Home Prayer on a Baptismal Anniversary

I was cleaning out some files on 3.5-inch disks today. I found something I wrote up for a parish bulletin about eight years ago.

Home Prayer on a Baptismal Anniversary

Preparation: a Bible, baptismal or other devotional candle, about 5-10 minutes of quiet uninterrupted time, all the family members.

All begin with the sign of the cross.

Parent:

Today we give thanks to God
for our faith in Jesus Christ.

We celebrate with ________, our daughter/son
who was received into God’s family
on this date in the year _____.

(The other) Parent:

__________, you were claimed for Christ our savior
by the sign of the cross.
Receive again the sign
that marks you as a sister/brother of the Lord Jesus.
Christ will be your strength.

Each family member from youngest to oldest signs the anniversary child on the forehead with these words:

Christ will be your strength.

An older child or parent reads one brief passage from Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, Jeremiah 1:4-8, Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 1:9-11, Mark 10:13-16, Galatians 3:26-28, Ephesians 4:1-6, 1 John 3:1-2, or some other chosen by those present.

The anniversary child holds her/his candle as it is lit, then a parent continues

Parent:

_____________, keep the light of Christ
burning bright within you.
Walk always as a child of the light.

Let us pray together the Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father …

After the Lord’s Prayer, one parent leads the final blessing:

Parent:

Let us bow our heads to the Lord
May God bless us and keep us;
May God’s face shine upon us;
May God grant us peace and grace,
through Christ our Lord.

AMEN

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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