Session five - Teach us to pray
'Just like the rain and snow water the earth to make lots of things grow, so God's word spreads over everyone to help them grow in faith.'
Our children have been learning about communicating with God through prayer.
Just as in ordinary life, so also when we pray, we use different methods at different times and in different places such as: private prayer; alone; prayer with others at home; school or in church; quiet; silent prayer; prayer said aloud or sung; prayer said when happy; prayer when sad, lonely, or upset; prayer when well or sick.
Prayer is something that we have to practise. Praying before meals or at bedtimes builds up our love for God.
When we pray together as a family we grow, not just in friendship with God, but with each other.
There are different types of prayers for different situations. There are prayers to: Praise God, Ask God for blessings, and Thank God.
Jesus taught us how to pray to God using the Lord's Prayer. It is a prayer said by all Christians in all countries and languages.
When we come together for the Mass on Sunday we pray in a special way.
At Mass we are nourished by God's Word and fed by Jesus' body and blood.
We remember the sacrifice of Jesus. By the grace of God the Father He is present to us once more in the form of bread and wine through the action of the Holy Spirit.
The Consecration is when we eat the body and drink the blood of Jesus in Holy Communion.