Many children who attend church receive the sacrament of baptism. Some denominations, such as the Methodists and Presbyterians, allow children to receive this sacrament as infants; others require the child be old enough to understand and take the vows for himself. Those that allow infant baptism require that the child take the vows for himself when he completes the confirmation class, and prepares to join the church as a full member.
Infant Baptismal Prayer
The infant baptismal prayer is a suitable prayer for baptising a very young child. It includes the child and the family of the child.
“Heavenly Father, grant that this child grows in grace and love. May she learn to follow Jesus through the influence of the Holy Spirit. She is a true child of yours, and we pray she serves you faithfully all her days.
“We pray guidance and strength for the parents and family of this child. May their example, wise counsel and loving lead her to live a life of strength, righteousness, faith, love, joy and peace. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”
Child’s Baptismal Prayer
The child’s baptismal prayer is for a child who is old enough to take the vows of baptism himself, and has not been previously baptised. The prayer includes only the child.
“Father God, we stand here as witnesses to this child’s profession of faith in your Son, Jesus Christ. The scriptures declare that the old nature dies and a new one is born at the moment of that profession. Grant that this child grows in the power and nature of a believer in Christ, receiving the Holy Spirit as a counsellor and teacher. Give him the strength and wisdom to live before you in righteousness, as a faithful member of your family. Amen.”
Child’s Baptism with Confirmation
If the child was baptised as an infant and is now old enough to accept responsibility for herself, the child’s baptism with confirmation prayer includes the child’s baptismal profession of faith and acceptance into the church.
“Gracious and everlasting God, this child has professed faith in Jesus for herself. The vows her parents took for her, she now accepts as a child of yours. Continue to guide and direct her through the Holy Spirit, and give her the wisdom and the strength to walk in your way. We accept her as a member of this church and promise to present ourselves as godly examples. We renew our vows with her to support you with our prayers, our presence, our gifts and our service. Amen.”
Generic Child’s Baptismal Prayer
The generic child’s baptismal prayer can be used for any child baptism ceremony.
“God, surround this child with your light and love. Lead him in your love and mercies in righteous living on the path you choose. Order his steps and teach him true wisdom through faith in you. Keep him safe all the days of his life. Fill his life with all manner of good things. Grant the people in authority over this child provide him with love, compassion and direction as they present a godly example for his life. Amen.”
Having a baptism for your baby is a great way to ensure that Christ will look over and protect his/her innocent soul. There are many prayers you can recite during this time. Here is a look at a dozen best baptism prayers for babies to say before, during, or after the service.
In your love you have called us to know you, led us to trust you, and bound our life with yours.
Surround this child with your love, protect it from evil.
Fill it with the holy spirit and receive it into the family of your church, that it may walk with us in the way of Christ, and grow in the knowledge of your love.
You’re taking this step of faith. In obedience to the Lord To be baptized in His precious name, And heed the Master’s call
To rise up with faith in God. And go where He may leadTo share God’s love to everyone, And touch them in their need
May God pour out His blessings. Upon your life todaySo you may walk in His abundance, As you commit to Him your way
Keep on trusting in the Lord. No matter what you face And keep your eyes on Jesus Christ, And live in His sweet grace.
Welcome, precious little child. So divine from God above. Christened today in Jesus’ name, Held in His arms of love. May angels guide your tiny feet and bring you smiles to wear and may our Heavenly Father always keep you in His care.
May angels guide you on your journey in life, and sprinkle you with their love and light. May you have the gifts of laughter and song, and be filled with dreams that last all the days long. May you live and care with kindness and grace, and know within your soul, courage and faith. You will be wrapped in the warmth of your family and friends, and rays of love will shine on you without end.
Faithful and loving God,
bless those who care for these children
and grant them your gifts of love, wisdom and faith.
Pour upon them your healing and reconciling love,
and protect their home from all evil.
Fill them with the light of your presence
and establish them in the joy of your kingdom,
through Jesus Christ our Lord
We thank almighty God for the gift of new life.
May God the Father, who has received you by baptism into his Church,
pour upon you the riches of his grace,
that within the company of Christ’s pilgrim people
you may daily be renewed by his anointing Spirit,
and come to the inheritance of the saints in glory.
Be with my friends tomorrow – may they know joy.
Be with my family tomorrow – may they know love.
Be with me tomorrow – may I know peace.
Be with my child – may s/he know your light
As s/he begins his/her amazing journey of faith.
Lead him/her in the right path,
Keep him/her safe
And help us all to know you are with us,
Now and always.
