Mothers’ Day Prayer Service
Leader: Mary, Queen of Heaven, we offer you our love. You were chosen by God to be the mother of his son. You cared for Jesus and worried about him just as our earthly mothers care for us.
Reader 1: We read in the Bible how you and St. Joseph worried when you discovered that Jesus was not with you on the way home from the temple. You had gone to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. You thought he was lost, but when you went back to Jerusalem you found him still in the temple talking with the Jewish teachers, listening to them, and asking questions. How thankful you were to find him and have him return home with you.
Reader 2: When he was still a boy at home with you, you must have asked him to do many little chores for you just as out mothers do today. When our mothers ask us to do something, we will think of how Jesus did things for you and St. Joseph. We will try to show them the love Jesus showed to you.
Reader 3: When they ran out of wine at the wedding feast of Cana, you asked the servers to do whatever Jesus told them to do. It was then that he performed his first miracle and turned the water into wine. We ask your help when we have problems. We know you will ask Jesus to help us too.
Leader: Mary, mother of Jesus, pray for us.
All: Pray for us.
Reader 4: When Jesus was on the cross, through St. John you became the mother of us all. We place ourselves in your keeping. Comfort our mothers and be their inspiration. Guide us and lead us to your son, Jesus.
All: (Recite the Memorare.)
Remember, O gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but hear and answer me.
Leader: Lord God, we honor Mary, the mother you chose for your son, and we honor all mothers. We are thankful for the love they give us. We appreciate all they do for us. We ask you to bless them and to comfort them when they are sad. We ask you to give them patience and courage when things are difficult. Above all, shower them with your love and grace.
You may vwish to close this service with the song “Hail Mary: Gentle Woman” by Carey Landry.
Copyright Peter Li, Inc. Apr 2001
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