Blessing after Miscarriage

I recently had the opportunity – for the first time in my 8.5 years as a priest – to do a “Blessing after Miscarriage”. I wanted to post about it, because I suspect that it is simply not widely known that it is even a possibility.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for all mothers!

Nowadays, I ordinarily use the 1962 Roman Ritual for blessings, as I generally find the prayers contained therein to be more meaningful and efficacious. However, in this case, there is no such blessing found in the older rites! It is the newer Book of Blessings that has this ritual/blessing, in both a longer and a shorter form.

You can see a somewhat simplified form HERE. (In the actual Book of Blessings, there are some additional options given, as well as a short form – so I recommend to any priest who may want to offer this blessing to use the deadtree version and not the online edition.)

If you know anyone who has recently suffered a miscarriage, you might suggest that she approach her priest to receive this blessing.

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5 Responses to Blessing after Miscarriage

  1. Suzi Ekberg says:

    Beautiful & comforting prayers. The Church is always there for us. Thanks for letting us know about this prayer!

  2. Colet schmidt says:

    It is also helpful to the parents to name the miscarried baby.

  3. Susan Suter says:

    Thank you, Father, for these beautiful prayers! Susan

  4. Mary says:

    Father, your parishioners might be interested in this website which discusses blessings available for pregnancy, childbirth and miscarriage:
    https://elizabethministry.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/where-is-the-church-in-pregnancy-miscarriage-and-birth/

  5. Carrie R says:

    Thanks for posting this. I know of a dear friend who may benefit greatly from such a blessing.

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