Prayer Memorization

 Memorizing Traditional Catholic Prayers

Teaching children to pray is one of the greatest responsibilities and privileges of a Catholic parent. In order to enable your children to enjoy a lifetime of praying together with their Catholic family comfortably, they must know at least the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and Act of Contrition. To support you in this enter­prise, we offer many resources, listed below. Don't get overwhelmed or discouraged! Reach out to us early with any concerns; we are here to work with you to make the best plan for your family, including adaptations for special needs and circumstances.

Tips for Memorization

  • Pray together at the same time every day, like before bed or during car rides.
  • Put copies of the prayers in key places, such as on the bathroom mirror to be read while brushing teeth and on the table for mealtimes.
  • Practice.
  • Number the lines of the prayer.
  • Read the prayer, focusing on the first line.
  • Then shut eyes, say the first line from memory, open eyes and read the rest of the prayer focusing on the second line, and so on.
  • Sing the prayers.* 
  • Pray with hand motions.*
  • Do activity sheets of the prayers.*
  • Have the children decorate or illustrate the prayers.*
  • Reflect on the meaning of the prayers.*

Preparing for First Communion

Those who are in their second year of preparation for First Communion must recite the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and Act of Contrition from memory at the faith formation office in the spring during the following times: February 28: 12-4 pm, March 1: 9 am-4 pm, Math 2: 9 am-4 pm, March 3: 9 am-7 pm, Math 4: 9 am-7 pm.

*Support materials on www.StAgnesNaples.org

 

Our Father resources:

Hail Mary resources: 

Glory Be resources: 

Act of Contrition resources: