Litany for a Christian Mother

(for private purposes)

Lord, have mercy on me!
Christ, have mercy on me!
Lord, have mercy on me!
Christ, have mercy on me! 
Christ, graciously hear me!

God, the Father of heaven, 
have mercy on me! *

Thou great Father, from whom all parental relation proceedeth, *

O God, thou heavenly father of my children, *

Thou who lovest my children more than I, their mother, can love them. *

Thou who desirest that they may be forever happy with Thee, *

Thou who hast delivered up Thy only Son for them also, *

Thou who hast sent Thy angels to guard them, *

Thou who hast confided them to my love and care, *

Thou who requirest of me to keep and educate them for Thee, *

Thou who art willing to assist and help me in this my work. *

Thou who wilt call me one day to give a strict account of the manner in which I have fulfilled my duties to my children, *

Thou who wilt reward in an unspeakable manner the faithful fulfilment of a mother's duties, *

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, * 

Thou who hast become man for us, * 

O Jesus, who hast sanctified the tender age of childhood by having become a child Thyself, *

O Jesus, Thou most lovely of children, *

O Jesus, Thou most loving and faithful Son of Thy holy Mother and fosterfather, *

O Jesus, Thou friend of children, *

Thou who hast pronounced condemnation upon all those who shall be guilty of scandal to their children, *

Thou who regardest as done to Thyself whatsoever is done to children. *

Thou who dost love my children, and hast offered Thyself up for them, *

Thou who hast also for their sake enriched Thy holy Church with graces, *

Thou who by the sacrament of penance hast consecrated and enabled me, with Thy grace, to fulfil the duties of a mother, *

Thou who hast prepared in Thy holy Church so many graces for this vocation, *

God the Holy Ghost, *

Thou who, through the workings of Thy grace in holy baptism, hast changed my children into children of God, *

Thou by whose grace alone I can successfully fulfil my duties toward my children, *

Thou by whose grace my children can become holy and remain so, *

Thou Spirit of Wisdom and understanding, *

Thou Spirit of Counsel and fortitude, *

Thou Spirit of Piety and of the fear of God, *

Thou Spirit of Knowledge and all graces, *

Thou who hast often worked in children wonderful changes through the power of Thy grace. *

Holy Trinity one God, *

Holy Mary, 
pray for us. **

Holy mother of God, **

Mother of Christ, **

Mother most pure, **

Mother most chaste, **

Mother most amiable, **

Mother most admirable, **

Thou who didst offer up Thy divine Son in the Temple, **

Thou who didst flee with Him into Egypt, **

Thou who didst seek Him for three days with sorrow, **

Thou who didst recommend the newly married people of Cana to Him, **

Thou who didst see Him suffer and die on the Cross, **

Thou who didst hold Him in Thy arms after He had died, **

Thou who didst offer Him up willingly to the Father, **

Thou who because of His Resurrection and Ascension into heaven wast filled with holy joy, **

Thou who art now glorified with Him in heaven, **

St. Joseph, **

Thou to whom God did confide what He esteemed most precious, His divine Son, **

Thou who didst most carefully protect and cherish Thy divine foster-son, **

Thou who didst have the blessing and consolation of working with Him so many years, **

Thou who didst breathe out Thy last breath in His arms, **

Ye holy guardian angels and friends of my children, who behold always the face of the heavenly Father, **

Ye who are sent by God for the protection of my children, **

Ye who, full of love for my children, are always intent upon guarding and defending them, **

O blessed Anna, happy mother of the most blessed Virgin, **

Thou who by a life of holy endurance, patience, and prayer didst obtain the honor of such a motherhood, **

Thou whom God didst bless with a child of all that ever were born the richest in grace. **

Thou who didst instruct Thy holy daughter in the practice of all kinds of virtues and perfection, **

Thou who didst go before her with the example of a most holy life, **

Thou Patroness of Christian wives and mothers, **

St. Joachim, Thou pious Consort of St. Anne, **

O blessed Anne, Thou favored mother of Samuel, **

Thou who didst obtain this child of benediction by Thy persevering prayer, **

Thou who didst consecrate it to the service of the Tabernacle, **

Holy mother of the Maccabees, thou martyr of the Old Testament, **

Thou heroine and model of true motherly love, **

Thou who didst deliver up Thy seven sons to death with unshaken fortitude for the law of the Lord, **

