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I have guilt. The Lord's Prayer

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R4roger Sun 09-Nov-14 11:59:44

I know it off pat but my dc dont - in fairness they didnt go to a church school and we rarely go to church.
do you know it and do your dc?

Shlep Sun 09-Nov-14 12:02:22

I don't know it but would recognise it if I heard it. DD knows it because they analysed it in RS a bit ago. DS don't know it and wouldn't recognise it. We aren't Christian and I wasn't raised Christian, though.

Hairtodaygonetomorrow Sun 09-Nov-14 12:02:34

Yes, we say it at lunch on a Sunday, partly because it's a good way to say grace, partly to teach them it as we do occasionally go to church and so would need to know it there. I love saying it, it is very reassuring to me.

MammaTJ Sun 09-Nov-14 12:02:36

I know it. I don't think my DC do. I manage to not feel guilty about it, I have other things to feel guilty about! grin

StuntBottom Sun 09-Nov-14 12:02:52

Why the guilt? Either you're a practising Christian, in which case you teach it to your children, or you're not, in which case it's irrelevant. My children don't know the Lord's Prayer but they don't know any Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist or any other prayers. I don't feel guilty about it!

cupofsneeze Sun 09-Nov-14 12:07:00

My Ds does the first line in his own way....

Our Father who laughs in Heaven!

He also belted out Sing Hosanna as 'Sing Lasagna' at the harvest festival, then cried when i told him the real words but was adamant i'm the one in the wrong hmm

I dont feel guilty he hasnt got a clue, I prefer his versions!

AGnu Sun 09-Nov-14 12:08:25

My 3yo is learning it. Not quite sure how he came across it - maybe in one of his toddler bibles - but every night at bed time he asks for it & then asks what each line means. It's exhausting! I was expecting to teach him when he was at least 6 & we could sit down & discuss how language changes over time & talk about the words he didn't know. I've had to explain what "hallowed be thy name" means every night for the last fortnight! hmm He'll take over reciting it if I stop so he definitely knows the words.

mrsdavidbowie Sun 09-Nov-14 12:08:44

Is it necessary to know it???

tassisssss Sun 09-Nov-14 12:09:55

cupofsneeze, that's hilarious!

I have gone to church my whole life and I get muddled up in the Lord's prayer, the church's i've attended have (mostly) not recited it weekly

WaitingForMe Sun 09-Nov-14 12:11:43

I don't know or care whether my stepsons know it. Our household is atheist.

Surely either you're Christian and religion is a part of your lives or you're not.

R4roger Sun 09-Nov-14 12:13:32

actually one of my dc's says she can't remember it but learnt it at brownies and scouts. Guilt gone grin, not such a bad mother after all.
I know I am not religious.

AGnu Sun 09-Nov-14 12:14:12

cup I knew someone who sang "Come on & celebrate celery" as a young child. grin I wish my DS would come out with things like that but he rarely attempts new words unless he's sure he's heard correctly & asked what they mean at least 100 times. I'm hoping DS2's emerging words will be cuter. We've only got as far as the "mamama" stage so far.

Mehitabel6 Sun 09-Nov-14 12:15:13

I know it, my children don't. It doesn't bother me. I only know it because we said it daily at school- they don't now.

flummoxedlummox Sun 09-Nov-14 12:18:53

I prefer;

Our Farnham, who art in Hendon
Harrow be Thy name
Thy Kingston come; thy Wimbledon,
In Erith as it is in Hendon.
Give us this day our daily Brent
And forgive us our Westminster
As we forgive those who Westminster against us
And lead us not into Thames Ditton
But deliver us from Yeovil
For Thine is the Kingston, the Purley and the Crawley
For Esher and Esher
Crouch End.

livelablove Sun 09-Nov-14 12:19:06

I agree with stunt if you are a Christian you should teach your kids it and the message behind it which is to make your prayers simple and direct not long fancy prayers to show how religious you are. I personally don't think Jesus meant you have to pray these exact words, but that you should make your prayers similar in style. If you aren't a Christian then I dont think it is something they have to know, although it might be nice to teach them so they know what people who are Christians believe.

Hairtodaygonetomorrow Sun 09-Nov-14 12:27:44

I love 'Sing Lasagne'!

SummerSevern Sun 09-Nov-14 12:27:47

We sing the Lord's Prayer at my church. 15mo dd decided that today was the day to dance along to it...

SetPhasersTaeMalkie Sun 09-Nov-14 12:29:00

I had a Ladybird book with the Lord's Prayer in it as a child. Still remember it fondly. Nothing to do with the thread though, sorry.

ChippingInAutumnLover Sun 09-Nov-14 12:31:58

I know it. I learnt it at school in days of old, it was said every morning in assembly, along with singing morning has broken & the like.

They failed to convert me though grin. I'm not in the slightest bit religious!

However, I find the rhythm and ease of it quite comforting. I think it's also that these years were very happy ones at home and at school so it makes me feel that way. Nothing to do with the religious element of it, just the familiarity.

It has also been handy to know over the years, but I imagine less so these days, now you're not expected to know it.

serennu Sun 09-Nov-14 12:33:13

I know it, we'd say it daily in school. they don't in ds school.

LoveWillTearUsApart Sun 09-Nov-14 12:33:28

When I taught the Lord's Prayer last year as part of Victorian Dress Up Day, only one child in 27 knew it, which surprised me as I work in a very MC school in a very affluent village. I'm atheist and MC myself, so I don't know why it surprised me! Probably because I do know it...

Shockers Sun 09-Nov-14 12:36:04

'Hello be my name'

A very common interpretation at our school!

mymummademelistentoshitmusic Sun 09-Nov-14 12:38:15

I do. It was drummed in at school. I'm not sure if my dc's do. Why would they need to?
And agree with poster up thread. Why guilt? Either it means enough to you to teach them, or it doesn't.

redexpat Sun 09-Nov-14 12:39:53

Had to learn it at junior school. YY to the poster who said the rythym is very comforting, regardless of whether you believe it or not.

Orangeanddemons Sun 09-Nov-14 12:40:16

My dd doesn't know it. I hope it stays that way. I don't want her paying homage to something that doesn't exist

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