Prayers for children to learn and treasure

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On the first Monday of the month, Ten Ten send a newsletter to parents who have attended a parent session in a school.  The newsletter includes a chapter from the booklet “Being a Parent Today: Children, Faith and Family Life”, published by the CTS.

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In my diocese (Westminster), the Archbishop has asked that the prayer ‘Hail Holy Queen’ is said at all Masses as a dedication throughout the Year of Mercy

When I was a child, my Nan used to get us all to say the Hail Holy Queen.  Admittedly, it’s quite a complicated prayer and at a young age I definitely got some of the words wrong on a regular basis!  In fact, it is only in recent adult life that I have actually discovered and understood the actual words themselves.  Nevertheless, it has been comforting to return to the prayer and discover its richness as an adult.

(Interestingly, I had the same comforting feeling the other day when I heard Shakin’ Stevens on the radio singing ‘This Ole House’ which was the first record I ever bought!  What was your favourite song from childhood?  Look it up on YouTube!  I truly believe that God sings to us through the music we loved as children…)

This month’s First Monday Newsletter is titled ‘Prayers to Learn and Treasure’.  You will find numerous standard prayers – some of them you may have forgotten since you were a child.  See if your heart lands on a particular prayer and perhaps make a commitment to learn and treasure it.  You may also like to find one that your children are unfamiliar with and teach it to them.

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Martin O'Brien

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Martin O'Brien is the founder and Artistic Director of Ten Ten Theatre. Starting his working life as a professional actor, Martin performed in the West End (Blood Brothers) and at the National Theatre (twice) as well as appearing in many TV dramas throughout the 1990’s. He then developed a second career as a writer, winning the BBC Northern Exposure Award for his play “On Eagles Wings” and writing for the BBC One drama “Doctors” and numerous radio plays. He founded Ten Ten Theatre – a professional theatre company with an underlying Christian ethos rooted in the Catholic tradition - with his sister Clare in 2007. Since that time, Ten Ten has developed a wide-ranging programme in drama-based Relationship Education in primary schools, secondary schools and parishes, currently working with over 80,000 children and young people every year. The company has also won awards for its work with young offender institutions and has more recently moved into mainstream theatre productions, starting with the sell-out production of “Kolbe’s Gift” at the off-West End venue, The Leicester Square Theatre, in October 2013. When not working, Martin tries (and sometimes, just sometimes, succeeds) to beat his 12-year-old nephew on Fifa…

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