of a woman with child
O Most Glorious Mother of God, have mercy on me, Thy handmaid, and
for me in times of my illnesses and dangers with which all wretched
of Eve are beset at the time of child-bearing.
Remember, Thou Blessed among women, the joy and love with which Thou went
the hill country with haste, to greet Thy kinswoman Elisabeth who was with
child, and the wonderous impact Thy grace-filled visit had on her and the
child in her womb.
By Thine inexhaustible Mercy help me, the lowliest of Thy handmaidens, to
complete my days in good health, bestow me with grace that the child,
now rests beneath my heart, may bow before the Lord and Savior, Who, by
boundless love towards us sinners, was pleased to become a Child Himself,
soon as it stirs with life within my womb, with joyful leaping, as did the
holy child John. Let the unspeakable joy which filled Thy virgin heart
Thou didst gaze upon Thy newborn Son and Lord, make lighter the pain which
awaits me during the affliction of child-bearing.
Intercede for me that the Life of the World, my Savior, to Whom Thou dist
birth, may deliver me from the death which often cuts short the lives of
mothers at the hour of their birth-giving, and that He may count the fruit
my womb among His chosen.
Hear, O Most Holy Heavenly Queen, my humble prayer, and take me, an
sinner, into Thy embrace, the centre of Thy Grace; put not to shame my
Thee and Thy great mercy. O Helper of Christians, healer of illnesses,
worthy to experience that Thou art the Mother of mercy that I may ever
Thy grace, which hath never despised the prayers of the meek and lowly,
which hath ever delivered those who have called upon Thee in times of
and illness. Amen.