Liturgical Year : Prayers : Book of Blessings: Blessing on the Occasion of a Birthday (2022)

Catholic Prayer: Book of Blessings: Blessing on the Occasion of a Birthday

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323 It is always appropriate to give thanks to God, but especially so on the occasion of a birthday. The birthday celebration provides an opportunity for acknowledging and giving thanks to God as the author and giver of life.

324 A birthday is also an appropriate occasion for children to express love and thanks to their parents who have shared the gift of life and love with them.

325 These orders may be used by a priest or a deacon, and also by a layperson, who follows the rites and prayers designated for a lay minister, or by a family member.

Prayer:

A. ORDER OF BLESSING

INTRODUCTORY RITES

326 When all have gathered a suitable song may be sung. After the singing, the minister says: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

All make the sign of the cross and reply: Amen.

327 A minister who is a priest or deacon greets those present in the following or other suitable words, taken mainly from sacred Scripture. May God who loves you and fills your life with joy, be with you always.

And all reply: And also with you.

328 A lay minister greets those present in the following words: Praise be to God, who loves us and fills our lives with joy, now and for ever. R. Amen.

329 In the following or similar words, the minister prepares those present for the blessing. Each year as we celebrate another birthday we recall the gift of life which we have received from God. Today we give thanks for our parents and all those who have loved, nourished, and taught us of God's love.

READING OF THE WORD OF GOD

330 A reader, another person present, or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture. Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the apostle Paul to the Philippians:

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1:3-11 Thanks be to God. I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right that I should think this way about all of you, because I hold you in my heart, you who are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

331 Or: Hosea 11:1-4--Israel was a child. 1 Thessalonians 3:9-11--May you grow in holiness. 1 Peter 1:3-5--New birth in Christ. Matthew 5:1-12--The beatitudes. Luke 2:21-32--Presentation of Jesus in the temple.

332 As circumstances suggest, one of the following responsorial psalms may be sung, or some other suitable song.

R. Teach us to number our days aright.

Psalm 90 Before the mountains were begotten and the earth and the world were brought forth, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. R.

You turn man back to dust, saying, "Return, 0 children of men." For a thousand years in your sight are as yesterday, now that it is past, or as a watch of the night. R.

You make an end of them in their sleep; the next morning they are like the changing grass, Which at dawn springs up anew, but by evening wilts and fades. R.

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart. Return, 0 LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants! R.

Fill us at daybreak with your kindness, that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days. Make us glad, for the days when you afflicted us, for the years when we saw evil. Let your work be seen by your servants and your glory by their children. R.

Psalm 128:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 R. (v. 5) The Lord bless you all the days of your life.

Psalm 103:1-2, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18 R. (v. 1) Bless the Lord, 0 my soul.

333 As circumstances suggest, the minister may give those present a brief explanation of the biblical text, so that they may understand through faith the meaning of the celebration.

LITANY

334 The litany is then said. The minister introduces it and an assisting minister or one of those present announces the invocations. From the following those best suited to the occasion may be used or adapted, or other invocations that apply to the particular circumstances may be composed.

The minister says: Let us praise the Lord God of all creation.

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R. Blessed be God for ever.

Assisting minister: Blessed be God, who has shaped us from dust and breathed life into us. R.

Assisting minister: Blessed be God, who in his great love has sent his only Son to save us. R.

Assisting minister: Blessed be God, who guides our feet along right paths. R.

Assisting minister: Blessed be God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. R.

335 After the litany the minister, in the following or similar words, invites all present to sing or say the Lord's Prayer. Let us pray to God, the author and giver of life, in the words his Son taught us:

All: Our Father . . .

PRAYER OF BLESSING

336 A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched over the one who is to be blessed; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

A) For adults

God of all creation, we offer you grateful praise for the gift of life. Hear the prayers of N., your servant, who recalls today the day of his/her birth and rejoices in your gifts of life and love, family and friends.

