Benedict XVI’s Prayer For The Unborn

From CNA:

Pope Benedict XVI composes prayer for the unborn

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2010 / 05:50 pm (CNA).- The Pope prayed for the protection of life and the family at the conclusion of the Prayer Vigil for the Unborn on Nov. 27. The prayer, which was composed by Benedict XVI, asks God to bless families and to inspire society to embrace each and every life.

Below is the complete prayer translated into English by Vatican Radio:

Lord Jesus,
You who faithfully visit and fulfill with your Presence
the Church and the history of men;
You who in the miraculous Sacrament of your Body and Blood
render us participants in divine Life
and allow us a foretaste of the joy of eternal Life;
We adore and bless you.

Prostrated before You, source and lover of Life,
truly present and alive among us, we beg you.

Reawaken in us respect for every unborn life,
make us capable of seeing in the fruit of the maternal womb
the miraculous work of the Creator,
open our hearts to generously welcoming every child
that comes into life.

Bless all families,
sanctify the union of spouses,
render fruitful their love.

Accompany the choices of legislative assemblies
with the light of your Spirit,
so that peoples and nations may recognize and respect
the sacred nature of life, of every human life.

Guide the work of scientists and doctors,
so that all progress contributes to the integral well-being of the person,
and no one endures suppression or injustice.

Give creative charity to administrators and economists,
so they may realize and promote sufficient conditions
so that young families can serenely embrace
the birth of new children.

Console the married couples who suffer
because they are unable to have children
and in Your goodness provide for them.

Teach us all to care for orphaned or abandoned children,
so they may experience the warmth of your Charity,
the consolation of your divine Heart.

Together with Mary, Your Mother, the great believer,
in whose womb you took on our human nature,
we wait to receive from You, our Only True Good and Savior,
the strength to love and serve life,
in anticipation of living forever in You,
in communion with the Blessed Trinity.

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  1. Trad Tom says:

    What a beautiful — and intelligent!—piece of writing. God bless our Holy Father!

  2. irishgirl says:

    I heard this prayer while watching the Vesper service and Vigil for the unborn on EWTN. Very moving!
    Yes, Trad Tom-God ‘truly’ bless our Holy Father!

  3. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Thank you for posting this! I had read the fine sermon in an English version, but not seen this.

    Excuse me if these are lazy or stupid questions (I have not yet tried to do any ‘homework’ on the matter), but what is the status of the Prayer Vigil text, after this Advent, in terms of (availability for) Liturgical use?

    And are there any other ‘Nascient Life’ ‘Office’ materials (or whatever the correct way to put it would be), whether Universally, or in any Diocese, or Order?

    If not, how could such things be brought to be?

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