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Praying for Our Children

The BCP 2019 has many collects for children and their families. Here are a few examples that can be used to aid us in our prayers.

FOR CHILDREN

O Lord Jesus Christ, who took little children into your arms and blessed them: Bless the children of this family, that they may grow up in godly fear and love. Give them your strength and guidance day by day, that they may continue in your love and service to their lives’ end. Grant this, O blessed Savior, for your own Name’s sake. Amen.

FOR THE FAMILY

Merciful Savior, you loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus, hallowing their home with your sacred presence: Bless our home, we pray, that your love may rest upon us, and that your presence may dwell with us. May we all grow in grace and in the knowledge of you, our Lord and Savior. Teach us to love one another as you have commanded. Help us to bear one another’s burdens in fulfillment of your law, O blessed Jesus, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

FOR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS

O Loving Father, we commend to your gracious keeping all who are near and dear to us. Have mercy upon any who are sick, and comfort those who are in pain, anxiety, or sorrow. Awaken all who are careless about eternal things. Bless those who are young and in health, that they may give the days of their strength to you. Comfort the aged and infirm, that your peace may rest upon them. Hallow the ties of kindred, that we may help and not hinder one another in all the good works that you have prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Mission

O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men, women, and children everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Baptismal Prayers for Infants and Young Children

That these children may come to confess their faith in Jesus
Christ as Lord and Savior.
We beseech you to hear us, Good Lord.
That these children may continue in the apostles’ teaching
and the fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers.
We beseech you to hear us, Good Lord.
That they may walk in a manner worthy of the calling to
which they have been called, ever growing in faith and all
heavenly virtues.
We beseech you to hear us, Good Lord.
That they may persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever they fall
into sin, repent and return to the Lord.
We beseech you to hear us, Good Lord.

Prayers for A Newborn or Newly Adopted Child

Watch over your child N., O Lord, as his days increase; bless him and guide him, and keep him unspotted from the world. Strengthen him when he stands; comfort him when discouraged or sorrowful; raise him up if he falls; and in his heart may your peace which passes understanding abide all the days of his life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O eternal God, you have promised to be a father to a thousand generations of those who love and fear you: Bless this child and preserve her life; receive her and enable her to receive you, that through your grace and the Sacrament of Baptism she may become the child of God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the parents

O God, you have taught us through your blessed Son that whoever receives a little child in the Name of Christ receives Christ himself: We give thanks for the blessing you have bestowed upon this family in giving them this child. Confirm their joy by a lively sense of your presence with them, and give them calm strength and patient wisdom as they seek to bring this child to love all that is true and noble, just and pure, lovable and gracious, excellent and admirable, following the example of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

For a sibling

Heavenly Father, your Son our Savior took young children into his arms and blessed them: Strengthen N. to be a wholesome and godly example, a companion, and an encourager to his new brother. Keep them from strife and discord, and when they hurt one another, give them your grace readily to forgive; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the birth parents of an adopted child

Heavenly Father, we ask you to bless each of the birth parents of this child. Reveal to them the fullness of your love for them and for the child entrusted to this family; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For a sick child

Heavenly Father, watch with us over your child N., and grant that she may be restored to that perfect health which it is yours alone to give; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

or this

Lord Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd of the sheep, you gather the lambs in your arms and carry them in your bosom: We commend to your loving care this child N. Relieve his pain, guard him from all danger, restore to him your gifts of gladness and strength, and raise him up to a life of service to you. Hear us, we pray, for your dear Name’s sake. Amen.