Lord God! Thou hast called us to the holy state of matrimony
and hast been pleased to make us parents.
We recommend to Thee our dear children.
We entrust them to Thy fatherly care.
May they be a source of consolation,
not only to us,
but chiefly to Thee,
Who are their Creator.
Be watchful, O Lord;
help and defend them.
Grant us the grace
to guide them in the way of Thy commandments.
This we will
do by our own perfect observance of Thy holy law
and that of our holy Mother, the Church.
Make us conscious of our grave obligation
and bless our efforts to serve You.
We humbly ask this blessing
from the bottom of our hearts,
for ourselves and for the children
whom Thou hast been pleased to give us.
We dedicate them to Thee, O Lord.
Do Thou keep them as the apple of Thy eye
and protect them under the shadow of Thy wings.
Make us worthy to come, at last, to heaven, together with them,
giving thanks unto Thee, Our Father,
for the loving care Thou hast had of our entire family,
and praising Thee together through endless ages.
May Christ support us all the day long,
till the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over
and our work is done.
Then in his mercy
may he give us a safe lodging,
and holy rest and peace at the last.
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