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Below are some prayers which can be used in school assemblies.
They are grouped as follows:
  • Common Prayers
  • Prayers for School Trips
  • Prayers for Penitential Services
  • Sorry Prayers
  • The Hand Prayer
  • Prayers For Mary
  • Prayers About Love (Bidding Prayers)
Some can be adapted to suit your school and age group.

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A selection of prayers to fit most assemblies.

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 trepasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Hail Mary full of grace the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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. Amen.

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. Amen.

A Morning Prayer
Almighty Father, keep us safe today by your strong grace, so that we do not fail you. May every word we speak, all our thoughts and all our actions be directed towards doing your will. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.


May God's thoughts be in my mind,
God's words be on my lips,
God's love be in my heart.

Morning Offering
My God, I offer up to You
My heart and soul and all I do or think or say,
And all my work and all my play,
Uniting it with what was done
On earth by Jesus Christ, Your Son.

For the Sick
Heal Thy servants, 0 Lord, who are sick and put their trust in You. Send them help and comfort from Your holy place and restore their health to them, if it be Your will.

For the Souls of the Faithful Departed
Eternal Rest give unto them O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.

Act of Faith
My God, I believe in you and all that your church teaches,
because you have said it, and your word is true.

Act of Hope
My God, I hope in you, for grace and for glory, because of your promises, your mercy and your power.

Act of Charity
0 my God, because You are so good, I love You above all things and I love my neighbour as myself for love of you.

Grace Before and After Meals
Bless us 0 Lord, and these your gifts which we are about to receive by your goodness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


We give you thanks, almighty God, for these and all your gifts which we have received through Christ our Lord. Amen

Come Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray: 0 God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may be always truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation.

The Angelus
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary...
Behold the handmaid of the Lord
Be it done to me according to your word.
Hail Mary...
And the Word was made flesh
And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary...
Pray for us, 0 holy Mother of God
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech you, 0 Lord, your grace into our hearts that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, your Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may be brought by his passion and cross + to the glory of his resurrection, through the same Christ our lord. Amen.

An Act of Sorrow
0 my God because you are so good, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you and by the help of your grace I will not sin again.

A Blessing
0 dear Lord Jesus
Bless me now with Your grace.
Bless my memory that it may never forget You
Bless my mind that it may always think of You
Bless my will that it may try to please You
Bless my body and all its actions
Bless my heart and everyone it loves
Bless me now and at the hour of my death
Bless us all and bring us safe to heaven
to be happy with You for ever. Amen.

For Our Parents
0 God of all grace and charity, You are our Father in heaven and Your love for us is greater than a mother's. To You we pray for the fathers and mothers You have given to us on earth. Bless them and be with them and give Your grace to them and to us. May they do your will towards us in all things. May we obey them with love and repay them with thoughtful attention. May our homes be happy and united and filled with the spirit of the Holy Family of Nazareth: through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.



These prayers could be read by children at the end of each day on a residential trip.
Choose one or two relevant prayers each day. Have the children sit in a circle and choose one or two children to read the prayers. This could be followed by private prayer.

1. Thank you, Lord, for your world. There is so much to discover ... so much to know ... so much to see... so much to do. Your world is so exciting. Thank you, Lord. Amen.

2. Thank you, Father, for holidays, for the excitement of packing ... for interesting places to explore ... for new people to meet ... for time to be with our friends. Help us to use this holiday to make new friends and to learn new things. Amen.

3. Sunshine brings happiness. It makes the sea sparkle. It makes the world shine. It makes us smile. Father, your love is like the sunshine. It fills our lives with happiness. It makes the whole world glad. Amen.

4. Thank you, Lord, for pocket money. We can do so many things with it.
We can spend it all at once, or we can save some. We can spend it on ourselves, or we can share it. We can buy postcards, or pencils, or toys. Help us to remember that we have pocket money because our parents gave it to us. They worked for it. Help us to give to others and to work hard. Amen.

5. Dear Father, when our arms and legs feel tired, when our eyelids close, when we keep yawning, then you know that we need to sleep.
Thank you for your gift of sleep. It's wonderful to curl up in a warm bed at night and to stretch out again in the morning feeling wide awake. Help us to sleep peacefully. Amen.

