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Our Family Prayer Book

Our Family Prayer Book

by C D Stampley Enterprises (Manufactured by)

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Stampley, C. D. Enterprises, Incorporated
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Chapter One

Basic Prayers

Herein are to be found a number of prayers that every Catholic should know. They are used in the home and in public gatherings of all sorts. They represent our universal language of prayer, our common prayer vocabulary.


The sign of the cross is an outward gesture of our inner belief in the mystery of the Blessed Trinity and our redemption through the Cross of Christ.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


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. Amen.


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. Amen.


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


This creed differs from the creed to be found in the Mass. Dating from the third century, it is a simpler and more compact summation of Christian beliefs.

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 Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sin, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.


If the family lives within the sound of the Angelus Bell of the parish church, it is a pious and profitable custom to recite the Angelus together while the bell is being rung. The prayer recalls the coming of the Son of God to this world and honors Mary for her role in his coming.

V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.

R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. Hail Mary, etc.

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

R. Be it done unto me according to thy word. Hail Mary, etc.

V. And the Word was made flesh.

R. And dwelt among us. Hail Mary, etc.

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 by the message of an angel, may by His passion and cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


This prayer is said in place of the Angelus during the Easter season.

V. O Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia.

R. For he whom you were made worthy to bear, Alleluia.

V. Has risen again 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 arisen indeed, Alleluia.

Let us pray

O God, who by the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, saw fit to give joy to the world, grant, we beg you, that through his Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope, to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us and, after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.


Remember, O gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of Virgins, our Mother; to you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

Family Prayers

There is no obligation to say prayers upon arising in the morning or before going to bed at night, and no sin is committed when we fail to pray at either time. However, we cannot do without prayer; we need constantly to remind ourselves that we are children of our Father in Heaven and are thus completely dependent upon him. Because this matter is so important to us, the Church recommends that we pray at fixed times so as not to forget our need to pray. It is well, therefore, that parents train themselves and, in turn, their children to the practice of morning and night prayers. It is suggested that this Family Prayer book be left open by the head of the household the night before in some sort of "prayer nook" in the house where everyone going to bed at night or coming in for breakfast in the morning can pause and kneel for a moment to pray. The prayers on the following pages are suggestions as to the form the morning or evening prayer might take. If the family schedule permits, perhaps these, or similar prayers, could be recited by the family all together.

Morning Prayers

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

I acknowledge you, God, to be my true Father. I acknowledge you in the person of your Son to be my brother, friend and redeemer. In the person of your Holy Spirit I acknowledge you to be my sanctifier.


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 Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.

My Father, I trust you because I know you not only want me to come home to you someday, but that you will continually offer me the strength to get there.

    My God, I wish to love you above all things by giving my whole self to you in the gift of my will to you. I will try to do your will all this day.

    My Father, I thank you for having watched over me during the night and for having given me the priceless gift of another new day.

    And I am sorry, my Father, that I have not always done what you wanted me to do. Today I will try harder. Help me to do so. Hail Mary, etc.


Those in the family who will not be able to go to daily Mass might make a spiritual communion, that is, to put into words their unfulfillable desire to receive Holy Communion that day. Granting the impossibility of their getting to Mass, we see no reason why a generous measure of grace would not be given them.

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I unite myself wholly to you; never permit me to be separated from you.

Evening Prayers

As previously mentioned, a fixed time for prayer is recommended. Since we go to bed nearly every night of our lives, we would do well indeed to make the time of our retiring one of the fixed points of our prayer life. It is better that we improvise the night prayer, speaking from the heart. Below will be found merely a suggestion as to the form prayer might take.

Thank you, my Father, for the day that is ending. Because I am tired, help me to sleep well. Looking back over the day, I can plainly see that I did not do too well. There were things I should not have done, things I could have done for you that were left undone. I am sorry about this. Help me, Father, to do better tomorrow, to be less harsh to people, more gentle, more patient. Help me to give of myself for the sake of others and to be more cheerful about it. Mary, my Mother, keep an eye on all of us in this household.


To be said together before retiring or alone if the other is absent.

Father, we beg you to continue to bless us and to help us to be thankful for what we already have. We are one through the sacrament of matrimony. Grant that we may truly be of one heart and mind, that we may respect the person in each other, that we may love each other in you, remembering that it was you who gave us our love because we were to be parents of your children. Help us to give of ourselves more completely to each other and to be less selfish. Let us trust one another. Let us in our difficulties trust in you and in the guarantee you gave us in your sacrament of matrimony. (Help us to be good parents.) If it be your will, give us the health and strength we need for our jobs. In the happiness we know in our love for each other, let us not forget that it is but a foretaste of Heaven. Through the merits of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Amen.

The Family Meal

The family meal is a necessary and most effective instrument in the training of children. One of the great flaws in American family life is that the members of the family so seldom get to eat together. Consequently, unaccustomed to doing things together, the children grow up with no profound sense of belonging to a family. Not seeing their father presiding at the table, they fail to understand that the father must be the head of the family. Furthermore, the dinner table is the indispensable school for teaching children good manners, deference and consideration for others and, above all, the relation between their own supper and the Lord's Supper. It is most desirable, therefore, to have the family eat together once a day at least. The main family meal should begin with a prayer, recited always by the father.

    There is never any obligation to pray before or after meals. However, the omission of prayer at this time should be the exception rather than the rule. Although the father would do well to improvise his own prayers, he may find helpful the following blessings before meals and grace after meals for each day of the week.


Father in Heaven, you watch over the tiniest sparrow. Please watch over us and bless our food.

    After the Meal

We thank you, Father, for the food which you have provided for us. May we never lose sight of the fact that every good thing comes from your hands.


Our Brother, Christ, be with us in spirit here at the table that we may love one another. Bless what we have here that we may use it to our advantage.

    After the Meal

Christ, our Brother, we thank you for the two kinds of bread you provide us with—the bread we have eaten at this table and the bread of eternal life we eat at your table.


Holy Spirit of God's Love, fire our hearts with the fire of your love so that our coming together for food will bring our hearts together.

    After the Meal

Holy Spirit, may we leave the table with a deeper realization that we are brothers and sisters not only to each other but to all whom we meet. Inspire us to do all that we can about the needs of others.


Heavenly Father, although we know we have worked hard to be able to buy this food, we recognize that you have sustained us every moment of our working hours.

    After the Meal

Now that we have dined so well, Father, we ask that the injustice of men will not continue to deprive the hungry of the world of the abundance that you have placed in the world.


Christ, our Brother, help us to live worthily enough to be able one day to sit down with you at your Heavenly table.

    After the Meal

Christ, our Savior, may we ever be mindful of the great sorrow and pain it caused you in order to give us the bread of eternal life.


Holy Spirit of Wisdom, teach us to know that the good things of life that we enjoy are to be used thankfully but not to be desired for themselves

    After the Meal

Come, Holy Spirit, to all of us gathered here at this table as you came down on those gathered at the table in the Upper Room and fill us with the strength and courage to be like Christ.


Bless us, Lord, and these your gifts, which we are about to receive from the bounty of your hands. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

    After the Meal

We give you thanks, Heavenly Father, for all your benefits who live and reign with the Son and the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.

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