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    Leader: Let us begin with the sign of the Cross.

    All: In the name of the Father
    and of the Son
    and of the Holy Spirit.
    As it was in the beginning,
    is now and ever shall be,
    world without end.

    Amen.
    All: Dear Jesus,
    we are here to spend a few minutes
    with you in prayer.
    We want to pray for ourselves,
    our friends and neighbours
    and for everyone in the world.
    We know that you came
    to call all of us to know,
    love and serve your heavenly Father
    so that we would be one big, happy family.

    Parent: Jesus, be close to us now
    as we pray to the Father in the words you taught us.

    All: 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....

    Parent Leader: I think now that we should pray
    for our family and for all families.
    We can begin by remembering the Holy Family
    of Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph.
    They had their good times and parties
    and they had their hard times too,
    like when it rained every day for a week,
    or when Jesus went to Jerusalem and got lost,
    or when St. Joseph was sick,
    or when their friends were sick.
    But they were happy
    because they loved each other
    and were kind and helpful to each other.
    So let us pray that God will help us
    to be a kind and loving family
    with each one trying to obey God
    and to help one another.

    Of course, the Holy Family
    had relatives and friends,
    and they cared about them too.
    We remember Mary went to stay with Elizabeth
    when she was going to have a baby.
    And St. Joseph was a carpenter
    and was always fixing things for the neighbours.
    And Jesus, besides being a young boy was also God,
    so he was always being good to others.
    Imagine living next to Jesus!
    Could he ever help you with your homework!
    So let us pray for our friends and relatives
    that God will bless them
    and keep them from harm.

    When Jesus grew up
    and left home to go around preaching
    about God the Father and his love for us all,
    he remembered how happy he had been
    with his family
    and tried to make everyone understand
    that we are really one big family,
    with God as our Father.
    he talked about being kind,
    about forgiving those who hurt us,
    about taking care of the hungry
    and those who have no families of their own.
    So let us pray for everybody in the world
    and especially for those
    who have no one to care about them.

    There were men and women
    who listened to Jesus
    and prayed with him
    for those who were poor or sick
    or hungry or did not know
    that God the Father loved them.
    Jesus said to many of these men and women,
    "I am glad that you are praying with me.
    But I would like you to work with me too."
    So the apostles and others
    went around preaching about God's love.
    Other men, and some women too
    were busy helping the sick
    and feeding the hungry and teaching the children.
    As we grow up, Jesus says to us,
    "I am glad that you are praying
    for your family and for others...

    All: Dear Jesus,
    we pray with you to the Heavenly Father
    for all the men and women
    and children of the world,
    those who live with their families
    and those who do not.
    Make us kind and generous to one another
    and protect us with your loving care.
    Please keep us close to you so that
    we too will be a holy family.

    In Jesus' name we pray,

    Amen.

    Parent: Now let us close by asking God's blessing.
    May almighty God bless us,
    Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    All: Amen.


    <span style="font-style: italic">Adapted from <span style="text-decoration: underline">Prayers Online</span></span>
    &quot;&quot;Let your words always be gracious, seasoned with salt&quot; (Col. 4:6).

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    Re: Family time in prayer...

    since we on that topic....do you teach your children to say their prayers?
    <span style="font-style: italic">But si yah! Yu nuh easy! <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/704555_dwl.gif <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/70394-bawlout.gif</span>

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    • #3
      Re: Family time in prayer...

      yes my daughter say her prayer before she eat and when she going to bed
      &quot;Faith Is Taking the First Step,
      Even When You Don't See the
      Whole Staircase.&quot;
      - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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      • #4
        Re: Family time in prayer...

        which prayers did you teach her?

        mi mek sarah seh god is good and now i lay me down to sleep
        <span style="font-style: italic">But si yah! Yu nuh easy! <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/704555_dwl.gif <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/70394-bawlout.gif</span>

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        • #5
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          yes wen she was small when i lay me down to sleep
          now dat she is big The Our Father prayer and The Lord is my Shepherd and wen eating eather God is Good or For what we are about to receive
          &quot;Faith Is Taking the First Step,
          Even When You Don't See the
          Whole Staircase.&quot;
          - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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          • #6
            Re: Family time in prayer...

            now he says gentle Jesus before bed. sometimes he says his own little prayer... my baby is very christian and his prayers often make me laugh

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            • #7
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              gentle jesus my earliest memories are of my mother saying this prayer with me before bedtime
              <span style="font-style: italic">But si yah! Yu nuh easy! <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/704555_dwl.gif <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/70394-bawlout.gif</span>

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              • #8
                Re: Family time in prayer...

                yes mi madda use to mek mi sey gentle Jesus
                &quot;Faith Is Taking the First Step,
                Even When You Don't See the
                Whole Staircase.&quot;
                - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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                • #9
                  Re: Family time in prayer...

