Pray for children

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen. 

Mt. 6:9-13

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you, blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

Glory Be

Glory be to the Father, And to the Son, And to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning,

is now and ever shall be. World with end.

Amen.

 

O Angel of God

O Angel of God my guardian dear to whom God's love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide,

Amen

Prayer of the Angel (of Fatima)

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I ask forgiveness for those who do not believe, nor adore, nor hope, nor love You.

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended, and by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

 

Prayer to St. Joseph of Cupertino (For students doing exams)

O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favour in the examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.

Through Christ our Lord.

St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us.

Amen.

A Prayer before Logging onto the Internet

Almighty and eternal God, who created us in Thyne image and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful,especially in the divine person of Thy only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,grant we beseech Thee that, through the intercession of Saint Isadore, bishop and doctor, during our journeys through the internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter. Through Christ our Lord,

Amen.

A prayer for Reconciliation with an enemy

Father of peace and love, help me through my prayers and actions to be reconciled with my enemies. Grant me courage in my efforts to make peace.

Teach me to see you in all men and to love each person as myself. Remove all trace of hatred and evil from my mind and fill me with your generous love.

Never permit me to close my heart to the needs of another human being. Empower me to have a generous heart, even in the most trying of situations.

In doing all these things, may my love for you be real and active. Amen.

A Prayer to live a Pure and Chaste life

Father, source of innocence and lover of chastity, teach me to follow your law and to delight in it each day.

My body was made for you, Oh Lord, and it is the temple of your Holy Spirit. I pray that I may not succumb to the sins of fornication, or lust. If I am tempted, guard my thoughts and actions. Be a rock of refuge for me, my God.

Let my actions, my speach and my dress speak of your holiness, purity and innocence and by my example may I lead others to you. Amen.

A Prayer for Vocations

My Beloved Jesus, you yourself made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in synagogues, proclaiming the Good news of the Kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness. You are the one, true shepherd who leads us all. It was you, dear Jesus, who founded the Church.

Right now, we need more shepherds to tend to your flock. The harvest is rich but the labourers are few. So many souls are in need of good guidance and truth. Please send us young people who will be willing to lead your Church and to teach God's ways and truths.

You felt sorry when you saw crowds that were harassed and dejected. Show compassion on the people of today as they struggle like sheep without a shepherd. My Beloved Jesus, send labourers into your fields who will lead your people to God. Amen.

Prayer for Priests

Oh most loving Jesus, it was you who first instructed your priests, the Apostles; and you continue to do so through the Holy Spirit.

I pray that your annointed priests will proclaim the closeness of the Kingdom of Heaven and that they will use your power to cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those in need of cleansing and cast out all evil.

May your priests be generous in the giving of their time and energy and may they be humble of heart. Grant onto them a spirit of detatchment, poverty and right judgement.

I pray that your annointed priests will be received with much love and kindness; and that they will be provided for with your generosity.

May they be welcomed into homes that they visit; and where they are not welcomed, may their peace return to them.

I pray that your annointed priests will have a holy reverence for you, who are truly present in the Eucharist; and that they will serve you with obedience and be loyal to their Pope.

May you, dear Jesus, always protect and guard them and keep them safe from all temptations and evils. Amen.

A prayer for a Repentant Heart

Jesus, my Lord and my God, you reproached the towns in which most of your miracles had been worked because people in them refused to repent.

A repentant heart is indeed a blessing. It is a heart that knows its sinfulness and nothingness before God. It is a heart that weeps for the wrongs it has done.

Create in me a repentant heart. Make me aware of the wrongs I have done unto you and my neighbour. Grant me a spirit of true repentance and a heart that will want to be reconciled with you. Fill me with holy tears as I ponder the greatness of your love.

Let me not waste the graces that you send my way but only use them for your greater glory. May I be given the grace to count all my blessings and return to you a heart full of gratitude and love. Amen.

 

(A selection of prayers taken from Exposition and Benediction 

of the Blessed Sacrament Irish Institute of Pastoral Liturgy 1982)

 

May it rise

 

Let the light of your face shine upon us!

 

May the kindness of your face 

rise above the hardness of our hearts.

May the humility of your heart

Rise above the foolishness of our pride.

Let the light of your face shine upon us!

 

May the joy ofyour mercy

Rise above the sadness of our sins.

