Praying with Five FingersThere’s a new prayer method circulating that’s actually attributed to Pope Francis while he was still Archbishop of Argentina.

It’s a simple yet wonderful prayer method not only great for teaching kids how to pray, but it’s great for adults too as a reminder to “cover our bases” with intercessory prayer for those around us.

This method uses the fingers of the hand as a memory aid to pray for our family and friends, our teachers and doctors, for government authorities, for those who are suffering, and LASTLY for ourselves.

This reminder is much needed, because how often do we pray more for ourselves and our own needs than we do for others? It’s easy to fall into that habit, and this simple prayer method promulgated by Pope Francis is a great way to overcome the tendency.


Praying with Your Five Fingers by Pope Francis

1. The thumb is the closest finger to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you. They are the persons easiest to remember. To pray for our dear ones is a “sweet obligation.”


2. The next finger is the index. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show direction to others. Always keep them in your prayers.


3. The following finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need God’s guidance.


4. The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even that it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems. They need your prayers.


5. And finally we have our smallest finger, the smallest of all. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. When you are done praying for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective, and also you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way.


Click the image below to purchase this neat 8.5″ x 11″ colorful laminated sheet explaining the prayer just for kids . . . a great resource to hang up in the home, parish, or classroom!


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Praying with your Five Fingers


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  1. Deanna DeLaura says

    This is so beautiful and so meaningful, we can all relate to this. It will be a great reminder for myself. Thank you Pope Francis!

  2. Mary Polite says

    I love this and will pass it on to my children and grand children.
    What a great way to remember who to pray for.

  3. says

    wow, i couldnt have done it without you. i was so lost until i found out about the 5 finger prayer. but now what do i do with my other 5 fingers?

  4. Laura Jean RabiipourLaura Jean Ghostley says

    Hello Rosa, we do not carry it in Spanish on our website. However I included a link below which does show the prayer method in Spanish. If I come across anything else I will pass it along.
    5 Finger Prayer Spanish

  5. Patricia says

    I am 58 and remember my dad using this example in a sermon about 35-40 years ago. Along with The Lords Prayer it is a good guideline for our prayers. Too many times we forget to pray for our leaders at the city, county, state and national levels.

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