Bless him/her with your presence and surround him/her with your love that he/she may enjoy many happy years, all of them pleasing to you.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

B) For children

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Loving God, you created all the people of the world and you know each of us by name. We thank you for N., who today celebrates his/her birthday. Bless him/her with your love and friendship that he/she may grow in wisdom, knowledge, and grace. May he/she love his/her family always and be faithful to his/her friends.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

As circumstances suggest, the minister in silence may sprinkle the person with holy water.

CONCLUDING RITE

337 A minister who is a priest or deacon concludes the rite by saying: May the Lord bless you and keep you. R. Amen.

May his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. R. Amen.

May he look upon you with kindness and give you his peace. R. Amen.

Then he blesses all present. And may almighty God bless you all, the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit. R. Amen.

338 A lay minister concludes the rite by signing himself or herself with the sign of the cross and saying: May the Lord bless us and keep us. R. Amen.

May his face shine upon us and be gracious to us. R. Amen.

May he look upon us with kindness and give us his peace. R. Amen.

339 It is preferable to end the celebration with a suitable song.

B. SHORTER RITE

340 All make the sign of the cross as the minister says: Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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All reply: Now and for ever.

341 One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example: Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the apostle Paul to the Philippians:

1:3-11 Thanks be to God. I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right that I should think this way about all of you, because I hold you in my heart, you who are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

342 Or: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-11--May you grow in holiness. Matthew 5:1-12--The beatitudes.

343 A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

A) For adults

God of all creation, we offer you grateful praise for the gift of life. Hear the prayers of N., your servant, who recalls today the day of his/her birth and rejoices in your gifts of life and love, family and friends.

Bless him/her with your presence and surround him/her with your love that he/she may enjoy many happy years, all of them pleasing to you.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

B) For children

Loving God, you created all the people of the world and you know each of us by name. We thank you for N., who today celebrates his/her birthday. Bless him/her with your love and friendship that he/she may grow in wisdom, knowledge, and grace. May he/she love his/her family always and be faithful to his/her friends.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

Prayer Source: Book of Blessings by Prepared by International Commission on English in the Liturgy A Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops' Conferences, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1989

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FAQs

What is a good prayer for birthday? ›

May God bless you on your birthday, and always. Happy birthday to you! Today I celebrate the life that God has given you, and give thanks to Him for the many blessings you bring to my life. May the LORD bless you on your birthday, and may your day be filled with joy and your year full of many blessings.

What is a liturgical blessing? ›

"Blessing" in the liturgical sense, is a rite consisting of a ceremony and prayers performed in the name and with the authority of the Church by a duly qualified minister by which persons or things are sanctified as dedicated to Divine service or by which certain marks of Divine favour are invoked upon them.

How do you bless a happy birthday? ›

Happy Birthday in faith and blessings be upon you! On your birthday, remember that you were wonderfully made by God and rejoice in his love. You are so blessed to be you and to share the amazing love of Jesus on your birthday! May God bless this day with more love than your heart can hold.

How can I wish my birthday to God? ›

I pray that you may bless me on each day of my life, for I turn a year old again. Dear heavenly redeemer, I come before you with a humble heart to thank you for allowing me to celebrate yet another year of my life. Thank you, God, you are so good to me; you are everything in my life.

How do you start a birthday prayer? ›

Prayer 1. Heavenly Father, We thank You for the gift of life You have given, and for blessing us with our beloved (celebrant's name)'s life. You are good, and we're thankful Your mercies endure forever.

What is a good birthday Scripture verse? ›

Some good Bible verses for birthdays include Numbers 6:24-26, Psalm 118:24, 3 John 1:2, and many more that can encourage and inspire on a birthday. A “Happy Birthday” wish can be so much more than just congratulations on becoming older, it can be a time to look back and see all that God has done.

What are examples of blessings? ›

When God looks down upon you and protects you, this is an example of God's blessing. When a father OKs a marriage proposal, this is an example of when he gives his blessing. When you pray to God and ask to be held in good favor, this is an example of when you seek God's blessing.