May the splendour of your eternal Day

Rise above the sleep of our death.

Let the light of your face shine upon us!

 

May the freedom of the children of God 

Rise above our slavery.

May the peace of your love

Rise above our aguish.

Let the light of your face shine upon us!

 

May the dawn of your resurrection 

Rise above the night of our world.

May the glory of God

Rise within the heart of each person.

Let the light of yourface shine upon us!-- Lucien Deiss.

 

"I AM"

 

Remember us, O Lord, in your Kingdom.

 

Lord Jesus, you said,

"I am the bread of life."

Satisfy our hunger for eternity,

We pray to you.

 

Lord Jesus, you said,

"I am the light of the world."

Light up our darkness with your splendour, 

We pray to you.

 

Lord Jesus, you said,

"I am the gate of the sheepfold."

Lead us to your Kingdom,

We pray to you.

 

Lord Jesus, you said,

"I am the good shepherd."

Gather us into your fold,

We pray to you.

 

Lord Jesus, you said,

"I am the resurrection and the life."

Awaken us from the sleep of death,

We pray to you.

 

Lord Jesus, you said,

"I am the way, the trut, and the life."

Show us the face of your Father,

We pray to you.

 

Lord Jesus, you said,

"I am the true vine."

Help us to bear fruit in your love,

We pray to you.-- Lucien Deiss.

 

 

With the Church

 

Praise to you now and evermore!

 

With the Virgin Mary, your Mother,

We wish to listen to your Word.

With the patriarchs and prophets,

We wish to announce your Kingdom.

 

With the apostles and evangelists,

We wish to proclaim the Good News.

With all the disciples who answered your call,

We wish to follow you.

 

With all the martyrs who offered you their bodies in sacrifice,

We wish to give witness t you.

With the saints of all times,

We wish to serve you.

 

With all those who believe in you,

We offer you the obedience of our faith.

With all those who love you.

We offer you our love.

 

With all those who seek you in the night,

We wish to walk toward the light.

With all those who are unaware of your name,

We wish to learn to love you.

 

With all those whom you invite to the banquet of the Kingdom.

Invite us also, we beg you.

Wth all those whom you inscribe in the book of life,

Count us among your elect.

 

With all those who die in you,

We place our hope in your mercy.

With all those who have risen with you,

We sing your praises forever.  -- Lucien Deiss.

 

May you be blessed, Lord

 

May you be blessed, Lord, because you are God:

The help of the opressed,

The support of the weak,

The refuge of the forsaken,

The saviour of the despairing.

May you be blessed, Lord, because you are our God!

 

(Judith 9-11. -- Lucien Deiss)

 

Let the day come, Lord

 

Come, Lord Jesus, come!

 

Let the day come, Lord,

When our misery

Will find your mercy.

 

Let the day come, Lord,

When our poverty 

Will find your riches.

 

Let the day come, Lord,

When our path

Will find the way to your house.

 

Let the day come, Lord,

When our tears

Will find your smile.

 

Let the day come, Lord,

When our joy

Will find your heaven.

 

Let the day come, Lord,

When our Church

Will find the Kingdom.

 

May you be blest, Father,

For that day

When our eyes will find your face!

Throughout all the time of our life

You have not ceased to come before us

In your Son Jesus Christ,

Our Saviour and our brother.              

 

(Revelation 21:1-4, 22:20 - Lucien Deiss.)

 

 

O Wisdom

 

Come, O Lord, come, save your people!

 

O Wisdom,

Issung from the mouth of the Most High,

Announced by the prophets:

Come to teach us the way of salvation,

Come, O Lord, come, save your people!

 

O Lord,

Shepherd of the house of Israel

Who guide your people:

Come to redeem us by the strength of your arm,

Come, O Lord, come, save your people!

 

O Son of David,

Standard of people and of kings,

You whom the world implores:

Come to deliver us, Lord, do not delay,

Come, O Lord, come, save your people!

 

O Key of David,

And septre of the house of Israel:

You who open so no one can close,

You who close so no one can open:

Come to fre those who wait in the darkness,

Come, O Lord, come, save your people!

O Rising Sun,

Splendour of eternal light and sun of justice:

Come to give light

To those who are seated in the shadow of death,

Come, O Lord, come, save your people!

