Family Prayer

Family Prayer

Prayer for Families

We bless your name, O Lord,
for sending your own incarnate Son,
to become part of a family,
so that, as he lived its life,
he would experience its worries and its joys.

We ask  you, Lord,
to protect and watch over this family,
so that in the strength of your grace
its members may enjoy prosperity,
possess the priceless gift of your peace,
and, as the Church alive in the home,
bear witness in this world to your glory.

We ask this thought Christ our Lord.
Amen.

—from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers

Another Prayer for Families

God, Our Father, loving and merciful, bring together and keep all families in perfect unity of love and mutual support.

Instill in each member the spirit of understanding and affection for each other.

Keep quarrels and bitterness far from them, and for their occasional failures instill forgiveness and peace.

May the mutual love and affection of parents set a good example.

Instill in children self-respect that they may respect others and grow in mature independence.

May the mutual affection and respect of families be a sign of Christian life here and hereafter, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Amen.

Praying with Children

  • Celebrate milestones and everyday moments with prayer. Offer blessings over family members on birthdays, baptismal anniversaries, marriage anniversaries but also for everyday moments – like before big tests, games, when family members get sick, etc.  A great resource for this Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers.
  • Incorporate the liturgical calendar into the family calendar. Are there any feast days that are special to your family?  Consider changing table or home décor to reflect different liturgical seasons and/or offering special Advent, Lenten or Easter prayers every Sunday night of that season.  Consider creating liturgical decorations (such as Advent wreaths) with children.  Try Catholic Mom, Teaching Catholic Kids, Catholic Icing, Catholic Sprouts, or A Catholic Mom’s Life for more suggestions on how to live liturgically as a Catholic family.
  • Create prayer habits when the family always prays together such as prayer before meals or prayer before bedtime. These prayers may look different for each family but the routine and consistency are key.  The message is that God is always with us and we are always thankful for Him.
  • Attend a family retreat together. Our Diocese is blessed to have Whispering Winds Catholic Camp & Conference Center, which offers annual family retreats during the summer and a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the year.

Praying with Toddlers and Preschool Aged Children

Adult Spirituality

For information regarding adult spirituality, please see our Adult Spiritual Formation page with additional resources.

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