Thank you for your wonderful world.
Be close to all the people who need help.
Thank you for my lovely friends and family
Help us to be kind to each other all the time.
Thank you for me.
Keep me safe, and let me grow well in every way.
Thank you for Jesus.
Be very close to me always.
We pray for all children.
We pray that they know and feel the security that is their right.
We pray that they know and feel the love that is theirs through you.
Guide all who are a voice for children and young people to speak loudly and clearly
so that security and safety, love and hope might be the experience of all your children.
The Lord will always walk with you, along life’s blessed beach. His footprints there beside your own, always within reach. Two sets of footprints, side by side, from dawn to setting sun. Yet there may come a day my child, when you’ll see only one. But do not think the Lord has left you, nothing could be more wrong. It’s just that He has picked you up, to carry you along.
Angel of the Heart. You are the strength of the future and the Beauty of past Memories. You are Love and Light and Hope. You are Life’s Sweetest Giftan unbelievable and precious Miracle.
You’ve been a special blessing since the day that you arrived, Bringing so much happiness and filling hearts with pride… And now that it’s your Baptism/Christening Day, this brings a special prayer That God will always keep you in the shelter of His care.
Here is one example of a baptism being performed with the prayers recited for the baby.
The following prayer is short and sweet, and is perfect for a new baby’s baptism.
A Baptismal Prayer
In your love you have called us to know you,
led us to trust you,
and bound our life with yours.
Surround this child with your love,
protect it from evil.
Fill it with the holy spirit and
receive it into the family of your church,
that it may walk with us in the way of Christ,
and grow in the knowledge of your love.
A Rhyming Baptismal Prayer
You’re taking this step of faith. In obedience to the Lord
To be baptized in His precious name, And heed the Masters call
To rise up with faith in God. And go where He may leadTo
share Gods love to everyone, And touch them in their need
May God pour out His blessings. Upon your life todaySo you
may walk in His abundance, As you commit to Him your way
Keep on trusting in the Lord. No matter what you face
And keep your eyes on Jesus Christ, And live in His sweet grace.
Bible Verses about Baptism
“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
Check out what the bible has to say about baptism with this collection of Bible Verses about Baptisms
Read Bible Verses about Babies
“When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
Click here to read more Bible Verses about Babies
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After we found out that our pregnancy was ectopic and would require surgery, I contacted our local priest for some counsel. He instructed us to get some holy water from the Church and baptize the baby prior to the surgery. He explained this is the same way that nurses can baptize, and told us that we can sprinkle Tasha’s stomach with water in the same form as standard baptism. He also instructed us to pick a name for the baby and then remember the baby in prayer and he would remember the baby in Mass for us.
My Mom had decided to rush in from Illinois to support us during the surgery and to watch our daughter, so I decided that we would do the baptism the night before the surgery. We spent the day prior selecting a name, and I had decided at that time that I would like to put some prayers together. I always enjoyed hearing the priest or deacon talk before the baptism, and I figured it is my right as a father to pray for my child. I wrote down some notes and practiced in a weak attempt to protect against breaking down and bawling (it didn’t work).
I set up some candles and a cloth and said the following prayers with my wife and Mom present. I decided to post them here for the benefit of my friends and family that could not be present and to thank God yet again for the blessing of this little life, with us for far too short of a time:
Almighty and ever-living God, we gather here today with the full knowledge that your Mercy extends beyond the Sacraments that you provide mankind. We come to thank you for our own lives and the life of our unborn baby, for Tasha’s health, our friends and family that comprise your mystical Body, and for the gift of Faith which we cling to in hard times such as these.
Your Son said “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (Mark 10:14)” and so we do. But as we aim to do this, The Adversary is ever at our heels tempting us to take immoral actions that would take us away from your Grace. Instead of losing our souls and salvation we strengthen our resolve, our Faith, and our family bond during this hard time and bring you one more saint in Heaven.
As so I baptize you in the name of the Father , and of the Son , and of the Holy Spirit .
Thank you for the life of this child, who we name Jude Michael Dalcher after the patron saint of lost causes. We ask you to commend him to your Divine Care and grant us peace instead of sorrow, love instead of pain, and strength instead of despair. This is living our Faith and though this child will not be with us, we hope our example of strong Faith brings others to you.
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Hail Mary, full of Grace the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
O My Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of Hell. Lead all souls into Heaven, especially those most in need of thy Mercy.
Saint Jude, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Peregrine, pray for us.
Saint Peter, pray for us.
Blessed John Paul II, pray for us.
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us.
All our departed family, pray for us.
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.