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Teach Your Children Simple Ways to Pray

The article below was written by Rev. Fr. James Graham, Pastor of Saint Elias the Prophet Melkite Greek Catholic Mission, San Jose, CA.. The article appeared in Saint Elias the Prophet Melkite Greek Catholic Mission Bulletin, June 30, 2002

There are many ways to teach children to pray. Of course the basics are the Sign of the Cross and the Our Father. But there are other prayers, from the Liturgy and the Bible, and special, creative "home-made" prayers that come from special times when God invites us to be in communion. Keep in mind that you do not want your child to think that God is scary and far away. Help your children to learn that God "loves all people" and is "everywhere present and filling all things." Children should learn that they are Temples of the Holy Spirit. Pray familiar prayers-before bed, before eating. The prayers we learn as children stay with us all our lives, connecting us with the traditions of the Church and our families. Children like to remember-birthdays, holidays, visits, vacations. Use times of remembering to teach your children to thank God for their blessings.

Eastern Christian Formation (ECF) (Religious Education)

Eastern Christian Formation (ECF) is for children from preschool to eigth grade.

  • Preschool
  • Kindergarten
  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8

The books are the God With Us Publications, which are available from Theological Book Service.

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O God of all spirits and of all flesh, who have destroyed death, overcome the devil, and given life to the world: grant, O Lord, to the souls of your servants Bucky and Shirley, who has departed from this life, that it may rest in a place of light, in a place of happiness, in a place of peace, where there is no pain, no grief, no sighing. And since You are a gracious God and the Lover of Mankind, forgive him/her every sin he/she has committed by thought, or word, or deed, for there is not a man who lives and does not sin : You alone are without sin, your righteousness is everlasting, and your word is true. You are the Resurrection and the Life, and the repose of your departed servants Bucky and Shirley. O Christ our God, and we send up glory to You, together with your eternal Father and your all-holy, good and life-givng Spirit, now and always and for ages upon ages. Amen.

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