 

O King of nations,

Expectation of peoples and cornerstone of the Church:

Come to deliver

The man that you have created,

Come, O Lord, come save your people!

 

Breastplate of Saint Patrick

 

I bind unto myself today

The strong name of the Trinity:

By invocation of the same

The Three in One and One in Three.

 

I bind unto myself today

The power of God to hold and lead:

His eye to watch, his might to stay,

His ear to hearken to my need;

The wisdom of my God to teach,

His hand to guide, his shiel to ward;

The Word of God to give me speech,

His heavenly host to be my guard!

 

Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

 

I bind unto myselftoday,

The strong name of the Trinity:

By invocation of the same,

The Three in One and One in Three;

Of whom all nature has creation,

Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:

Praise to the Lord of my salvation -

Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

 

Lord, make us instruments of your peace

 

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.

Were there is hatred, let us sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is discord, union;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy;

For your mercy and for your truth's sake.

 

Lord, grant that we may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;

To understan than to be understood;

To love than to be loved;

For it is in giving that we receive;

Itis in pardoning that we are pardoned;

It is in dying that we awaken to eternal life.  Amen.

 

Prayer for a happy death

 

My Lord and saviour, support me in my last hour in the strong arm

Of your sacraments and by the fresh fragrance of your consolations.

Let the absolving words be said over me, and your own body be my 

food, and your blood my sprinkling; and let my sweet mother,

Mary, breathe on me; and my angel whisper peace to me, and my 

patron saints smile on me; that in them all and through them all, I 

May receive the gift of perseverance, and die, as I desire to live, in 

Your faith, in your church, in your service, and in your love.  Amen.

(Cardinal Newman (Slightly adapted).

 

 

Choose Life: Prayer for the Child in the Womb

Lord, Jesus, you are te source and lover of life. Reawaken in us respect for every human life.

Help us to see in each child the marvellous work of our Creator. Open our hearts to welcome every child as a unique and wonderful gift. 

Guide the work of doctors, nurses and midwives.  May the life of a mother and her baby in the womb be equally cherished and respected. 

Help those who make our laws to uphond the uniqueness and sacredness of every humanlife, from the first moment of conception to natural death.

Give us wisdom and generosity to build a society that cares for all. Together with Mary, your Mother, in whose womb you took on our human nature, Help us to choose life in every decision we take.

We ask this in the joyful hope of eternal life with you, and in the communion of the Blessed Trinity.

Amen.

Our Lady of Knock, pray for us.

All the Saints of Ireland, pray for us.  (Irish Catholic Bishopshs' Conference)

 

 

 

A Prayer for the all the children of the World

O Sweet Jesus, O Most Loving Child, bring blessings to God’s little ones. Protect them from the harms in sight and make them holy in their life. Bestow on them much happiness and fill their little hearts with Joy. Guard them from all injury and shield them from all pain and strife. Assist them in their daily prayer and their purity of heart preserve. Help them to remain a child until it’s time for them to grow. May they fill God’s world with happiness and peace and make it a wonderful place of love. Thank you O Most Loving Child and this our prayer, to God please take.

Amen.

A child's Christmas prayer to Jesus.  

Dear Jesus, 

my mommy said I should write to you

with a list of all the things

I'd like to get this Christmas Day.

 

When I awake on Christmas morn

I would like a heart that can say thanks

to you, my family and my friends.

Then I would like my eyes to see

all the goodness thats around me.

 

I would like my voice to say 

kind things to everyone I meet

And my ears to hear the wonderful

sounds that linger in the street

 

I would like my hands to be one's that help

The people all around me 

and my feet to be great messengers 

for those who may be not so young. 

I would like to share my toys and sweets

And give to others a little treat.

 

I would like to see you in the crib

And kneel and pray for a little while.

I would like to light a tiny white candle

And watch it as it glows.

 

I would like to eat a great big meal

And stuff my self with sticky cakes.

I would like to help with the washing up

So I can see my mommy smile.

 

I would like to spend some time at play

and be happy and contented.

When bed time comes I would like

To say my prayers of thanks to you.

 

I hope my letter's not too long

And I havn't asked you for too much.

Please do the very best you can.

All my love and hugs and kisses.

 

Signed  A little boy.

 

A prayer to Mary

 

Dear Mary, mother of the baby Jesus,

I want to thank you for your little newborn son.

