Prayers for Home: W/C: 18th May 2020
During these unprecedented times when schools and churches are closed, we know how important it is for families to find opportunities to come together and pray and reflect upon the day, the present time and times ahead.
Prayer is so beneficial to us all in different ways but we know that it strengthens the family ties and communication; helping us to heal and find peace. The children at St Vincent’s are always so considerate of others when composing their own prayers. We are always deeply proud of their spirituality and thoughtfulness. During this time, we encourage your child and family to pray, thinking about who may need their prayers and reminding them that prayer brings us closer to God. We are pleased to inform you that Ten:Ten, providers of our Collective Worship resources, are kindly making available a set of daily prayers for you to use at home. St Vincent’s will share the Weekly Prayers with you every Monday, in the hope that we can pray together.
In this week’s Gospel we hear about Jesus’ preparation to return to heaven. Even as He tells the disciples that He is about to leave them, He reassures them that He is not leaving them alone. This reassurance and His resurrection are the reasons we can be hopeful.
Hope is the theme of our prayers this week and we take encouragement through the words of Pope Francis.
You can find the Daily Prayers for this week here:
Sunday’s Liturgy (This is an opportunity for your family to lead your own Sunday liturgy following the order of the Mass, leading to ‘Spiritual Communion’.)
How to Lead:
There is a Prayer Leader and a Reader, both/either of which can be read by a child.
– The Prayer Leader and Reader read the text on screen, including a quote from Pope Francis.
– The Prayer Leader reads a short reflection, leaving pauses for thought.
– Click to reveal and read the day’s challenge.
– Finish together with a final prayer.
NB. Saturday’s prayers are slightly different and suggest the option to write out and decorate one of Pope Francis’ quotes. Please prepare materials if you wish to encourage your child to do this!
If you and your child would like to participate in short meditation sessions, please have a look at the meditations developed by Father Laurence Freeman here: World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM).
Whilst we are apart it will be wonderful to know that we are sharing this special prayer resource together. You can let us know what you think of the resource in the comments section, or even share some pictures of your special worship space using the file uploader for the attention of Mrs Avdiu.