In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen
Hymn: O give thanks to the Lord…
Leader: We have gathered here today with great joy to celebrate the baptism of (name of child) and to support (name of parents) with our prayers and good wishes in their special responsibility as parents. Let us therefore call on Jesus in prayer saying: Lord, grant us your blessings
As the godmother holds the baby, the parents say the following prayer:
O God our Father, we give you thanks for the gift of little (name of child). Bless him now and all the days of his life.
Protect him in the days of his helplessness; bring him in safety through childhood and grant that he may grow into a good person who will witness to your love. Help us his parents so to love him and train him that we shall not fail in the responsibility you have given us of bringing him up in the practice of the faith. We thank you for (names of godparents) who have accepted their special role in his formation and we praise you for our family and friends who have gathered here to share in our joy. We pray that Mother Mary who cared for and nurtured Our Lord Jesus may inspire us in our responsibility as parents. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.
The godmother now hands over the baby to the mother and the godparents say the following prayer:
Loving Father, we thank you for calling us to this special responsibility to be the godparents of (name of child). Give us the strength and the wisdom to assist (name of parents) in their role as parents. And we ask for your special blessings on (name of child), that he may be your worthy disciple as he grows and gives you glory for the graces you give him. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.
Leader: Let us all symbolically raise our right hands as a sign of blessing over (name of child) and his parents and godparents as I make this prayer:
Lord, Our God
Out of the speech of little children, you have fashioned a hymn of praise.
Look with kindness on (name of child) whom the faith of the Church commends to your tender care.
Your Son, born of the Virgin Mary gladly welcomed little children. He took them in his arms and blessed them, and held them up in his arms as an example for all.
We pray that you Father, will also send your blessing on (name of child), so that he may grow in Christian maturity, and by the power of the Holy Spirit become a witness for Christ in the world by his words and actions. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
FINAL BLESSING & BLESSING OF ELDERS