What is liturgical year calendar? ›

church year, also called liturgical year, annual cycle of seasons and days observed in the Christian churches in commemoration of the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and of his virtues as exhibited in the lives of the saints.

How do you give a blessing? ›

Here is my list........
  1. Pray for them.
  2. Text them a verse that gives hope.
  3. Spend time with them just hearing their heart.
  4. Make a meal for them and deliver it to their home.
  5. Send a Bible tract in the mail.
  6. Offer to watch their kids so they can have a date night with their spouse.
  7. Offer to pick up groceries for them.
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What is the best birthday message? ›

Wishing you a day filled with happiness and a year filled with joy. Happy birthday!” “Sending you smiles for every moment of your special day…Have a wonderful time and a very happy birthday!” “Hope your special day brings you all that your heart desires!

What is the best short message for birthday? ›

I hope you have a wonderful birthday, and that the year ahead will be full of fun and adventure. Happy birthday to you! Wishing you a wonderful birthday, and that the year ahead will be filled with new opportunities. May this special day bring you joy, happiness, and precious memories!

How do you wish someone God's blessings? ›

Good morning and God bless on this most wonderful of days. God bless you, and give you health, happiness, and hope, the real comforters of this nether world. God bless you all with peace, tranquility and good will. God doesn't bless us just to make us happy; He blesses us to make us a blessing.

What is the best short message for birthday? ›

Short & Sweet Birthday Messages
  • “The day is all yours — have fun!”
  • “Happy birthday to my ride or die. ...
  • “Thinking of you on your birthday and wishing you everything happy.”
  • “Best wishes on your birthday – may you have many, many more.”
  • “Cheers to you for another trip around the sun!”
  • “Today is about you. ...
  • “Happy birthday!
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How do you pray a simple prayer? ›

A simple prayer could be this: Dear Heavenly Father, I am so grateful for thy guidance in my life. I am especially thankful for my safe travel as I shopped today. As I try and keep thy commandments, please help me to always remember to pray.

Shorter RiteShort Formulary There are many pastoral occasions for giving praise to God and praying for children who have already been baptized: for example, when the parents request a blessing, when special feasts are held for children, when the school year begins.. 142 In the following or similar words, the minister prepares the children (child) and all present for the blessing.. Assisting minister: Lord Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary, you sanctified childhood; grant that these children (this child) may grow as you did in wisdom, age, and grace.. 150 A minister who is a priest or deacon may, as circumstances suggest, hold his hands outstretched over the children (child), as he says the prayer of blessing.. 152 After the prayer of blessing, the minister may sprinkle the children (child) with holy water and, as circumstances suggest, may say: Let this water call to mind our baptism into Christ, who has redeemed us by his death and resurrection.. 153 A minister who is a priest or deacon concludes the rite by saying: May the Lord Jesus, who loved children, bless you and keep you in his love, now and for ever.. 154 A lay minister concludes the rite by signing himself or herself with the sign of the cross and saying: May the Lord Jesus, who loved children, bless us and keep us in his love, now and for ever.. Assisting minister: Lord Jesus, you will new children to be begotten for the Church not by human birth but by God; grant that the time of awaiting baptism may be one of a more complete preparation for its celebration.. 166 A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing while laying hands on the child; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.. 168 A minister who is a priest or deacon concludes the rite by saying: May the Lord Jesus, who loved children, bless you and keep you in his love, now and for ever.. 169 A lay minister concludes the rite by signing himself or herself with the sign of the cross and saying: May the Lord Jesus, who loved children, bless us and keep us in his love, now and for ever.. 172 A minister who is a priest or deacon says the appropriate prayer of blessing while laying hands on the child; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

The intercessions, Lord's Prayer, and prayer of blessing replace the intercessions and concluding prayer of Morning or Evening Prayer.. Give to the LORD, you families of nations, give to the LORD glory and praise; give to the LORD the glory due his name!. Assisting minister: That the Church may always reflect the joy of Jesus Christ who enlightens our hearts, let us pray to the Lord.. Assisting minister: That this tree of lights may remind us of the tree of glory on which Christ accomplished our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.. Assisting minister: That the peace of Christ may dwell in our hearts and in the world, let us pray to the Lord.. Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we illumine this tree.. Holy Lord, we come with joy to celebrate the birth of your Son, who rescued us from the darkness of sin by making the cross a tree of life and light.. Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we illumine this tree.. Holy Lord, we come with joy to celebrate the birth of your Son, who rescued us from the darkness of sin by making the cross a tree of life and light.

