"Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not;
for of such is the kingdom of God."--March 10: 14.







Prayer Before the Crucifix

Behold, O kind and most sweet Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul I pray and beseech Thee that Thou wouldst impress upon my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope, and charity, with true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment, while with deep affection and grief of soul, I ponder within myself, and mentally contemplate Thy five Most Precious Wounds, having before my eyes that which David, the Prophet, spoke of Thee, my Jesus: "They have pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones."    (Indulgence: 10 years)





     


The Sign of the Cross        

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen




The Our Father (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.




Hail Mary          

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; 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.




The Glory Be        

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen




     

Consecration to Mary

My Queen! my Mother! I give thee all myself, and, to show my devotion to thee, I consecrate to thee my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, my entire self. Wherefore, O loving Mother, as I am thine own, keep me, defend me, as thy property and possession.

Indulgence of 500 days; plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if this act of oblation is repeated every day for a month. (340)





Hail Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.




Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Indulgence of three years. Raccolta 339. Plenary indulgence once a month for the daily recitation of this prayer.




Prayer to the Blessed Virgin

THOUGHT. When you are in trouble or want something reasonable, dear child, you go to your mother. She can comfort you or give you what you want, is it not so? You have another Mother, holy, tender and kind. She was the Mother of the Holy Child Jesus, and she is called the Queen of Heaven. Think how powerful she is. And she loves you dearly, she loves all good children and likes to hear their prayers. Go often to that kindest of mothers, she will grant you what you ask.

O Blessed Virgin, Mother of Jesus, be my Mother also, make me thy child. I love Thee with all my heart. Thou wert so kind, so tender to the little Child Jesus: love me too, watch over me. Make me good and kind, bless me now and always. In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.





Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(Indulgence of 7 years)

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary,
pray for us.

Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renouned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Patriarchs,
Queen of Prophets,
Queen of Apostles,
Queen of Martyrs,
Queen of Confessors,
Queen of Virgins,
Queen of all Saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
Queen of Peace,


Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.


V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, unto us Thy servants, that we may rejoice in continual health of mind and body; and, by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sadness, and enter into the joy of Thine eternal gladness. Through Chrsit our Lord. Amen.



     

How to Say the Rosary




The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth, and in in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into Hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.




The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages; God of God, light of light, true God of true God; begotten, not made: consubstantial with the Father; by Whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation, came down from Heaven AND WAS INCARNATE BY THE HOLY GHOST OF THE VIRGIN MARY, AND WAS MADE MAN. He was crucified also for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And the third day He arose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven. He sitteth at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory, to judge the living and the dead; and His kingdom shall be no end. And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, Who, together with the Father and the Son, is adored and glorified: Who spoke by the Prophets. And One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the remission of sins. And I expect the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen




The Divine Praises

Blessed be God. Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy.
Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her Glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the Name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.





Anima Christi (Soul of Christ)

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Hide me within Thy wounds.
Never Permit me to be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me.
And bid me come to Thee,
That with Thy Saints,
I may praise thee, for everlasting ages. Amen.

Indulgence of 300 days




Confiteor

I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy apostles Peter and Paul, and to all the Saints that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore, I beseech blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy apostles Peter and Paul, and all the saints, to pray for me to the Lord our God. Amen.




Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartly sorry for having offended Thee; and I detest all of my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.




The Angelus

V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Ghost.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; 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.

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to thy word. Hail, Mary etc.
V. And the Word was made Flesh.
R. And dwelt among us. Hail, Mary etc.
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen





Regina Caeli (Queen of Heaven)

Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia.
For He whom thou didst deserve to bear. Alleluia.
Hath risen as He said. Alleluia.
Pray for us to God. Alleluia.

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary! Alleluia.
R. Because Our Lord is truly risen. Alleluia.

Let us pray:


O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.




     

Guardian Angel Prayer

Angel of God, My Guardian Dear to whom God's love commits me here. Ever this day (night) be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

Indulgence of 300 days. Raccolta. 452





To My Guardian Angel

The Angel. My dear little child, I come from heaven. The good God sent me to guard you. I shall be with you always, I shall watch over you, and I shall show you the right path. Would you like that?

