Few languages are as expressive as the Irish language and even when translated back into English the magic remains. If you or someone you know is about to welcome a little one into a family here are some prayers and wishes.

Irish prayers for a new child:

May strong arms hold you
Caring hearts tend you
And may love await you at every step.

May you bring light to the home,
warmth to the heart
Joy to the soul
And love to the lives you touch.

May God surround this child
And bless this day.

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May you have a sunbeam to warm you
Good luck to charm you
An angel to protect you
Laughter to cheer you
And faithful friends near you.

May God hold you
in the hollow of his hand
Forever and ever.

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Welcome your baby into the world with these beautiful Irish blessings. Getty Images/iStockphoto