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Readers Respond: What Are Your Favorite Catholic Prayers for Children?

Responses: 13


I've compiled a list of the Top 10 Prayers Every Catholic Child Should Know, but we all have other favorite prayers that we learned as children and that we've passed on to our own children. Take a look at my list, and then tell me what's missing! What are your favorite Catholic prayers for children?

What's "In the Name"?

I make the Sign of the Cross as much or more than most, but I've been asked a question I cannot answer: *What* is in the name of the Father, and so on? What's understood (left unsaid) that makes this phrase a sentence?

Prayer Before Bed

This is a very common prayer often heard in movies and media. "And now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, and if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take."

The Memorare

I find it very soothing. It's like talking to my mother.

St. Patrick's prayer

We pray part of St. Patrick's "breastplate" prayer with our kids at night - and it pretty much sums up everything. "Christ to shield me today. Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me. Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise. Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me. Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through belief in the threeness, Through confession of the oneness, Of the Creator of Creation. Amen
—Guest Erin

Before Meals

Thanks, God, for the food we are going to eat. Thanks God, let's eat.
—Guest Jimena


Dear God, before I sleep I want to thank you for this day so full of your kindness and your joy. I close my eyes to rest safe in your loving care.
—Guest Bonnie McMahon

Talking to God

It was my job, as the Grandmother, to teach my 6 and 9 year old granddaughters "GRACE" while I was visiting. My 6 year old granddaughter said, "I don't know that long one", I said, "just pray like you're talking to your girlfriend but it's God. She folded her hands, closed her eyes and said, Thank you for this food, God, I know it's yummy. Amen That's precious!
—Guest Viv

favprite children's prayers

Here in the Phils. children are taught the guardian angel prayer by their parents and teachers. so this prayer becomes a favorite.
—Guest vilma nanette cosico

Angel of God

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here. Be thy always at my side light and guide, to rule and guard. Amen
—Guest Luis Adriano

Favorite Family Prayer

Not sure if this is a Catholic prayer. I saw it in a magazine and loved it. We say it at nighttime and oftentimes on the way to school. Bless this family that I love and comfort them each day. As daytime turns to nighttime please bring them peace, I pray. When morning comes tomorrow, may all their cares be small. Guide us with Your wisdom Lord bless us one and all.
—Guest Terri McIntyre

Prayer for a Child

It's in a vintage style illustrated book by Rachel Field: Bless this milk and bless this bread. Bless this soft and waiting bed Where I presently shall be Wrapped in sweet security. Through the darkness, through the night Let no danger come to fright My sleep till morning once again Beckons at the window pane. Bless the toys whose shapes I know, The shoes that take me to and fro Up and down and everywhere. Bless my little painted chair. Bless the lamplight, bless the fire, Bless the hands that never tire In their loving care of me. Bless my friends and family. Bless my Father and my Mother And keep us close to one another. Bless other children, far and near, And keep them safe and free from fear. So let me sleep and let me wake In peace and health, for Jesus' sake. Amen.
—Guest maisey

Prayer of thanks and for guidance.

Dear Lord Jesus Christ I thank you for this day and all the blessings you have put before me. I ask that you please provide me with the strength, guidance, and wisdom to do will, to resist satan's temptations, and to always live my life in accordance with What Would Jesus Do. I ask all these things in your name Jesus Christ, Amen.

The Angelus

This is a good prayer to say with your kids first thing in the morning, or at lunchtime if you are home during the day.

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