As many of you may know, I am the godmother of the cutest, most lovable child in the world, Grace Emma. Though I have been praying for here since before her birth, for her first birthday, I wanted to find a specific prayer to give her, showing my commitment to praying for her daily.
Well, I have searched high and low for a prayer, and finding nothing, I wrote the following.
Most High God, You have given Grace as my goddaughter. I thank You for her life and for this great responsibility You have given to me.
Please help me to fulfill this responsibility to assist Grace’s parents in their Christian duty.
Help me Lord to be a witness of Your love to her through my prayer, my life and my involvement in the Christian community.
Please remind me Lord of the great responsibility I have not only on the day of her baptism, but throughout her life, to pray for her.
Please bless this godchild of mine with an abundance of Your graces throughout her life, and be with her as she discerns Your purpose for her life.
Please stir up in her an intense desire to love You in every moment of her life.
Keep far from her any sin that will cause her to loose her soul.
Please guide her Lord to live a life of service, charity and love for others.
After the baptism of Your son Jesus Christ in the River Jordan, all people were challenged in these words, “This is My beloved Son; listen to Him.”
Through the graces of her baptism, may my godchild Grace always listen to the voice of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I ask this through Jesus Christ, our baptized Lord, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
Happy First Birthday, Grace Emma!!!
Sadly, many misunderstand the role of godparents. While there are temporal responsibilities such as giving customary gifts upon baptism and birthdays, being the guardian of the child if (God forbid) something happens to his or her parents, and having a place of honor at the child’s wedding, there are a great many recommendations and responsibilities that the Christian life demands of a godparent.
Catholics United for the Faith provide extensive information on the duties and responsibilities of godparents at this link.