Here is a prayer to our Blessed Mother seeking her intercession for the health and safety of a pregnant mother and the child in her womb. Let us pray for all pregnant women specially those who face the risk of losing their babies. May the Lord hear our prayers for the unborn children.
Humble Mary of Nazareth, you were chosen my God to bear within you our world’s greatest gift, the Savior of all humanity. I come to you now on behalf of (here mention name) who prays for the health and safety of the child that God has graced her to conceive.
Guard this life that God has created, and protect the mother God has chosen for this child. Let your gently hands, like that of a skilled physician, assist in her delivery so that this baby will know good health and lasting happiness.
May her child be favored with the grace of Holy Baptism, and grow to love our Lord Jesus Christ above all else in this world. Amen.
CZESTOCHOWA, Poland (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI encouraged prayers for the lives of the unborn and asked Polish Catholics to ensure their love for life translates into concrete support for those finding it difficult to welcome a pregnancy.
The papal message marked the 25th anniversary of Poland’s “Spiritual Adoption of the Unborn,” a project whose participants promise to pray for an unborn baby each day for nine months.
The project began in 1987 as part of the Polish national pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa.
Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz of Warsaw read Pope Benedict’s message about the prayer for the unborn before the Mass he celebrated Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption, at the Marian shrine to mark the culmination of the 301st pilgrimage to Czestochowa.
In his message, the pope praised those who promote the Gospel values of life and love, opposing abortion and other threats to life, and he prayed that the project would inspire “more open human hearts to bring spiritual help to children whose lives are at risk, and aid to couples facing difficulty welcoming a new life and to families that have experienced the tragedy of abortion.”
The pope said the nine months of prayer, which pilgrims offer as their “spiritual gift” to Our Lady of Jasna Gora, should deepen the pilgrims’ relationship with Christ, “perceived in every child conceived.”
Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself
Never to be silent,
Never to be passive,
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes
A nation with liberty and justice
Not just for some, but for all.
Through Christ our Lord.
This post is a part of the Catholic Wife, Catholic Life’s NFP-week series. It was originally published July 6, 2015 here.
Right now, I know a lot of women who are expecting their first or second baby, and I hear that those nine months waiting for them to make their way into this world can seem to pass by a little slowly… 🙂
And with all those moments of waiting, all those moments of anticipation and hope, the very best thing we can do with those moments is to pray.
After all, “When your precious child makes her way into the world, you’ll do many important things for her. But none so important as prayer.
“Some days you’ll forget to read to her. Some days you’ll forget to keep working on that shoe-tying thing with him. Some days you’ll forget to sit down and have a heart-to-heart. But if you take the time to pray for your child, you’ve remembered the most important thing.
“So if you’re a mama-to-be, why not get started? Whether you’re expecting now or looking further into the future, it’s never too early – or too late – to begin praying for your children.
“Heavenly Father, how I praise you for the gift of motherhood! Thank you for entrusting me with the care and nurture of a child for the time period you’ve ordained. Please keep me eve mindful that this precious child is not mine – he is yours, and you’ve charged me with a sacred task. Thank you that you will equip me to fulfill this high calling, as I abide in Christ and walk in Your grace. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray, Amen.” – Arabah Joy
Click on over to read through the scriptural verses that you can use in your prayer.