Mother’s Day Prayers

The second Sunday of May is Mother’s Day. CARFLEO has compiled Mother’s Day prayers from various sources. If you have additional prayers please send them to us.


Mother’s Everywhere

May the blessing of the Divine
Be an especially bright benediction
Upon mothers everywhere
On your blessed day –
On Mother’s Day!

– Author Unknown


An Irish blessing

There is but one and only one,
Whose love will fail you never.
One who lives from sun to sun,
With constant fond endeavor.

There is but one and only one
On earth there is no other.
In heaven a noble work was done
When God gave us a Mother.

– Author Unknown


A Prayer for Mothers

Where would we be without our mother’s love? Lord,
bless our mothers with wisdom to teach and guide their
children in a way that will help them to follow You and
to become men and women who will be pleasing in Your sight.

Give all mothers the patience to deal with the difficulties
of their job and, most of all, give them a special blessing as
they care so lovingly for the gifts that You have allowed them the honor of raising. Amen.

– Author Unknown



A Mother’s Day Prayer

I thank you, Creator of us all, for my Mother.

I thank you that she gave me life and nurtured me all my years.

She gave me faith, helping me to know You

and to know Jesus and His ways.

She taught me how to love and how to sacrifice for others.

Bless her with the graces she richly deserves

and keep her in Your care.

Embrace her to let her feel precious in Your eyes today

and to know that I love her.

Give her strength and courage, compassion and peace.

Bless her this day with your Love.

– Author Unknown


Prayer for Mothers

Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, pray for all mothers, so that they will be able to fulfill their maternal responsibilities.

Help them to be lovers and nurturers of all human life from the moment of conception until natural death, all the while being examples for their own children.

Pray for their children, so that they, too, will be faithful followers of Your Son.
We offer these prayers in Jesus’ name, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
Amen

– Author Unknown


Mother’s Day Prayer

O loving God,

bless all mothers.

Bless their forgiving hearts,

their open arms,

and welcoming smiles.

Nurture their souls

All: As they nurture ours

Care for their bodies

All: As they care for ours

Pray for them

All: As they pray for us.

Teach them mercy and kindness

All: As they teach us.

Feed their hunger for wisdom.

All: As they feed us.

Share your wonderous stories with them

All: As they share with us.

Love them always, despite their faults

All: As they love us.

O loving God,

bless all mothers.

Bless their forgiving hearts,

their open arms,

their welcoming smiles.

Bless all mothers. Amen

Lisa Freemantle and Les Miller, Words for the Journey


Bless Our Mothers

Loving God,

bless and care for our mothers always.

May they always be beloved and cherished

Help us to be grateful and helpful,

not just on Mother’s Day but every day.

We make this prayer in the name of Jesus

who loved his mother very much.

Lisa Freemantle and Les Miller, Words for the Journey for Kids


In Praise of Mothers

God of love,

we thank you for the gift of our mothers:

mothers who labour to bring us into this world,

mothers to guide us on life’s journey,

mothers to teach us how to pray to you.

We praise you, God,

for mothers who listen to us and cry with us,

who applaud ouyr progress and laugh with us,

who want the best for us, who dream with us,

who love us always.

We thank you god,

for the gift of mothers. Amen.

Lisa Freemantle, Les Miller and Melinda Rapallo, Words for the Journey for Teens


To the Moms Who Are

To the Moms who are struggling, to those filled with incandescent joy.
To the Moms who are remembering children who have died, and pregnancies that miscarried.
To the Moms who decided other parents were the best choice for their babies, to the Moms who adopted those kids and loved them fierce.
To those experiencing frustration or desperation in infertility.
To those who knew they never wanted kids, and the ways they have contributed to our shared world.
To those who mothered colleagues, mentees, neighborhood kids, and anyone who needed it.
To those remembering Moms no longer with us.
To those moving forward from Moms who did not show love, or hurt those they should have cared for.
Today is a day to honor the unyielding love and care for others we call ‘Motherhood,’ wherever we have found it and in whatever ways we have found to cultivate it within ourselves.

