O God, you have taught us through your blessed Son that whoever receives a little child in the name of Christ receives Christ himself: We give you thanks for the blessing you have bestowed upon this family in giving them a child. Confirm their joy by a lively sense of your presence with them, and give them calm strength and patient wisdom as they seek to bring this child to love all that is true and noble, just and pure, lovable and gracious, excellent and admirable, following the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
(Thanksgiving for the Birth or Adoption of a Child, The Book of Common Prayer, p. 443)
The Bible tells us that the birth of a child is both a joyous and solemn occasion in the life of a family. It is also an occasion for rejoicing in the Christian community. Whether the child joins a family through birth or adoption, the church is here to welcome, support, and witness the new and sacred relationship that has commenced.
May God the Father, who by creating us adopts us as his children, grant you grace. Amen.
May God the Son, who sanctified a home at Nazareth, fill you with love. Amen.
May God the Holy Spirit, who has made the Church one family, keep you in peace. Amen.