Children Learn to Pray

This page:
Prayers for
each week of Advent

Everyday Prayers
Thank you, God
Going to School
Jesus loves me
Bless our food, O Lord
Good night, God
An alphabet poem-prayer

Watch, O Lord - night prayer

Special Seasons
Stations of the Cross
Heart Prayers in Lent
Holy Week for Children
The Easter Tree
Heart Prayer: Holy Week
and Easter

Story of St Nicholas

Site Index

Children and Their Families Pray:
Each Week of Advent

The prayers for each week of Advent are based on the "O" antiphons, found in the Old Testament prophets' writings. In medieval manuscripts, the first letter was elaborately ornamented. The first prayer each week is for adults; a prayer for children follows.

First Week

O Jesus Christ,
Emmanuel, come and dwell with us.
Desire of all nations;
Gift to every generation,
Come, make your home with us.

All nations, everybody,
is waiting for you,
Indians and Esquimos
are waiting for you,
People in New York
are waiting for you.
People in Beijing
are waiting for you.
Jesus, come to us.

Second Week

O Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace,
come and save your people.
Joy of every heart,
Strength of those who are poor,
come quickly to help us.

Prince of Peace,
teach the lion and the little lamb,
teach the cat and the mouse,
the the hawk and the tiny bird,
teach everyone who doesn't get along
to live in peace.

Third Week

O Jesus Christ,
Key of David,
come and set your people free.
Open the gates of heaven for us;
come, deliver us from evil.

King David was a mighty king
who built a city long ago.
He left a key
that Jesus found in the manger hay.
Key of David, Jesus Christ,
open heaven's gates for us.

Fourth Week

O Jesus Christ, Holy Wisdom,
come and teach us your way;
Word of life, Word made flesh,
come, speak your truth.

Jesus, come and teach me,
how to sing and play,
how to learn new words;
tell me what to say.
Teach me how to be a child,
for you know the way.


[At the beginning of Advent]
[Preparing the Home for Christmas]
See also:
[About St. Nicholas - for very young children]
[About St. Nicholas - older children and adults]
[Prayers for Advent and Christmas - older children and adults]

Prayers and text by Fr Victor Hoagland, C.P.

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