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A Prayer for Life

This is a prayer that I developed for a devotion that I led for the staff and volunteers of a PRC. Please feel free to adapt it and use it for your ministry.

A Prayer for Children (Unborn & Born)

Almighty Father, Author of all life, please bless all unborn children [this Christmas season;] give constant protection and grant healthy births that are each child may be a sign of the conception and birth of Jesus and the sign of our own rebirth into the eternal life and rejoicing of heaven. Lord, who have brought women to the wondrous joy of motherhood like you did Mary, the mother of our Lord, grant each pregnant mother comfort in all hope and peace, turn her heart to her child with love and compassion and make her determined to lead her child to life and the ways of salvation.


Lord of the ages, who have singled out the men in these mothers’ lives to know the grace and pride of fatherhood, by your grace grant them courage in this new responsibility, and make each father an example of a man after your heart, nurturing his child in holistic health and Christian formation; turn his heart to his child with love and hospitality.


Lord, grant the families of these children in the womb with sincere and enduring love as they prepare to welcome a child into their midst. Lord, you have put into the hearts of all men and women of virtue a great awe and wonder at the gift of new life; fill the parents and family of each child in the womb with reverence and faithfulness to you the Author of life.


Stir our communities of faith and the leaders of our churches to adhere to the teachings of the Gospel regarding the sanctity of life in the womb and give us all new resolve to share in the physical and spiritual formation of children born and yet to be born through the goodness and grace of Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen

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