For Our Country’s Election


by Jean Grant

Prepare your class for this year’s national elections with this prayer service.


Preparation

Prior to the prayer service, place a flag and crucifix on the prayer table where they are easily accessible. Select one boy and one girl. All classmates gather around the prayer table. After the introduction, the selected children will come forward and stand at each side of the prayer table. One will hold the flag so all may see it, and one will hold up the crucifix in a reverent way.

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Litany Prayer for Consecrated Life


Help your students learn about consecrated life with this prayer service.

by Jean Grant


Preparation

A litany is a type of prayer composed of several petitions. The “Kyrie” at the Mass might have been a litany in its earliest form. For our prayer today, the leader will read the names of some of those in consecrated life who have made an impact on our lives in the Church. Read more…

A New School Year: Forgiveness, Love, and Peace


Kick off the school year with this prayer service.

by Jean Grant


Preparation: The theme “Teaching about God’s Gift of Forgiveness” comes to us from the guidelines of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for Catechetical Sunday, September 21, 2014. Forgiveness, as a gift, springs from the font of Baptism. With our hearts open to forgiveness, we keep the Word of Jesus alive and give witness to our faith expressed in the Gospel. Read more…

World Meeting of Families


by Jean Grant

Help your students learn about the World Meeting of Families with this prayer service.


Preparation: At the prayer table, place a picture of the icon for the World Meeting of Families, which shows the relationship of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph to their extended family. Show the prayer for this meeting on an interactive whiteboard, display it on a wall with an overhead projector, or have students hold up their banner from the activity on page 51. Choose two readers. Gather close to the prayer table and turn on a battery-powered candle. Begin with an opening song: “Canticle of the Sun,” “Lead Me, Lord,” or another similarly appropriate song. (The icon and prayer can be found at worldmeeting2015.org/about-the-event/icon.)

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

Leader: We welcome Pope Francis to the United States and the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Jesus showed his love and respect for Mary and Joseph. He honored them as we are asked to do for our parents in keeping with the Fourth Commandment, and he joined with them to make the Holy Family.

Reader #1Reads Luke 2:41-52 aloud.

Leader: We celebrate Holy Family Sunday the weekend after Christmas. It is our opportunity to honor Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as well as Jesus’ extended family which is shown on the icon for the World Meeting of Families. Thank you, Jesus, for such a beautiful example to follow in our own lives. Rejoice with us in times when we are showered with your many blessings. Guard us in times of turmoil, crisis, uncertainty, and loss. May we also give praise and thanksgiving to you, Jesus, for your constant love and protection and for those you have given to us as support in our family community.

Reader #2: Let us all now recite the Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi together.

All: 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. Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to 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.

Leader: Dear Holy Family of Jesus, keep our families strong. Help us to dedicate ourselves to the One, true, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church. Let us all recite together the Prayer for the World Meeting of Families 2015. (Read together from the copy provided.)

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

Sing a closing song together, such as “Let There Be Peace on Earth” or “We Walk by Faith.” 


Source: Today’s Catholic Teacher, August/September 2015