It is important to teach your children how to pray. The best place to start is to find a Catholic prayer book for children. Here are some of my favorite Catholic prayers for kids.
Simple Catholic Prayers for Kids
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
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, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among 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.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.
Catholic Prayers for Kids Grades 4 and Up
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
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 is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.
Hail Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness, and our hope!
To you we cry,
poor banished children of Eve;
to you we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this, our exile,
show to us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created,
and you will renew the face of the earth.
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation,
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.
Prayer Before the Blessed Sacrament
Lord Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Eucharist.
As I receive you in
help me to love as you loved,
serve as you served,
so I can be the Body
of Christ to others.
Anima Christi/Soul of Christ
Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ’s side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever
Other Catholic Prayers for Kids
Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel
St. 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 power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
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
Father of mercy, we praise you and give you glory
for the wonderful gifts you have given us: for life and health, for faith and love, and for this meal we have shared together.
Father, we thank you through Christ our Lord.
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 by this confidence I fly
unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my
Mother. To thee do 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.
Act of Faith
O my God, I firmly believe that you
are one God in three Divine Persons,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe
that your 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 you have
revealed them who are eternal truth
and wisdom, who can neither deceive
nor be deceived. In this faith I intend
to live and die.
Act of Hope
O Lord God, I hope by your grace for
the pardon of all my sins and after
life here to gain eternal happiness
because you have promised it who
are infinitely powerful, faithful, kind,
and merciful. In this hope I intend to live and die.
Act of Love
O Lord God, I love you above all
things and I love my neighbor for
your sake because you are the highest, infinite and perfect good, worthy of all my love. In this love I intend to live and die. Amen.
Act of Contrition
I am sorry for my sins
with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong
and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you
whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance,
to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ
suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy.
— Rite of Penance
Act of Contrition
O my God,
I am heartily sorry for
having offended Thee,
and I detest all 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 are 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.
Prayer to the Guardian Angel (contemporary)
Angel sent by God to guide me,
be my light and walk beside me;
be my guardian and protect me;
on the paths of life direct me.
Prayer to the Guardian Angel (traditional)
Angel of God, my Guardian dear,
to whom his love commits me here,
ever this day (or night) be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord
R. Let it be done unto me according
to thy word.
V. And the Word was made flesh
R. And dwelt among 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: 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 bythe message of an angel,
may, by his Passion and Cross,
be brought to the glory of his Resurrection
through the same Christ, our Lord.
Regina Caeli/Queen of Heaven
V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
R. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.
V. Has risen, as he said, alleluia.
R. Pray for us to God, alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord has 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.
Teach your kids to pray every single day. They can say morning prayers, pray before meals and pray before bed time. Prayer will bring your children closer to God. Lent is a good time of year to help your kids grow in their prayer life. What are some of your favorite Catholic prayers for kids?