Sunday, June 5, 2011

Celebrating the Mass Lesson- The Lord’s Prayer

(This lesson is in accordance with the new Roman Missal that is to be implemented on November 27, 2011.)

*Be sure to adjust this lesson to fit the needs of your students.

(Please take in consideration that I am just a Mom and I'm providing these lessons and activities to the best of my abilities. I will try to make them as accurate as possible, but I know I will make a few mistakes and it was not intentional.)

The Communion Rite follows the Eucharistic Prayer, leading the faithful to the Eucharistic table.

The rite begins with the Lord's Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer the entire Church says every single day at every Mass and it is part of the Communion Rite. Jesus taught us The Lord’s Prayer to his disciples when they asked how to pray (cf. Mt 6:9-13, Lk 11:2-4) and it signifies our communion with God and the fellowship we share with one another. In this prayer, the people join their voices to pray for the coming of God's kingdom and to ask God to provide for our needs, forgive our sins, and bring us to the joy of heaven.

There are seven petitions in The Lord’s Prayer. The first three petitions are directed towards God. The last four petitions are directed toward ourselves and our neighbor.

In the Lord's Prayer a petition is made for daily food, which for Christians means the Eucharistic bread, and also for purification from sin, so that what is holy may, in fact, be given to those who are holy. The priest says the invitation to the prayer, and all the faithful say it with him; the priest alone adds the embolism (insertion or addition), which the people conclude with a doxology. The embolism begs for deliverance from evil for the entire community of the faithful.

We stand as we say or sing the Lord’s Prayer just before Holy Communion. In some churches the congregation holds hands to show that they are one family in Christ.

After the chalice and paten have been set down, the Priest, with hands joined, says:

At the Savior’s command
and formed by divine teaching,
we dare to say:

The priest extends his hands and, together with the people, continues:

(The people that are holding hands say this aloud with the priest.)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

With hands extended, the Priest alone continues, saying:

Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil,
graciously grant peace in our days,
that, by the help of your mercy,
we may be always free from sin
and safe from all distress,
as we await the blessed hope
and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The priest joins his hands.

The people conclude the prayer, acclaiming:

(If the people are holding hands they raise their hands higher and say the following.)

For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

(The people then stop holding hands.)

An entire section of the Catechism focuses on the Lord's Prayer and it explains in detail the rich meaning of each line of the prayer that was given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ himself as a model.

The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson 38: The Our Father (page 231-235)


Who taught us the Lord’s Prayer? (Jesus)

Do we stand or sit during the Lord’s Prayer? (Stand)

Do we say or sing this prayer? (It is sung or said aloud.)

Why do some churches hold hands when they say/sing this prayer? (To show that they are one family in Christ.)

Activities: Our Father (mini book) The Lord’s Prayer (mini book)
Directions and template. Catholic version down at bottom.


Introduce craft: What do some parishioners often do during the Lord’s Prayer? (Hold hands.)

Make paper doll chains. Paper Dolls (scroll down for directions and templates for paper doll chain) Simple Paper Doll Chain template Boy and Girl Paper Chain People (scroll down to the word template about half way down to print out) Spring Handprint Card
Put prayer inside card. Lord’s Prayer Chain
Be sure to print out the short version (Catholic) Teaching the Lord’s Prayer with a Banner Craft

Our Father Magnet

Need: 8 Popsicle sticks, craft foam pieces, “Our Father” prayer printed on paper (size of print should be about 8 pt.), sticky magnet, index card, glue

Directions: Make a popsicle stick picture frame. Glue craft foam pieces on frame to decorate. Let frame dry. While frame is drying, go to next activity, then come back and finish frame. Cut out “Our Father” prayer that is printed on paper and glue to index card. Cut to fit on the back of the frame with “Our Father” prayer showing on the front of the frame. Attach sticky magnet to top of frame on back to make it into a magnet.


These games below are from More than 100 Missions Bible Memory Games and Other Activities

Spill the Verse- Make several copies of the Lord’s Prayer on construction paper. Cut the paper into several pieces and place in a baby food jar. Children are to spill the Lord’s Prayer onto the table and try to put it together. Check the prayer by looking it up in their prayer books.

Spin the Verse- The Lord’s Prayer is written on a piece of paper and taped to the outside of a soda bottle. Have children sit in a circle. “It” sits in the center and spins the bottle. Whoever the bottle points to when it stops spinning must read the Lord’s Prayer aloud to the group. That person then becomes “It.”