– Hannah Kardon, Pastor at Elston Avenue United Methodist Church


A Prayer in Gratitude for Our Mothers

Good and Gentle God,
we pray in gratitude for our mothers and for all the women of theory who have joined with you in the wonder of bringing forth new life. You who became human through a woman, grant to all mothers the courage they need to face the uncertain future that life with children always brings.
Give them the strength to live and to be loved in return, not perfectly, but humanly.
Give them the faithful support of husband, family and friends as they care for the physical and spiritual growth of their children.
Give them joy and delight in their children to sustain them through the trials of motherhood. Most of all, give them the wisdom to turn to you for help when they need it most.

– Author Unknown


A Prayer for Mother’s Day

On this special day set aside to honor mothers we ask for a
special touch from the Lord for each and every one of them.

May each mother in this room be granted a special blessing,
and may all of the work of her hands not be forgotten in Your sight.

Let her example to her children be a guiding force in their lives,
and may wisdom be passed down to the next generation of mothers. Amen

– Author Unknown


A Mother’s Day Prayer

I [we] thank you, Creator of us all, for my [our] mother[s].

I thank you that she gave me life and nurtured me all those years. She gave me my faith, helping me to know you and to know Jesus and his ways. She taught me how to love and how to sacrifice for others. She taught me that it was okay to cry and that I should always tell the truth.

Bless her with the graces she needs and which you want to give her today. Help her to feel precious in your eyes today and to know that I love her. Give her strength and courage, compassion and peace.

Bless her this day with your love.

Maureen McCann Waldron (For more Prayers by and for Mothers see Creighton University Online Ministry)


Prayer to the Mother of the Lord for all mothers

Mary, on this day when we honor all mothers, we turn to you.

We thank the Lord whom you serve for the great gift of motherhood.

Never has it been known that anyone who sought your intercession was left unaided by grace.

Dear Mother, thank you for your “Yes” to the invitation of the angel

which brought heaven to earth and changed human history.

You opened yourself to God’s word and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

Dear mother, intercede for all of our mothers.

Ask your Divine Son to give them the grace of surrendered love

so that they could join with you in giving their own “Fiat.”

May they find daily strength to say yes to the call to the sacrificial love-

the very heart of the vocation of motherhood.

May their love and witness be a source of great inspiration for all of us called to follow your Son.
On this Mother’s Day, Mother of the Word Incarnate,

pray for us who have recourse to you…
In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

– Author Unknown


A Prayer for Those Still Waiting to be a Mom

Lord, I pray for my friend who is still waiting to be a mother. Would You touch her with special encouragement and strength today? Father, let her know You see her struggle and care about her grief. Give her faith to believe You hear her prayers; reassure her that you have plans to bless her and give her a hopeful future.

Would you reveal Your great compassion to my friend today? Pour out Your love into her heart and heal the wounds she carries inside. Remind her that You treasure her and hold her in Your hand. You have promised to show her steadfast love and faithfulness.

Lord, open her eyes to the greatness of Your power. You are able to do abundantly more than all she can ask or imagine. Give her the grace she needs to seek You first today. Help her to cultivate a strong relationship with You and reassure her that You will complete your purposes in her life.

Father, I ask that You show mercy and grant the desire of her heart for a child. Help her to acknowledge her desire before You and lay it at Your feet, trusting that you will grant it in your timing and in your way. Let her live in surrender to Your plans and purposes for her life. Lord, have mercy.

Draw her close to Yourself today and renew her joy. Open her eyes to daily blessings. Give her a steadfast heart, that she might continually look to You and Your love. Show her that the truest joy comes from your presence and give her the grace she needs today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

– Betsy De Cruz


A Mother’s Day Prayer 

Dear Father, we approach your throne on behalf of the mothers whom you have entrusted with the care of your most precious little ones. We thank you for creating each mom with a unique combination of gifts and talents. We thank you for the sacrifice of self each mom gives for her children. For the late nights spent rocking a colicky infant. For the hands calloused from washing, wiping, scrubbing, mixing, backing, stirring, hugging, patting, disciplining, holding, writing, erasing, painting, and pouring.