6. Lord Jesus, you were called a teacher by your friends. Our teachers work hard for us. Help us to notice when they are tired and when they themselves need help. Show us how to be thoughtful and caring towards them. Amen.

7. Lord, thank you for busy places: roads and shops and beaches.
Thank you for quiet places: museums and churches and villas.
You are in all those places. You are with us everywhere we go. Amen.

8. Father, you made the daytime for us to work and play. You made the nightime for us to rest and sleep. You never sleep. You watch over us always. Thank you. Amen.

9. Thank you, Lord, for teddy bears. They are soft and snuggly. They are never too busy for a cuddle. Amen.

10. Lord, it must be fun to drive a coach. It must be fun to steer a boat. It is also hard work. Thank you for people who help us travel. Amen.

11. Thank you, Father, for the seaside ... for the sandy beach and the splashing waves... for sand-castles and seaweed ... for crabs and shells and rocks... for screaming seagulls and hooting ships and the salty smell. Thank you for them all. Amen.

12. As we gather here today, keep us safe in work and play. Remind us to be kind and fair. With thanks we offer up this prayer. Amen.



These could be left on chairs for children waiting to speak to a priest.

Reflection Before Confession
Sometimes we do not live as Jesus asks us to.
Think about how you behave at home, at school, in other places - on your own and with other people. Have you done things which are wrong?
How have you hurt God, other people, yourself?

Father, Jesus was loving and kind to everyone in your family.
Please help me to be like him.
Sometimes I spoil the love of your family by being unkind and selfish.
Then I am not loving like Jesus.
I am sorry that I do this.
I will try to change. Amen.

Ask yourself:
Was I mean?
Was I nasty to others?
Did I tell lies?
Did I steal?
Did I damage things on purpose?
Was I quarrelsome?
Was I disobedient?
Did I swear?
Was I unhelpful?
Did I fail to forgive people who hurt me?

Did I try to be patient?
Did I do my best in class and at home?
Did I concentrate when praying?
What else have I done/not done?

God our Father, help me to remember the times when I didn't live as Jesus asks me to. Amen.

Jesus, my Lord, I have turned from you. I kept your love from all my friends, your love so strong and true. Forgive me, dear Lord Jesus, I turned away from you. Give me love for all my friends, your love so strong and true.

I confess to Almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Prayers For After Confession

Act of Sorrow
0 my God, I thank you for loving me. I am sorry for all my sins, for not loving others and not loving you.
Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again. Amen.

Act of Sorrow
0 my God, because you are so good, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you - and with the help of your grace I will not sin again. Amen.

Jesus we are better friends, better than before. Help me now to meet my friends and love them even more.

Hail Mary ...

Our Father ...



These prayers can be used in a Service of Reconciliation, or Confession, or in general assemblies, maybe during Lent.
They can be used as quiet, private reflection, if photocopied and made available during a reconciliation service, or as assembly prayers.

During Lent
Father, we are preparing for Easter.
We are going to try especially hard for the next few weeks.
We will try to be more helpful at home and at school.
We will try to give away some of our pocket money to help poor people.
We will try to share our crisps, and sweets more often.
This will not be easy but we will keep on trying, with your help. Amen.

I'm Sorry
Father, I've done something terrible and I'm in disgrace.
This is what I did ... (think)
I am sorry about it.
I know it didn't make you angry with me
and you never stopped loving me even though it was so bad.
But I stopped loving you.
My mum and dad are upset.
I am upset.
I want to put things right again.
Help me. Amen.

At Home
'We are sorry' could be used as a response in the next two prayers.

We are sorry, dear God, for the times we have upset our parents.
For not doing as we are told, we are sorry.
For being cross and rude, we are sorry.
For not helping when we could, we are sorry.
For not putting away our toys tidily, we are sorry.
For being slow to go to bed. and for not getting up when we are called, we are sorry.
Please help us, dear Lord Jesus, to try harder. Amen.

At School
We have not always been good at school, dear God, and we are sorry.
For not doing what our teachers say, we are sorry.
For not always doing our best work, we are sorry.
For not always trying hard, we are sorry.
For being selfish, we are sorry.
For making other children unhappy, we are sorry.
Please help us, dear Lord Jesus, to grow more like you.
Help us to do as we are told. and to be more kind and loving. Amen..

