbor their due.
2nd sitting – Fortitude ensures steadfastness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good.
3rd sitting – Temperance moderates the attraction of the pleasures of the senses and provides balance in the use of created goods.
4th sitting – By faith, we believe in God and believe all that he has revealed to us and that which the Holy Church proposes for our belief.
1st sitting – By hope we desire, and with steadfast trust await from God, eternal life and the graces to merit it.
2nd sitting – By charity, we love God above all things and our neighbor as ourselves for love of God.
1st standing – Can we practice one Theological virtue without the other?
3rd sitting – No we cannot. According to 1 Corinthians chapter 13, verses 1-4 one act without the other is dead.
4th sitting – Charity is the form of all the virtues, and it “binds everything together in perfect harmony”.
2nd standing – These Virtues are good but I don’t see many people practicing them.
1st sitting – God is the source of all good, and He moves us to be virtuous.
3rd standing – A lot of people are not practicing these virtues, does that mean God does not move them to?
3rd sitting – All I know is, like the prodigal son in the Bible many people have cut off from God their Father to live in accordance with their own ideas and to indulge in the desires of the flesh.
4th sitting – But if like the prodigal son, they become sensible and realize their mistakes, they will return to God their Father and He will embrace them again and enrich them again with these virtues.
4th standing – What is wrong with making up your own idea?
1st sitting – If it does not have God as its source, it will not appear right to those who have the Spirit of God awake in them.
1st standing – What is wrong with satisfying the desires of the flesh?
2nd Sitting – If it does not have the virtue of temperance, then it will not appear right to those who have the Spirit of God awake in them.
3rd sitting – In other words, whatever actions we decide on, we must search in our hearts if they are acceptable to God, the source of all good.
3rd standing – You keep saying the Spirit of God; what about Him?
4th sitting – He is the Holy Spirit Jesus promised that God would send to teach the apostles everything, in John chapter 14, verse 26.
1st sitting – And indeed, God sent the Holy Spirit upon the apostles on Pentecost day and empowered them to come out and witness about Jesus Christ to everyone everywhere.
2nd sitting – Today, the Holy Spirit comes to all who embrace God and teaches them God’s truth, His way and His love.
3rd sitting – And also gives them understanding of what Jesus had taught when He came to live in this world.
2nd standing – This is all so deep. Tell us more.

Song performance –

1stverse – sung by those sitting, and they stand up as they sing. First 2 sitting sing the first four lines. The other 2 sitting sing the 5th and 6thlines while all four sing the 7th and 8th lines in harmony.
Chorus – all [sitting and standing] singing the chorus in harmony.
2ndverse – the 4 who were sitting sing the first 4 lines while the 4 standing all the while sing the last 4 lines.
Chorus – the 8 major cast and a background choir sing the chorus to end.
After the song, one of those standing asks those formally sitting –

1st standing – Wow! So have you learnt everything about the virtues as you were assigned to?
1st sitting – I guess we have learnt much and I think we will do well in class.
1st standing – Then let’s go play a little.
All – Yeah!

And they bounce out.
1.      The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost,
He came to mighty fullness then;
His witness thru believers won the lost,
And multitudes were born again.
The early Christians scattered o’er the world,
They preached the Gospel fearlessly;
Tho’ some were martyred and to lions hurled,
They marched along in victory!

Come, Holy Spirit,
Dark is the hour,
We need your filling,
Your love and your mighty pow’r
Move now among us,
Stir us, we pray.
Come, Holy Spirit,
Revive the church today!
      Then in an age when darkness gripped the earth,
“The just shall live by faith” was learned;
The Holy Spirit gave the Church new birth
As reformation fires burned.
In later years the great revivals came,
When saints would seek the Lord and pray;
O, once again we need that holy flame
To meet the challenge of today!

Written by IfeanyiChukwu Oluwafemi Chukwudi

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