Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Collect for Mother's Day

Here's a Collect I wrote a few years back for use on this day.



Most gracious and gentle God, from the womb of your love you gave birth to all creation, and in your Son Jesus Christ you reveal a loving-kindness that longs to gather up your children under the shadow of your wings: Bless, we pray, all mothers, especially those who nurse and care for children. Give them patience and wisdom. Sustain them in gentleness and grace. Deepen the tenderness of their affections. Affirm them in the nobility of their calling. May our children always find in the embrace of mothers an outward and visible sign of your never-failing love and care. And through the love of our mothers, may we all feel the warmth of your tender mercies and know the constancy of your unconditional love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

7 comments:

The Blasdel Family said...

Thanks. Used Sunday, May 8, 2011.

RD Meadows, Jr. said...

Greetings, in my search for a collect for Mother's Day yours is what I found and it expresses what we believe for our Mothers. Fr. R. Meadows St. Luke's Episcopal Church New Haven Ct. Thank you.

I will give you credit.

Bryan Owen said...

Many thanks, RD Meadows, for the comment and for making use of this collect on Mother's Day. Over the years, I've found that it has been well received in the congregations I have served.

Daniel Graves said...

I like this prayer very much. May I have your permission to use it this Sunday?
Fr. Dan Graves
Trinity Church, Bradford ON
www.danielgraves.ca

Bryan Owen said...

Hi Dan. Please feel free to use this Collect on Sunday.

Richard Tanner said...

Thank you for your beautiful collect! We shall use it at St. Michael the Archangel on May 8th.

Fr. Bryan Owen said...

That's great, Richard! Blessings upon your ministry.