Blessing Prayers for Family Life
BLESSING OF A FAMILY
We bless your name, O Lord for sending your own incarnate Son to become part of a family, so that, as he lived his life, he would experience its worries and its joys.
We ask you, Lord, to protect and watch over this family, so that in the strength of your grace its members may enjoy prosperity, possess the priceless gift of your peace, and, as the Church alive in the home, bear witness in this world to your glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
BLESSING OF A MARRIED COUPLE
Lord God and Creator, we bless and praise your name. In the beginning you made man and woman, so that they might enter a communion of life and love. You likewise blessed the union of N. with N., so that they might reflect the union of Christ with his Church: look with kindness on them today. Amid the joys and struggles of their life you have preserved the union between them; renew their marriage covenant, increase your love in them, and strengthen their bond of peace so that (surrounded by their children) they may always rejoice in the gift of your blessing. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
BLESSING OF AN ENGAGED COUPLE
Lord God, the source of all love, the wise plan of your providence has brought these two people together. As they prepare themselves for the sacrament of marriage and pray for your grace, grant that, strengthened by your blessing, they may grow in their respect for one another and cherish each other with sincere love. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
BLESSING OF PARENTS BEFORE CHILDBIRTH
Gracious Father, your Word, spoken in love, created the human family and, in the fullness of time, your Son, conceived in love, restored it to your friendship.
Hear the prayers of N. and N., who await the birth of their child. Calm their fears when they are anxious. Watch over and support these parents and bring their child into this world safely and in good health, so that as members of your family they may praise and glorify you through your Son, or Lord Jesus Christ, now and for ever. Amen.
BLESSING OF PARENTS AFTER THE BIRTH OF A CHILD
O God, our every blessing comes from you and you welcome the prayers of those who call on your name. We thank you for this gift of new life. Grant these parents to live in reliance on your goodness and in thankfulness to you. Give them and their child the joyful reassurance that you are always near. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
BLESSING OF PARENTS AFTER A MISCARRIAGE
Compassionate God, soothe the hearts of N. and N., and grant that through the prayers of Mary, who grieved by the cross of her Son, you may enlighten their faith, give hope to their hearts, and peace to their lives.
Lord, grant mercy to all members of this family and comfort them with the hope that one day we will all live with you, with your Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.
BLESSING OF PARENTS AND A ADOPTED CHILD
Loving God, your Son has taught us that whoever welcomes a child in his name, welcomes him. We give you thanks for N., whom N. and N., have welcomed into their family. Bless this family. Confirm a lively sense of your presence with them and grant to these parents patience and wisdom, that their lives may show forth the love of Christ as they bring N. up to love all that is good. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
BLESSING OF CHILDREN
Lord our God, out of the speech of little children you have fashioned a hymn of praise. Look with kindness of these children (this child) whom we commend to your tender care. Your Son, born of the Virgin Mary, gladly welcomed little children. He took them in his arms, blessed them, and held them up as an example for all.
We pray that you, Father, will also send your blessing of them (him/her), so that they (he/she) may grow in Christian maturity and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, become Christ’s witnesses (witness) in the world, spreading and defending the faith. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
BLESSING ON THE OCCASION OF A BIRTHDAY
God of all creation, we offer your grateful praise for the gift of life. Hear the prayers we offer for N. who recalls today the day of his/her birth and rejoices in your gift of life and love, family and friends.
Bless him/her with your presence and surround him/her with your love that he/she may enjoy many more happy years, all of them pleasing to you. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
BLESSING OF THE ELDERLY
All-powerful and ever-living God, in whom we live and move and have our being, we thank you and praise you for giving N., long years, lived in faith and in doing good.
Grant they he/she may have the loving support of his/her friends and relatives, that in good health he/she may be cheerful, and in poor health not lose hope. Sustained by the help of your blessing, let him/her spend these golden years giving praise to your name. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
BLESSING OF THE SICK
Lord Jesus, who went about doing good and healing all, we ask you to bless your friend who is sick. Give him/her strength in body, courage in spirit, and patience with pain.
We ask that your blessing will give him/her strength to overcome this illness and with the power of patience and the comfort of hope he/she will soon be restored to health. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
BLESSING OF A PERSON SUFFERING FROM ADDICTION OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE
God of mercy, we bless you in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who ministered to all who came to him. Give your strength to N., enfold him/her in your love and restore him/her to the freedom of God’s children.
Lord, look with compassion on all of have lost their health and freedom. Restore them to the assurance of your unfailing care, strengthen him/her in the work of recovery, and help him/her to resist all temptation.
Grant patient understanding and a love that perseveres to all who care for N. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
BLESSING FOR A VICTIM OF CRIME
Lord God, your own Son was delivered into the hands of the wicked yet he prayed for his persecutors and overcame hatred with the blood of the cross. Relieve N’s. suffering, grant him/her peace of mind and a renewed faith in your protection and care.
Protect all who suffer from the violence of others, keep them safe from the weapons of hate, and restore tranquility and peace. We ask this through Christ our Lord.