Prayers for FamilesT


The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be you Name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.


Night Prayer

(from the New Zealand Book of Common Prayer.
The Episcopal Church is a worldwide communion of churches!)

Eternal Spirit, Earth-Maker, Pain, Bearer, Life-Giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be.
Mother and Father of us all.
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!Your commonwealth of peace and freedon
sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and forever. Amen


For Grace at the Start of Day

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day:
Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity;
and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In the Evening

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night,
and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying,
soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.

Grace before Meals

Give us grateful hearts, O Lord, for all your mercies,
and make us mindful of the needs of others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Blessed are you, O Lord God, King of the Universe, for you give us food to sustain our lives
and make our hearts glad; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Young Persons

God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world:
Show them that your ways give more life than the ways of the world,
and that following you is better than chasing after selfish goals.
Help them to take failure, not as a measure of their worth, but as a chance for a new start.
Give them strength to hold their faith in you, and to keep alive their joy in your creation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For a Birthday

Watch over (insert name), O Lord, as his/her days increase;
bless and guide him/her wherever he/she may be.
Strengthen him/her when he/she stands; comfort him/her when discouraged or sorrowful;
raise him/her up if he/she falls; and in his/her heart may your peace
which passes understanding abide all the days of his/her life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For a Sick Child

Heavenly Father, watch with us over your child N., and grant that he/she may be restored
to that perfect health which it is yours alone to give; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Victims of Addiction

O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you:
Look with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom.
Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy;
remove from them the fears that beset them;
strengthen them in the work of their recovery;
and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love. Amen.

For Guidance

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being:
We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit,
that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you,
but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer attributed to St. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we 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.

All prayers on this page have been adapted from The Book of Common Prayer unless otherwise noted.