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Thursday, August 16, 2018

A Father's Prayer to St. Joachim

A Father's Prayer to St. Joachim

Holy patrons of my children, St. Joachim, take an interest in me their father; pray for me that through your intercession I may receive the grace that I may by word and example exercise a salutary influence over my children, and that they, by imitating your virtues, may grow up good members of the Church and be received one day into your happy society. Amen.

Prayer of Married Persons to St. Joachim and St. Anne

O models of pious and virtuous married persons, St. Joachim and St. Anne! Through the wondrous blessing with which God gladdened your hearts when He chose you as the parents of the ever blessed Virgin, the mother of our Saviour, obtain for us, we beseech you, the grace to desire nothing but virtue and piety; that, in fidelity and love, we may share each other's joys and sorrows, and together with our children lead such a life as to insure our entrance into the kingdom of heaven! Amen. 

A Prayer of a Father to the Guardian Angels of his Children

O holy guardian angels, ye heavenly friends of my children, full of confidence I turn to you. Those whom the Lord has entrusted to me He has also entrusted to your love and care. Obtain for me by your intercession, that animated with the same sentiment which animates you towards my children, I may do all things to bring them up for God and heaven. O may I be such a father to them that I may be not unworthy of your love and friendship. Obtain this for me by your powerful intercession. Amen.

A Prayer to Preserve the Children from Mortal Sin

O God, how many and how great are the temptations to sin for my children in this world! And it is not in my power to lead them safely through them. Thou must assist and protect, Thou must rescue and lead to victory. Come then to my aid, O Lord, in the power of Thy grace, that the monster of mortal sin may not approach my children. Thou knowest, O Lord, how much I love my children; but I would rather that Thou shouldst take them from me by death than that by sin they should suffer the death of their souls and become an object of abomination and wrath to Thee. Therefore I beseech Thee, Thou Father of my children, haste to take them out of this life rather than that they should suffer this misfortune, so that by losing them during this short life I may find them again in Thy house and possess them forever with Thee. Hear me, O Lord, hear me; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Hail Mary.

A Prayer for Purity in Children

O most holy God, who lovest purity and innocence, grant my children the precious gift of purity. Alas, if the vice of impurity should soil my children, how unhappy would they be for time and eternity. Lord, protect them; keep far from them this terrible misfortune! Without Thy special grace they cannot preserve holy purity. O Lord, grant them this grace! May their hearts be as a sanctuary undefiled by any impure thoughts and sentiments; may their eyes be modest, their ears and mouth closed to any impropriety in word or conversation; fill them with horror for everything contrary to purity, and let them, unblemished in body and soul, continue to be temples consecrated to the Holy Ghost.

O Lord, Thou lover of pure souls, let my children be numbered among Thy beloved ones; let that blessing which in time and eternity accompanies holy purity come to my children.

Immaculate Mother, thou model and intercessor of pure souls; St. Joseph, St. Aloysius, and all holy youths, virgins, and saintly children, help me by your intercession. Amen.

A Father's Prayer for Blessings on his Work

O God, all that I may do for the proper education of my children will not bear fruit without the blessing of Thy grace. Although I may "plant and water," the " increase" will be wanting if Thou dost not "give" it. " Except the Lord build the house," says the Psalmist, " they labor in vain who build it. Except the Lord keep the city he watcheth in vain that keepeth it." Therefore I beseech Thee, O Lord, give "the increase" to all that I do for my children by teaching, admonition, warning, punishment, vigilance and direction; assist me to "keep" them from all evil of body and soul; assist me to " build" that the "house" of virtue and perfection will have in them a firm foundation. Accompany my words and works with Thy grace that they may conduce to the welfare of my children, through Jesus Christ. Amen.


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