Happy Mother’s Day

A Litany for Mother’s Day.

Taken from the African American Lectionary

Lord, on this day set aside to honor and remember mothers, we give you thanks for our mothers. We are grateful that you chose to give us life through them, and that they received the gift of life from your hands, and gave it to us. Thank you for the sacrifices they made in carrying us and giving birth. We thank you for the women who raised us, who were our mothers in childhood. Whether birth mother, adopted mother, older sister, aunt, grandmother, stepmother, or someone else, we thank you for those women who held us and fed us, who cared for us and kissed away our pain. We pray that our lives may reflect the love they showed us, and that they would be pleased to be called our mothers.

We pray for mothers whose children are grown.
Grant them joy and satisfaction for a job well done.

We pray for new mothers experiencing changes they could not predict.
Grant them rest and peace as they trust you for the future.

We pray for pregnant women who will soon be mothers.
Grant them patience and good counsel in the coming months.

We pray for mothers who face the demands of single parenthood.
Grant them strength and wisdom.

We pray for mothers who enjoy financial abundance.
Grant them time to share with their families.

We pray for mothers who are raising their children in poverty.
Grant them relief and justice.

We pray for step-mothers.
Grant them patience and understanding and love.

We pray for mothers who are separated from their children.
Grant them faith and hope.

We pray for mothers in marriages that are in crisis.
Grant them support and insight.

We pray for mothers who have lost children.
Grant them comfort in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We pray for mothers who aborted their children.
Grant them healing and peace.

We pray for mothers who gave up their children for adoption.
Grant them peace and confidence as they trust in your providence.

We pray for adoptive mothers.
Grant them joy and gratitude for the gift you have provided.

We pray for girls and women who think about being mothers
Grant them wisdom and discernment.

We pray for women who desperately want, or wanted, to be mothers.
Grant them grace to accept your timing and will.

We pray for all women who have assumed the mother‘s role in a child‘s life.
Grant them joy and the appreciation of others.

We pray for those people present who are grieving the loss of their mother in the past year.
Grant them comfort and hope in Christ’s resurrection.

Lord, we thank you for the gift of motherhood. We thank you for the many examples of faithful mothers in Scripture, like Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth, and Lois. Hear now the first names of other women who have inspired us by their motherly examples . . . We are mindful this day of all these women, and especially Mary the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, who had the courage in faith to say ―Yes‖ to your calling. May these women gathered here today emulate these examples of faith. And may they model for all the rest of us what it means to be your disciple. Bless them on this special day; in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Aaronic blessing