I just thought this lovely.
Following Vatican approval, the “Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb” is now available for use by dioceses in the United States.
“We hope the use of this blessing will provide not only support and God’s blessing for expectant parents and their child in the womb, but also another effective witness to the sanctity of human life from the first moment of conception,”
You can find the Rite on this link in PDF format.
Here’s a sample of the prayers:
For all expectant mothers, that as they await the birth of their children they may experience tranquility and good health, and safely deliver their children, we pray to the Lord.
For children who are unwanted, unloved, abandoned, or abused, that the Lord may inspire his people with compassion and courage to protect and care for them, we pray to the Lord.
And here is the prayer of blessing for the expectant Mummy:
God, author of all life,
bless, we pray, this unborn child;
give constant protection
and grant a healthy birth
that is the sign of our rebirth one day
into the eternal rejoicing of heaven.
Lord, who have brought to this woman
the wondrous joy of motherhood,
grant her comfort in all anxiety
and make her determined
to lead her child along the ways of salvation.
And for Daddy:
Lord of the ages,
who have singled out this man
to know the grace and pride of fatherhood,
grant him courage in this new responsibility,
and make him an example of justice and truth for