We are preparing for the celebration of the birth of Jesus and praying that children and young people may be respected and preserved from all violence and exploitation. This prayer includes children in the womb. Jesus began his human life as we all did—as a tiny embryo in his mother’s womb. The Blessed Virgin Mary said “Yes” to God’s will and to life. George Peate has written a book (“Unborn Jesus Our Hope”) in which he reflects on the mystery of Jesus first nine months of life. This book makes great Advent reading and you can read excerpts at the The Unborn Word Alliance. The following prayers are from the Litany of the Unborn Christ Child which can be ordered there as well.
Lord, thank You for first coming among us as the Unborn Christ Child. Today, untold numbers of our tiny sisters and brothers have been abandoned by the world’s leaders, by the traditional defenders of justice, by the healing professions and even by their own parents. But You are their Savior—You have not forgotten them. Savior, rescue and protect these little ones from the neglect and violence of an uncaring world.
Merciful Lord, Your tiny infant heart, which was later emptied on the cross, offers this world its only hope. Forgive us our sins against the unborn, against their parents and against all Your children. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Prince of Peace, through Your healing Spirit, help us to lovingly accept every conceived child created in Your image and likeness, as a messenger of peace and goodwill towards all people. Amen.