243 In the following or similar words, the minister prepares the mother and all present for the blessing.. R. Blessed are you, 0 Lord, for your loving kindness.. (Let us bless the Lord:) R.. (Let us bless the Lord:) R7.. (Let us bless the Lord:) R.. (Let us bless the Lord:) R.. (Let us bless the Lord:) R.. 250 After the prayer of blessing, the minister invites all present to pray for the protection of the Blessed Virgin.. 252 A lay minister invokes God's blessing on the mother and all present by signing himself or herself with the sign of the cross and saying: May God, who chose to make known and to send the blessings of eternal salvation through the motherhood of the Blessed Virgin, bless us and keep us in his care, now and for ever.. 253 The minister says: Our help is in the name of the Lord.. R. We thank you, Lord.. 275 The minister says: Blessed be the name of the Lord.. May the Lord God almighty, who through the earthly birth of his own Son has filled the whole world with joy, so bless + you that the child he has given you will always bring joy to your heart.

This blessing is provided to assist the parents in their grief and console them with the blessing of God.. All make the sign of the cross and reply: Amen.. 283 A minister who is a priest or deacon greets those present in the following or other suitable words, taken mainly from sacred Scripture.. May the Father of mercies, the God of all consolation, be with you all.. Blessed be God for ever.. R. Blessed be God for ever.. 285 In the following or similar words, the minister prepares those present for the blessing.. 3:17-26 Hope in the Lord.. Assisting minister: For N. and N., who know the pain of grief, that they may be comforted, we pray.. Assisting minister: For these parents, that they may learn from the example of Mary, who grieved by the cross of her Son, we pray.. Assisting minister: For all who have suffered the loss of a child, that Christ may be their support, we pray.. Let us pray to the God of consolation and hope, as Christ has taught us:. Lord, grant mercy to all the members of this family and comfort them with the hope that one day we will all live with you, with your Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever.. 3:17-26 Hope in the Lord.. Lord, grant mercy to all the members of this family and comfort them with the hope that one day we will all live with you, with your Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever.

91 The blessing of a married couple may be celebrated within Mass, by use of the orders of blessing provided in nos.. If several couples are to be blessed at the same time, the prayer of blessing and the final blessing are adapted accordingly.. 94 Depending on the provisions of the rubrics, in the liturgy of the word the readings may be taken either from the lectionary of the Rite of Marriage (see endnote 5) or from the Lectionary for Mass, Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, "In Thanksgiving.. Lord, bless these rings which we bless + in your name.. Assisting minister: You live in eternity with the Son and the Holy Spirit in oneness of life and communion of love; grant that these your servants will be mindful of the covenant of love they pledged to each other through the sacrament of marriage and never fail in fidelity.. 107 Depending on the provisions of the rubrics, in the liturgy of the word the readings may be taken from the Lectionary for Mass, from either Ritual Masses, "Wedding Mass" or the Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, "In Thanksgiving.". Assisting minister: Father all-holy, you have made marriage the great symbol of Christ's love for his Church; bestow on these your servants the fullness of your own love.. Assisting minister: You live in eternity with the Son and the Holy Spirit in oneness of life and communion of love; grant that these your servants will be mindful of the covenant of love they pledged to each other through the sacrament of marriage and never fail in fidelity.. I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse and all knowledge, as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.. Lord, bless these rings which we bless + in your name.. Assisting minister: Father all-holy, you have made marriage the great symbol of Christ's love for his Church; bestow on these your servants the fullness of your own love.. On the 25th, 50th, 60th, or other wedding anniversary Assisting minister: Father all-holy, the faithful one, you ask for and respond to fidelity to your covenant; fill with your blessings your servants who are celebrating their (25th, 50th, 60th, other) wedding anniversary.. Assisting minister: You live in eternity with the Son and the Holy Spirit in oneness of life and communion of love; grant that these your servants will be mindful of the covenant of love they pledged to each other through the sacrament of marriage and, never fail in fidelity.. 129 A minister who is a priest or deacon concludes the rite by first blessing the couple and saying, with hands outstretched toward them: May God, the almighty Father, give you joy.

