Readers, I need your help. I will be preparing two children to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). One is 8 years old. The other is 9 years old. One thing I would like them to do is memorize some prayers. Not having much experience teaching kids that young, I am not sure if my expectations are too high. I don’t think so, but…thus why I am asking. I know I am grateful for the prayers I learned as a child because I still say them every night. So your thoughts are appreciated. I’ve listed the prayers below for your review.
Of course, I plan on running this past Father T also. I mean, after all, it is his parish!
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.
Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Angelic Salutation
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, for thou hast borne the Saviour of our souls.
Into Thy hands, O Lord, Jesus Christ, my God, I commend my spirit. Bless me, save me and grant unto me everlasting life. Amen.
Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray my soul the Lord to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray my soul the Lord to take.
The 10 Commandments
1. I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other gods before me.
2. You shall not make for yourself an idol.
3. You shall not take the name of your God in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and mother.
6. You shall not kill.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness.
10. You shall not covet.
Psalm 119: 1 – 3
Happy are they whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.
Happy are they who obey His commandments, who seek Him with all their heart and do no wrong, but walk in His ways.
All Holy Trinity, have mercy on us!
Lord cleanse us from our sins!
Master, pardon our transgressions!
Oh Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy Name’s sake!