Each year on Mother’s Day, my heart goes out to those who struggle with this holiday. Inspired by this column on “How to Widen Our Hearts On Mother’s Day,” I’ve gathered prayers from readers into a litany to be prayed at church or at home – to remember all the mothers.
Feel free to adapt for use within your parish or congregation. Please simply credit the source: Copyright © 2019 Laura Kelly Fanucci, MotheringSpirit.com.
Response: Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
For women who long to be mothers.
For all who desire to be married and raise a family.
For all who are experiencing infertility.
For all who are waiting to adopt or foster a child.
For mothers who have lost a baby.
For all who have suffered a miscarriage.
For all who lost a child to stillbirth or SIDS.
For all whose baby died after birth.
For mothers whose children have died.
For all whose children died in infancy, childhood, or adolescence.
For all who mourn their young adult or adult children.
For all whose children died by violent or sudden deaths, by suicide or overdose.
For children whose mother has died.
For adults mourning the loss of mother figures in their life.
For all who never knew their mother.
For mothers and children with difficult relationships.
For all whose mother was absent.
For mothers and children estranged from each other.
For men who stepped in to love as father and mother.
For mothers who struggle.
For all who suffer from depression or anxiety, before or after birth.
For all who mother in situations of poverty or violence.
For all who mother children with serious medical conditions.
For all who feel grieve on Mother’s Day.
For empty-nesters who miss their children.
For all who mourn the children or grandchildren they hoped to have.
For all who mother.
For mothers, grandmothers, and godmothers.
For birth mothers, adoptive mothers, and foster mothers.
For single mothers and stepmothers.
For aunts by birth or love.
For women religious and church ministers.
For teachers and catechists, doctors and nurses.
For moms of many and moms of one.
For spiritual mothers and mentors.
Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
If you’re grieving the loss of a child this Mother’s Day, more prayers and resources are available in Grieving Together: A Couple’s Journey through Miscarriage (available from Amazon and Our Sunday Visitor). You are in my prayers.