All make the sign of the cross and reply: Amen.. 623 In the following or similar words, the minister prepares those present for the blessing.. The LORD is our God, the LORD alone!. Or: R. Lord, hear our prayer.. Assisting minister: Of old you made yourself the guide and the way for your people as they wandered in the desert; be our protector as we set out on this journey, so that we may return home safely.. 630 When there are no intercessions, the minister, before the prayer of blessing and using the following or other similar words, invites those present to ask for God's help.. Lord, teach us your ways: Lord, have mercy.. As circumstances suggest, all may then pray for a moment in silence before the prayer of blessing.. Then he blesses all present.. 634 A lay minister invokes God's blessing on the travelers and all present by signing himself or herself with the sign of the cross and saying: May almighty God bless us and hear our prayers for a safe journey.. 635 The minister says: Our help is in the name of the Lord.. 637 Then the minister says the prayer of blessing.. May God bless you with every heavenly blessing and give you a safe journey; wherever life leads you, may you may find him there to protect you.

Among several Spanish-speaking countries and among many Hispanics in the United States there is the custom of celebrating the passage from childhood to adolescence with a ritual that expresses thanksgiving to God for the gift of life and that asks for a blessing from God for the years ahead.. After Mass, the young woman is presented to the community.. The quinceañera and fifteen young men and women of her choice are joined by members of her family and friends for the celebration.. The ritual may be celebrated simply, outside Mass with the young woman, accompanied by her parents and godparents, coming before the priest or deacon to receive a special blessing in the Church.. 1 The celebration of the quince años complements the Sacrament by providing a special blessing for a young Catholic woman as she enters adulthood, preparing her for her new responsibilities.. At the time of the celebration of the blessing of the quinceañera, a young woman comes to the Church seeking a blessing.. The quinceañera ritual is valuable for the religious message it sends not only to young people, but also to parents, grandparents, godparents and the entire parish in calling them to prayerfully join with youth in making a commitment to God and the Church.. According to traditional usage, the Bendición de la Quinceañera has been a celebration for young Hispanic women.. In the Hispanic community, traditionally it has been the women who hand on the faith.. Rite of Confirmation , no.

Outside of Rome it may have arisen as a three or six week period of preparation for baptism on the feast of the Epiphany.. When the birth of Christ came to be observed in Rome on 25 th December in the fourth century, Christmas was taken to be the beginning of the year.. By around the year 300 a liturgical celebration of Jesus’ birth and baptism, with vigil, was being celebrated on 6 th January in Egypt.. The following pastoral notes on the liturgies of Advent and Christmas are offered in order to assist parishes celebrate them well.. These days have their own combination of readings and prayers, including a Preface for the Eucharistic Prayer that invites prayerful preparation for the Nativity in company with Mary and the Baptist.. From that Thursday until 17 th December, the Gospels focus on the figure of John the Baptist, with the first reading either related to the Gospel or taken from Isaiah.. While carols have been played over and over in stores long before Christmas, their proper home is in the Christmas season.. It may be blessed on or before Christmas during a celebration of the word of God or the Prayer of the Church (#1572).. Christmas: the season and its festivals. The dates for the celebration of the Holy Family, the Epiphany and the Baptism vary from year to year as follows:. Prayers and readings for Nativity. the Vigil Mass the Mass during the Night the Mass at Dawn, and the Mass during the Day.

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