I see him in a manger in a stable full of straw

And I wonder what it must be like, no bed, no blankets

And no soft pillows.

 

He lies so still and quiet not a single sound around

Except for cattle lowing and the depts of winter blowing.

You sit and gaze upon him with wonder and amazement,

For t'is no ordinary child who lies there but

A God and King, made man.

 

Please tell Him that I love Him and I am trying to be good.

I want to get to know Him Like I really really should.

I will whisper to him every day

And tell him all my news.

I would even like to try and walk in his holy little shoes.

 

My dearest mother Mary, what else can I say

Except a great big hug and thank you

For this precious gift from God in Heaven

To a child on earth below.

 

 

 

A Childs prayer to Jesus

I am only a little person, but I want to tell you that I love you.

When I fall down on the ground you pick me up. When I cry and my eyes are all messy and wet you wipe them dry. When I am playing with my friends you are playing with me too. When I laugh out loud you hear me and you smile back.

When I am grumpy and cross with others you wait for me to smile again. When I say I am sorry you open your arms and give me a great big hug. Dear Jesus even though I am only little I am big enough to say I love you.

 

Prayer of a hungry child

Can you hear me Jesus, are you out there? I am hungry, I have no food. My parents have gone and I am left here to die.

Can you hear me Jesus, are you out there? My lips are all dry and my mouth is so sore. I need a drink of water, can you please find me some?

Can you hear me Jesus, are you out there? I'm here in the gutter with no where to sleep. My skin is all dirty and i do feel the cold, could you find me some shelter and a warm bed to sleep. If your out there dear Jesus, can you please help me quick. I can't hold on much longer i'm far too frail and weak. Can you hear me Jesus?

 

Prayer of a sick child to Jesus

Ouch, it hurts but never mind I will make you a gift of my sufferings and pain. For years they've done tests but nothing has worked. The pain just gets deeper and my mommy she cries. I love you my Jesus, and all I can do is offer my pain and suffering to you. I want to get better and play with my friends but for you my sweet Jesus i will suffer to the end. Please give me the strength I need to show love and help mom and dad to just understand that sometimes my Jesus, you allow us to share the pain and sufering that you lingered in. Ouch it hurts but never mind you are with me my Jesus right here to the end.

 

Prayer of a lonely child

I am sitting here all alone, I'm lonely and I'm sad. My mom has died and my dad is gone and I feel abandoned and alone. Some strangers wash and dress me and even give me food, but what I need most of all is a mighty great big hug. I need someone who will love me, just for who I am. I  need a mommmy and a daddy that I can call my own. I'd like a brother and a sister and we could play together. Oh God I am so lonely will you help me find a friend.

 

Prayer of a child being bullied

Oh Jesus can you help me I am frightened and alone. Someone I know is bullying me and I have no where else to go. I'm afraid to tell my teacher and I just cant tell my mam. My friends will only make things worse, please help me as you can. O Jesus can you help me this person that I spoke of will just not let me be. They punch me and they call me names, and I just want to die. Please find a way to see me through the awful mess I'm in. I want them just to go away and leave me be, in peace. They say you are a gentle God, so loving and so kind. Please help this person to be good and start behaving as they should. I thank you for the listening ear and pray that you will quell my fear.

 

I'm sorry God

I'm sorry God that I was bold. I didn't do what I was told. I screamed, I shouted, I said not nice things, and do you know God, I was really annoyed. I'm sorry God, I made my mam cross, I hurt her feelings and I made her sad. I'll try to do better God, for you, yes i'll try. I want to help mom and I want to help dad. I'd like to be nice to all of my friends, But do you know God, I could do with some help. I'll kiss mommy better and she won't be sad. I won't scream and shout and I'll try to be good. I'm sorry God for hurting you too. From now on i'll do only the things that you want. I'm sorry God, I have to go. It's time for bed for me and my ted.

 

Charlie if you put ...

Charlie has hit me and I do want to fight. Charlie has hit me and he's full of delight.

Charlie has hurt me and I'm feeling sad. Our friendship is broken and he's made me mad. All of these things are not right or good but Charlie has hit me and its really not fair. Please help me Jesus to do what is right. Help me sweet Jesus cause I want to fight. Charlie has hit me what can I do? Please teach me to love him just like you do.

Charlie if you put another finger on me I'll love ye.