Prayers For Kids On St. Patrick’s Day

When celebrating St. Patrick’s day with your family, it’s important to remember that it is not just a holiday invented to sell lucky charms or go searching for pots of gold, but it is an actual feast day of a holy Saint… St. Patrick! A really great way to keep this in mind among your celebrations is to be sure to say some prayers. I hope you find some of these prayers for kids on St. Patrick’s day useful, and be sure to check out all of my ideas for celebrating St. Patrick’s day with Catholic kids here

Because part of the St. Patrick legend is that he converted the people of Ireland and explained the concept of the Trinity to them using a shamrock, many of the prayers that are good for his feast day revolve around the Holy Trinity. 

The Sign Of The Cross

Did you know the sign of the cross is a prayer? True story! And the first one a lot of little Catholics learn! So on a day where the Trinity is so fully celebrated, this can’t be left out as an option!

The Sign Of The Cross Prayer

In the name of the Father,
And of the Son,
And of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

The Glory Be

There is a little more to this one than just the sign of the cross, and it’s a good one to learn because it’s a rosary prayer!

The Glory Be Prayer

In the name of the Father,
And of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
As it was then, is now, and every shall be.
World without end.
Amen.

I have a free Trinity printable pack here that includes the sign of the cross and the Glory Be prayer, so you might like to check that out.

The Irish Blessing

Since St. Patrick is known for converting the Irish, this seems like the perfect prayer for celebrating his feast day!

Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

The Breastplate Of St. Patrick

I love this prayer, and it is really easy for kids to understand. It is a simple, yet beautiful concept, asking Christ to surround us in every way! 

The Breastplate Of St. Patrick

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I actually snuck a little of this prayer on my printable St. Patrick craft for kids!

I also have a free St. Patrick printable pack here that includes both the Irish blessing and the breastplate of St. Patrick prayer.

I also love this St. Patrick breastplate craft from Sweet Little Ones Blog. How fun is this? In my experience with kids, “wearable” crafts are always a hit! 

Songs As A Prayer

There is a famous quote from St. Augustine that says “He who sings prays twice.” Isn’t that amazing? Catholics sure do love to sing our prayers!

For St. Patrick’s day, I highly recommend “Father I Adore You”, which can be sung separately or in a round. I have a video here that walks you first through each verse, then in a round. My kids love singing this one each year! 

Father I Adore You Prayer Lyrics

Father I adore you, lay my life before you.
How I love you.
Jesus I adore you, lay my life before you.
How I love you.
Spirit I adore you, lay my life before you.
How I love you.

 

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