Mother’s Day Prayer 2020

Pastoral Litany for Mother’s Day

Leader: On Mother’s Day, let us remember that this day is marked with joy or sadness or a little of both as we pray together.

People:  In our joy and sadness, we give God thanks and praise.

Leader: For the love of family and for motherhood in all its various forms.

People: We give our loving God thanks and praise.

Leader: For all women who are marginalized, vulnerable, worried, exhausted, and frustrated,

People: We pray for justice and peace.

Leader:  For families who are keeping their distance to keep their loved ones safe,

People:  We pray that these measures keep us safe and well.

Leader:  For the women who do not feel safe in their home,

People: We pray to God for strength, courage, and a safe escape.

Leader: For relationships that are strained and no longer a source of joy,

People:  We pray for healing in reconciliation or in healthier boundaries.  

Leader:  For children whose mothers have died, that live no longer together, and for mothers who grieve, who have lost children born or unborn,

People: We weep with those with broken hearts and comfort those who mourn. 

Leader:  For those who are raising children, who are supported by spouse and family, and those who are struggling to do it all on their own,

People:  We pray that we may be their community, offering real help in hard times.

Leader:  For those who are preparing to have emptier nests, who hope they have raised children strong enough to fly into the world and back home to visit.

People:  We both celebrate and mourn with you.

Leader: For stepmothers, navigating the pitfalls and pleasures of creating a new family,

People: We pray for wisdom, patience, grace, and love.

Leader:  For Grandmothers who are doing the hard work of raising children again, for aunts and sisters and all of those who have taken on a parenting role,

People:  We pray for caregivers, offering our care for them too.

Leader: For those who are waiting and sometimes struggling with the biological process to bring new life, and for those who are waiting for adoptive process to be fulfilled.

People: We wait with you, listening to your joys and sorrows along the way.

Leader:  For same sex couples raising children,

People: We pray for acceptance and love.

Leader: For women who do not have children, but instead teach, lead, care for, and guide the children of others,

People:  We give God thanks and praise.

Leader:  For the grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, and granddaughters in our midst and around the world. For those who face discrimination on the basis of their assigned gender or gender identity.  For women who are struggling silently.  For women who are brave enough to speak out.  For women who are compassionate, who listen to the afflicted.  For the caregivers, prophets, preachers, teachers, leaders, mystics, and healers. For Moms, in their wide variety and many forms,

People:  We give God thanks and praise.

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