Prayer is an important way to develop and express our relationship with God. There are many ways to pray. We can use both traditional and personal forms of prayer. Personal prayer is speaking to God / Te Atua from your heart: asking, thanking, praising and adoring. Traditional prayers can be prayed on our own, as a family or as a community. Here are the important Traditional Prayers for Year 0 and 1 children at Holy Cross School.
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Ko te Tohu o te Rīpeka
Ki te ingoa o te Matua, me te Tamaiti, me te Wairua Tapu. Āmene.
God, my loving Creator, This new day is for you.
Please bless everything, I think, I say, I do. Amen
O Jesus, through the most pure heart of Mary,
I offer you my prayers, works, joys and sufferings
of this day, for all the intentions of your divine heart.
Hail Mary full of Grace, The Lord is with you
Blessed are you amongst women
And Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus
Holy Mary Mother of God, Pray for us sinners now
and at the hour of our death. Amen
Grace before Meals
Bless us O Lord, Bless this food, Bless those who have prepared it,
Give food to the hungry and to the well-fed, a hunger for justice. Amen
Glory be to the Father, And to the Son, And to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, Is now and ever shall be, World without end. Amen.
Simple Prayers of the Mass
And with your Spirit
Thanks be to God
Praise to you, O Lord Jesus Christ