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 en  nd Psalm 104:1-9. As you read, ask children to use their imaginations to let the words suggest pictures. What are their reac- tions to what they imagine?Invite children to write a short psalm of praise, similar in tone to Psalm 104. Encourage them to use their imagination and come up with vivid images. When they have nished, help them make corrections. Have them read their work aloud to see if it they like the way it sounds.When they are ready, let them copy their psalm verses onto good paper and illustrate them.Display their work. Take one prayer down at each class to be part of your prayer. Do this until all of the psalms have been used.Help children to think about the prayers of faith, hope, and love. Ask, What could make you feel faith, hope, and love like this? Ask children to write their own prayers of faith, hope, and love, pre- ceded by a sentence or two to show what led to their prayers. Invite those who wish to share one of their prayers.What Is Prayer? page 36Talk about friends and how they stay friends. Help children under- stand that the same things they do to be friends with one another will help them to be friends with Jesus. For example, talking to Jesus every day will help them to grow closer to Jesus.When Should We Pray? page 36Where Should We Pray? page 37After reading the text under these headings, ask children to think of when and where they could pray every day. Have them draw pictures of themselves praying in their chosen place and time. Encourage them to make their pictures come true.Remind children that there are many prayer actions. Ask volunteers to demonstrate the proper way to do each of these actions.  en have the whole class do them.• Kneel• Foldhands• Make the Sign of the Cross• Bow• Genu ect• StandAsk children to tell when they do each of these actions at Mass.How Should We Pray? page 37Give children opportunities throughout the year to practice each kind of prayer.  ey may be surprised to hear that they have to learn, not just prayers, but how to pray.  ey can learn di erent ways of praying through practice. Just like they need to practice making a soccer goal, they need to practice praying.Remind the children that all of the saints were great pray-ers.  ey can give us some good advice about praying.• St.Teresasaidthatprayer“isaclosesharingbetweenfriends;itmeans taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us.”• St. John Vianney noticed an old man who would often come into church and sit quietly in front of the tabernacle.  e priest askedthe man about his prayer.  e man explained, “I look at him andhe looks at me.”If possible, take children to the church or chapel to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. Ask them to spend  ve quiet minutes with Jesus.Five Types of Prayer, page 38Help children understand these  ve forms of prayer with examples of statements from their daily lives.• Blessing—Molly, it was so nice of you to give me your game.• Petition—Dad, will you get us tickets to the football game?Please?• Intercession—Mom, can I have Jake over to play? His mom anddad are going shopping.•  anksgiving— anksformakingchilitonight,Dad! • Praise—You’re the greatest, Mom!Ask children to suggest additional examples of statements from their own experience.  anksgiving and petition will be the easy ones for them. If they get stuck, have them read the descriptions again.To help children understand prayers of intercession, point out that we pray intercessions (during the Prayer of the Faithful) at Mass. We pray for:• the Church• worldandnationalneeds• people who are in need because of poverty, illness, and so on • someoneweknowwhoneedsourprayersHave children work in pairs to write intercessions for the Church, the world, and the needs of others.  en have everyone write a personal intercession.Gather in your prayer area. Read the intercessions. After each, ask children to respond, “Lord, hear our prayer” or another response of your choice.  e children may then read their personal interces- sions, with all responding.Disappointments, page 39Ask children if anyone wants to share an experience of being distracted or disappointed in prayer. Be ready to o er one or two observations of your own. en talk about the solutions for dealing with distractions. Reas- sure children that everyone faces distractions sometimes. Ask, Do you think any of these suggestions will work? Can you think of some solutions of your own? You may wish to suggest a word they can keep in mind: FOCUS.Read aloud the three important things to remember about prayer.  en ask children to write their own prayers, asking for God’s help to have faith in his love and care.The Lord’s Prayer, page 40Most of the children will know the words to this prayer, but it will be helpful for them to spend some time thinking about the words. Ask children to think about how they could make the Lord’s Prayer into a picture prayer. It will be a combination of words and pictures. For example, Our [picture of a father] who [picture of framed art] in [an image that represents heaven], and so on.13

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