I Am Sorry, God
I am sorry, dear God, for the times I have hurt you.
I have not alwavs said my pravers carefully and thoughtfully and I am sorry.
I often forget you, even though you never forget me.
When I am rough and unkind to other people then I am hurting you, dear God, and I am sorry.
Please help me to do what you want me to do, and to grow more loving every day. Amen.



This prayer could be the basis for a quiet reflection.

Lord, I look at my hands, my clenched hands.
My fist ready to strike, either in attack or defence, but still a fist.
My white knuckles, drained of blood, drained of life, hard, tense, closed.

Lord, I look at my fist and I see the symbol of so much of my life.
My striving for my goals,
my determination,
my power,
my drained, lifeless existence without you.

Lord, I open my hand, slowly folding back the fingers and look at my palm.
The softer skin so much more vulnerable.
I look at a hand that has cradled a baby's head,
a hand that my parents held to keep me safe,
a hand that still reaches out for other hands to hold.

Lord, in my hands I see a mirror of my life, so often, closed and hard.
Help me Lord, to open my heart to you now as easily as I have opened my hand.



N.B. We do not pray to Mary. Rather we ask her to pray with us or for us.

Lord Jesus, May is your mother's month. Mary's month.
That's why it's called May.
I'm glad when people say nice things about my mum.
I want to say nice things about your mum.
She was happy to be your mother,
but she had some sad times because of you.
I'm going to ask Mary to help all mums everywhere.
Mary, pray to God for all mums and especially mine.

Short prayers or a Litany
Jesus, Mary, Joseph
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul.
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, assist me in mv last agony.
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, may I sleep and rest in peace with you.
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.
Mother of Sorrows, pray for us.
My Mother, my Hope.
May the Virgin Mary bless us her loving children.
Pray for us, 0 Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, Mary ever Virgin, intercede for us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.

A Child's Prayer to Mary
From the hymn 'Memento rerum conditor'.

Mary, mother whom we bless,
Full of grace and tenderness,
Defend me from the devil's power
And greet me in my dying hour.

God our Father, thank you for the May Day holiday and for the joy of spring and summertime. We thank you that people in many lands can have a day to be joyful in the midst of their busy lives. Let all people know the joy of Jesus in their hearts, bringing them happiness not just for one day but all the time.

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 Marv, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now, and at the hour of our death.

Regina Caeli
Queen of heaven. rejoice. alleluia.
For Christ, your Son and Son of God,
has risen as he said, alleluia.
Pray to God for us, alleluia.

V. Rejoice and be glad, 0 Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray.

God of life,
you have given joy to the world by the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through the prayers of his mother, the Virgin Mary,
bring us to the happiness of eternal life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.



These can be used as general prayers during assembly, or as Prayers of the Faithful during Mass.
At least some of the Bidding Prayers during a Mass should be on the theme of the Mass. These ones are on the theme of love.
The children can also write their own.
It is difficult, but, if these are used as Bidding Prayers during a Mass, phrases like 'We pray that' and 'We pray for' should be used rather than 'Dear God' etc. If this sounds awkward in a children's Mass, keep to the form below.

1) Lord God, love is something special,
the more we receive, the more we want to give away.
We give love to others, and others give it back.
Please help us to be quick to share our love.
Lord in your goodness...
Hear our prayer.

2) Dear Lord, you live in our hearts.
You help us to love.
You help us to think of kind words to say and good things to do.
You help us to be unselfish, and to love people with whom we find it hard to be friends.
Please fill us with your love.
Lord in your love...
Hear our prayer.

3) Lord, your love is like the sunshine. It fills our lives with happiness.
It makes the whole world glad.
Help all those who are sad today - lonely, sick, hungry and homeless people. Let them learn how your love can brighten their lives.
Lord in your love...
Hear our prayer.

4) Lord Jesus, you grew up in a family.
Thank you for the families to which we belong.
We are glad that our families love us,
Be close to children who have no families,
and give them someone to whom they can belong.
Lord in your goodness...
Hear our prayer.

5) Lord, you are the maker of the universe,
Without you, nothing would exist.
Yet you still want our love.
You still seek the best for us.
You still call us your children.
May we become what you want and live in your love for ever.
Lord in your love...
Hear our prayer.

S. Daly 2000

Last updated 25-9-20