The Baby Leaped for Joy in My Womb (Luke 1:44)

Holy Mother Mary,
How powerful your greeting is,
And how powerful is the Son within your womb!

When you greeted your kinswoman Elizabeth,
Having journeyed to visit her to assist her in her pregnancy,
She declared,
“The moment your greeting sounded in my ear, the baby leaped in my womb!”

And she gave us the words we repeat so often,
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (Luke 1:42)

Today we ask you, O Mary,
To speak your word of encouragement to every pregnant Mom
And bring joy to every unborn child!

Let joy overcome sadness,
Let hope overcome despair,
Let the beauty of life overcome the ugly violence of abortion.

And let each of us follow your example, O Mary,
Of providing practical assistance to all who are pregnant
And to their babies,
That they may come through a happy pregnancy
And a safe delivery
And praise your Son Jesus, who is Lord of Life
Forever and ever. Amen!

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