Lead your child(ren) in reciting a Morning Offering at the start of each day.
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer You my prayers, works,
joys and sufferings
of this day for all the intentions
of Your Sacred Heart,
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
throughout the world,
in reparation for my sins,
for the intentions of all my relatives and friends,
and in particular
for the intentions of the Holy Father.
Memories Of A Lifetime
I have memories of being younger and waking as my mother pulled up the window shades calling my brother and me to pray. She would lead us in prayer with the two of us repeating after her line by line if not sometimes word for word.
The Morning Offering is a solid and quick start to the day calling on Jesus to be with you through the day as you offer all to Him.
Helping The Youngest To Pray
When we were were much younger, she would improvise when to have us repeat as appropriate and help us with all of the intentions emphasizing those intentions of our world – our family, the pets, the weather, the flowers, our stuffed animals, the coming events and holidays, our fears, our hopes, and other concerns of a young person. We may add, as appropriate, concerns for those who may not have enough food, toys, safety, and the like.
Morning Prayer was always so much shorter than evening prayer as we were more eager to get up than we were to go to bed. The evening seemed so much more appropriate a time to invite and include every intention we could imagine. For us, the children, the many added intentions had the secondary effect of postponing the inevitable moment for lights out.
Forming The Child
A set Morning Offering will be easily memorized as your family repeats it every morning. Such a classic prayer also touches on the more critical aspects of the day’s offerings. The Morning Offering is simple. As your child grows, you can print the prayer out as the vocabulary of your child(ren) grows. As a teacher, I was so often surprised at what more students retained than imagined.
Praying it together also ensures the prayer is said each day. Such practices are how habits are acquired. Such habits are the building blocks of a child’s formation.
Peace of Jesus in the womb of Mary be with you.
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