Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, by Jerzy Siemiginowski-Eleuter, 1700
A Prayer for Grandparents
Dear St. Ann, you were truly twice blessed
to have our blessed Mother as your daughter
and Jesus our Savior as your Grandson.
I know that every period of our lives
has its responsibilities as well as its joys.
Today, it seems that grandparents
have either too little use or too much;
either we are shunted aside to do nothing,
or we are called upon to do everything.
Help me to know just where my duties lie
in my particular situation
and to carry them out as best I can.
Take care of my family, my children, and their children.
Inspire them all to follow your Grandson
and lead truly Christian lives.
Keep all of us in your loving care,
never let us turn away from Jesus,
and help us in the end to receive the joy
of entering into your Grandsons’ glorious presence forever.
Good St. Ann, pray for us grandparents.
Prayer of Pope Pius IX
Re: Our Lady of Perpetual Help
O Lord Jesus Christ,
who gave us your Mother Mary,
whose renowned image we venerate,
to be a Mother ever ready to help us;
grant we beseech You,
that we who constantly implore her motherly aid,
may merit to enjoy perpetually the fruits of Your redemption,
who lives and reigns forever and ever.
St. Augustine of Hippo and His Mother St. Monica, by Ary Scheffer, 1846
Prayer to Saint Monica,
Patroness of Mothers
Blessed Monica, mother of St. Augustine,
we give thanks to our Father in Heaven
Who looked with mercy upon your tears
over your wayward son.
His conversion and heroic sanctification
were the fruit of your prayers.
Dear St. Monica
we now ask you to pray with us
for all those sons and daughters
that have wandered away from God,
and to add your prayers to those of all mothers
who are worried over their children.
Pray also for us that,
following your example, we may,
in the company of our children,
one day enjoy the eternal vision
of our Father in Heaven.