Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Prayer of an Expecting Mother

Prayer of an Expecting Mother

Lord Jesus, I lovingly pray for this sweet hope that I keep within my womb. You have granted me the immense gift of a tiny little life, living in my own life, and I humbly thank you for choosing me as an instrument of your love. In this sweet waiting, help me to live in a constant attitude of self-surrender to your will.

Grant me a motherly heart that is pure, steadfast and generous. I hand over to you my own concerns; any anxious fears that may come, my own wishes for the little person that I still have no knowledge of. Grant that it may be born healthy in body, keep far from it every peril to its soul.

Mary, you have known the ineffable joy of a holy motherhood; give me a heart that can transmit an ardent, living faith. Sanctify my waiting, bless this joyful hope that is in me, grant that the fruit of my womb may open out in virtue and in holiness through your working with that of your divine Son. Amen.

I ran across this prayer yesterday, while online posting a few pictures of our Birthday Cake for Mary, on a website dedicated to The History and Devotion to the Maria Bambina.   It was just what I've been needing since I've been having quite a few "anxious fears" of my own lately.  (Even though everything has been going just fine!)   Anyhow, isn't it beautiful?!


  1. Jessica, that is beautiful! I will be praying it on behalf of you and your sweet baby.


  2. Thank you for sharing this Jessica! I hope to use it for myself one day soon, but for now I have a dear friend who I'll pass it on to.

  3. I am so thrilled to have this link you can never guess. I lost it last year when my computer crashed. Thank you so much! This is one of my favorite devotional prayers and novena's. God Bless! PJ

  4. Praying for you, Jessica!
    God bless,
    Mary @ Cheerios

  5. That is the exact prayer that I have prayed with every baby!!!! Wow, how cool is that?

    It's my favorite and am always sad almost to stop praying it once that sweet babe is born!!

  6. This is so timely, Jessica, thank you. My beloved little sister is at the opposite end of the country from me, all the way in L.A. and on bedrest at just 8 weeks with a Subchorionic Hemorrhage, a blood clot that is growing and she is being told it may afffect the growth of her first baby. Heartbreaking...

    At least I can send her this, and my prayers....

    Praying for you too.

  7. Thank you for sharing that prayer!

    The priest that married us sent me this prayer but I will put your name in where he had mine. I loved it!
    O Lord of all life, hear our prayer.

    We ask your blessing upon Jessica, your daughter, who has been given the marvelous gift of life to bear within her body.

    We rejoice in this gift and pray that this child, alive within her, may soon join us in the light of day. May this child be healthy of body and mind and free from physical difficulties.

    May both this child, now hidden from our eyes, and Jessica, the mother, be under Your divine care.


  8. I love this!!! I'm printing it out for my daily prayers.

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. I passed this prayer to a friend of mine expecting a baby girl in early October.

    Thank you for sharing it.


  10. Hi, i am planning to start a catholi pen pal programm. Right now i am trying to find out how many people will be interested.

  11. Dear Jessica,
    I just found out I'm pregnant! I hope to get Fr.'s blessing ASAP. Thank you for this prayer. And you are in my prayers. ~ Teresa


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