Your presence to John the Baptizer,
While both you and he were still in the womb,
Caused him to leap for joy.
We thank you for the wondrous period
Of life in the womb,
Which we all experienced.
We thank you for the marvels of our growth
Which you accomplish
As we are fearfully, wonderfully fashioned by your hand.
Lord, as we learn more
About the development of life before birth
May we also learn never to make false distinctions
Between our brothers and sisters in the womb
And those who have already been born.
May we recognize, and help others recognize,
That these are simply different stages
In the development of the same life,
The same person,
Created and loved by you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.