Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Prayer Life as a Family....

I have touched briefly on our prayer life as a family....
But always promised to touch more on it...
So here I am today to go into depth of what we do daily as a family....
I love every aspect of our faith and I love that we are teaching our children early...
I grew up with pretty much no prayer or church life.
I knew who God was and that was pretty much it.

People always ask how our children are so well behaved at Mass...
I think it has a lot to do with our prayer life outside of church...
We teach them daily that we need to be quiet and listen during prayers as well as mass....
We want our children to be fully aware of everything about the Church and God.

Each night we gather in our room and do evening prayers from the Liturgy of The Hours book....
Christian Prayer
There is a different set of evening prayers for each night...
They take about 5 minutes including singing.

After night prayers we do the rosary as a family...
(we used to only do this with Vincent because Luke was so young but now that they share a room in their big boy beds we started last month having Luke join us)
We have Vincent repeat the first Our Father, the first 3 Hail Mary's, Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer
{cutest thing ever to hear him}
The boys then just listen for the rest....

**When Jordan travels I use the Holy Rosary site on my iPad and Vincent can touch and check each time we say each section of the rosary. Click on which day it is and the checklist pops up! Really easy to stay on track and have the kids help during the rosary.**

After prayers and rosary we brush teeth and end with Bible Stories, we do one or two a night, when the book is complete we start again at the beginning.
New Catholic Picture Bible

Other things that help kids....
The children's rosary is our fave. Non toxic (my kids chewed on it as babes lol) and large colorful beads!


On top of our night time routine,
We also say a prayer before meals....
Vincent says it even before ice cream or snacks...it's pretty funny!
Here is a video I caught from Easter of him saying it!
{I was slow at getting lens off}
"Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts 
which we are about to receive from 
Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen."

That is pretty much our prayers involved in daily life...
They take about 30 minutes at night which seems small given the 24 hours in a day....

Never in a million years did I imagine doing this many prayers with my kids, 
But honestly once you get in the swing of things it is like second nature!
If you are looking to start more prayers do it! 
Hearing your children pray is one of the sweetest things! 

If you have any questions regarding any of this let me know!

xoxo

11 comments:

  1. Love this!! I have personally witnessed Vincent's before meal prayer skills and they are to-die-for cute :)

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  2. I really admire this, it's incredible the foundation you've built for your boys.
    I hope to do half as well as you!

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  3. I love this, we do evening prayers as well with our 2.5yo, he gets to pick from his prayer book, or mine or my husbands, or from one of many prayer cards. We usually do two, than brush teeth, than into bed for stories, 1 or 2 regular ol' kids stories, and than Bible stories. We do the same, go through the children's Bible we have, get to the end, and start again. We also prayer before all meals. We want to start doing the Rosary, but saving it for just once a week.
    It makes me so happy seeing another family doing what we do with our kids. All I ever hear from family/friends is "we will when they are older" why start when they are older? Do it now, it's never to late to start, and never to early to get them into the habit of praying.
    Great work!!!!

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  4. Pretty sure I cried at Easter because his prayer was so beautiful:)

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  5. I think this is the sweetest thing ever! We need to make it much more of a priority in our lives, especially with the little one. He knows the Our Father and Hail Mary, but doing the Rosary at least a few times a week would be a great way to bring more prayer time into their lives. Thanks for sharing this!

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  6. OH heavens... I could die by the cuteness in this post alone! V singing... stop it now! Bless his adorable heart! I LOVE the prayer book idea, I'll have to look into something like that. Daddy is usually in bed, so Jax & I always have our prayer time... that might mix it up & make it a lil more "fun!"

    AWWW... I am honored to be on your sidebar my dear! THANK you bunches! XO

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  7. I love this! We need to do more of this at home - never too early to start!

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  8. I LOVE.adore this.
    soo soo special :)

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  9. You guys are such great parents!!!!! V is sooo adorable!!!

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  10. THAT IS ADORABLE! (The video)
    Allie, you guys are who I want to be. Thanks for sharing the book you read bible stories out of. I'll be looking for one for sure!

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  11. Oh my!! This is awesome and y'all are awesome parents! Thanks for sharing. Totally gave me inspiration to keep going with B. Even though he still eats through our prayers before meals. Ha.

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