The prayer below is for all mothers, living and deceased, and is especially appropriate to pray, as a family, in the days leading up to Mother's Day.
As a gift to your mother, you may also want to enroll her in the prayers and Masses of Priests for Life.
If your mother is deceased, you may want to also have us remember her in a special way in our Mother's Day masses.
In many ways, the battle between the culture of life and the culture of death is a battle over mothers, and how we understand their role in God's plan. As we pray this prayer, then, let us renew our resolve to strengthen, bless, and thank all mothers as they embrace the awesome vocation of accepting and nurturing new life.
God of tender love and life,
You compared your love for humanity
To the love a mother has for her own child.
You are the Lord and Giver of Life,
And you knit each of us together
In our mother's womb.
You provide for the world
The example of Mary, your own mother,
Who said yes to life amid her confusion and surprise.
We thank you, then, for our mothers.
Though human, they are also a reflection of you, Lord God.
They are your gift to us.
We pray for all mothers today.
May they realize the greatness of their vocation
And have the strength to live it without fear.
Forgive their sins, and keep their eyes raised up to you.
To those who still make this earthly journey with us,
Give us the grace to love them as we should;
And to those whom you have called from this life,
Give a special place of honor in your Kingdom of endless life.
We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.