I’ve been wanting to share these two Catholic children’s bedtime prayers for months, but kept forgetting.

The first is one that most of us are familiar with, but last time our priest came over for dinner, he let us know that there is a second verse.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray The Lord my soul to keep
If I die before I wake
I pray The Lord my soul to take

But should I waken with the light,
’tis Jesus kept me through the night
and should I live another day,
I pray that Jesus guide my way.


This other one was found & added to our routine by my husband.

Four Corners

There are 4 corners on my bed
There are 4 angels over head
Saint Matthew, Mark, Luke & John
God Bless the bed that I lie on
And If I die before I wake
I pray The Lord my soul to take
If any evil comes to me
Blessed lady awaken me.

We add these to an Our Father & a Hail Mary.

What prayers are a part of your children’s bedtime prayer routine?

Jen S.




2 Comments on Catholic Bedtime Prayers

  1. Kimberly Gill
    4 May 2015 at 9:38 PM (7 years ago)

    My personal favorite is the one my mother taught us when we were little. This is similar to the last one you did.

    Mathew, Mark Luke and John
    bless this bed I lay upon
    all 4 corners round about
    all 4 angles over head
    with one to sing
    one to pray
    and two to watch me through the day
    God bless Mommy, Daddy, Shelley, David, Greg
    and everyone I know and love
    and God bless me.


  2. Ginny Kubitz Moyer
    21 October 2013 at 6:43 PM (9 years ago)

    Oh, I MUCH prefer “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” with Verse 2 in it! Thanks for sharing!

    My kids pray what I prayed as a child:

    Dearest Jesus, through the night
    Love me, keep me, hold me tight. Amen.

    We often substitute other names for “me.” It’s a sweet little prayer.
    Ginny Kubitz Moyer´s last blog post ..When the little things are huge


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