The Child. O my dear Angel, I wish to be thy friend. Remain by me to watch over me. Tell me what I am to do to please thee. I will listen to thy wise counsels. I will follow thee everywhere, for I know that thou lovest me. Never leave me, dear Angel.


Related Link:
Children's Devotions to the Guardian Angels




Prayer to St. Michael

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Divine Power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Indulgence of 300 days, plenary under the usual conditions, if this invocation is recited daily during a month.



Act of Faith

O my God, I believe that Thou art one God in Three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost; I believe that Thy Divine Son became man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all of the truths which Thy Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, Who can neither deceive nor be deceived.

Indulgence of 3 years. Raccolta 36.




Act of Hope

O my God, relying on thy Almighty power and infinite goodness and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Thy grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.

Indulgence of 3 years. Raccolta 36.




Act of Charity

O my God, I love Thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because Thou are all-good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

Indulgence of 3 years. Raccolta 36.




Morning Offering

O my God, I offer Thee all my prayers, works, and sufferings in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for the intentions for which He pleads and offers Himself in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in thanksgiving for Thy favors, in reparation for the wants of our holy Mother the Church, for the conversion of sinners, and for the relief of the poor souls in purgatory.

I wish to gain all the indulgences attached to the prayers I shall say and to the good works I shall perform this day.




Prayer for Guidance

O Lord God Almighty, Who hast brought us to the beginning of this day, defend us in the same by Thy power; that we may not fall this day into any sin, but that all our thoughts, words, and works may be directed to the fulfillment of Thy will. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen

Roman Breviary




For God's Help

O Lord God, King of heaven and earth, vouchsafe this day to direct and sanctify, to rule and govern our hearts and our bodies, our thoughts, words, and deeds in Thy law and in the works of Thy commandments, that now and forever we may merit by Thy help to attain salvation and freedom, O Savior of the world, who livest and reignest forever and ever. Amen

The faithful who devoutly recite this prayer in the morning may gain: an indulgence of 5 years; a plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions for daily devout recitation thereof. (108)




Before I Go to Sleep

Jesus Christ my God, I adore Thee and thank Thee for all the graces Thou hast given me this day. I offer Thee my sleep and all the moments of this night, and I beseech Thee to keep me without sin. Wherefore I put myself within Thy sacred side and under the mantle of Our Lady, my Mother. Let Thy holy angels stand about me and keep peace; and let Thy blessing be upon me. Amen

Indulgence of 3 years once a day. Plenary Indulgence once a month under usual conditions for the daily devout repetition of the same. Raccolta 99.




Prayer for Rest

Bless, O Lord, our rest this night, that we may renew our bodily strength, and awake refreshed, able to serve Thee better. O all you angels, and saints, and thou especially, O Mother of God, intercede for us, not only during this night, but for the rest of our life, and particularly at the hour of our death. Amen

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give you my heart and soul.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in my last agony.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, let me breathe forth my spirit in peace with you.


Indulgence of 7 years for each invocation; plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, for the recitation of each of the foregoing invocations every day for a month. Raccolta 636.




The Blessing

O Jesus, bless me, protect me, and lead me to eternal life. Give all Thy good gifts to my family and to all who are dear to me. Have pity on the souls in Purgatory and give them peace. Amen




The Ten Commandments

1. God alone you shall adore and shall serve Him evermore.
2. Never shall His Name by you be lightly used for oaths untrue.
3. The Lord's own day do not forget a rule to keep it He has set.
4. Your parents you must honor duly, and He will reward you truly.
5. Human life you must not take, nor a soul to stumble make.
6. Acts impure you must not do, you must leave and hate them too.
7. Others' goods you must not thieve nor heep without their owner's leave.
8. Of your neighbor speak no ill, and lying is against God's will.
9. Evil thoughts you must not cherish; straight-way you must let them perish.
10. Covet no man's goods or treasures, to obtain by unjust measures.





