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Like 'em? Hate 'em? Do you teach them to your children? I like them because they're so easy to remember Wink , but I do find them a little cloying sometimes.

Anyway, I heard a new one today from the Irish priest in the next parish over. His family said it every night at the end of the rosary. Smile

"Infant Jesus, meek and mild,
Look on me, a little child.
Pity mine, and pity me,
And suffer me to come to Thee."

Then, of course, there's the well known Guardian Angel one:

"Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom His love commits me here,
Ever this night (day) be at my side,
To light and guard, to rule and guide"

Anybody know any others? Smile
There's a variation of the St. Anthony prayer that my grandma grew up saying -- it's in a Milan-area dialect of Italian, though.

Sant'Antonio dalla barba bianca,
Se non piove la neve non manca

It has something to do with San Antonio's white beard and finding stuff.  Smile
I personally dislike them because the meaning and words of the prayer often seem to get lost admidst an almost 'sing-songy' and rhythmic allure, but I'm sure that for some they are very useful, helpful, and delightful.
To an Altar Boy

To be Christ's page at the altar, to serve Him freely there,
Where even the angels falter, bowed low in reverent prayer.
To touch the throne most holy, to hand the gifts for the feast,
To see Him meekly, lowly, descend at the word of a priest.
To hear man's poor petition, to sound the silver bell,
When He in sweet submission, comes down with us to dwell.
No grander mission surely could saints or men enjoy;
No heart should love more purely than yours, my altar boy.
God bless you, lad, forever, and keep you in His care,
And guard you that you never belie the robes you wear.
For white bespeaks untainted a heart both tried and true;
And red tells love the sainted and holy martyrs knew.
Throughout life, then, endeavor God's graces to employ;
And be in heart forever a holy altar boy.




Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue

Lovely Lady dressed in blue ----
Teach me how to pray!
God was just your little boy,
Tell me what to say!

Did you lift Him up, sometimes,
Gently on your knee?
Did you sing to Him the way
Mother does to me?

Did you hold His hand at night?
Did you ever try
Telling stories of the world?
O! And did He cry?

Do you really think He cares
If I tell Him things-
Little things that happen? And
Do the Angels' wings

Make a noise? And can He hear
Me if I speak low?
Does He understand me now?
Tell me ---- fo
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; Bless the bed that I lay on.
Four corners to my bed, four Angels overhead.
One at my head, one at my feet, and two to guard me while I sleep.

Tony, Tony come around.
Somethings lost and must be found.
Tony, Tony come around.
Somethings lost and must be found.


It works!
Careful about judging...

Quote:DIES irae, dies illa,
solvet saeculum in favilla,
teste David cum Sibylla.

Quantus tremor est futurus,
quando iudex est venturus,
cuncta stricte discussurus!

Tuba mirum spargens sonum
per sepulcra regionum,
coget omnes ante thronum.

Mors stupebit et natura,
cum resurget creatura,
iudicanti responsura.

Liber scriptus proferetur,
in quo totum continetur,
unde mundus iudicetur.

Iudex ergo cum sedebit,
quidquid latet apparebit:
nil inultum remanebit.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus?
quem patronum rogaturus?
cum vix iustus sit securus.

Rex tremendae maiestatis,
qui salvandos salvas gratis,
salva me, fons pietatis.

Recordare Iesu pie,
quod sum causa tuae viae:
ne me perdas illa die.

Quaerens me, sedisti lassus:
redemisti crucem passus:
tantus labor non sit cassus.

Iuste iudex ultionis,
donum fac remissionis,
ante diem rationis.

Ingemisco, tamquam reus:
culpa rubet vultus meus:
supplicanti parce Deus.

Qui Mariam absolvisti,
et latronem exaudisti,
mihi quoque spem dedisti.

Preces meae non sunt dignae:
sed tu bonus fac benigne,
ne perenni cremer igne.

Inter oves locum praesta,
et ab haedis me sequestra,
statuens in parte dextera.

Confutatis maledictis,
flammis acribus addictis.
voca me cum benedictis.

Oro supplex et acclinis,
cor contritum quasi cinis:
gere curam mei finis.

Quote:Pange, lingua, gloriosi
Corporis mysterium,
Sanguinisque pretiosi,
quem in mundi pretium
fructus ventris generosi
Rex effudit Gentium.


Nobis datus, nobis natus
ex intacta Virgine,
et in mundo conversatus,
sparso verbi semine,
sui moras incolatus
miro clausit ordine.


In supremae nocte coenae
recumbens cum fratribus
observata lege plene
cibis in legalibus,
cibum turbae duodenae
se dat suis manibus.


Verbum caro, panem verum
verbo carnem efficit:
fitque sanguis Christi merum,
et si sensus deficit,
ad firmandum cor sincerum
sola fides sufficit.


Tantum ergo Sacramentum
veneremur cernui:
et antiquum documentum
novo cedat ritui:
praestet fides supplementum
sensuum defectui.


Genitori, Genitoque
laus et jubilatio,
salus, honor, virtus quoque
sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque
compar sit laudatio.
(12-19-2011, 11:55 AM)su Wrote: [ -> ]Careful about judging...

Huh?
(12-19-2011, 11:59 AM)INPEFESS Wrote: [ -> ]
(12-19-2011, 11:55 AM)su Wrote: [ -> ]Careful about judging...

Huh?

(12-19-2011, 04:59 AM)INPEFESS Wrote: [ -> ]I personally dislike them because the meaning and words of the prayer often seem to get lost admidst an almost 'sing-songy' and rhythmic allure

Any statement about "rhyming prayers" must be worded properly.

Too often people make statements with one thing in mind but actually judge a larger group.

The difference between:

Quote:Tony, Tony come around.
Somethings lost and must be found.

and

Quote:DIES irae, dies illa,
solvet saeculum in favilla,
teste David cum Sibylla.   

Is not a matter of rhyme, but what the prayer actually states.




(12-19-2011, 12:05 PM)su Wrote: [ -> ]
(12-19-2011, 11:59 AM)INPEFESS Wrote: [ -> ]
(12-19-2011, 11:55 AM)su Wrote: [ -> ]Careful about judging...

Huh?

(12-19-2011, 04:59 AM)INPEFESS Wrote: [ -> ]I personally dislike them because the meaning and words of the prayer often seem to get lost admidst an almost 'sing-songy' and rhythmic allure

I was not judging. I offered by opinion and then added a qualifier that you did not care to reproduce in your citation of my post.

Quote:Any statement about "rhyming prayers" must be worded properly.

I agree, which is why I worded it the way that I so as to most appropriate reflect my opinion.

Quote:Too often people make statements with one thing in mind but actually judge a larger group.

How does this apply to me?

Quote:The difference between:

Quote:Tony, Tony come around.
Somethings lost and must be found.

and

Quote:DIES irae, dies illa,
solvet saeculum in favilla,
teste David cum Sibylla.   

Is not a matter of rhyme, but what the prayer actually states.

Sure. But what's your point? I said "often;' I didn't say "always." Certainly, there are exceptions, as I acknowledged in my original comment.
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