God of Love
listen to this prayer;
God of Holy People
of Sarah, Ruth and Rebekah;
God of Holy Elizabeth, mother of John,
God of Holy Mary, mother of Jesus,
bend down Your ear to this request
and bless the women of our families.
Bless them with the strength of Your spirit,
they who have taught our children
how to stand and how to walk.
Bless them with the melody of Your love,
they who have shared how to speak,
how to sing and how to pray to You.
Bless them with a place at Your eternal
dinner table, they who have fed and nurtured
the lives that were helpless, embracing them with their maternal love.
Bless the women of our families today,
now, in this life time,
with good things, with health.
Bless them with joy, love, laughter
and pride in our children
and surround them with many good friends.
May the women who cared for young life
be carried one day to Your divine embrace:
there, for all eternity,
to rejoice with family and friends.
This blessing and all graces, we pray,
descend upon the women of our families:
in the name of the Father, and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen