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Baby Blessings


This page has two prayers suitable for a baby blessing ceremony. The first is a poem for a new baby boy, which can be prayed out loud in the service or possibly included in a baby blessing invitation card or message. There is also another version of this prayer where the first stanza has been adapted for blessing a baby girl. The final prayer is a traditional Episcopal thanksgiving for the gift of a child.

Baby Boy Blessing

You are a little miracle
Our beautiful baby boy.
We pray you'll feel so safe and loved
Surrounded by our joy.

For we are blessed to hold you close
And feel your beating heart.
The little life we hoped for
How wonderful you are.

We raise our hearts with praise and thanks
For you our little gift.
May God's peace surround you
As you wake and as you sleep.

And may you grow to live and love
And play your little part.
In this world may your light shine
And never be put out.


(a prayer poem for a baby boy from www.lords-prayer-words.com


click here for prayers for preschool children suitable for nursery or sunday school lessons.



Traditional Baby Blessing

For the Gift of a Child

Heavenly Father, you sent your own Son into this world. We thank you for the life of this child, N., entrusted to our care. Help us to remember that we are all your children, and so to love and nurture him, that he may attain to that full stature intended for him in your eternal kingdom; for the sake of your dear Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


(Source: "Thanksgivings for Family and Personal Life", 1979 Book of Common Prayer, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA)



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Prayer is a force as real as terrestrial gravity. As a physician, I have seen men lifted out of sickness by the power of prayer. It is the only power in the world that overcomes the laws of nature.

Alexis Carrel (1873-1944) French surgeon and biologist




Baby Girl Blessing

You are a little miracle
Our beautiful baby girl.
We pray you'll feel so safe and loved
And cherished like a pearl.

For we are blessed to hold you close
And feel your beating heart.
The little life we hoped for
How wonderful you are.

We raise our hearts with praise and thanks
For you our little gift.
May God's peace surround you
As you wake and as you sleep.

And may you grow to live and love
And play your little part.
In this world may your light shine
And never be put out.



(a prayer for a baby girl from www.lords-prayer-words.com)


follow this link for a short bedtime prayer to say with your children.