Grade Level Prayers

Grade Level Prayers

Children are invited to learn the prayers listed for each grade level. Parents and other caring adults are encouraged to pray these prayers with their children to help them learn.

Our Faith Formation theme for 2014-2015 is “Get a Be-Attitude for Abundant Happiness!”

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All ages are encouraged to learn the Beatitudes of Jesus from Matthew 5:1-12:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

FIRST GRADE

Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

                        Hand to forehead…        heart…        left shoulder…right shoulder…fold hands

 

Lord’s Prayer / 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 you.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

 

SECOND GRADE

 

Sign of the Cross

Lord’s Prayer / Our Father

Hail, Mary

 

Act of Contrition / Prayer of Sorrow

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.

 

THIRD GRADE

 

Sign of the Cross

Lord’s Prayer / Our Father

Hail, Mary

Act of Contrition / Prayer of Sorrow

 

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.

 

FOURTH GRADE

 

Sign of the Cross

Lord’s Prayer / Our Father

Hail, Mary

Act of Contrition / Prayer of Sorrow

 

Nicene Creed (Note: We are focusing on the Nicene Creed because we pray this during the Mass)

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, 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.

 

FIFTH GRADE

 

Prayers of the Mass

 

Penitential Act

Form A:  CONFITEOR  (omit on Ash Wednesday)

I confess to almighty God and to you my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned,

in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,

(Strike breast)Through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault;

therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints,

and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

 

Form B:

Priest:     Have mercy on us, O Lord.

People:   For we have sinned against you.

Priest:     Show us, O Lord, your mercy.

People:   And grant us your salvation.

 

Form C:

Lord, have mercy…Christ, have mercy…Lord, have mercy.

Or

Kyrie, eleison…Christe, eleison…Kyrie, eleison.

 

Gloria (not during Advent and Lent)

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.

For 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.

 

Nicene Creed (see above)

 

Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

 

Memorial Acclamation

We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection, until you come again.

 

When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.

 

Save us, Savior of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

 

Lamb of God

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; grant us peace.

 

GRADES 6-7-8

 

Middle school students should know all of the prayers listed. We also encourage them to begin exploring other ways of praying.

 

Getting Ready to Pray

We are busy, and our lives are fast paced. In order to pray, we need to prepare ourselves by calming our bodies, hearts, and minds.

  • Sit comfortably with feet on the floor.
  • Keeping back straight.  Close eyes and fold hands.
  • Slowly and silently take a deep breath and then let it out slowly. Count to three while breathing in and count to three while breathing out, establishing a rhythm.

This helps us to clear our heads and quiet our thoughts. After some practice, we will be able to pray with our imagination and spend time with God/Jesus/Holy Spirit in our hearts.

 

Prayers of Intercession

This is a form of prayer that leads us to pray as Jesus did. Throughout his life on earth, Jesus interceded with the Father on behalf of all people. When we intercede for others, we are asking for God’s mercy on their behalf. You may have asked other people to pray, to intercede, for you.

Our belief in the Communion of Saints means that we can intercede for those who have died, and they can intercede for us—we are still connected.

 

The Book of Psalms

A psalm is a prayer in the form of a poem.  Each psalm expresses an aspect, or feature, of the depth of human emotion.  There are 150 psalms in the Book of Psalms in the Bible.

 

Lectio Divina (Divine Reading)

  • Select a passage or story from the Bible.
  • Read through the passage or story slowly all the way through one time.
  • Read through the passage or story slowly again, this time stopping at a word or phrase that speaks to your heart.
  • Sit with that word or phrase for a few moments. Allow God’s word to speak to you through that word or phrase.
  • Continue reading through the passage or story, continuing to stop to hear God speaking to you through the certain words and phrases the touch your heart.

 

OTHER PRAYERS

 

Apostles’ Creed (Note: While we focus on the Nicene Creed in faith formation, it is good to also learn the Apostles’ Creed, the oldest Christian creed. This Creed is prayed at the beginning of the Rosary.)

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, 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 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 the life everlasting.  Amen.

 

 

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 in revealing them you can neither deceive nor be deceived.

 

Guardian Angel

Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day (or night) be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

 

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