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.


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


_____________, 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:


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.


About catholicsensibility

Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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