Prayers for personal holy days from birthdays to baptism!
Loving God you created all the people of the world and you know each of us by name. (We thank you for N. who celebrates his/her birthday). (or: I thank you for my birthday) Bless me/him/her with your love and friendship that I/he/she may grow in wisdom, knowledge and grace. May me/he/she love his/her family always and be faithful to my/his/her friends. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
God of all creation we offer you grateful praise for the gift of life. Hear the prayers of N. your servant/my prayers who recalls/as I recall today the day of my/his/her birth and rejoice/s in your gifts of life and love, family and friends. Bless me/him/her with your presence and surround me/him/her with your love that I/he/she may enjoy many happy years, all of them pleasing to you. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The birth of a child
We bless you, God our Father, creator and sustainer of all that exists. Before he was born, John the Baptist lept for joy at the presence of Jesus your Son. As we rejoice in the birth of this/my/our child we pray that he/she may grow into the fullness of your love and come to know Jesus as his/her friend and Saviour. Protect this/my family from all that would harm them/us. Overshadow them/us with your Holy Spirit, so that Jesus, Son of God and son of Mary, may dwell with them/us and bring them/us happiness and joy: Blessed be God for ever! Church in Wales adapted
Anniversary of Baptism
A prayer to recall the day we were washed in the waters of birth, and became a member of Christ, as we celebrate our life as a baptised Christian. If you still have your baptismal candle, it’s a lovely idea to light it for a few moments on this day, accompanied by the following or a similar prayer.
Heavenly Father, by the power of your Holy Spirit you give to your faithful people new life in the water of baptism. As I celebrate the anniversary of my baptism guide and strengthen me by the same Spirit, that I may serve you in faith and love and grow into the full stature of your Son Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, now and for ever. Amen.
Giving thanks to God on the anniversary of your wedding day
Loving Father, you perfect our inadequacies and complete our joy, you fulfil our needs and fill us with a desire to love. Let your love now flow through our lives as our hearts swell with joy on the anniversary of our wedding. May we be given a sign of the presence of Jesus, the unseen guest, and drink the new wine of your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. Church in Wales, adapted
On the anniversary of a death of a loved one, we are drawn to pray for them, and to seek the consolation of eternal life through Jesus the Lord.
Almighty God, it is our certain faith that your Son, who died on the cross, was raised from the dead, the first fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Grant that through this mystery your servant N. who has gone to his/her rest in Christ, may share in the joy of the resurrection. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. Eternal rest grant unto him/her and let light perpetual shine upon him/her. May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
“You created all the people of the world and you know each of us by name .”