Children's Book: We Pray
Written in expressive verse, We Pray invites children and their parents to explore some of the unique aspects of Orthodox Christian prayer life. Through reflections on topics like icons, the Jesus Prayer, and the liturgy, children are invited to see the beauty in our way of praying and understand better the purpose of Orthodox prayer.
We pray The Jesus Prayer each day,
repeating and repeating,
so that words of asking mercy
may be written on our hearts.
Charming, detailed illustrations invite seek-and-find activities
Helpful lesson-starter on prayer for church and homeschool classrooms
About the Author: Daniel G. Opperwall is a husband and father of three young children. He teaches Church history and patristics at the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College, University of Toronto. He and his family live, read, and pray together in Hamilton, Ontario.
About the Illustrators: Jelena and Marko Grbic, along with their two children, currently live in Belgrade, Serbia, and have recently discovered their passion for illustration. As Orthodox Christians they have enjoyed working on this beautiful book that brings an ancient Orthodox experience of prayer to children in a simple and inspiring way. The storybook reminds parents and adults alike of Christ’s words, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 18:3).