Welcome!: Prayers for New and Expecting Families

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Expecting and raising a new baby is an exciting time in life, one filled with hope, anxiousness, optimism, and wonder. This collection of prayers for parents feeds the spiritual side of the prospect of imminent parenthood. This book contains a series of simple, kindly, and heartfelt prayers appropriate for all stages of a new child's life, from preconception until the first birthday. Kathleen Finley, author of such books as Savoring God: Praying With All Our Senses (Ave Maria Press, 2003) and Dear God: Prayers ...
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Overview

Expecting and raising a new baby is an exciting time in life, one filled with hope, anxiousness, optimism, and wonder. This collection of prayers for parents feeds the spiritual side of the prospect of imminent parenthood. This book contains a series of simple, kindly, and heartfelt prayers appropriate for all stages of a new child's life, from preconception until the first birthday. Kathleen Finley, author of such books as Savoring God: Praying With All Our Senses (Ave Maria Press, 2003) and Dear God: Prayers for Families With Children, offers prayers for almost any occasion in a new baby's first year, as well as prayers for guidance before and during pregnancy, and for those going through the adoption process. Appropriately tied to passages from the Bible, these prayers will warm the hearts of anyone seeking to foster spirituality at this special time. Welcome! Prayers for New and Pregnant Parents offers a means for parents, grandparents, stepparents, siblings, and even birth coaches to fully realize and appreciate God's miracle of new human life. It gives many reasons to ask God's blessings, just at the time when it is needed so much.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764811548
  • Publisher: Liguori Publications
  • Publication date: 7/8/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,389,564
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Part I Before Pregnancy
Prayer for Readiness to Be Parents 11
Trying to Become Pregnant 13
After a Miscarriage 14
Part II During Pregnancy
Blessing for a Pregnant Mother 17
Blessing for an Expectant Father 19
Blessing for a Stepparent 21
Blessing for a Single Mother 23
Prayer for an Uninvolved Father 25
Worries and Concerns During Pregnancy 27
For a Pregnancy That Isn't the First Time 28
After an Ultrasound and Hearing the Baby's Heartbeat 30
On Feeling the Baby Move 32
On Hearing the News of a Multiple Pregnancy 34
In the Midst of Morning Sickness 36
Anointing the Baby in Utero 38
After Taking a Childbirth Class 40
Choosing a Name for the New Baby 42
During the Last Phase of Pregnancy 44
For a Pregnancy Past Due Date 45
For Complications in Pregnancy 46
Part III During Labor and Delivery
Blessing for the Birth Coach 49
Early in the Process of Labor 50
During an Unusually Long Labor 52
During the Harder Contractions 54
For an Induced Labor 56
Thanksgiving for a Safe Delivery 57
After a Caesarean Delivery 58
Blessing for the Newborn 59
Blessing for a Premature Infant 61
For Twins or Other Multiple Births 62
Blessing for a Receiving Blanket and First Clothes 64
For Visitors at the Hospital 66
Part IV Adoption
Waiting for Approval for an Adoption 69
On Hearing News of an Adoptive Child Coming 70
Blessing for the Journey to Meet the Adoptive Child 72
Blessing for an Adoptive Child 74
Thanksgiving Prayer for the Birth Parents 76
Part V At Home
On Bringing the New Baby Home 79
Blessing for a Crib or Cradle or the New Baby's Room/Nursery 80
Blessing for the New Grandparents 82
Blessing for the New Baby's Sibling(s) 84
Blessing for the New Baby's Stepsibling(s) 86
For the First Few Days and Weeks 88
On the Baby Waking 89
While Nursing or Feeding the Newborn 90
For the Challenges of Breast-Feeding 92
When Changing the New Baby's Diapers 94
Evening Prayer While Tucking in a Newborn 96
On Going to the Doctor's Office 98
Prayer About Having Little Time 100
Prayer During a Night Feeding 102
A Meditation for a Fussy Baby 104
After Bathing the New Baby 106
Massaging the New Baby 108
Thanksgiving for the Baby's First Smile 110
Leaving the Baby With a Sitter or at Day Care 112
Blessing for the New Baby's First Toys 114
On the New Baby's Baptism 116
On Having Solid Food for the First Time 118
On the Baby Outgrowing Clothes 120
On the Child Beginning to Crawl or Walk 122
On the Child's First Birthday 124
Our Favorite Prayers for Babies 126
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