Prayer at the Birth of a Child

newborn baby with hospital bracelet

We are humbled by the awesome power of this moment.
From our lives we have brought forth life.
Through our love we have fashioned a child of love.

The mystery of beginnings is with us
and we acknowledge its presence.

We know neither our origin nor our destiny.
We know only that the journey is a difficult one.

We vow at this moment of creation
to further the work of Creation,
to add our efforts to the redemption of the world
through our honest encounter with Life.

May the life we have birthed
be a blessing to all s/he meets.
And may our child count us
among her/his blessings as well.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לַזְּמָן הַזֶּה

Barukh ata adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
she-heh-kheh-yanu, v’kee-y’-manu, v’he-ge-anu
laz-man ha-zeh.

Blessed is the Source of Life, the Fountain of Being
whose power enlivens us, sustains us,
and enables us to reach this moment of joy.

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