Comedy & Tragedy Masks


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In ancient times Greek and Roman actors would wear masks to portray the characters they were playing. The "Comedy and Tragedy" masks were used to show when someone was happy or sad.

Happiness is a wonderful emotion. It feels good to be happy! But the problem with happiness, is that it has a lot to do with what is HAPPENING in our lives. Not so with JOY; joy is a deeper and longer lasting emotion. Joy comes from knowing and following Jesus. It is possible to have JOY even in the midst of sadness or tragedies, because Jesus has promised that he will never leave us, we are not alone, he understands our problems (Hebrews 13:5). The Bible tells us that God is preparing a new Heaven and a new earth for us. On that day the Bible says that God will wipe away every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4). That is a JOYOUS thought and something wonderful to look forward to!


Jesus wants us to have his JOY. He tells us to stay with him, and follow him so that his JOY will be in us (John 15:9-11). Jesus said, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" John 16:33. 

Thank Jesus that he loves you and died for you. Ask him to help you to follow him so that his JOY will be in you, and that you will be able to share his JOY with your friends and family. 

Today we will make "Comedy & Tragedy" masks to "act out" the things that make us happy and sad, as well as the things that make us joyful in Jesus!

You Will Need: Mask pattern, scissors, black poster board or construction paper, white paper, glue stick, stapler, wooden paint stick.

Directions: Before class design a mask pattern for each child. Children trace the mask pattern on black card stock paper or poster board. Cut two black masks. Cut out face pieces on white paper: eyes, nose, and mouth for both mask patterns, and tears for the sad face. Glue the happy face pieces on one mask, and the sad face pieces on the other mask. Staple the masks to either side of the paint stick.

Copyright 2003 Sarah A. Keith

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