The Deacon's Bench

By happy coincidence, I’m celebrating several baptisms this afternoon. The blessing below is conferred on mothers at the conclusion of the rite:

God the Father, through his Son, the Virgin Mary’s child, has brought joy to all Christian mothers, as they see the hope of eternal life shine on their children. May he bless the mothers of these children. They now thank God for the gift of their children. May they be one with them in thanking him for ever in heaven, in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

And then there’s this beautiful prayer, from the Book of Blessings:

Loving Father,
as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,

so you watch over your Church.

Bless these women,
that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers.

Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.

Grant that we, their sons and daughters,

may honor them always
with a spirit of profound respect.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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