Our family hasn’t implemented a family prayer time yet, but I like the idea of doing this. I am just unsure how to get our children to participate willingly. While we strive to attend mass weekly, it’s not always easy to get them motivated and interested in going. I feel starting a family prayer time would be beneficial to all of us and help bring our family closer together and our children closer to God. With the attraction of technology taking a bigger role in all our lives, I feel we need this prayer time even more. It is my hope some of these stages can be applied to help get our family to gather in prayer. Does your family have a prayer time?
According to Fr Tito Caluag, these are some of the stages and ingredients needed to start a family prayer time:
The stages or moments of the family prayer time are:
Quieting down together;
Gratitude, a special way of entering presence, both a remembering of past moments and weeks, and a healing present moment;
Praying with scripture, the readings of the Sunday Mass, especially the Gospel; sharing moments of experiencing God’s presence, his grace, in the day to day from the lens of scripture and the Mass;
Sharing hopes and dreams in praying for one another and for others; and
Giving thanks; asking and offering, petition and oblation.
We try to frame it within 20 to 30 minutes, before or after one meal during the week when all are gathered together.
If you’d like to receive the Family Prayer Time Guide every Sunday, e-mail [email protected] Send your full name, all the names of the members of your family who will take part in the family prayer time.
What are some of the things you do to get your teens/tweens and younger children involved and interested in attending mass and participating in family prayer time? Share your experiences and ideas in the comments below.
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