October 13, 2013

The Power of Children's Prayers

On Friday, October 4, the Feast of St. Francis, the children and faculty of St. Catherine School in Tulsa, joined all of the children of the world in a Eucharistic Holy Hour. The Holy Hour was offered for the intentions of our Holy Father, Pope Francis as well as for Peace, especially in families. A Unity Candle was lit in front of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. During the Holy Hour we prayed the Fatima Prayers, Marian Consecration Prayers, and a World Mission Rosary.

The children’s prayers were said with energy and enthusiasm even though many of the prayers were new to them. Each decade of the Mission Rosary was offered for a country in the world and their intentions.  Some of the children said, “Sister, I knelt the whole time and offered it as a sacrifice.” I told them that would make Jesus very happy! The students and faculty all felt the power of prayer during this very special time. We closed our Holy Hour by singing “The Peace Prayer.” To hear the voices of children praying and singing almost brought tears to my eyes. We were joined with all of the angels and saints in the heavenly choir. With all of the strife in our world today, it is heartening and hopeful to see and hear children eager to pray. St. Francis was definitely present with us as we sang and prayed together.

The afternoon of our feastday continued our prayer in a different way.  Fr. Bradley, our Pastor, came over to the school for a pet blessing. St. Francis would have been very happy to see all of the children’s pets and the excitement of having their pets blessed. As the children played for a short time on the playground afterwards, Father went around with Holy Water and blessed them. There were many blessings and graces “showering” down from heaven on this most joyful feastday of St. Francis!

- Written by Sister M. Margaret, FSGM

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