At St. Dunstan’s Catholic Primary School, the children are taught traditional Catholic prayers in certain year groups. We firmly believe that prayer is the best way to communicate with God and it is a vehicle for daily dialogue with God. Our daily prayers in St. Dunstan’s provide us with an opportunity to share our lives with God and our daily prayers give us the chance to express our gratitude for the things that God provides.
Below is a list of the prayers taught to different year groups. They can be used at home as well as at school to deepen the children’s knowledge of how Christians live and act today. Pray as a family at home and look out for the class prayer books that are sent home with different children to encourage family prayer time.
Remember the Old Saying:
“The Family that prays together-stays together.”
Why is it important to spend time alone with God praying?
All relationships take time.
A relationship with God is an opportunity to spend time with someone who loves you and is an opportunity for you to really get to know God.
When you say these school prayers, you are deepening your relationship with God.
Father in heaven, you love me,
you are with me night and day.
I want to love you always
in all I do and say.
I'll try to please you, Father,
bless me through the day.
God our Father, I come to say
thank you for your love today.
Thank you for my family
and all the friends you give to me.
Guard me in the dark of night
and in the morning send your light.
Grace before Meals Prayer
Bless us, O God, as we sit together.
Bless the food we eat today.
Bless the hands that made the food.
Bless us, O God.
Grace after Meals Prayer
Thank you, God, for the food we have eaten.
Thank you, God, for all our friends.
Thank you, God, for everything,
Thank you God.
As the children get older, we learn new prayers. Click below to see the prayers learnt in each year group.
At the end of all assemblies we say ‘Bidding prayers’. These are petitions to God Our Father giving thanks or asking for interventions.
These end with the words: ‘Lord in Your Mercy’ to which the children answer ‘Hear our prayers.'