I Must, I Know, I Will

I must be good because God wills it.
I know I can be good because God is my help.
I will be good because I want to please God.
O my God, I adore Thee and I love Thee above all things.
Help me to cure myself of my faults.





Prayer Against Telling Lies

THOUGHT. My dear child, God is truth. He hates a lie. The Holy Child Jesus never said what was not true. If you want to be His friend, you too will never tell a lie. Besides, a child who never does what is forbidden, is not tempted to tell a lie.

Dear Holy Child Jesus, Thou hast never known a lie, Thou art truth itself. I want to be like Thee. Fill my heart with love for truth. I will never tell a lie, for I love Thee so much, that I want to do all I can to please Thee. Help me, dear Holy Child, and I shall be frank, truthful in my words and in my answers.





Litany for the Children

Lord have mercy ou us.
Lord have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us.

Jesus, almighty God,
Have mercy on us. *

Jesus, God of peace, *
Jesus, lover of mankind, *
Jesus, model of meekness and humility, *
Jesus, model of innocence and simplicity, *
Jesus, model of truth and sincerity, *
Jesus, model of chastity and purity of heart, *
Jesus, pattern of submission and obedience, *
Jesus, pattern of mildness and gentleness, *
Jesus, pattern of charity and goodwill to men, *
Jesus, pattern of all virtues, *

Be merciful, O Jesus, and spare us.
Be merciful, O Jesus, and hear us.

From all irreligion,
Lord Jesus, deliver us. **

From profane ridicule and contempt of what is holy, **
From the neglect of what we know to be our duty, **
From carelessness in our devotions, **
From the neglect of thy calls and inspirations, **
From lying, deceit, and hypocrisy, **
From disobedience to our parents and superiors, **
From stubbornness and obstinacy, **
From ingratitude to those who do us good, **
From all hatred and ill-will, **
From seeking revenge, **
From a heedless and unthinking life, **
From too great a love of ourselves and our own wills, **
From inattention to learning and the instructions of our superiors, **
From all loss of the valuable time of youth, **

We sinners, beseech Thee, hear us.
That we may love Thee above all things, and our neighbor as ourselves,
We beseech Thee, hear us. ***

That our love of Thee may show itself in the observance of Thy commandments, ***

That the love of our neighbor may appear in always doing to him as we wish him to do to us, ***

That we may be grateful to Thee, the giver of all good gifts, ***

That we may live soberly, justly, and godly; and keep our thougths free from all the defilement of sin, ***

That our thougths, words, and actions, may be directed to Thee, who art the author of life here, and happiness hereafter, ***

That we may make a good use of our advanatages, by seeking instruction, loving our prayers, our learning, and all other duties, ***

That we may hate idleness, as the source of much wickedness, ***

That the spirit of mildness and gentleness may appear in all our actions, ***

That we may bear with others failings, as we wish them to bear with our own, ***

That we may live together as brothers, children of the same Father, and looking for the blessed hope, and coming of Thee, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, ***


Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord Jesus.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world.
Hear us, O Lord Jesus.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us, O Lord Jesus.


Christ Jesus, hear us.
Christ Jesus, graciously hear us.

Let us Pray.

O Jesus, our merciful Redeemer, who didst call children to Thee, didst embrace them, and give them Thy blessing, give Thy blessing to us also, we beseech Thee, this day, and through the course of our lives. Grant that we may ever love Thee above all things, and with our whole hearts; that we may love our neighbor as ourselves, and ardently aspire after that happines for which we were created.

Bless our parents, teachers relations, and benefactors: preserve them from evil, and direct them to all good; and grant that we may all meet together in thy eternal kingdom. Amen.





Grace Before Meals

Bess us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts which we are about to receive from Thy bounty: through Christ Our Lord. Amen.


Grace After Meals

We give Thee thanks for all Thy benefits, Almighty God, Who livest and reignest forever; R. Amen. Vouchsafe, O Lord, to reward with eternal life all those who do us good for Thy name's sake. Amen.