St. Joachim, Thou father of the blessed Virgin Mary, **

Ye holy mothers of the Apostles, who gave up your sons to our divine Saviour, and consecrated them to His service, **

St. Felicitas, thou who, like the mother of the Maccabees, didst deliver up Thy seven sons for Jesus unto death and martyrdom. **

All ye holy mothers who have preferred to see your children die in the pains of martyrdom rather than to see them deny their faith, **

St. Paula, Thou model of the love of a mother, **

St. Monica, Thou who by Thy persevering prayers and entreaties didst win Thy son Augustine for God, **

St. Elizabeth, Thou who didst educate Thy child with so great care, **

All ye holy and chosen mothers, **

Ye who through prayers and pious works have obtained the favor of motherhood, **

Ye who have taken so great pains to educate, by word and example, the children whom the Lord confided to you, to true holiness of life, **

Ye who, through the faithful fulfilment of your duties as mothers, have also arrived yourselves at sanctity, and at the possession of the highest happiness in heaven, **

All ye holy Angels, **

All ye holy Patriarchs and Prophets, **

All ye holy Apostles and Martyrs, **

All ye holy Bishops, Priests and Confessors, **

All ye holy Virgins and Widows, **

All ye holy and innocent children, **

Be merciful to me, spare me, O Lord! 

Be merciful to me, hear me, O Lord! 


From all evil, 
deliver me, O Lord! ***

From indifference to my vocation, ***

From the neglect of my duties as a mother, ***

From the disregard of the salvation of my children, ***

From imprudent love and indulgence, ***

From anger, and from a passionate manner of speaking and acting, ***

From all kinds of bad example, ***

From the spirit of uncleanness, ***


Through the merits of Thy life, suffering, and death, 
I beseech Thee to hear me! ****

Through Thy love for children, ****

Through the great care which Thou didst manifest for children, ****

Through the great reward which Thou hast promised to those who for Thy sake receive children under their care. ****

Through the mercies of Thy divine Heart, ****

Through the intercession of Thy holy Mother, ****

Through the intercession of all mothers now happy in heaven, ****

I, a sinner, beseech Thee to hear me! ****

That Thou wouldst grant me the grace to understand fully the greatness and sublimity of my vocation, ****

That Thou wouldst assist me to arrive at a true knowledge of the importance of my duties towards my children, ****

That Thou wouldst give me, in the difficult work of education, understanding, judgment, and wisdom, ****

That Thou wouldst fill my heart with true love for my children, ****

That Thou wouldst give me fervor in prayer for my children, ****

That Thou wouldst bless my instructions and admonitions, ****

That Thou wouldst give me the grace to go before my children in all things, and always with the light of good example, ****

That Thou wouldst graciously take my children under Thy Almighty protection, ****

That Thou wouldst guard them against all levity, and against the misfortune of mortal sin, ****

That Thou wouldst give them the grace of becoming well founded in the fear of God and piety, and of persevering therein, ****

That Thou wouldst increase in them Thy holy love, ****

That Thou wouldst preserve in them the treasure of unblemished innocence, ****

That Thou wouldst repel all the wicked attacks of hell, ****

That Thou wouldst guard them against all the bad influences of the world, ****

That Thou wouldst give Thy blessing to the endeavors of priests and teachers in their behalf, ****

That Thou wouldst preserve them in Thy grace, ****

That Thou wouldst lead them to eternal life, ****


Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, 
spare me, O Lord. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, 
graciously hear me, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, 
have mercy on me, O Lord.

Christ hear me! Christ graciously hear me!

Lord have mercy on me! 
Christ have mercy on me! 
Lord have mercy on me! 

Our Father. Hail Mary. 

Prayer

O God, whose mercy is without measure, and whose goodness is without limit, I render thanks to Thee for the graces and favors which Thou hast so freely bestowed upon me and upon my children; and since Thou dost listen willingly to those who address Thee, I pray most earnestly that Thou wilt never abandon me and my children, but that Thou wouldst lead us to an eternal reward in heaven. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

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Comment by Flavia Talladen Schott on July 8, 2019 at 7:59am

Thank you, Lord, for 42 years of motherhood.  I beseech Thee, bless my children that thru the intercession of Thy Holy Mother and all the Blesseds and Holy Angels, they may receive all the grace they need to be faithful to Thee and that they may always be safe in all areas and situations of life. This I ask, too, for all the children of the Crusaders. Amen.

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