Prayer for Expectant Mothers

O Good Saint Anne,
who had the incomparable privilege of bringing into the world
Her who was to become the Mother of God,
I come to place myself
under your special care.

I confide myself to you,
together with the child I am carrying.
Thousands of children owe you,
Glorious Mother of Mary,
the life of the body and the grace of baptism.
Hence I wish, in my turn,
to place my whole confidence in you.
Make me keep in mind the precautions I need to take
so as not to endanger in any way the health,
good qualities or the eternal salvation
of the child whose very existence
God has placed in my care.

Obtain for me
the virtues you did teach Her who was to be the Mother of God,
so that I may afterwards
instil and develop them
in the heart of my child.

O Good Saint Anne,
protect me today and forever.
I know that you will not refuse your intercession
to a mother who invokes you with confidence.

Amen.

PRAYER FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS

O God our Father,
through the Blessed Virgin Mary
you have glorified motherhood in the virgin birth of Your Son, Jesus Christ,
and You have raised up as an example to wives and mothers
Your servant, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Grant me, I pray You, the grace to imitate her
by accepting as Your charge and as an heir to heaven
the child that is to be born of me.
Bless, dear Lord,
this coming event with safety both to my child and to myself.

I also pray that the noble life of Mother Seton
may always be a model to mothers.

The prayer so often on her lips will be always mine.
With all my heart I repeat it:

“May the most high, the most just
and the most holy Will of God be praised,
adored and loved.”

Amen.

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