We thank you for the gift of time moms give for their kids, whether it’s stay-at-home moms, working moms, and moms who have some combination of the two. We thank you for the flexibility of moms, for their tirelessness, their perseverance, and their devotion.

We pray you give each mom strength. Help her to see in every mundane task the eternal, cosmic significance that you place on motherhood. Help her to understand that the most radical, world-changing events may be happening anonymously in her home. Help her to forgive those who undermine her significance.

We especially pray for single moms, who must lean solely on you for the fathering of their children. We thank you that you’re big arms surround children who may never know their earthly father. We also pray for mother who never had the honor of bearing children, but whose nurturing extends to the many poor and needy who crass the threshold of their lives.

We ask you to be the daily bread of tired mothers. We ask you to be their living water. We ask you to be their source of spiritual and physical strength. We pray that the same grace that flowed from Father to Son to us in salvation will flow from mothers to their children. We pray that each mother rejects perfectionism and instead embraces the goodness of the gospel. We pray the rhythms of repentance and forgiveness shape every home.

Lord, give each mother a worshipful reverence of you, the Creator and Sustainer of life. Help each mother to rest in the knowledge that they are but stewards of your children and that only your Spirit can produce change into the hearts of each boy and girl. May each mother find rest in you.

Most of all, Lord, on this day in which we honor mothers, may we love and cherish the special women who have born us, who have nurtured us, and who have prayed for our well-being. May our hearts overflow with gratitude to you, who formed and knitted each of us in a mother’s womb.  Amen.  

– Daniel Darling


A Prayer for A Stressed Out Mom

May you have clarity of thought and a morsel of sanity today. May you know that His grace is enough. For every season, every tantrum, every question, every failure. It is enough. Always.

May you know that you are wildly loved by your Father, just as you are. Not because of what you accomplished today, or didn’t. Or how you feel about God at this moment, or whether you complained, or spent time reading your bible, or messed up in the worst way, or celebrated a victory. He adores you, just because.

And with of this knowledge, may you feel empowered to love your children the same way. The way God asks you to, the way your kids deserve, and the way you want to.

May you feel equipped to tackle every challenge, every situation, and every day with courage and joy even if you have to “start over” 10 times by 9 a.m.

May excitement fill your heart every morning for all that the day can be. Your children are your treasure, and this day is a gift– may you fully embrace it all.

May you lay your head down at night with a heart that is bursting and memories too plentiful to count. May you know unspeakable joy at the end of the day.

May you recognize that though these days are so (so, so, so, so) long, the years are short. They are a breath. And as you exhale yours in the darkness of the night, may your cup overflow with thanksgiving. May your dreams be sweet and your sleep be restful.

Sleep well, Momma, knowing that the work you are doing is good, and your Father is smiling on you.  

– Malinda Fuller 


A Prayer for Those Hurting on Mothers Day

Dear God, Some days feel too hard. We’re hurting. Struggling. Fighting fear and worry at every turn. Thank you in the midst of it all, you haven’t left us to fend for ourselves. Forgive us for doubting you are there. Forgive us for thinking you’ve forgotten. Forgive us for believing we somehow know the better way.

You are fully trustworthy. You are All Powerful. You are Able. You are Lord over every situation no matter how difficult it may seem. You are Healer and will never waste the grief we carry today. You will use all things for good in some way. Anything is possible with you. Nothing is too difficult for you.

We pray for those who grieve today. We ask for your comfort to surround those who weep. We pray for the peace of your presence to cover our minds and thoughts, as you remind us, the enemy can never steal us out of your hands. He never has the final say over our lives. We are kept safe in your presence forever, whether in life or in death.

We thank you that your ways are higher than our ways and your thoughts are bigger than our thoughts. We lay it all down at your feet, every burden, every care. Believing that is the safest place for it to be. We love you Lord, we need your fresh grace. In the Powerful Name of Jesus, Amen.

– Debbie McDaniel


A Prayer for Single Moms on Mother’s Day

Father God, we thank you for each and every woman you have blessed with the privilege of motherhood.  We thank you that each single mother is a Godly steward of each of their children, and that they raise them in the ways of the Lord.  Father, we pray and ask that You continue to give them grace to walk out being a single parent with kindness and generosity. We pray that each single mother has a relationship with You, and worships You in spirit and truth.  