Step on It- Print each word of the Lord’s Prayer in large letters on a separate sheet of paper. Tape in random order onto the floor, close enough for succeeding words to be reached in a step. Children should step on one word at a time in the proper order to quote the prayer. Repeat until all the children have “Stepped on it.”

Tic-Tac-Toe- Divide the children into two teams, the “X”s and “0”s. Draw a tic-tac-toe grid on the chalk or white board. Have the team members recite certain portions of the Lord’s Prayer, eventually reciting the prayer in its entirety. Each time the team members correctly recite the Lord’s Prayer and its sections, mark Xs and Os on the grid until a team gets three in a row.

Tie Up a Verse- Print each word of the Lord’s Prayer on 3” x 5” cards. Make several sets. Give each child a 1 piece of yarn. Punch a hole in the top of each set of cards. Jumble them and ask the children to thread the cards onto the yarn in proper order. Repeat until each child can repeat the Lord’s Prayer from memory.

Token Recall- Say the Lord’s Prayer together as a group. Then, have the children close their eyes. Place a token (small token or inexpensive items for tokens such as candy, erasers, pencils, or other items) under the chair of one of the children. Ask, “Who’s got the token?” to signal for the children to look under their chairs. Whoever has the token stands and says the prayer aloud. If he says it correctly, he gets to put the token under another child’s chair. Give him a token to keep for saying the verse. Be certain each child is rewarded for attempting to say the prayer, even if he does not say it perfectly.

True/False- Say the Lord’s Prayer together several times. Then, change words in the prayer and read it aloud to the children. Let them determine if the reading is true or false. If it is false, they should identify which words were added or removed. (You can also write this on the board to make it easier.)

Undercover Verses- Print the Lord’s Prayer on a piece of construction paper. Cut another piece of construction paper into eight jig-saw pieces. Cover the prayer with the jig-saw pieces, each attached with a small piece of rolled masking tape at the back. Number the puzzle pieces one to eight. Let each child have a turn calling out a number. Remove that puzzle piece.
See if the child can say the prayer. If not, then another child calls out a number and so on until someone can quote the entire prayer.

Introduce games: What prayer did Jesus teach us? Do you know it? Let’s find out.

Prayer Review:

1. Say a line from the prayer “Our Father” and have the students say the following line. Go back and forth until the prayer is finished.

2. Have the students sit in a circle. Tell the students that they are going to recite the “Our Father”. Have each student say one word in the prayer and the next person will say the following word. If someone makes a mistake or gets stuck, he or she begins over again with the first word of the prayer. The last person that says, “Amen” finishes the prayer.

3. Ball Pass: Have the students sit in a circle. The teacher turns her back to the students and she says, "Pass, pass, pass." The students then pass a ball to their right around the circle. When the teacher says, "Stop," the child holding the ball and the person to his right and left say the prayer together.

4. Write the Our Father on strips of paper or card stock. Cut out strips and glue strips of the Our Father in the proper order on a piece of construction paper. (For younger students you can do this together as a group activity.) You can also play this as a game by dividing the class into teams and give each team the strips of the Our Father. See which team can put it in the proper order the fastest.

The Lord's Prayer (file folder game)- A fun way to practice and see how well you know the Lord’s Prayer. (Catholic version of Debbie's ffg)

Puzzles: 3 Lord’s Prayer (word searches)

The two activities below are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these activities are not my own and are from various internet sources.

Lord’s Prayer puzzle- All you need is some heavy paper and a copy machine. Copy the puzzle and have the children glue it on some heavy paper and color. Then have the children cut on the lines to make a puzzle. Have the children put the puzzle together to practice the Our Father. Put puzzle pieces in an envelope or ziplock bag. (Catholic version)

The Lord’s Prayer- (crossword)

Worksheets: Our Father handwriting in print and cursive (scroll down for these) cloze activity with word bank Cut out words and put the words in order. Paste the words in order on a piece of construction paper.

These worksheets below are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.

Our Father worksheet- Fill in the blanks from a word from below. Do it on the board together with the students if they need help.

The Lord’s Prayer (worksheet)- Answer the following questions about the meaning of The Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father Roll a Prayer Worksheet- Cut out prayer strips. Students roll a die to collect all the pieces to their prayer. The first one to collect all the pieces to the prayer is the winner. Students then glue in the spaces provided the prayer in the correct order.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Awesome! i'm from South Korea and now in Utah. this is exactly what i wanted to know for my mass here. Thank you so much! Peaces is with you!