Prayer for Mothers

Dear God,

on this day that we honor mothers,

may we draw strength

from the mothers who went before us.

May we remember Jochebed, mother of Moses,

who gave her son over to God’s providence

when forces that threatened him

were beyond her control.

May we remember the mother of Mary, St. Anne,

who helped her daughter learn

an openness to God’s will.

May we remember St. Monica, who suffered

an abusive spouse and her son’s poor choices,

but lived to see her child’s return to God.

Most of all, we remember Mary.

Though she watched her child suffer and die,

she also saw his resurrection and glory

and was in turn glorified by him.

Amen.