Help each of your precious daughters to remember that although they are parenting alone, You have not left them nor forsaken them.  We thank You that You see each of them and love them.  Lord, if they are weary, we pray and ask that You send them a Godly sister in Christ to hold up their arms in the battle, just as Aaron did for Moses.  Lord, thank you that You care about every big or small thing that concerns them.  Place a hedge of protection around every single mother and her children, Father.  We thank you that You alone are their Provider.  Where there is lack, Father, we pray that be it Your will You bring abundance.  We pray and ask these things in your name, Amen.

– Jennifer Maggio


A Mother’s Day Prayer

I said a Mother’s Day prayer for you
to thank the Lord above
for blessing me with a lifetime
of your tenderhearted love.
I thanked God for the caring
you’ve shown me through the years,
for the closeness we’ve enjoyed
in time of laughter and of tears.

And so, I thank you from the heart
for all you’ve done for me
and I bless the Lord for giving me
the best mother there could be!

– Author Unknown


A Mother’s Love

There are times when only a mother’s love
Can understand our tears,
Can soothe our disappoints
And calm all of our fears.
There are times when only a mother’s love
Can share the joy we feel
When something we’ve dreamed about
Quite suddenly is real.
There are times when only a mother’s faith
Can help us on life’s way
And inspire in us the confidence
We need from day to day.
For a mother’s heart and a mother’s faith
And a mother’s steadfast love
Were fashioned by the angels
And sent from God above.

– Author Unknown


A Prayer for Mothers and Grandmothers to Bless and Honour You

Dear Lord, Bless every mother and every grandmother with the finest of your spiritual blessings today. Confirm in her heart and spirit the work of her hands and the love that she has freely given to the children under her care. Validate her worth daily so she has no doubt that she is loved, valued, and cherished in your eyes.

Create in her a deep sense of your protection and trust, so that worry and fear disappear as she places her loved ones into your care. Let her know that every prayer she has prayed and every encouraging word she has spoken on behalf of her children/grandchildren have been transformed into sweet, fragrant offerings.

Whisper deep within her spirit the sweet words she longs to hear from you. Show her that nothing can ever separate her from your love. Help her to nestle daily into the promises of your Word, standing with faith on the things you declare are true. Let her know that you reward faithfulness, and that true success doesn’t lie in accomplishments or accolades.

Let her rest in knowing that she has done all she can and that she and those she loves truly belong to you. Bless her with a servant spirit so she can teach her own the joy of hearing one day, “Well done!”

Remove any guilt, false or real, and replace it with your amazing grace and forgiveness. Help her see her children or grandchildren through your eyes. Let her see that, in your hands, is the safest place they can ever be. Calm every doubt, and strengthen her confidence in the Only One who can bring good out of any situation.

Teach her that she cannot meet every need of her child’s life, but that you can. Give her wisdom and guidance to train those precious children in your path, and then to leave the results to you, Lord. Help her to love without limitations, to pray without ceasing, and to live without regrets.

Bless her with such a sweet dependency on you that she will acknowledge her inadequacies, yet recognize and accept your reward of praise and your sense of pleasure in having her as your own beloved child.

Where prayers may still seem unanswered, and dreams are not yet realized, open her eyes to see beyond this world to a Hope that never disappoints. Show her Your faithful character: a Father who will never leave or abandon her.

Give her courage to persevere even in the most difficult moments of her life. Bless her with honesty, integrity, and a playfulness that shows her children she is human, yet unswerving in her desire know You.

Let her joy be contagious; let her passion be pure; and let her life overflow with all the blessings she deserves—on special days, and on every day of her life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

by Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Sources: jesuitresource.org ; crosswalk.com; praywithme.com; Good Shepherd Parish, Archdiocese of Toronto; catholic.org ; Sacred Heart Church Pinellas Park, Florida ; Creighton Online Ministries; Novalis Press; Rebecca Barlow Jordan

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