A Mother's Prayers
PRAYER OF AN EXPECTANT MOTHER
Almighty God, in Thy wisdom Thou hast entrusted to me a soul to
rear for Thy honor and glory. It is a great responsibility. I am proud
and a little afraid, but I trust in Thy fatherly goodness and the
intercession of the Mother of Jesus, who knew all the hopes and fears
of one who expects a child.
Dear God, give me courage and fortitude when I need it. Let my child be
born strong and healthy and with the disposition for wanting to become
a Saint. Good Saint Elizabeth, cousin of our Lady and mother of John
the Baptist, pray for me and the child to come.
Mary, most pure Virgin and Mother of God, I remind thee of the blessed
moment when thou didst see for the first time thy newly born Child and
folded Him in thy arms. Through this joy of thy maternal heart, obtain
for me the grace that I and my child may be protected from all danger.
Mary, Mother of my Saviour, I remind thee of the unspeakable joy you
felt when, after three days of painful seeking, thou again didst find
thy Divine Son. Through this joy, obtain for me the grace to worthily
bring into the world the child He didst create for me and his father.
Most glorious Virgin Mary, I remind thee of the heavenly joy that
flooded thy maternal heart when thy Son appeared to thee after His
Resurrection. Through this great joy, obtain for my child the blessings
of holy Baptism, so that my child may be admitted to the Church, the
Mystical Body of thy Divine Son, and to the company of all the Saints.
FOR HER CHILDREN
Holy Mary, Mother of God, help me in all my problems. Teach
me patience and wisdom. Show me how to train my children to be worthy
children of God. Let me be kind and loving, but keep me from foolish
Pray for my children, dear Mother. Keep them from all danger,
especially from spiritual danger. Help them to become virtuous citizens
of their own country, but let them not forget the Kingdom of God.
Jesus of Bethlehem, make my children love each other and their home. Help them to work and pray together in holy peace.
Holy Family of Nazareth, be with us all, father, mother and children, every day of our lives.
I humbly greet thee, faithful Guardian Angels of my children. I give
thee heartfelt thanks for all the love and goodness you show them.
Someday I shall repay your care for them with thanks more worthy than I
can now give, and before the whole heavenly court shall acknowledge
their debt of gratitude to thy guidance and protection. Continue to
watch over them. Provide for all their needs of body and soul. Pray
also for me, for my husband, and for my whole family, that we may all
one day rejoice in thy blessed company in Heaven. Amen.
Our Lady of Providence, my Queen and my Mother, to thee I confide the
children God has entrusted to me. While they are small, provide for
them safety of body, mind and heart. When I shall no longer be with
them, when the responsibilities and greater temptations of life shall
be theirs, then, O my Lady, pray for my sons and daughters. Continue to
be the Mother of Providence.
Above all, my Queen, be with my children when the Angel of Death hovers
near. I beg thee to take my children into eternity in the arms of thy
loving providence so that forever they may praise the Father, Son and
Holy Spirit. Amen.
FOR FIDELITY IN A MOTHER'S VOCATION
Dear God, give me the grace to appreciate the dignity of motherhood,
which Thou hast been pleased to bestow upon me, and to fulfill its
duties according to Thy Will. By my prayers and good example, may I
lead my husband and my children closer to Thy Sacred Heart. Make me a
devoted wife to my husband and a good mother to my children after the
example of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Almighty God, I thank Thee for the blessed care and protection with
which Thou hast embraced my family. I humbly submit to Thy decrees and
resign myself to Thy Pivine Providence. I grasp Thy guiding hand, and I
shall never follow my own ways lest they lead me astray. Thy good
pleasure shall be my happiness; Thy commandments shall be my only rule
of conduct. Thy Will shall be my will, and Thy service shall be the
object of all my desires.
Lord, grant me peace of mind because of my trust in Thy Providence, an
unwavering and cheerful courage founded on my faith in Thy tremendous
love, faithfulness to duty resulting from a constant awareness of Thy
presence, and a firm hope of eternal reward.
Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I implore Thy
blessing upon my family that we all may serve Thee faithfully in this
life and deserve to be reunited in the eternal happiness of Thy
heavenly Kingdom. Amen.
FOR THE CONVERSION OF A CHILD
Heart of Jesus, I humbly kneel before Thee, adoring Thee as the Heart of my Lord and my God.
Pardon the sins by which I have offended Thee and rendered myself
unworthy of Thy blessings. For Thine Own sake, for the honor and glory
of Thine infinite mercy, listen to my prayer for grace and salvation
for my child who has strayed. From all eternity Thou hast loved him
(her); have mercy on him (her) now. Thou wantest my son (daughter) to
be converted and live. Effect in him (her) what Thou haast decreed.
From the Cross Thou drew all to Thyself; loosen the bonds in which he
(she) lies chained. Thou hast bought him (her) at a great price; take
possession of Thy property. Lead him (her) to the fountain of pardon
and grace which Thou hast opened in Thy Church that he (she) may
receive new life.
Heart of Jesus, listen to the prayers of Thy Blessed Mother and of Thy
Saints for this my child. Listen to my prayers, for Thou canst not hear
unmoved a mother's prayer for her child. Grant me what is dearest to me
on earth, the salvation of my child, and I will eternally praise Thy
Holy Name. Amen.