Prayers to Teach Preschool through First Graders

Faith is a part of all we do in Catholic schools. You can help your preschool, prekindergarten and kindergarten student prepare for school – and for life – by working with them to practice the following Catholic prayers.

Sign of the Cross

Touch your forehead and say, “In the name of the Father,” then move down to the middle of the chest, saying, “and the Son,” and then left and right shoulders, saying, “and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” 

Moving from the forehead to the chest reminds us of the incarnation of Christ, His coming down Heaven. Moving from left to right is a way to symbolize moving from sin to blessing. 

Glory Be Prayer

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.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

Meal prayers (also sometimes referred to as “saying grace”)

Bless us, O Lord, for these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.” (Typically making the Sign of the Cross before and after this prayer)

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, to rule and guide.

Introduction of the Rosary

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