"Can't any of you stay awake with me for one hour?" Matthew 26:41
Today, Holy Thursday, we commemorate the start of the sacred Triduum- the Last Supper, the washing of the feet of the Apostles, the Institution of the Eucharist and the Priesthood, and later the Agony in the Garden.
Christ's comment to the Apostles after they had fallen asleep about staying awake one hour is seen as the origin of the Holy Hour, a perfect amount of time to spend in prayer.
I am able to have Holy Hours with my students occasionally, and while they usually are respectful and not disruptive, I sometimes wonder how much they "get out of it." Merely being in the presence of Christ is enough, but I want them to develop the ability to have a conversation with their Lord including time to sit in silence and listen.
When I covered the prayer chapter in my religion book, we talked about different ways to pray, including all of the things that we should talk to God about. I taught them the acronym ACTS, standing for Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. It is very easy to only ask God for the things that we want and forget about praising him, expressing our sorrow for sin, and thanking him for his blessings.
Fulton Sheen made a promise when he was ordained a priest to make a Holy Hour everyday. You can read his own words about the promise and how it changed his life here.
Fulton Sheen notebooks flap style and I challenged them to journal some thoughts to God. We talked about how journaling can be one style of prayer that helps us talk to God.
Whether with a Holy Hour or in another way, here are some ACTS prayer printables for you to use:
Link to ACTS words on a single page, no Scripture verses:
Link to ACTS words, two per page, with Scripture verses:
Link to ACTS large words, one per page, with Scripture verses: