The catechesis of children, young people, and adults aims at teaching them to meditate on The Word of God in personal prayer, practicing it in liturgical prayer, and internalizing it at all times in order to bear fruit in a new life. Catechesis is also a time for the discernment and education of popular piety.46 The memorization of basic prayers offers an essential support to the life of prayer, but it is important to help learners savor their meaning. (CCC2688)
Prayer is an important part of every CCD class. As a family, you need to make prayer a part of your daily life.
Sign of the Cross (with appropriate hand motions)
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
Act of Contrition (for Grades 1 & 2)
O my God, I love you
I am sorry for having offended you,
and with your help I will try not to sin again. Amen.
Act of Contrition (for grades 3-8)
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you,
and I detest all my sins, because of Your just punishments,
but most of all because they offend You, my God,
who are all-good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace,
to sin no more and
to avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen.