In most parishes, springtime (after Easter) is the time of year for First Communion. In years past, children making their First Communion were required to memorize questions and answers from the Baltimore Catechism, as well as a significant number of basic prayers. Even if your parish no longer has such requirements, children can still benefit from using part of their time preparing for First Communion to memorize some of the traditional prayers of the Church. While it's good eventually to learn how to pray in our own words, an active prayer life starts with committing some prayers to memory. And a good place to start is with these Top 10 Prayers Every Catholic Child Should Know.
(Rose Richert receives her First Communion at Saint Mary's Oratory, a Traditional Latin Mass community in Rockford, Illinois. Photo © Scott P. Richert)