Catholic prayers and rituals

 

There are a number of Catholic prayers and rituals that must be very puzzling to students with little of this background.  Why do Catholics sign themselves, why do they dip their hand in water going into a Church, why do they go down on one knee before entering seats in the Church, what does the Our Father mean, why do they pray to Mary and use those beads for the ‘Rosary’?  There are many of these prayers and rituals which need to be explained at the start of each school year and throughout each term especially in preparation for Easter and for whole school Masses.

 

At present there are posters on the walls of some classrooms in the Secondary which explain the meaning the Father and Hail Mary.  This is an excellent idea.  Both prayers are broken up into short phrases on coloured cardboard and the explanations on separate cards.  (Jumble the cards, assemble and glue on to an A3 piece of paper.)

 

The Rosary is an important tradition for the Catholic people of Broome and this is shown significantly at funerals.  It is important that students know these prayers and their meanings so they can join in on such occasions and carry this prayerful tradition forward.

 

Web sites which may assist:

 

Why do we pray:

http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/gift.html

 

Holy water:

http://landru.i-link-2.net/shnyves/holy_water2.htm

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07432a.htm

 

Kneeling and genuflection:

http://www.answers.com/topic/genuflection

http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/ncd03515.htm

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06423a.htm

 

The sign of the Cross:

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13785a.htm

http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/sign.html

http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/child/sign.html  meaning of the words in phrases

 

 

Our Father:

http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/teach.html

http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/child/father.html meaning of the words in phrases

 

 

 

Hail Mary

http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/rosary.html

http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/child/mary.html  meaning of the words in phrases

 

 

Glory be to the Father:

http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/child/glory.html  meaning of the words in phrases

 

Apostles creed:

http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/child/creed.html  meaning of the words in phrases

 

The Rosary

http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/rosary.html

http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/child/rosary/index.html meaning of the mysteries

word puzzle http://www.silk.net/RelEd/rosarywordsearch.htm

Rosary word search: http://www.silk.net/RelEd/rosarywordsearch.htm

Rosary
Why and how we pray the Rosary

Praying the Rosary site