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Resource for Baptism Class

Below you’ll find a prayer for families (can’t remember where I got it from) and then a short thing on parents blessing their kids, parts of which I lifted from various sources, but cited where I could.

Prayer for Families

O God of goodness and mercy, to your fatherly guidance we commend our family. We commit all to your love and keeping; fill our house with your blessings even as you filled the holy House of Nazareth with your presence.

Keep far from us, above all else, the blemish of sin, and may you alone reign in our midst, by your most holy love and by the exercise of every Christian virtue.

Father, let each one of us obey you, love you and set ourselves to follow in our own life the example of Mary, your Mother, and that of your blameless guardian, Saint Joseph.

Protect our family and our home from all evils and misfortunes, but grant that we may be ever resigned to your divine will even in the sorrows of our lives. Finally give to all of us the grace to live in perfect harmony and in the fullness of love toward our neighbors. Grant that every one of us may deserve by a holy life the comfort of your holy Sacraments at the hour of death.

O Jesus, bless and protect our family.

O Mary, Mother of grace and of mercy, defend us against the wicked spirit, reconcile us with Thy Son, commit us to His keeping, that so we may be made worthy of His promises.

Saint Joseph, foster-father of our Savior, guardian of His holy Mother, head of the Holy Family, intercede for us, bless us and defend our home at all times.

Saint Michael, defend us against all the evil cunning of hell.

Saint Gabriel, make us to understand the holy will of God.

Saint Raphael, preserve us from all sickness and from every danger to our lives.

Our holy Guardian Angels, keep our feet safely on the path of salvation both day and night.

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. Amen.

Blessing for Children by Parents/Godparents

“I shall never forget the devotion and heartfelt care with which my father and mother made the sign of the Cross on the forehead, mouth, and breast of us children when we went away from home, especially when the parting was a long one. This blessing was like an escort that we knew would guide us on our way. It made visible the prayer of our parents, which went with us, and it gave us the assurance that this prayer was supported by the blessing of the Savior. The blessing was also a challenge to us not to go outside the sphere of this blessing. Blessing is a priestly gesture, and so in this sign of the Cross we felt the priesthood of parents, its special dignity and power. I believe that this blessing…should come back in a much stronger way into our daily life (Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, The Spirit of the Liturgy, 184).”

When to Give the Blessing

The parental blessing should be given in the evening after night prayers. It may be given also, when little ones go to school; before they go to confession or receive Holy Communion; when going on a journey or setting out on a dangerous occupation. Finally, bless your children when lying upon your deathbed. “You may not be rich,” says St. Ambrose “you may be unable to bequeath any great possessions to your children, but one thing you can give them: the heritage of your blessing, and it is better to be blessed than to be rich.” St. Louis, King of France, realized this and at the end of his life, wrote to his son: “I give you every blessing that a loving father can give a son. May the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity and all the saints protect you from every evil.” (Borrowed w/out permission from CatholicCulture.org)

Longer Form

Latin:
Benedictio Dei omnipotentis, (+) Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti, descendat super vos, et maneat semper. Amen.

English:
May the blessing of Almighty God, (+) the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be upon you and remain with you forever. Amen.

Shorter Form

God bless you in the name of the (+) Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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