bless the mother of our family

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God of Love,
listen to this prayer.

God of Holy People,
of Sarah, Ruth, and Rebekah;
God of holy Elizabeth, mother of John,
Of holy Mary, Mother of Jesus,
Bend down your ear to this request
And bless the mother of our family.

Bless her with the strength of your Spirit.
she who taught her child(ren)
how to stand and how to walk.

Bless her with the melody of your love,
she who has shared how to speak,
how to sing and how to pray to you.

Bless her with a place at your eternal dinner table,
she who has fed and nurtured
the life that was formed within her
while still helpless but embraced in her love.

Bless her today,
now, in this lifetime,
with good things, with health.

Bless her with joy, love, laughter,
and pride in her child(ren)
and surround her with many good friends.

May she who carried life in her womb
be carried one day to your divine embrace:
there, for all eternity,
to rejoice with her family and friends.

This blessing and all graces, we pray,
descend upon the mother of our family:
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen!

Ronda De Sola Chervin, 1937 – Catholic author and Professor of Philosophy.

__________________

Her children rise up and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women have done excellently,
    but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
    and let her works praise her in the gates.

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