Saturday, October 21, 2006

Litany for Parents

Over at Crossed the Tiber:

Litany for the Protection and Guidance of Our Children

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us, Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us!

Mary, Mother of God . . . pray for us and for our children (repeat after each intercession)
St. Joseph, role model of Christian homes . . .
St. Michael, St. Rafael, and St. Gabriel . . .
All you guardian angels . . .
All you saints in Heaven . . .

From wrong companions . . . shield them, O Lord
From bad magazines . . .
From evil TV shows . . .
From filthy images and words on the Internet . . .
From worldly music and lyrics . . .
From violent movies and bad language . . .
From all the snares of the devil . . .

For guidance to make good choices . . . please, send them Your Holy Spirit
For guidance to discern situations . . .
For guidance to despise vanity . . .
For guidance to suppress pride . . .
For guidance to recognize and avoid the occasions of sin . . .
For guidance to banish evil thoughts and imaginations . . .

That they may love what is good . . . we beseech Thee, O Lord
That they may recognize the needs of others . . .
That they might be selfless in humble service to others, especially within their own families . . .
That they may joyfully make sacrifices . . .
That they have a great desire to hear and read Holy Scripture . . .
That they may grow in holiness . . .
That they understand more clearly that no one enjoys interior peace of heart who turns away from You and is disobedient to Your will . . .
That they may all reach heaven . . .

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world . . . spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world . . . graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world . . . have mercy on us, O Lord!


With things being the way they are today, this prayer should be ever on the lips of christian parents, as they raise children in these sin-saturated times. Thanks TJ!

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1 comment:

Tiber Jumper said...

St JimBob:
Thanks for posting this! This might be an aside but:
I might add we can "put feet on our prayers" by guarding our kids from the internet. My kids are old now 17 and 20 but I didn't realize what the 11 year old was looking at until too late! I never could have imagined a kid growing up in a christian home would look at that stuff. Your kids are still young, so I encourage you to get filters, put the computer out in the open, get accountability software for yourself as well!
www.xxxchurch.org has a great software product that sends your browser history to anyone you choose.
Would that we would be more concerned that the Holy Spirit who is watching us knows where we go on the net!
I still will continue to pray the Litany for my boys.
God bless