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.

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

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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.

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

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May God grant you many years to live
For sure He must be knowing
The earth has angels all too few
And Heaven is overflowing.

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May all the blessing of our Lord touch your life today
May He send His little angels to protect you on your way
Such a wee little fit, sent from above
Someone so precious to cherish and love.

Read more: May the Road Rise Up to Meet You - the story behind the traditional Irish blessing

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May the love and protection
Saint Patrick can give
Be yours in abundance
As long as you live

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Lucky stars above you
Sunshine on your way
Many friends to love you
Joy in work and play
Laughter to outweigh each care
In your heart a song
And gladness waiting everywhere
All your whole life long

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A newborn babe
brings light to the house
warmth to the hearth
and joy to the soul
for wealth is family
family is wealth.

Read more: An Irish blessing of light and hope

* Originally published in Aug 2016.

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