Prayer Service for the Month of May

Virgin and Child
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Good morning & welcome to this

Prayer Service for May.

May is the month when we remember

how much Mary our mother in heaven loves us.


Sign of the Cross x3

Let us bless ourselves in the three ways

we know how:

– In the name of the Father…

– As Gaeilge

– God came down from heaven to earth

To remind us to love people on this side

and this side

and not to forget ourselves,



Candle Prayer; ‘Chase away the darkness.

Fill the world with light,

be a little candle flame and shine out bright’.


Why do we light a candle?

To remind us that God our Father in Heaven is always with us.


Song; If I go climbing … on the highest mountain

rowing … on the widest river

swimming … to the bottom of the ocean

driving … far away flying …

on the biggest aeroplane sleeping … on the darkest night


Mary, our mother in heaven is always with us too.

She is a very special person.

She was chosen by God to be the mother of His Son, Jesus.

Mary is our ‘mother’ too because Jesus shared her with us.

She loves us just like our own Mums love us.


Now it is time for us to say sorry.

If we are truly sorry in our hearts,

then God our Father in Heaven will always forgive us.


So let’s say our Sorry Prayer

O 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.



Song; Forgive and forget


And now it is time for us to say A Thank You to God

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, please send your light.



What do Mums do?

Cook, clean, work at home, go to work, shop, care for you. The list is almost endless.

Did Mary our mother in heaven do such things? Yes of course…

Mothers are much more than people who look after us and do all this work!

They fill our lives with love

They make us laugh and smile

They listen to us and answer our questions

They have time for us

They make us feel wanted.

So we should thank Mums too.


Thank you Song; If I were a butterfly


Mary did all these things for her little boy, Jesus

Mums do all these things for us.

And when children are bold …

do Mums and Dads stop loving their children?

No. Mums and Dads don’t like the bold things

children sometimes do,

but they ALWAYS love their children.


Mary our mother in heaven may not like

the things we do sometimes,

but she ALWAYS loves us.


God our Father in heaven may not like

the things we do sometimes

but He ALWAYS loves us.


I have a story here about a Mother and  her children.

They loved her and she loved them very much.

This story is called ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell

and here it is on Vimeo:


Before we sing our final hymn

we have one last prayer:

Repeat after me;

Mary our mother tells us

Do not be afraid,

God will always love you

Whatever you have done

God will always love you

As a father loves his child

He will always love you

Come back to home and know

God’s love last forever


Finish with one of the hymns about Mary that the children

are familiar with.

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