At Christ the King Catholic Primary School, we have been focusing on prayer - especially Pope Francis’s Five Finger Prayer. The Five Finger Prayer is a simple prayer that Pope Francis uses and we use it at school during our assemblies, class reflections and quiet prayer in our Chapel.
It starts by placing both your hands on your heart. Leave them and count to 5.
Now take your hands and hold them out in front of you with your palms facing upwards. Choose which hand you will use to be held. Using the fingers on your hand, start with the thumb and pray these intentions in this order:
1.) The thumb is closest finger to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you, for example, family and friends. They are the persons easiest to remember. To pray for our dear ones is a "Sweet Obligation."
2.) The next finger is the index. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show direction to others. Always keep them in your prayers.
3.) The following finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need God's guidance.
4.) The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even though it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems. They need your prayers.
5.) And finally we have our smallest finger, the smallest of all. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. When you have finished praying for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective, and also you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way.
We end our prayer by joining our hands with the palms touching and saying Amen.
Christ the King Catholic Primary School