Last week dear
friends of our family lost their baby in delivery. We have added them to
the special place in our prayer list for parents who have lost
children. Sadly, this list is not a short one.
In a recent article I was reminded that the Catholic Church approved
prayers in March to be said for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb (see
The prayers we have received for our unborn children by the priests we
have been blessed to have been spiritual children to are quite fond
memories I will keep with me always. I have no idea how widespread the
practice is, but every parish we have been parishioners of has made a
special effort to pray over the pregnant women of the community at the
solea. Below, I post both the new approved Catholic version and an
Orthodox version I found at the Saint Gregory Palamas Outreach website
I would be remiss if I didn’t add… If you are a parent that has
suffered the loss of your child in the womb, I would like to point you
to the Lost Innocents
website. It provides support, information, and a prayers for you and
for those that wish to pray for you. Please make use of it and tell
others about it so that they can be made aware of this important
Orthodox Prayers for Pregnant Mother and Unborn Child
Sovereign Lord Jesus Christ our God, the Source of life and
immortality, I thank Thee, for in my marriage Thou has blest me to be a
recipient of Thy blessing and gift; for Thou, O Master, didst say: Be
fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.
I thank Thee and pray: Bless this fruit of my body that was given to me
by Thee; favor it and animate it by Thy Holy Spirit, and let it grow a
healthy and pure body, with well-formed limbs.
Sanctify its body, mind, heart, and vitals, and grant this infant that
is to be born an intelligent soul; establish him in the fear of Thee.
A faithful angel, a guardian of soul and body, do thou vouchsafe him.
Protect, keep, strengthen, and shelter the child in my womb until the
hour of his birth. But conceal him not in his mother’s womb; Thou gavest
him life and health.
O Lord Jesus Christ, into Thine almighty and paternal hands do I entrust
my child. Place him upon the right hand of Thy grace, and through Thy
Holy Spirit sanctify him and renew him unto life everlasting, that he
may be a comminucant of Thy Heavenly Kingdom. Amen.
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O All-Merciful Christ our God, look down and protect me, Thy handmaiden,
from fear and from evil spirits that seek to destroy the work of Thy
hands. And when my hour and time is come, deliver me by Thy grace.
Look with compassionate eye and deliver me, Thy handmaiden, from pain.
Lighten mine infirmity in the time of my travail and grant me fortitude
and strength for birthgiving, and hasten it by Thine almighty help.
For this is Thy glorious work, the power of Thine omnipotence, the work of Thy grace and tender-heartedness. Amen.
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My most gracious Queen, my hope, O Mother of God, the joy of those in sorrow, help me, for I am helpless.
Intercede thou and pray thy Son, Christ our God, that He lighten for me
this season while I am with child, and that He ease the burden of
heaviness of me, this unworthy handmaiden, and bestow His blessings upon
the child to which I am giving birth.
For I know no other help save thee, no other hope save thee, O Mother of
God that will guard and protect me and my child. For by thine
intercession and help we send up glory and thanksgiving for all things
unto the One God in Trinity, the Creator of all, now and ever, and unto
the ages of ages. Amen.
Catholic Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb