The following prayers for married couples, families, and teachers are published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Except where noted, they are available for purchase through the USCCB Publishing Department. You also have our permission to reprint these prayers for diocesan, parish, or NFP provider-sponsored prayer services with the following citation: Used with permission, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Prayer for Married Couples

Almighty and eternal God,

You blessed the union of married couples
so that they might reflect the union of Christ
with his Church:
look with kindness on them.

Renew their marriage covenant,
increase your love in them,
and strengthen their bond of peace
so that, with their children,
they may always rejoice in the gift of
your blessing.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Excerpts from the English translation of Book of Blessings ©1988, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Prayer for Families 

We bless your name, O Lord,
for sending your own incarnate Son,
to become part of a family,
so that, as he lived its life,
he would experience its worries and its joys.

We ask you, Lord,
to protect and watch over this family,
so that in the strength of your grace
its members may enjoy prosperity,
possess the priceless gift of your peace,
and, as the Church alive in the home,
bear witness in this world to your glory.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Excerpts from the English translation of the Book of Blessings ©1988, International Commission on English in the Liturgy corporation. All rights reserved.

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*Prayer for Fathers 

God, you are the giver of all life,
human and divine.

Bless our father.

May he be the best of teachers for
his children,
bearing witness to the faith
by what he says and does,
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen.

Adapted from the English translation of the Rite of Baptism of Children, ©1969, International Commission on English in the Liturgy corporation. All rights reserved.

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Prayer for Life

Father and maker of all,
you adorn all creation
with splendor and beauty,
and fashion human lives
in your image and likeness.

Awaken in every heart
reverence for the work of your hands,
and renew among your people
a readiness to nurture and sustain
your precious gift of life.

Grant this through our Lord
Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in
the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

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*Prayer for Mothers 

Loving God,
as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,
so you watch over your Church.

Bless our mother.

Let the example of her faith and love shine forth.

Grant that we, her family,
may honor her always
with a spirit of profound respect.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Excerpts from the English translation of Book of Blessings © 1988, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

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*Prayer for Teachers

Lord God,
your spirit of wisdom fills the earth
and teaches us your ways.

Look upon these teachers.

Let them strive to share their knowledge
with gentle patience
and endeavor always to bring the truth to
eager minds.

Grant that they may follow Jesus Christ,
the way, the truth, and the life,
for ever and ever.

Amen.

Excerpts from the English translation of Book of Blessings © 1988, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

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