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Tuesday’s webinar on Leading Prayer as a Catechist by Joe Paprocki (catechist extraordinaire and brother to my boss) was excellent. I was especially impressed with the section on extemporaneous (or spontaneous) prayer — something Catholics are not well known for.* Nevertheless, extemporaneous prayer need not be something to fear.

Joe gave a simple formula for extemporaneous prayer that anyone can use to come up with a quick prayer on the fly: You/Who/Do/Through. I’ve been using this method for years to great effect.

After remarking on the formula to some new principals yesterday, they asked if I would send out something they could use with teachers to help them when they have to come up with prayers on their own.

Here is the one-page Spontaneous Prayer Handout I came up with to share with them. Please feel free to copy it for use in your parishes and schools.

* My wife’s family once asked me to say grace before Thanksgiving dinner. Knowing they aren’t Catholic, I skipped the traditional grace before meals for a short spontaneous prayer. My wife’s aunt, a staunch Methodist, came up to me afterward and remarked, “I didn’t know Catholics could pray like that!”