Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mother's Day Litany

NOTE: THIS LITANY COMES FROM A PEARL DOWN UNDER, LINKED BELOW.  ITS AUTHOR IS THE PERSON YOU NEED TO CONTACT FOR PERMISSION TO USE.  (And I am happy to add here some information found on the blog of one of her commenters:  it's by the Rev. Patty Lawrence, May 2004
posted on her blog ~ a pearl downunder
on Saturday, May 7, 2011)

We remember Sarai who was taunted by others in the household because of her inability to have children. 

All-encompassing God, we pray for those who feel excluded when we emphasize one kind of family as normal.

We remember Esther, who was adopted and raised by her cousin.  

God who embraces us all, we pray for those who cannot be raised by their parents, for a short time or permanently.

We remember the mother of Moses, who placed him into a raft on the river.  

Saving God, we pray for parents who struggle to raise their children in oppressive circumstances.

We remember Hannah, who loved her child so much she handed him over to another to raise.  

Loving God, we pray for parents who have placed their child in another family.

We remember Naomi, who grieved the death of her sons.  

God who grieves with us, we pray for parents who mourn the death of a child.

We remember Ruth, who gave up her family to be family to another.  

Inclusive God, we pray for those who choose to be family to those isolated by culture or language or distance.

We remember Elizabeth, who had a child in old age and we remember Mary, who had a child as a teenager. 

Ageless God, we pray that as a community we accept people of varying life stages and responsibilities and relationships.

We remember Rachel, crying for her children.  

God of justice and hope, we pray for those whose children are killed, and look to a time when children can live safely in their communities.

We remember Lois and Eunice, who taught Timothy faith by example.   

Faithful God, we pray for those who teach us faith by their lives; may we remember that we also teach about you in the way we live.

We remember other people, not named in the Scriptures, like the mother of the prodigal son.  

Companion God, we pray for those who wait for a phone call or a visit,  cut off from family and friends by distance and disagreement.  

Nurturing God, we give thanks for those
who enrich our lives by their presence
who teach us about your abundant love
who encourage us to journey in faith.

Litany from A Pearl Down Under
Scuplture:  Agia Talassini by Oxana Narozniak, here.


  1. Ah, beautiful. Blessings on you this Mothering Sunday.

  2. Thank you! I'm preaching Sunday and I always struggle with Mother's Day. I love this and will use it as the prayer of the people. It is perfect.


  3. One of the most beautiful prayers I've ever read! Thank you - and Happy Mother's Day to you.

  4. Tears in my eyes, a beautiful read. Love and hugs.

  5. Beautiful. Beautiful.
    Perfect comfort.
    Thank you.
    You are in my thoughts on tomorrow's "holy" day.

  6. Thank you for being able to share. It was beautiful to read and gave much pause for thought of all the different mothers and their trials. Sharon

  7. Thanks so much for this... a wonderful way to celebrate Mothers Day.