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  • Writer's pictureDeborah Newman


Updated: Jul 25, 2023


A prayer for those who have lost a child through miscarriage

Your Presence in Our Loss Oh Holy Family, at the heart of heaven, dwelling |midst angels uncountable, we turn to you to welcome The innocent child who has come to you today.

We do not wholly understand the passing of one so Innocently lost and we entrust our child, Unbaptized and full of the beauty of beginning, Plunging into your fountainous love, nestling In your gathering, outstretched and embracing arms:

Named in the mystery of Love’s loving to bless: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Like the seed awakening in the soil, The dew-bright sparkling existence of the Gift of a child transplanted into eternal day To dwell amidst the extended family of all Utterly at peace, happy and blessed beyond telling.

Oh Holy Mother of God, Virgin Mother of Jesus, Take to your maternal heart the child whose life, Given without recall by the Creator-Father of all, and Enwrap this child, this mother and father and their loss,

In the folds of gentle love, tending tenderly their pain. Oh Joseph, virgin and spouse, foster-father of Jesus, You understood being with your wife and child Through all the difficulties of life, as long as you lived, Give encouragement, wisdom and most of all an Understanding heart to all husbands and fathers.

Oh Jesus Christ, Redeemer of all, opening what is closed, Take all our uncertainty, blame, guilt, recriminations, All the fruitless bitterness, belittling, and pain, And begin again the blessing of your love-in-us: The hope of helping others with your help to us.

Oh Holy Family, at the heart of heaven, dwelling Amidst angels unimaginable, we turn to you to turn Our mourning into rejoicing and your presence in our loss: Help us to hope on coming, too, to meet with love’s not lost, Filling our loss with over-spilling thanksgiving As we are reunited, as all are, with the company of the blessed. by Francis Etheredge Profiles in Catholicism


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