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Prayers for Year Groups

Please find below some common prayers that we use at Holy Cross.

Suggested prayers by year group:

Reception and Year 1: Sign of the Cross, Glory Be, School Prayer

Year 2: School Prayer, Hail Mary

Year 3: Hail Mary, Our Father

Year 4: Our Father, Shema

Year 5 & Year 6: Prayer by St. Teresa of Avila, Prayer of St. Francis

Sign of the Cross

(The sign of the Cross is done with the right hand)

In the name of the Father, (touch forehead)

and of the Son, (touch chest)

and of the Holy Spirit. (touch each shoulder)


Glory Be

Glory be to the Father,

and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning,

is now and ever shall be,

world without end.


School Prayer

Father in heaven, we give you today:

all that we think, and do, and say;

And we join it with all that was done

by Jesus Christ, your Son.


Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace,

the Lord is with thee;

Blessed art thou among women

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

Pray for us sinners, now,

and at the hour of our death.


Our Father

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.


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Shema: Prayer of Israel

Hear, Israel,

the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.

Blessed be the name of his glorious kingdom

for ever and ever.

And you shall love the Lord your God

with all your heart

and with all your soul

and with all your might.

And these words that I command you today shall be in your heart.

Prayer by St. Teresa of Avila

Christ has no body now on earth but yours,

No hands but yours,

No feet but yours;

Yours are the eyes

through which is to look

at Christ's compassion to the world;

Yours are the feet

with which he is to go about doing good;

Yours are the hands

with which he is to bless people now.

Prayer of St Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy.

Divine Master, grant that I may not so much -

Seek to be consoled, as to console;

To be understood, as to understand;

To be loved, as to love;

For it is in giving that we receive,

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.