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Offline Chestertonian

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Daily prayers for children
« on: April 04, 2018, 12:25:09 AM »
i keep worrying about my son.  he has very little consistency in his life especially rigt now.  we have zero family prayer life, he spends most of his time with his Catholic nanny and his Jewish grandmother and aunts and uncles.  The nanny is good about praying with the kids, they alway say the rosary and she takes them to Mass (novus ordo or TLM depending on what day and where they are)

my older son (7.5) is a self starter and has the morning offering memorized, he's very good about saying that every night, and saying the Angelus at school (he sets his watch to noon)...he's good about saying grace before meals regardless of who he's eating with whether it's public school cafeteria, or with his jewish relatives, or at a restaurant, we taught him to bow his head and say grace quietly.  If he doesn't pray the Rosary with the nanny or with one of us (that doesnt happpen much these days) he is good about making sure he says it.

Even though he's a really anxious kid I think prayer has really been a stabilizing force when everything else is unpredictable and I was wondering if there was any kind of kid's version of a breviary--some kind of book he can take with him that has prayers for each time of day.  Obviously he's not going to be chanting from the Liber at this age but the ones aimed at his age group tend to be goofy and made up.  does such a thing exist for children? 

i think he likes the idea of praying the angelus because we told him that Catholics traditionally pray it every day at noon so even if you're the only Catholic at recess and no one else is bowing their head and remembering the incarnation of Christ, there are other Catholics out there, somewhere, praying the same prayer so we feel less alone.  My wife says the angelus so she told him that even if she's at work, or in the hospital, wherever she is, she never forgets to say the angelus.  Me, I'm less predictable.  I sleep through it a lot or I lose track of time.  but they are both good about it and so is the nanny

i think the breviary would hold the same appeal but it's a little too complicated for a 7.5 year old even one with a good reading level.  i can barely keep track of all the ribbons and stuff

it just needs to be something he can do without assistance
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Re: Daily prayers for children
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2018, 01:26:48 AM »
God has blessed your sons with a good Catholic father and mother!

I found this; I don't know if is too young for your son:  https://www.amazon.com/This-What-Pray-Today-Children/dp/0525478280#customerReviews

Another idea is "The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary". It's not really for children, but at least it is a small book, easier to carry.

Happy Easter to you and your family, Chestertonian! It is so good to get a glimpse of your lives.
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Re: Daily prayers for children
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2018, 02:07:02 AM »
Wonderful, Ches. You have a beautiful family. Hope you have a blessed Easter season.

I second NN's suggestion. Here's a Little Office booklet with a preface from Fr. Berg, FSSP. https://www.amazon.com/Little-Office-Blessed-Virgin-English/dp/1905574401 227 pages. It's priced at 34.95, hope that's not a strain. Hope it proves useful for your son! I wish someone had given me a prayer book of the little office at 7 and a half! I had almost no idea about it until much later in life! But seriously, I think it'll be just about right, neither too easy for his age, as are some children's prayers; nor one that is too difficult either - an appropriate prayer for a growing, pious child. Your son already seems to have a regular prayer life; which is just great and the LO of the BVM will help develop and sustain that. Some I guess would advise waiting for a few years before the LO, but personally I feel at 7.5 the time is right. It's a great blessing to develop a regular prayer rhythm early in life.
« Last Edit: April 04, 2018, 02:09:45 AM by Xavier »
Mary, our Heavenly Mother, implores those who receive Holy Communion daily, or at least weekly, to offer their lives. Promise 2: "Their life offering, together with the infinite merits of Jesus, can save many souls from damnation." Promise 4: "On the day they offer their lives, their loved ones suffering in Purgatory will be released." TEXT OF THE LIFE OFFERING: "My dear Jesus, before the Holy Trinity, Our Heavenly Mother, and the whole Heavenly Court, united with your most precious Blood and your sacrifice on Calvary, I hereby offer my whole life to the intention of your Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Together with my life, I place at your disposal all Holy Masses, all my Holy Communions, all my good deeds, all my sacrifices, and the suffering of my entire life for the adoration and supplication of the Holy Trinity, for unity in our Holy Mother Church, for the Holy Father and priests, for good priestly vocations, and for all souls until the end of the world. O my Jesus, please accept my life sacrifice and my offerings and give me your grace that I may persevere obediently until my death." Amen.
https://www.avemariamaternostra.com/life-offering-promises.html It is recommended that you make this life offering as soon as you feel ready, and to renew it from time to time. A recommended daily Morning offering: "O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You the prayers, works, joys and suffering of this day, for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, and for our Holy Mother, the Catholic Church.  Amen."
 
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Re: Daily prayers for children
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2018, 03:33:37 PM »
Your 7 yr old son is a saint in the making.

This small book has beautiful illustrations and lots of common Catholic prayers.

https://www.amazon.com/Sense-Sacred-Illuminated-Catholic-Prayers/dp/0986290270/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1522870287&sr=8-1&keywords=sense+of+the+sacred+prayer+book
 
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