O Father of mankind, Who hast given unto me these my children and committed them to my charge, to bring them up for Thee, and to prepare them for everlasting life, assist me with Thy heavenly grace, that I may be able to fulfill this most sacred duty and stewardship. Teach me both what to give, and what to withhold; when to reprove, and when to forbear; make me to be gentle, yet firm; considerate and watchful; and deliver me equally from the weakness off indulgence, and the excess of severity; and grant that, both by work and example, I may be careful to lead them in the ways of wisdom and true piety; so that at last I may with them, be admitted to the unspeakable joys of our true home in heaven, in unity of the blessed angels and saints, where Thou, O Father, with Jesus, Thy only begotten Son, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest one God, forever and ever.
O heavenly Father, I commend my children unto Thee, Be Thou their God and Father, and mercifully supply whatever is wanting in me through frailty of negligence. Strengthen them to overcome the corruptions of the world, too resist the solicitations of evil, whether from within or without; and deliver them from the secret snares of the enemy. Pour Thy grace into their hearts, and confirm and multiply in them the gifts of the Holy Ghost, that they may daily grow in grace, and in the knowledge of Our Lord Jesus Chrrist; and so faithfully serving Thee here, may cometo rejoice before Thee hereafter. Through the merits of the same our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with Thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth. Amen.
~ Goffine's Devout Instruction, Imprimatur 1896 ~