                  God make my life a little light
                  Within this world to glow;
                  A little flame that burneth bright
                  Wherever I may go.

                  <span style="font-style: italic">Hymn Book</span>
                  &quot;&quot;Let your words always be gracious, seasoned with salt&quot; (Col. 4:6).

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                  • #10
                    Re: Family time in prayer...

                    the &quot;lay down to sleep&quot; prayer always scared me

                    i hated the &quot;if i should DIE before i wake&quot;

                    i tried to stay awake all night . . .

                    we do free form

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                    • #11
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                      <span style="font-weight: bold"> <span style="color: #006600">O God,
                      bless our family
                      and all its members and friends;
                      bind us together by your love.
                      Give us kindness and patience
                      to support each other;
                      and wisdom in all we do.
                      Let the gift of your peace
                      come into our hearts
                      and remain with us.
                      May we rejoice in your blessings
                      for all our days.
                      Amen.



                      </span> </span>
                      &quot;&quot;Let your words always be gracious, seasoned with salt&quot; (Col. 4:6).

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                      • #12
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                        <span style="font-weight: bold">For Everything A Season</span>

                        For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

                        A time to be born, and a time to die;
                        A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
                        A time to kill, and a time to heal;
                        A time to break down, and a time to build up;
                        A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
                        A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
                        A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
                        A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
                        A time to seek, and a time to lose;
                        A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
                        A time to tear, and a time to sew;
                        A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
                        A time to love, and a time to hate;
                        A time for war,
                        And a time for peace.
                        --<span style="font-style: italic">Ecclesiastes 3 The Holy Bible</span>
                        &quot;&quot;Let your words always be gracious, seasoned with salt&quot; (Col. 4:6).

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                        • #13
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                          SEASON OF LENT

                          <span style="font-style: italic"><span style="font-weight: bold">Lent is an appropriate time to begin to establish some family prayer traditions -- beginning with our attending Church on Ash Wednesday, to receive the cross of ashes on our foreheads</span></span>.

                          The family can say the following prayer for <span style="font-weight: bold">Ash Wednesday</span>:

                          <span style="color: #993399">Heavenly Father, Let us enter the season of Lent in the spirit of joy giving ourselves to spiritual strife, cleansing our soul and body, controlling our passions, as we limit our food, living on the virtues of the Holy Spirit;

                          Let us persevere in our longing for Christ so as to be worthy to behold His most solemn Passion and the most holy Passover, rejoicing the while with spiritual joy. Amen</span>
                          &quot;&quot;Let your words always be gracious, seasoned with salt&quot; (Col. 4:6).

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                          • #14
                            Re: Family time in prayer...

                            Initiate a practice of saying the <span style="color: #6600CC">Angelus</span> at family meals:

                            <span style="font-weight: bold">The Angelus</span>


                            V: The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary

                            R: And she conceived by the Holy Ghost.

                            V: Hail Mary, full of grace: The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

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

                            V: Behold, the handmaid of the Lord.

                            R: Be it done unto me according to thy word.

                            V: Hail Mary ...

                            R: Holy Mary ...

                            V: And the Word was made flesh

                            R: And dwelt among us.

                            V: Hail Mary ...

                            R: Holy Mary ...

                            V: Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,

                            R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

                            V: Let us pray.

                            All: Pour forth, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy grace unto our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, thy Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ, our Lord, Amen.

                            Blessing before meals: Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Christ, our Lord, Amen.
                            &quot;&quot;Let your words always be gracious, seasoned with salt&quot; (Col. 4:6).

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                            • #15
                              Re: Family time in prayer...

                              An ancient prayer that reminds us of the multifaceted nature of penance is the following, said by the Eastern Church during the Lenten fast. Your family might say this together after the evening meal, or before bedtime:

                              <span style="color: #6600CC">O Lord and Ruler of Life,
                              take from me the spirit of idleness, despair, cupidity, and empty talking.
                              Yea, O Lord grant that I may see my own sins and not judge my brother.
                              For thou art blessed forever and ever. Amen.</span>


                              <span style="font-size: 8pt">[Note: If you use this prayer with children, you might have to explain that &quot;cupidity&quot; is greed for wealth or power, not some little winged being from a Valentine!]

                              </span>
                              &quot;&quot;Let your words always be gracious, seasoned with salt&quot; (Col. 4:6).

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