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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

What is the full Catholic "Now I lay me down to sleep" bedtime prayer...?

I babysit for 3 children whose family is Catholic, and I dont know their prayers since I follow Buddhism. They recite a beautiful prayer before bed. It is a version of this traditional Catholic bedtime prayer, which I am slightly familiar with:

Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my soul to keep;

(Should I die before I wake,

I pray the Lord my soul to take.)

They recite the first two lines, but then the two after that are different. Also, they recite about 3 more stanzas, not just that one stanza.

Is there a version for children with 3 or 4 or 5 stanzas that start out with "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep"?

I'd like to memorize it and join them as they recite it before bed.

thanks!

Update:

The kids I sit for don't say the last two lines, I told you. They say something different, something along the lines of "May angels watch me through the night, And keep me safe till morning's light."

Update 2:

jeez everyone's getting on me! I don't CARE if this isn't just a strictly Catholic prayer, okay? I KNOW *for a fact* this family is Catholic, so the prayer they are reciting is Catholic.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Now I lay me down to sleep,

    I pray the Lord my soul to keep;

    When in the morning light I wake,

    Teach me the path of love to take.

    Now I lay me down to sleep,

    I pray the Lord my soul to keep;

    Guard me Jesus through the night,

    And wake me with the morning light.

    Now I lay me down to sleep,

    I pray the lord my soul to keep,

    thy angels watch me through the night,

    And keep me safe till morning's light.

    Now I lay me down to sleep,

    I pray the lord my soul to keep,

    May angels watch me through the night,

    And keep me in their blessed sight.

    Now I lay me down to sleep,

    I pray the lord my soul to keep.

    Angels watch me through the night,

    And wake me with the morning light.

    Amen

    Now I lay me down to sleep,

    I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep;

    Guide me safely through the night,

    Wake me with the morning's light.

    Now I lay me down to sleep,

    I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep;

    See me safely through the night,

    And wake me with the morning's light.

    Now I lay me down to sleep,

    I pray the Lord my soul to keep,

    Guide me through the starry night,

    Wake me when the sun shines bright,

    For Jesus' sake. Amen."

    Now I lay me down to sleep,

    I pray the Lord my soul to keep;

    Guide us through the starry night,

    and wake us with the morning's light.

    I ask not for myself alone,

    but for thy children--every one.

    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

    .

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    My family always said it this way:

    Now I lay me down to sleep

    I pray the Lord my soul to keep

    Bless me Jesus through the night

    And wake me with the morning light

    Amen

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Firstly, it's not just a Catholic prayer. And there are many different versions. Here's another version.

    Now I lay me down to sleep,

    I pray the lord my soul to keep,

    thy angels watch me through the night,

    And keep me safe till morning's light.

  • 3 years ago

    Just because the family is Catholic doesn't make the prayer a Catholic prayer. It was credited to a Prodestent monister in the 1700s .

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  • 5 years ago

    My mother taught my brother and me this version:

    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

    If I should live for other days

    I pray the Lord, to guide my ways

    Bless Daddy and Mommy

    Johnny and me,

    And those I love

    Me angles guard over my slumbers and when

    the morning is breaking,

    I wake me.

    Amen

  • 4 years ago

    Now I lay me down to sleep,

    I pray the Lord my soul to keep,

    If I shall die before I wake,

    I pray the Lord my soul to take,

    Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,

    Bless the bed that I lie on.

    Four corners to my bed,

    Four angels round my head;

    One to watch, and one to pray,

    and two to bear my soul away.

    If I should live another day,

    I pray the Lord to guide my way.

    Amen

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  • 1 decade ago

    I only know 2 versions:

    Now I lay me down to sleep,

    I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep.

    Angels watch me through the night and

    wake me with the morning light.

    Now I lay me down to sleep;

    I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to keep.

    If I should die before I wake.

    I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to take;

    And this I ask for Jesus' sake. Amen.

    There is also this:

    Now I pay me down to sleep,

    I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

    Four corners to my bed,

    Four angels there aspread:

    Two to foot and two to head,

    And four to carry me when I'm dead.

    If any danger come to me,

    Sweet Jesus Christ deliver me.

    And if I die before I wake,

    I pray the Lord my soul to take.

    I'm not sure that I have ever heard that there were more to it than this. They may be reciting some hail mary's or saying a blessing after. You should ask the parents and tell them you are interested in saying their prayers with them. The parents would def appreciate it and prob write it down for you!

    Source(s): I'm a Catholic :)
  • 4 years ago

    As 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.

    Then comes the blessings

    First mommy and Daddy

    as thanks that they bear me,

    then my brothers and sisters(oldest to youngest)

    Because they are so deserving,

    Next uncles and aunts

    for the lie they have left,

    Last grandparents we pray for

    since they prayed for us first,

    And the rest of the world

    because of you it s all we have left.

    This is the Christian version however.

  • 1 decade ago

    Ive always loved that prayer but I only recited each night the verse you posted.

    You are a great Nanny for keeping your beliefs to yourself and upholding the wishes of the parents that trust in you!

  • 1 decade ago

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Now_I_Lay_Me_Down_To_...

    I am not sure it is a traditional catholic prayer though, when I was a small child we were catholic, but our night time prayers were more Hail mary and the lords prayer, along with the 23rd psalm.

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