P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
He then says the following antiphon and psalm 23 :
Antiphon: This woman shall receive a blessing from the Lord and mercy from God, her Savior; for she is one of the people who seek the Lord.
After psalm 23 the above antiphon is repeated.
2. Then the priest places the end of the stole hanging from his left shoulder in the hand of the woman and leads her into the church, saying:
Come into God’s house. Adore the Son of the blessed Virgin Mary, and thank God who has given you the grace of motherhood.
3. The woman kneels before the altar, giving thanks to God for the benefits He has bestowed on her. The priest continues:
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Our Father
P: And lead us not into temptation.
All: But deliver us from evil.
P: Save Your servant.
All: Who trusts in You, my God.
P: Lord, send her aid from Your holy place.
All: And watch over her from Sion.
P: Let the enemy have no power over her.
All: And the son of iniquity be powerless to harm her.
P: Lord, heed my prayer.
All: And let my cry be heard by You.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you.
Let us pray.
Almighty everlasting God, who by means of the blessed Virgin Mary’s childbearing has given every Christian mother joy, even in her pains of bringing forth her child; look kindly on this servant of yours who has come in gladness to Your holy dwelling to offer her thanks.
And grant that after this life, through the merits and prayers of that same blessed Mary, she and her child may be deemed worthy of attaining the happiness of everlasting life; through Christ our Lord.
Let us pray.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, begotten before time was, yet willing to be an infant within time; who love childhood innocence; who deigned to tenderly embrace and to bless the little ones when they were brought to You; be ready with Your dearest blessings for this child as he (she) journeys through life, and let no evil ways corrupt his (her) understanding.
May he (she) advance in wisdom and grace with the years, and be enabled ever to please You, who are God, living and reigning with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever.
4. The priest again sprinkles her with holy water, saying:
May the peace and blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, come upon you and remain with you forever.
5. The blessing of a woman after childbirth ought to be given by the pastor, if he is requested to do so. But any priest may impart it in any church or public oratory, in which case he should notify the superior.