Prayers for Children

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Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me;
Bless Thy little lamb tonight;
Through the darkness be Thou near me,
Watch my sleep till morning light.

All this day Thy hand has led me,
And I thank Thee for Thy care;
Thou has warmed and clothed and fed me;
Listen to my evening prayer.

– Mary L. Duncan


Lord, teach me all that I should know;
In grace and wisdom I may grow;
The more I learn to do thy will,
The better I may I love Thee still.

– Isaac Watts


To the Moon and Back


O God, make us children of quietness and heirs of peace.

– St. Clement (a parent’s prayer disguised as a child’s prayer)


What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would bring Him a lamb.

If I were a wise man,
I would do my part —
Yet what can I give Him,
Give my heart.

– Christina Rosetti


I see the moon,
And the moon sees me;
God bless the moon,
And God bless me.

– anonymous


God made the world so broad and grand,
Filled with blessings from God’s hand.
God made the sky so high and blue,
And all the little children, too.

– anonymous


Peace be to this house
And to all who dwell in it.
Peace be to them that enter
And to them that depart.

– anonymous


God bless this house from thatch to floor,
The twelve apostles guard the door;
Four angels to my bed;
Gabriel stands at the head,
John and Peter at the feet,
All to watch me while I sleep.



Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray, Thee, Lord, my soul to keep.
Thy love guard me through the night,
And wake me with the morning light.

– Traditional


O Father, my hope
O Son, my refuge
O Holy Spirit, my protection.
Holy Trinity, glory to Thee.

– Eastern Orthodox, Compline