The Virgin with Angels, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1900
Prayer for Every Need of Motherhood
Cherished Virgin, heaven’s queen,
Chosen before all women to be the mother of
The Son of God, Mary, my mother,
Who in your maternity so sanctified the state
Of holy motherhood,
Imploringly I come to you;
Humbly I beseech you;
Confidently I trust in you.
I know that, by your powerful intercession,
You can help me in my need.
In you I take refuge, dear Virgin,
Poor and needy, I turn devoutly to you
And place confidently in your hands.
Accept my humble trust, hear my petitions,
And come to my aid, dear Mother of Mothers.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord;
Be it done to me according to your word!
(From the book Mothers’ Manual,
by A. Francis Coomes, S.J.)
A Prayer for World Peace
Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle;
the strength to be forgiving;
the patience to be understanding;
and the endurance to accept the consequences
of holding to what we believe to be right.
May we put our trust in
the power of good to overcome evil
and the power of love to overcome hatred.
We pray for the vision to see
and the faith to believe
in a world emancipated from violence,
a new world where fear shall
no longer lead men to commit injustice,
nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others.
Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy
to the task of making peace,
praying always for the inspiration
and the power to fulfill the destiny
for which we and all men were created.