Family Prayers on the Feast of the Holy Family

A Child’s Prayer for Parents and Family

O God, bless our home, our family, friends and

neighbours; and give us thankful hearts for all

your mercies. Amen.

Dear God, I am glad that you love daddy and

mammy and me and everybody. I want to love

You, too, and to grow up to be strong and good.

Bless us today and keep us in your care. Dear

Father in heaven, I thank you for Jesus who came

to bring us your love, and to teach us to love one

another; for Mary who carried your Son; for

Joseph who protected them both in the Holy

Family. Help our family to be made perfect in

their example. Amen.

A Child’s Prayer for Parents

Heavenly Father, I thank you for my father and

mother and for our home. Bless us all and help us

to love you and in love to serve one another as

Jesus taught us to do. Give me strength to do

what is right today and to do for others what I

would want them to do for me. Amen.

A Child’s Prayer for their Father

I thank you, Lord, for my father. Grant me to

realise the depth of his love for me so often left

unspoken, and to appreciate his great and

continuous sacrifices.

His fatherly care reflects your divine care; his

strength, your power; his understanding, your

wisdom. He is your faithful servant and image.

Bless him with peace of soul, health of body and

success in his life. Amen.

Stephen Cummins

A Child’s Prayer for their Mother

I thank you, Lord, for my mother. Let me never

forget the depth of her love

for me and to appreciate her many and

continuous sacrifices.

Her motherly care reflects your divine care; her

strength, your power; her understanding, your


Bless her Lord with peace of soul, health of mind

and body and be for her

a source of strength and support. Amen.

Stephen Cummins

Thanks for My Family

Lord Jesus,

You also needed a mother and a father to grow.

Thanks for my parents.

What would my life be without them?

Help me to be always grateful for

the gift which they are to me.

Rev Peter Murphy

For Children (by Parents)

Blessed are you, Lord God,

giver of life and love;

we thank you for the gift of our children;

may they grow before you in wisdom and grace;

through Christ our Lord.


The Veritas Book of Blessing Prayers

The Family

Blessed are you, Lord our God, giver of life:

give your strength and wisdom to the father of

this family.

Blessed are you, Holy Spirit, bearer of love:

give your compassion and understanding to the

mother of this family.

Blessed are you, Son of God, eternal wisdom:

give your knowledge and truth to the children of

this family.

(Blessed are you, Holy Trinity, eternal and

almighty: shadow with your protecting wings the

absent/departed members of this family.)

Father, we want to live as Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

in peace with you and with one another.

By following their example in mutual love and

respect may we come to the joy of our

home in heaven.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May his face shine upon you and be gracious to


May he look upon you with kindness, and give

his peace.

May almighty God bless you, the Father and Son,

+ and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Veritas Book of Blessing Prayers

Prayers for Families

Lord, we thank you for our family.

Bless each one of us in our uniqueness

and let us use our gifts and talents to ensure

unity and love within our family now and always.


Stephen Cummins

Lord, you chose to enter the world as a member

of a family. Take care of all families. May they be

sources of love and security for all family

members, where each person is valued and given

the chance to reach their full potential.

Stephen Cummins

For all our families, who welcome Christ into

their lives; that they learn to receive him in the

poor and suffering people of this world.

Stephen Cummins

A Family Prayer

God our Father,

your Son, Jesus Christ,

is our Way, our Truth and our Life.

His way of being human shapes our

understanding of the human person and

of human relationships of every kind.

In a special way it shapes our

understanding of ourselves as a family.

Trying to live as Jesus lived –

respectful, forgiving, helpful and

caring towards one another –

is a daily challenge to every person

in this family of ours.

We are in constant need of your

forgiveness and help. May your

Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Jesus

himself – bind us together in love.

Together, as a family, may we face with

hope and confidence whatever suffering or

sorrow may come our way.

May our hearts be ever open to the needs

of other families and individuals

everywhere in our world.

We make this prayer through

Christ our Lord.