In this 5th Grade lesson, you study Prayer: Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. You will also learn about different types of vocal and mental prayer.
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Anna of Austria with her Children, Praying to the Holy Trinity with St. Benedict and his sister St. Scholastica by Philippe de Champaigne, 1640
Jesus set an example for us by teaching us how to pray. This means He wants prayer to be a part of your daily life. In Mark 1:34-35 it states: “And He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And He would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew Him. And in the morning, a great while before day, He rose and went out to a lonely place. And there He prayed.”
If Jesus prayed to the Father, how much more important is it for you to pray? Prayer is speaking to God as a Friend. When you pray, you lift up your heart and mind to God. You can pray in many ways. You can ask God for help. You can express sorrow for your sins. You can show gratitude for His Graces. You can pray for others. Prayer is about spending time with God. When you love someone you want to spend as much time with them as possible. You want to share your joys, sorrows, worries, and needs with them. You like telling them about your life because you love them. Spending time with the Lord in prayer every day should be a number one priority.
There are many different types of prayer. Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving and Supplication are all special ways to pray. A good way to remember this is by remembering the word “ACTS.” Let's examine what each of these prayer types do.
A = Adoration
Adoration means worshipping and loving God. You pray to Him because He is your Creator. You tell Him how wonderful He is because He is God. He is above all else. The best way to adore God is before the Holy Eucharist. But, you can adore Him anywhere you are, such as in the quiet of your room. When you pray the Act of Contrition, you address God as “all good and deserving of all my love.” Tell God that He deserves more than you can ever give Him. One important way to adore God is during the Mass. The priest consecrates the bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ. He elevates the Sacred Host and Chalice. When he does this, you should adore God and pray silently in St. Thomas’ words, “My Lord and My God.” This is a simple and beautiful way to adore God and show your faith.
C = Contrition
Contrition means to be sorry for your sins. When you are contrite, you humbly tell God you are sorry for having offended Him. You beg God for His forgiveness because your sins hurt Him and the Church. You ask for mercy for the bad t... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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