“Learn to Pray Every Day”
“Pope Francis wants me to pray and listen to God every day.”
“Dear young friends, learn to pray every day: this is the best way to know Jesus and bring him into your lives…He is always listening and he knows everything about us lovingly…Let’s try to be open to God’s word, and open to the Lord’s surprises when he speaks to us.”
Source: Lessons from POPE FRANCIS for Children, page 16
Reciting our Prayers
The children in our CCD program begin to learn these prayers in kindergarten. By second grade they know them by heart. The Apostles’ Creed, however, is memorized in third grade. I bet that lots of children younger than eight can learn it easily, too, with practice.
1. The Sign of the Cross.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
2. The Lord’s Prayer, or Our Father. (Given to us by Jesus, when he taught followers how to pray.)
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.
3. Glory Be to the Father
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.
4. The Hail Mary.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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.
5. To the Guardian Angel
Angel of God, my guardian dear, To whom His love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
6. Grace Before Meals
Bless us O LORD, and these Thy gifts which we are about to receive from Thy Bounty, through Jesus Christ our LORD. Amen
7. The Apostles’ Creed.
I Believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified; died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Source: Catholic Kids