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Catholic Prayer: Preschool Children's Grace Before and After Meals


From an early age it is important to encourage the practice of prayers in the daily routine, grace before and after meals included. These prayers can be recited by preschool-age children.

Children love forms. So you must say the Grace with great care and reverence, and with folded hands. In teaching these little prayers, recall the value of learning a little every day.


For children from the age of three, say Grace carefully before meals:

"Bless, dear Jesus, the food which You give me, and
please give some to all the children in the world."

After meals, say:

"Thank You, Jesus, for the good food You have given me."

Prayer Source: Religion in the Home: Monthly Aids for the Parents of Pre-School Children by Katherine Delmonico Byles, Paulist Press, 1938
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