Here are various version of my favorite childhood prayers. Enjoy!!
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, bless the bed that I lie on. Before I lay me down to sleep, I give my soul to Christ to keep.
Four corners to my bed, four angels there aspread, two to foot, and two to head, and two to carry me when I’m dead.
I go by sea, I go by land, the Lord made me by his right hand. If any danger comes to me, Sweet Jesus Christ, deliver me.
He’s the branch, and I’m the flower, pray God send me a happy hour. And if I die before I wake, I pray that Christ my soul will take.
Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love entrusts me here,
ever this night (day) be at my side to light, to guard, to rule, and to guide.
From sinful stain O keep me free, and at death’s hour my helper be. Amen.
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. When at dawn I greet the day, Teach me, Lord, to walk thy way. God bless Mommie, Daddy, too. Not just now, but all life through. God bless little creatures small, Feed and shelter, one and all. God bless everyone we love, Here on earth and up above. Little children, where’er they be, God bless them, and God bless me. Help me to be kind and true. Gentle loving — just like You. Let me always thankful be For all the blessings given me.
A prayer to St. Michael the Archangel:
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.0
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray and do thou, O Prince of the Powers On High,
thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who roam about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Germany: guardian angels are dispensed with, but the angels are retained in force. fourteen angels in a band every night around me stand two to my let hand two to my right who watch me ever by day and night two at my head two at my feet to guard my slumber soft and sweet two to wake me at break of day when night and darkness pass away two to cover me warm and nice and two to lead me to paradise
I go to bed I know not if I shall arise thou lord who knowest keep good watch over be before my soul separates from my body give me help and good comfort in the name of the father son and holy ghost
I lay me down in this bed with Jesus on my breast I sleep and he watches in this bed where i am laid five saints i find two at the head, two at the feet in the middle is st Michael
In my little bed I lie down to sleep I lie down with my mother Mary the mother Mary goes away and she leaves me Christ for company
Four corners of my bed Four angels over head Matthew, Mark, Luke and John Bless this bed I lay upon
Four corners to my bed, Four angels ’round my head, One to watch, one to pray, And two to bear my soul away.
I go by sea, I go by land, The Lord made me with his right hand, If any danger come to me, Sweet Jesus Christ, deliver me.
For he’s the branch and I’m the flower, Pray God send me a happy hour, And if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.
I lay my head on our Lady’s knee Jesus come this night to me Heart of Joseph I adore thee Heart of Mary I implore thee Heart of Jesus pure and just In those three hearts I place my trust.
Teach me to always to say what’s true. Be willing in each task I do. Help me to be good each day, and lead me in thy holy way.
I pray whatever wrongs I’ve done, You will forgive me every one. Be near me when I wake again, and Bless all of those I love. Amen.
Bless the bed that I lie on.
The are four corners to my bed,
Four angels round my head,
One to watch, and one to pray,
And two to bear my soul away.
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.
NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP I PRAY THEE, LORD, MY SOUL TO KEEP.
THY ANGELS GUARD ME TROUGH THE NIGHT AND KEEP ME SAFE TIL MORNING LIGHT.
LORD MAKE ME A BOY/OR GIRL WHO’S BRAVE OF HEART,
WILLING AND STRONG TO DO MY PART.
LORD PLEASE HELP ME TO BE GOOD EACH DAY, AND ALWAYS BE HONEST IN MY PLAY.
LORD, WHILE I LIVE I WANT TO BE FROM QUICK AND ANGRY PASSIONS FREE,
WITH GENTLE THOUGHTS AND HAPPY FACE, AND PLEASANT WORDS IN EVERYPLACE.
I PRAY WHATEVER WRONGS I’VE DONE YOU WILL FORGIVE THEM EVERY ONE.
BE NEAR ME WHEN I WAKE AGAIN, AND BLESS ALL THOSE I LOVE. AMEN
Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, Bless this bed I lie upon.
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Now the day is over, Night is drawing nigh, Shadows of the evening, steal across the sky,
Jesus, give the weary Calm and sweet repose; With Thy tend’rest blessing May mine eyelids close.
When the morning wakens, Then may I arise Pure and fresh and sinless In Thy holy eyes.
Jesus, Tender Shepherd, Hear Me By Mary Lundie Duncan (1814-1840) & John Stainer (1840-1901)
Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me; Bless Thy little lamb tonight; Through the darkness, be Thou near me; Keep me safe till morning light.
Through this day Thy hand has led me; And I thank Thee for Thy care; Thou hast warmed me, clothed and fed me, Listen to my evening prayer.
Let my sins be all forgiven; Bless the friends I love so well; Take me when I die, to heaven, Happy there with Thee to dwell. Amen.
I pray the Lord, his life is mine, I live in Him, I can not die.
God is my health, I can’t be sick. God is my strengh, unfailing quick.
God is my all, I know no fear, since Life and Truth and Love is here. Forever and ever. Amen.
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
When at dawn I greet the day, Teach me, Lord, to walk thy way.
God bless Mommie, Daddy, too. Not just now, but all life through.
God bless little creatures small, Feed and shelter, one and all.
God bless everyone we love, Here on earth and up above.
Little children, where’er they be, God bless them, and God bless me.
Help me to be kind and true. Gentle loving — just like You.
Let me always thankful be For all the blessings given me.
Now I lay me down to sleep; I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Thy love guard me through the night, And wake me with the morning light
When in the morning light I wake, Teach me the path of love to take.
If I live another day, I pray the Lord to guide my way.