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 (God came down…In the name of the Father… As Gaeilge)
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 thanks 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’
Before we sing our final hymn:
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 know.