Read aloud the story in Revelation 12 and explore the meaning in one of the worship talks listed below.
Read more about this story:
- The Woman Clothed with the Sun and Her Baby
A brief talk for young children about how the Lord protected the woman’s baby from the terrible dragon and how He will protect us as well.
- “Celebrating New Church Day” illustrated by Leah A. Smith (ages 2-7)
The story of the woman clothed with the sun pictures the birth of the New Church into the world.
- The Woman and the Dragon
An introduction to what these two visions mean.
- The Meaning of the Woman Clothed with the Sun by James Cooper
A deeper exploration of the meaning of John’s vision and how we can apply it in our lives.
- Michael, the Great Prince by Patrick A. Rose
Discusses the meaning of the name “Michael” and the powerful representation of the angel Michael in the book of Revelation and in our own lives.
Key ideas for discussion
- Imagine the beauty of the woman clothed with the sun! She portrays the New Church being established in heaven and on earth. She is clothed with the sun because the New Church is to be characterized by love to the Lord. She is about to give birth to a baby boy.
- What does the woman have on her head? What is she standing on?
- John saw another sign in heaven—a great, fiery red dragon. The dragon wanted to eat the child of the woman clothed with the sun. What did the dragon look like? (He had seven heads and ten horns.)
- Can you think of someone else in the Word who wanted to kill a precious baby? (King Herod wanted to hurt baby Jesus. The pharaoh of Egypt wanted to kill baby Moses.)
- The dragon stands for people who love themselves and the world more than the Lord and their neighbors. They don’t want to apply the teachings of their religion to life.
- Imagine fighting a fierce dragon with seven heads and a powerful tail like the angel Michael! Michael symbolizes those who defend the divinity of the Lord God Jesus Christ and the life of love and charity.
- What is the weapon that Michael uses? (A sword.) What does he use to protect himself? (A shield.)
- The baby boy is a symbol for the beautiful teachings of the New Church. How did the Lord protect the child born to the woman clothed with the sun? (The child was lifted up into heaven.)
Projects and activities for all ages
- Picture the Woman Clothed with the Sun (ages 7-10)
Use crayons and watercolors (wax resist method) to show the woman clothed with the sun.
- Dramatization of the Woman Clothed with the Sun Story (all ages)
A script and suggestions for simple costumes. For example, the girl being the woman clothed with the sun might be costumed with yellow silk squares or a yellow towel. She might stand on a chair, holding a baby doll up toward heaven while another child makes a crescent moon under her feet.
- Egg Carton Dragon Puppets (ages 4-10)
Make a dragon’s head from an egg cartons.
- Make a Sun Cake
Serve this special cake to your family at a New Church Day celebration!
- Finger Puppets of the Woman, Michael, and the Dragon
Make these felt finger puppets and use them to retell the story with young children.
- The Woman Clothed with the Sun by Brenda M. Varjassy (ages 4-17)
Print the picture onto a clear transparency or paper that is somewhat translucent or color the picture with markers, then apply salad oil to suggest a stained glass window.
- Woman Clothed with the Sun Candle Holder (ages 8-14)
Make a beautiful stand to put in front of a candle or on a window sill so that the woman clothed with the sun is lit up from behind.
Pictures to color
- Vision of the Woman Clothed with the Sun by Marguerite L. Acton
A lovely picture for young children to color.
- Angels War with the Dragon by Mary S. Cooper
A picture showing Michael and his angels actively fighting the great red dragon
- The Woman Clothed with the Sun and Her Child by Mary S. Cooper
A simple picture showing the woman holding her child up to heaven.
- The Woman Clothed with the Sun by Edith Elphick
A dramatic picture of the woman.
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