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Bishop Burbidge to Conduct Rite of Blessing for Child in the Womb

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On Sunday, December 16, 2012, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will celebrate the Rite of the Blessing of the Child in the Womb during the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cary. The Rite was published in May by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a booklet addendum to the Book of Blessings for use in Dioceses throughout the United States.

The Blessing was created to support families awaiting the birth of their child and to foster respect for human life within society.

The bishops’ document states:

The Church welcomes with joy and compassion the mothers who, recognizing that all life is a gift from God, come to the Church seeking a blessing for their unborn child. Such a blessing sustains the parents by imparting grace and comfort in time of concern and need, unites the parish in prayer for the unborn child, and fosters respect for human life within society. The Rite may be used for the blessing of an individual mother or of both the mother and the father, or on the occasion of a gathering of expectant parents.

Bishop Burbidge has encouraged parishes in the Diocese to use the Third Sunday of Advent to celebrate life by performing the blessing. However, parents may request the blessing at any time of the year.

For more information on the Rite of Blessing of the Child in the Womb: http://www.dioceseofraleigh.org/docs/liturgy/Rite-for-the-Blessing-of-a-Child-in-the-Womb.pdf.