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.
Following Vatican approval announced by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on the Feast of the Annunciation, the “Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb” is now ready for use in the dioceses of the United States. It is posted online and is being published as a booklet addendum to the Book of Blessings/Bendicional. The blessing will be included in future editions of those liturgical volumes. The Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb may be ordered through USCCB Publishing as a 43-page bi-lingual booklet: item no. 7-316. You should be able to place orders soon at www.usccbpublishing.org/productdetails.cfm?sku=7-316. For parishes planning to use the blessing this Mother’s Day, the color PDF may also be downloaded at www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/prayers/pro-life-blessings.cfm.