Prayers

Prayer

  • is our opportunity to talk and listen to our God.  Below are some formal prayers that will be taught in religious education.  Please also encourage spontaneous prayer with your child.  These “heart prayers”   from your child are also important in developing their prayer life.

A Parent’s Prayer

Loving God,
You are the giver of all we possess,
the source of all of our blessings.
We thank and praise you.

Thank you for the gift of our children.

Help us to set boundaries for them,
and yet encourage them to explore.
Give us the strength and courage to treat
each day as a fresh start.

May our children come to know you, the one true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

May your Holy Spirit help them to grow
in faith, hope, and love,
so they may know peace, truth, and goodness.

May their ears hear your voice.
May their eyes see your presence in all things.
May their lips proclaim your word.
May their hearts be your dwelling place.
May their hands do works of charity.
May their feet walk in the way of Jesus Christ,
your Son and our Lord.
Amen.

 

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

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

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

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

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.