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Daily Prayers

September 27, 2017
By Our Lady of Sorrows School
8th Grade Students Praying during Holy Mass

Faculty, staff and students at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School pause throughout the day to pray together as a community.

Our first community prayer takes place in the gym (for 1st - 8th grade) or in the classroom (for Montessori). Each classroom (teacher/students) is assigned a week to lead the school in morning prayer in the gym, as well as serve the wider community by taking service and ministry roles at that week's celebration of Holy Mass. Kinder 5 students have the opportunity to serve at Mass at the end of the year as well.

The next time that 1st - 8th grade students pray together is in their classroom, sometimes utilizing their classroom altars. Self-contained classrooms will generally pray at the start and end of the day, while Jr. High classes will pray at the beginning and end of each different class they attend. Montessori students are taught to pray at their classroom altar with a short prayerful ritual at any time they would like, and the rest of the class is taught to be respectful of their classmates when they are in prayer.

Our next prayer pause is the Prayer Before Meals. Each class prays this together before they head out to recess and lunch.

At Noon the whole school pauses for a few minutes to pray the Angelus. It's a prerecorded audio file that is played over the schools intercom system, and it gives us all a chance to invoke Mary's protection and prayers for us as the patroness of the school.

Finally, at the end of the day, the whole school pauses once more to pray part of the Divine Mercy prayer together. It helps bring our school day to a close, and it helps to remind all of us that God is watching over us, and that his merciful love and forgiveness are always with us.

In your own homes, having a set time for prayer will help children understand the importance of prayer, while helping to bond family members together. The prayers we use at school are at the bottom of this article. You may want to use these at home as your children are very familiar with them. Every religion book we use also has a selection of Catholic prayers, either at the beginning or end of the book.

May the peaceful presence of the Holy Spirit lead you ever deeper into prayer this school year.

Blessings & Peace,
Hugo De La Rosa III

Morning Assembly – Ending Prayer
Leader:                 We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you
Response:           Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Noontime Prayer – The Angelus
Leader:                 The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
Response:           And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace . . .

Leader:                 Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
Response:           Be it done unto me according to your word.

Hail Mary, full of grace . . .

Leader:                 And the Word was made Flesh:
Response:           And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace . . .

Leader:                 Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
Response:           That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Pour forth, we ask you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts; that as we have known the incarnation of Christ, your Son, by the message of an angel, so by His passion and cross we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.

End of the Day Prayer – 3 O’Clock Prayer to The Divine Mercy
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls and an ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fountain of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in You. 

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and the whole world. (3 times)

Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in You!