Do you pray as a family?

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Do you pray as a family?
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Wed, 04-01-2009 - 7:17am

Do you pray as a family?



  • Yes- pray with DH, children, grandparents, etc.
  • Yes- pray with DH and our children
  • Yes- pray with DH
  • Yes- pray with our children, but not DH
  • No- I just pray privately by myself
  • No- I don't pray
  • other


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Registered: 07-24-2006
Wed, 04-01-2009 - 7:21am

I was just wondering what everyone else's family does.

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Wed, 04-01-2009 - 10:06am

I voted "pray with children and DH," but that's not entirely accurate. I pray with the children, and sometimes DH joins us. I think praying together helps them to think beyond themselves, as they learn to pray for others' needs. DH doesn't give it the priority that I do, and because arguing about praying doesn't make sense, I've stopped trying to make it a true family prayer time every evening. If I'm not home, he prays with the kids, and if he's around when we pray -- but it is at bedtime, and he's often doing something else.


Our list of prayers has expanded. We say the Our Father, the Hail Mary, the Guardian Angel prayer (that would be a great one for your daughter!), the Memorare, and occassionally the Glory Be. We also sometimes sing a prayer that my son learned at school. Then we have special prayers, where each child prays for whatever he/she wants to.


I think I need to pray separately with my 4 year old. Our prayers have gotten too long, and he doesn't know all of them, so he gets antsy. I started my oldest with the Our Father and Guardian Angel prayer, and I think I'll go back to that with my 4 year old.


We also say Grace before meals.


When I was little, I prayed on my own once I knew my prayers -- probably by age 6 or so. I wasn't concerned that my parents weren't praying with me, and it didn't harm my faith. Still, I like praying with my children, even when their prayers are things like, "Please help my brother to stop annoying me." ;-)

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Wed, 04-01-2009 - 10:07am

We pray as a family,DH and I pray intimately just the two of us too.

 

 

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Wed, 04-01-2009 - 10:25am

Hey Polly!


Could you let me know what the Guardian Angel prayer is?

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Wed, 04-01-2009 - 10:35am
I pray by myself.


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Wed, 04-01-2009 - 6:17pm

I mostly pray alone.

 


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Thu, 04-02-2009 - 9:50am

Here is the Guardian Angel prayer:


Angel of God, My Guardian Dear
to whom God's love commits me here.


Ever this day be at my side
to light and guard and rule and guide.


I love the simplicity of this prayer; it reminds me of when both of my kids were in Kindergarten as this is the prayer with which they began each day.


Michele


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Thu, 04-02-2009 - 9:53am

Count me among those who prefers to pray privately. Aside from grace before meals which we pray together, and prayers over our Advent wreath, we do not do any family praying.


I wonder if it's a generational thing? I've noticed many people younger than I with whom I am involved with in parish/school functions have no problem with "group" prayer.


Michele

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Thu, 04-02-2009 - 2:08pm

I'm one of those who prefers to pray privately. Maybe it is a generational thing as someone else suggested? Both my dh and I are cradle Catholics brought up in the mid 50's, went to parochial schools throughout and even Catholic college, but I know he definitely is not comfortable with praying in any group setting. I'm not really either. In my parish there are a number of Catholic Charismatics who are as you might imagine very comfortable with that style of prayer (we all manage to coexist very peacefully LOL), but I feel my style of spirituality/prayer is much more "contemplative". We are fortunate to have a Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at our parish and I've been a weekly adorer since the beginning, about 12 years now. That's what I'm most comfortable with.


Ruth

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Fri, 04-03-2009 - 8:33am

We say grace at dinner. We used to gather at bedtime to pray as a family but with three teens, it's a rare night that all 7 of us are home at night. Somehow that practice slipped away from us; I think it happened in Germany. Sigh.


Dh and I have never prayed together as just a couple. It's not our style. We both pray by ourselves

Renee


Wife to Scott


Mom to: Madeleine, James, Abigail, Theresa & John

Renee


Wife to Scott


Mom to: Madeleine, James,

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