Mothering Sunday Prayer

Loving God

We bring our prayers to you, who knit us together in our mother’s womb, who knows us in all our frailty, yet cares for us with a love beyond our understanding.
On this Mothering Sunday we are reminded of the joys and sorrows of motherhood, as we think of Mary rejoicing in the birth of Jesus and grieving at the foot of the cross.
Lord, In your mercy, hear our prayer

Hear us merciful Lord as we pray for all mothers across the world.
We continue to pray for all the people of Ukraine and Russia, The Holy Land, Sudan, and all areas of conflict in the world, praying for an end to hostilities and a lasting peace. We pray for the mothers on both sides of the conflicts, who watch and wait and worry and weep.

We pray for mothers trying to feed their children in areas of famine.

For single mothers, often struggling to bring up children on their own.

For mothers struggling to make ends meet as the financial crisis continues to take its toll.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

We pray for mothers who have known the heartbreak of still birth or miscarriage or abortion.

Those whose circumstances have led them to give up their children to the care of others

We pray for foster mothers, adoptive mothers, stepmothers, godmothers and for everyone who has responsibility for children, be they parents, grandparents, guardians, carers or just good friends.

We pray for all mothers giving birth this day, that all children born today will grow up in a safe and loving home.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

We pray for strength and patience for those who find bringing up children to be particularly stressful.

And we pray especially for those for whom a celebration of parenthood is painful.

Those unable to have children, those for whom family life has meant anguish, pain or abuse, those separated or estranged from their children

Draw near to all who are hurting today to comfort them and surround them with your tender care.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

We ask your blessing on our close relationships and our family life, praying that our homes may be filled with love and joy and hope.

And we pray for the Church, our extended spiritual family ,giving thanks for Mark our Primus, Bishop John, Bob, Grace, Jeff, Ian and Moira.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

We ask your blessing on all who are sick in mind , body or spirit and for all who care for them.

From the cross, your son commended his mother to the care of his beloved disciple.
Hear the cry of all who mourn, and comfort and sustain them in their grief.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen


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