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Catholic Prayer: Book of Blessings: Blessing of Mothers on Mother's Day (2nd Sunday of May)

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1724 The observance of Mother's Day has an important place in American life. Since it occurs on the second Sunday in May, during the Easter season, the Mass of the Sunday is always celebrated. However, in order to provide some recognition of this holiday, model intercessions and a prayer over the people are provided here.

1725 The intercessions are added to those of the day and may be adapted as necessary.

1726 The prayer over the people may replace the solemn blessing of the Easter season.

Prayer:

ORDER OF BLESSING

Intercessions

1727 The following intercessions may be added to those of the day.

For our mothers, who have given us life and love, that we may show them reverence and love, we pray to the Lord. R.

For mothers who have lost a child through death, that their faith may give them hope, and their family and friends support and console them, we pray to the Lord. R.

For mothers who have died, that God may bring them into the joy of his kingdom, we pray to the Lord. R.

Prayer Over the People

1728 This prayer over the people may be used at the end of Mass or other liturgical services on Mother's Day.

Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church. Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

Then he blesses all present. And may almighty God bless you all, the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit. R. Amen.

Prayer Source: Book of Blessings by Prepared by International Commission on English in the Liturgy A Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops' Conferences, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1989
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