V. Let us bless the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.
V. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.





     

Litany of the Infant Jesus

Glory and praise be to Thee, O tender little Jesus. From the utmost depths of my heart I praise and adore Thee, that for love of me and of all mankind it was Thy will to lie in the manger, and to suffer such great poverty and misery. I praise and adore Thy tender limbs, and Thy tender hands and feet, and I magnify the inexpressible love which drew Thee forth from the bosom of the Heavenly Father, down to a poor and miserable stable.


Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven,
Have mercy on us. *

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, *
God the Holy Ghost, *
Holy Trinity, one God, *
Infant Jesus, *
Infant, very God, *
Infant, Son of the living God, *
Infant, Son of the Virgin Mary, *
Infant, begotten before the morning star, *
Infant, Word made flesh, *
Infant, wisdom of Thy Father, *
Infant, purity of Thy Mother, *
Infant, only Son of Thy Father, *
Infant, only-born of Thy Mother, *
Infant, image of Thy Father, *
Infant, Creator of Thy Mother, *
Infant, splendor of Thy Father, *
Infant, honor of Thy Mother, *
Infant, equal to Thy Father, *
Infant, subject to Thy Mother, *
Infant, joy of Thy Father, *
Infant, riches of Thy Mother, *
Infant, gift of Thy Father, *
Infant, gift of Thy Mother, *
Infant, precious fruit of a Virgin, *
Infant, Creator of man, *
Infant, our God, *
Infant, our Brother, *
Infant, perfect man from Thy conception, *
Infant, Father of ages, *
Infant, eternal Word, making Thyself dumb, *
Infant, weeping in Thy crib, *
Infant, joy of paradise, *
Infant, exiled from Thy people, *
Infant, strong in weakness, *
Infant, powerful in abasement, *
Infant, treasure of grace, *
Infant, fountain of love, *
Infant, author of all the blessings of heaven, *
Infant, repairer of the evils of earth, *
Infant, head of angels, *
Infant, expectation of nations, *
Infant, joy of the shepherds, *
Infant, light of the Magi, *
Infant, salvation of children, *
Infant, hope of the just, *
Infant, teacher of doctors, *

Be merciful.
Spare us, O Infant Jesus.
Be merciful.
Graciously hear us, O Infant Jesus.

From the bondage of the children of Adam,
Deliver us, O Infant Jesus. **

From the slavery of the devil, **
From the corruption of the world. **
From the lust of the flesh, **
From the blindness of mind, **
From perversity of will, **
From our sins, **
Through Thy most pure conception, **
Through Thy humble birth, **
Through Thy tears, **
Through Thy painful circumcision, **
Through Thy glorious epiphany, **
Through Thy devout presentation, **
Through Thy most holy life, **
Through Thy poverty, **
Through Thy sorrows, **
Through Thy obedience, **
Through Thy labors, **

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Infant Jesus.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Infant Jesus.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us, O Infant Jesus.

Infant Jesus, hear us.
Infant Jesus, graciously hear us.


Let us pray:


O Lord Jesus, Who didst vouchsafe so to annihilate the greatness of Thy Incarnate Divinity and most sacred Humanity, as to be born in time, and become a little child: grant that we may acknowledge infinite wisdom in the silence of a child, power in weakness, majesty in abasement; so that adoring Thy humiliations on earth, we may contemplate Thy glories in heaven. Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest, God, forever and ever. Amen.




     

By the Crib of the Holy Child Jesus

THOUGHT. Imagine the Holy Child in a little corner of the blessed stable of Bethlehem. His bed is a little straw. Mary and Joseph are standing by the Babe they adore. Ah, if you could hold the Child Jesus in your arms, if you could press Him to your heart! Tell Him you wish to, dear child, show Him you love Him, and say the following prayer:

O Sweet little Child Jesus, Thou didst come into this world in a stable. I see Thee a poor, weak, little Child, and yet Thou art the true God, the King of the universe. I adore Thee, little Child Jesus. Ah, if Thou wouldst only come and rest a moment in my arms! I would rock Thee so gently, I would gaze on Thee with so much love, and Thou wouldst love me, wouldst Thou not? Would I were good, kind, gentle as Thou art, dear Holy Child! Help me to come to Thee in Heaven!




