Throughout fall, on a weekly basis, one second grade student in each class takes home a Prayer Chalice so it may be “filled with prayers”. As members of the class receiving the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist this year, students also receive a binder of prayers to help each family deepen their appreciation for the Eucharist. All families review of materials with their child and discuss the importance of Eucharistic Adoration, as well as some worship aides that help our students discover the meaning in this beautiful devotion.
Here is one of the “Celebrating First Eucharist” prayers that parent and child pray together:
Parent: After Jesus nourishes us in the Eucharist, we are asked to go out to be “Bread for the World”. Eucharist calls us to help feed those around us who are hungry for food, others are hungry for love, or care, or friendship.
Parent: Some people in our world are hungry for food. They don’t have enough to eat.
Child: Open our hands, God. Help us to share what we have with others.
Parent: Some people in our world are hungry for care. They are sad or lonely. They need comfort and support.
Child: Open our eyes, God. Help us see the needs of those around us.
Parent: Some people in our world are hungry for friendship. They are excluded because others think they are different in some way.
Child: Open our hearts, God. Help us to share your love with others.
(Together, make a commitment to bring the love of Jesus to someone in need by asking and discussing the following.)
Someone we know is in need of help is . . .
This person is hungry for (food, love, care, friendship, prayers) . . .
We will help bring Jesus’ love and care to this person by . . .
Parent and Child: AMEN