Saint Brigid Religious Education
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Prayers

A few generations back, the normal way to begin and end a child's day was with prayers. They were recited out loud, usually beginning or ending with requests for God to bless their families and friends. Today in most homes, such prayers have lost favor. The busy and stressful pace of today's family life doesn't seem to lend itself to such prayer activity.

Why is prayer important for children?

*More things are brought into conversation by prayer than anything else.

*It gives a child instant communication with God who is always ready to listen to the concerns of His children.

*It is a means of opening and expanding a child's heart and mind to the will of God and the needs of others.

*It promotes a habit of generous and loving concern as a child prays for the welfare of other people.

*It promotes health, confidence, optimism, and generosity (i.e. faith, hope, and love). If children are exposed early enough to "good" thoughts and attitudes, they may be able to avoid going through experiences that produce the opposites.

*It starts the day with the right focus, providing a good transition to sleep, carrying from excitement to calm.

*It builds a warm rapport between parents and children. It's a time when all family fighting stops, all pandemonium is interrupted, all problems suspended, and all tensions relaxed.

How you can encourage prayer time

*Decide that it is important to you, your child and God, and that it is a privilege, not a duty, to talk with God.

*Set aside time each morning and evening. It can be as little as two or three minutes.

*Encourage your children to express their thoughts in their own words. Include praise, thanks, apologies, concerns, and requests for others as part of their prayer. A preschooler will not be as fluent in expressing his or her deepest thoughts as a sixth-grader. But all are important. Let them hear your prayers as well.

*Make sure your child takes time to listen. Listening is as important a part of any conversation as talking is.

*Explain to your children that God is their True Friend who made them and loves them, and that they can talk to Him whenever they like. He puts good thoughts in their heads and fills them with loving hearts.

*Encourage your child to pray in such a way that if the prayers are not answered they will not feel let down. A child may pray for good weather for a picnic and be crushed when it rains. But a local farmer may be praying for rain on that same day, rain he needs for his crops. God is looking out for all people.

What prayer can do for you and your child

*It will help you get to know your child and give you a daily reading on what is on your child's mind and heart.

*It helps to clarify thinking, strengthen good resolutions, and increase the ability to love.

*It is a time for complete honesty. It's not a time to impress God or parents.

*It establishes a predictable & reliable ritual in life & gives comfort in a world that can be disruptive & scary.

*It helps you and your child focus on joy and points to blessings. Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.

Prayers

  • Sign of the Cross
  • Our Father ~ The Lord's Prayer
  • Hail Mary
  • Nicene Creed ~ Profession of Faith
  • Apostles Creed
  • Act of Contrition
  • Glory Be
  • Prayer To St. Brigid
  • Prayer To Your Guardian Angel
  • Morning Prayer
  • Night Prayer
  • Prayer before Meals
  • Gloria
  • Hail Holy Queen
  • Prayer To St. Francis
  • St. Theresa's Prayer
  • Serenity Prayer
  • Acts of Faith, Hope, and Charity
  • Prayer to the Holy Spirit

  • Sign of the Cross

    In The Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     

     

     

    Our Father ~ The Lord's Prayer

    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

     

     

     

     

     Nicene Creed ~ Profession of Faith (revised version)

    I believe in God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the Prophets. I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

     

     

    Apostles Creed (revised version)

    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 Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

     

     

     

    Act of Contrition

    My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do  penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen

     

     

     

     

    Glory Be ~ Doxology

    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.

     

     

     

     

     

    Prayer to St. Brigid

    Brigid, You were a woman of peace. You brought harmony where there was conflict. You brought light to the darkness. You brought hope to the downcast. May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious, and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world. Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made. Brigid, you were a voice for the wounded and the weary. Strengthen what is weak within us. Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens. May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body and spirit. Amen

     

     

    Prayer To Your Guardian Angel

    Angel of God, my guardian dear, To whom God's love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, my side, to light and guard, rule and guide. Amen.

     

     

     

     

    Morning Prayer

    O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings, All that this day might bring, be they good or bad: For the love of God, for the conversion of sinners, And in reparation for all the sins committed against The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Amen

     

     

     

     

    Night Prayer

    Dear God, before I sleep I want to thank you for this day so full of your kindness and your joy. I close my eyes to rest safe in your loving care. Amen.

     

     

     

     

    Prayer Before Meals

    Bless us, O Lord, and these, your gifts, which we are about to receive from your bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

     

     

     

     

     

    Gloria (revised version)

    Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.  We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory. Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father.  Lord Jesus Christ, only begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.  you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

     

     

     

    Hail Holy Queen

    Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile, show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

     

     

     

     

     Prayer of St. Francis ~ Prayer for Peace

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; o be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

     

     

     

    St. Theresa's Prayer

    Christ has no body now but yours, no hands, no feet, on earth but yours. Ours are the eyes through which He looks with compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which He walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which He blesses all the world, Yours are the hands, yours are the feet. Yours are the eyes, you are His body. Christ has no body now but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes, through which He looks with compassion on the world. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

     

     

     

    Serenity Prayer

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.

     

     

     

    Acts of Faith, Hope and Charity

    An Act of Faith ~ O My God, I firmly believe that You are one God in three Divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; I believe that Your Divine Son became man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because You has revealed them.

    An Act of Hope ~ O My God, relying on Your almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Your grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.

    An Act of Charity ~ O My God, I love You above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because You are all-good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of You. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

     

     

    Prayer to the Holy Spirit

    Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy. Amen.

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