     


Little Litany of the Holy Child

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Dear little Lord Jesus,
Come and bless us.

Baby Jesus, coming to Mary
Little Lord Jesus, bless us.
Baby Jesus, born in a manger,
Little Lord Jesus, bless us.
Baby Jesus, announced by a star,
Little Lord Jesus, bless us.
Baby Jesus, adored by the angels,
Little Lord Jesus bless us.
Baby Jesus, seen by the shepherds,
Little Lord Jesus, bless us.
Baby Jesus, sought by the Wise Men,
Little Lord Jesus, bless us.
Baby Jesus, loved by Thy Mother,
Little Lord Jesus, bless us.
Baby Jesus, protected by Joseph,
Little Lord Jesus, bless us.
Baby Jesus, blessing all men,
Little Lord Jesus, bless us.

O dear Lord God, Who became a little child for our sake, teach us to be meek and humble like the little Child of Bethlehem. Amen.





     

Prayer for My Parents

THOUGHT. Do you know, dear child, that there was no child more gentle, more obedient, more loving towards His parents than the Holy Child Jesus? You want to be like Him, do you not? for you love Him dearly. Then be kind and good as He was; He will love you still more if you are a loving child to your parents.

My God, I thank Thee for having given me such kind parents. I owe them so much and can give them nothing in return. But I can pray for them: bless them and give them all that can make them happy and help them to save their souls. O dear Holy Child Jesus, Thou wert the Sweet Little One, teach us to be gentle and humble as Thou wert, and to obey my dear father and my loving mother as well as I can. Amen.




     

Prayer for Brothers and Sisters

Almighty Father! We are Thy children, whom Thy divine Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, purchased with the price of His most Precious Blood, and whom Thy Holy Spirit sanctified: mercifully grant Thy grace to my brothers and sisters, that we, being united according to Thy will on earth, may praise Thee together in Thy glory. Through Christ our Lord. Amen




" Suffer the Little Children To Come Unto Me"
 (Mark 10 : 14)

I think when I read that sweet story of old,
When Jesus was here among men,
How He called little children, like lambs to His fold.
I should like to have been with Him then.

How I wish that His hands had been laid on my head,
And my arms had been thrown round His knee,
And that I might have seen His kind looks when He said.
"Let the little ones come unto Me."

Yet still to His foot stool in prayer I may go,
And ask for a share of His love;
And if I thus earnestly seek Him below,
I see Him and hear Him above.

In that beautiful place He has gone to prepare
For all who are washed and forgiven,
For many dear children are gathering there,
And of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Yet why should I think He's no longer on earth.
When He says, I am all days with you?
For sure, if He loves little children, like me,
Then His words must be simple and true.

No: He cannot deceive--His dear Mother I'll call,
And straight to His altar repair;
For they say He still dwells in that sweet holy place,
And an infant may worship Him there.


Readings and Devotions for the Season of Lent










Catholic Harbor Children's Library





        New Children's Book
Behold the Lamb, A Book for Little Folks About the Holy Mass, 1912










New    Jesus of Nazareth, the Story of His Life:
        A Catholic Children's Book, 1906







       New    Catholic Bible Stories, 1922





          
           New   Short Catechism of
             Church History for Youth






Laudate Pueri (Psalm 112)



Latin:

Laudate, pueri, Dominum, laudate nomen Domini: sit nomen Domini benedictum, ex hoc nunc et usque in saeculum. Auxilium meum a Domino, qui fecit caelum et terram. Benefac, Domine, bonis et rectis corde.
English:

Praise the Lord, ye children: praise ye the name of the Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord, from henceforth now and for ever. My help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Do good, O Lord, to those that are good, and to the upright of heart.








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