Prayer during Lent - Catholic Courier
Members of the Walczak family sit on their couch for an evening prayer in this Nov. 2014 file photo. Members of the Walczak family sit on their couch for an evening prayer in this Nov. 2014 file photo.

Prayer during Lent

Here are few possibilities for praying as a family during Lent or at any other time of the year:

Prayer before meals
Meals are a natural time to pray as a family. We can begin by simply saying, "Let’s pray," or "Let’s pause for a minute to give thanks." This can be a brief prayer. Brief prayer doesn’t have to be without substance or prayer.

Praying at other times
In the Morning: It can be quite transformative of our family bonds, in faith, to pause very briefly to pray together in the morning. This might be a spontaneous prayer, such as while we are lying in bed. When we are rushing around one another in the kitchen and grabbing breakfast, it can be wonderful to pause to pray and simply ask the Lord to be with each of us in what we are about to do.

Other times: Such as cleaning or preparation for guests coming for dinner or for an overnight slumber party. We might share the responsibilities for designing the family prayer for special occasions: birthdays, anniversaries, the beginning and end of a school year, the beginning of a new endeavor.

Simple rituals
We can easily add gestures that bring powerful prayer to our family life. One of the simplest and most natural gestures is to trace a cross on a loved one’s forehead. 

Praying for one another
The most important part of family prayer is perhaps the easiest to overlook: how we hold one another up to the Lord. Even when we are not physically together as a praying family, we want to pray for one another. May our Lord bless our praying, especially at home, in the community of our family, in these days of Lent. 

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