For our prayer practice this Lent, I am excited to introduce an idea that I learned about from www.buildfaith.org. It involves moving your finger around a cross as you pray the Lord’s Prayer. You can read about the entire activity here: http://www.buildfaith.org/lords-prayer-tracing-cross/
The version of the Lord’s Prayer that we pray is a bit different than the one in the article above, so I modified the file to reflect this. I also added a bolder outline because of the way that I put it together. I did not have the time to cut out two different crosses in two different colors for this project. Instead, I cut a 8.5” x 11” piece of purple (for Lent) cardstock in half for the background. Then, I cut out a 3 5/8” x 5” piece of coordinating scrapbook paper and pasted it to the center of the purple. I printed the crosses out of white cardstock and cut out both the outline and the interior cross. I pasted it to the background, and it was finished. Here is the file: Pray Around the Lord’s Prayer
I gave these as prayer practice gifts to our confirmation students to use during Lent, and I will be making a few more available to my parish. They are easy to make at home, and I hope that they enhance your prayer life during the Lenten season.
p.s. I found that making them was a prayer practice for me, as well. As I cut out the crosses, I listened to the daily news on the radio, and prayed for places that the cross seemed to be present right now. It was powerful.