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Prayers Our Children Should Know


Source 1: Traditional Catholic Prayers 
Source 2: Common Catholic Prayers

GRACE BEFORE MEALS
Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord.

GRACE AFTER MEALS
We give Thee thanks, O Almighty God, for these Thy benefits Who lives and reigns, world without end. Amen. 
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

GUARDIAN ANGEL PRAYER
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 and rule and guide. Amen.

ACT OF CONTRITION
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you, and I detest all my sins, because of Your just punishments, 
but most of all because they offend You, my God, who are all-good and deserving of all my love. 
I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.

ACT OF FAITH
O MY GOD, I firmly 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 the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived. 

ACT OF HOPE
O MY GOD, relying on Thy almighty power and infinite mercy 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. 

ACT OF CHARITY
O MY GOD, I love Thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art 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.

PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCANGEL
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into Hell
Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen..

PRAYER TO SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. 
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen. 





 

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