Thursday, February 26, 2015

Prayers to Know as a Catholic Family

Recently, I have been compiling all of the prayers I want our kids to have committed to memory, that I believe we should know. I feel firmly that we would be in grievous error if our children were not baptized, attending Mass faithfully, and praying at mealtime.  But I don’t want to stop there. I don't want to do just the bare minimum when it comes to their rich faith. I want them to be hungry for knowledge and wisdom. I want to help them to come to a rich understanding of Catholicism. Thus, I have been compiling the things (besides the Catechism) that they are committing to memory.

Here is the list.
You can view and/or print my Memory Work document here, on GoogleDocs. I included English and Latin versions for some of the prayers.

Prayer as you say the sign of the cross 
Hail Mary prayer
Apostle's Creed
Hail Holy Queen
The Memorare
Glory Be
Ecce Agnus Dei
The Confiteor
The Angelus
Act of Contrition
St. Andrew Novena Prayer

As I mentioned, many of the prayers can be said in Latin as well as in English. My list includes prayers from Mass, from the Rosary, some novenas, and some extras thrown in. Again, feel free to print this out for your family!

If you do not own it, a wonderful resource is Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, put out by the United Sates Conference of Catholic Bishops.   We are really lucky to have a copy on our shelf, and it has been a wonderful reference as we try to teach our kids these prayers.

Now, you tell me. What did I forget? What prayers or blessings would you add to the list I compiled?

Cross-posting at the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers


Laura {a spoonful of joy} said...

Although I haven't had my son memorize it yet since it's kind of long, I love the "St. Michael the Archangel Prayer." For now we're just working on the "Guardian Angel Prayer." :) Thanks for some great suggestions!

Tacy said...

Thanks, Laura. The Guardian Angel prayer is a good one! Thanks for the suggestions.