Prayer for a Newborn
This powerful prayer could be prayed from the time a couple realize that they are pregnant. Share this with parents and grandparents. Take it to every baby shower. Include it in baby gift packages. What effect would we see if every child was bathed in this kind of prayer?
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Father God, we come before you, the Creator of the Universe, the Creator of ________.
We bless you and praise you for the works of your hand. O God, you are mighty and full of wisdom. You have sent forth your Spirit and have created _______.
And we agree with you that _______ will change the face of the earth, as she changes the world of each of us who loves her. We thank you that you have given life to ______ and we welcome her. We speak to her and tell her she is loved and supported on her journey.
We speak to her and tell her of the wondrous deeds of her Creator. _____, the God of all Creation has formed your inward parts; He is weaving you in your mother’s womb. We give thanks to God for you are fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are God’s works and your soul knows it very well. Your frame was not hidden from God when you were made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. God’s eyes have seen your unformed substance and in God’s book is written all the days that have been ordained for you, when as yet there has not been one of them.
Father God has clothed you with skin and flesh and knitted you together with bones and sinews. He has granted you life and lovingkindness. God’s care is preserving your spirit. The Lord who made you and formed you in the womb will help you. Do not fear.
The word of the Lord comes to you, ______, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you are to be born I am setting you apart; I appoint you as a prophet to the nations.” But God, who has set you apart by the miracle of creation within your mother’s womb, now calls you through His grace. He is pleased to reveal His Son, Jesus to you that you might preach Him among your family.
This poem was written by Carolyne Gould, my mother, and the creator of
Native History Magazine .
Prayer for a Newborn
May your eyes see the beauty of Mother Earth
May your ears hear the music of life and the sounds of laughter.
May your mouth always speak truth, presented with a kind heart.
May your heart always be full of joy
May your hands one day grasp the hands of your own grandchildren.
May your arms always welcome friends and family.
May your feet always walk a straight path.
And if your feet should ever stray from your path,
may Creator always lead you home.
© Carolyne Gould–Poem and Photograph–All Rights Reserved
O Saint Joseph, you witnessed the miracle of birth, seeing the infant Jesus born of your most holy spouse, the Virgin Mary. With wonder and awe, you took into your arms the Savior. With gratitude that only a parent can know, you glorified God for the birth of his Son, entrusted to your fatherly care.
Like you, St. Joseph, I too give praise and glory to God for the birth of my child. This child’s life is such a miraculous testimony of God’s loving presence. My heart is filled with grateful joy. Join me dear St. Joseph, in offering thanks to God for the gift of my child.
What great trust and confidence God placed in you, St. Joseph, byentrusting his only Son into your fatherly care. This inspires me to entrust the spiritual care and protection of my newborn child into your competent and loving hands. Teach, guide, and support me to fulfill well my awesome vocation to be a worthy parent to this child. Amen.