Mothers’ Day Litany

One:      All who gather here are sons or daughters.

All:         We praise God for the women who gave us life.

One:      For mothers brave, strong, compassionate, full of wisdom and grace,

All:         We give God thanks and praise.

One:      For mothers vulnerable, worried, frustrated, and hurried,

All:        We pray for peace.

One:      For relationships that are strained and no longer a source of joy,

All:         We pray for healing.

One:      For mothers who have died, that live no longer with us, but whose light shines on in our hearts and memories,

All:         We pray for those that mourn, and give God thanks for life eternal.

One:      For mothers who grieve, who have lost children born or unborn,

All:         We weep with those with broken hearts.

One:      For those who are struggling to raise children, who are tired and weary,

All:         We pray that we may be their village, offering real help in hard times.

One:      For those who are preparing emptier nests,

All:         We both celebrate and mourn with you, and hope their wings are as strong as their roots are deep.

One:      For stepmothers, navigating the pitfalls and joys of creating a new family,

All:         We pray for wisdom and patience.

One:      For Grandmothers who are doing the hard work of raising children again,

All:         We pray the caregivers have those who care for them.

One:      For those who are waiting and sometimes struggling with the biological process to bring new life, and for those who are waiting for adoptive process to be fulfilled.

All:         We wait eagerly with you, and offer you our hand to hold in the trial.

One:      For women who do not have children, but instead teach, lead, care for, and guide the children of others,

All:         We give God thanks and praise.

One:      For the mothers, sisters, daughters in our midst and around the world. For the women who, created in the image of God, give not just life, but abundant life. For women fighting, struggling, and sweating for the sake of others. For women caring, compassionate, and crying with the heart of Christ. For the caregivers, prophets, preachers, teachers, leaders, shepherds, healers. For Moms, in their wide variety and many forms,

All:         We give God thanks and praise.

Permission to use this litany for public worship is granted. If it will be reprinted in worship bulletin, please attribute with link to http://fatpastor.me. Also, leave me a comment and let me know you’re using it, you don’t have to wait for me to reply. It just makes me happy to hear when other congregations use liturgy I write.

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62 responses to “Mothers’ Day Litany

  1. I will use this most likely in worship on Sunday. Thank you for writing.

  2. Reblogged this on Musings Of Living A Blessed Life and commented:
    A beautiful litany for Mother’s Day

  3. I will use this wonderful litany on Sunday, thank you.

  4. Amy Meyer

    A lovely tribute to all women. We will use this litany during worship on Sunday.

  5. Jeff Tindall

    I am using this as a source of themes for the sermon this week. Thank you.

  6. Pastor Sondra Krogstad

    Thank you, we are going to use this at Trinity Lutheran Church, Turtle Lake, ND. Pastor Sondra

  7. Daphne Bender

    I’ve always struggled with how to honor the wide range of “mothering” women… Your litany does it well. I will be using it as an opening litany on Sunday. Thank you very much.

  8. I’ll be using it in the panhandle of WV. Thank you so much!

  9. Kris Hackbart

    Printing for use in NW Iowa, thank you

  10. A.F. Sampson

    We will be using this wonderful litany that covers the struggles of Mother’s Day so well. Thank you.

  11. I will most likely use this in worship on Sunday! Thank you!!

  12. Brenda

    We will link to this on our website and on our FB page. Thank you!

  13. carl campbell

    Thanks. I will share it with others via email and facebook.

  14. Shannon

    We’ll be using this during worship on Sunday as we honor all women and their contributions to the world.

  15. Steve Aynsley

    I’ll use this great inclusive litany at Pymble Uniting Church in Sydney, Australia with minor changes to acknowledge grieving mothers in Nepal and those who have lost mothers in that disaster. Thanks

  16. Matt Lamb

    I may use this. Thank you.

  17. Pat

    Grateful for your words and planning to share in Dickerson, MD

  18. Thanks for these words — I’ll be sharing them in worship this coming Sunday!

  19. We are using this. Thank you!

  20. We will be using your litany on Sunday – thank you. I have also translated it into Spanish if you would like a copy.

  21. We will be using this Sunday, thanks for the beautiful litany that captures the heart of many:)

  22. Thank you for this resource. We will be using it at Bethel in Minneapolis this Sunday. Pr B

  23. We will use your litany this Sunday here at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Burton, TX. Wonderfully written!

  24. Pam Morse

    Thank you for this inclusive intercession for the women of the world who are all, in some way, acting as mothers. I appreciate your grace-filled words. We’ll be using in this Sunday.

  25. M McCarthy

    We are using it in Vernon Center NY

  26. Kay Dubuisson

    I will use this wonderful litany on Sunday, thank you.

  27. Thank you so much for offering up this litany. It speaks volumes about the different “Mothers” we all have.
    With your permission (and attribution) I will be using it tomorrow in my service. Community of Christ, Austin, TX

  28. Kathy Fraser

    Thanks so much for this litany. I will be using it at Knox Presbyterian Church in Kincardine Ontario. I have adapted it slightly to address a couple of sensitivities, but have included the link to the original, and have indicated your permission to use it in public worship.
    Many blessings
    Rev. Kathy Fraser

  29. I will use this beautiful litany. Rev. Alex at New Covenant Community Church, Akron, Ohio

  30. Tina, from Wisconsin

    I am planning on using this as part of my sermon. Thank you.

  31. Ashley

    I will probably use this. Thank you!

  32. Susan

    thank you for this, I will use it in today’s worship service (yes I am a last minute pastor in more ways than one!)

  33. Annie from Long Island

    Thank you so much for this resource. We used this on Mother’s Day and it was great way to have a nod to Mother’s Day without making the day the entire focus.
    -Rev. Annie H

  34. Barrett

    Thanks for the wonderful Litany. Using it May 8, 2016.

  35. Thank you for this. We will be using it on May 8 -Intern Pr. Linda S.

  36. Pr. Cheryl K

    I will use this most likely in worship on Sunday. I have adapted it slightly to address a couple of sensitivities, but have included the link to the original, and have indicated your permission to use it in public worship. Thank you for writing

  37. Krista Keisling

    Thank you so much for this litany. We will be using it at Christ Church in Leck Kill, PA. Pastor Krista Keisling

  38. Thank you for making this available to use.- CLC, LCMC

  39. Rev Kurt Wieser

    thank your for this wide ranging and inclusive litany. The Grace United Church of Christ of Loyal Oak congregation will be sharing this litany on Sunday May 8, 2016.

  40. I will be using this this coming weekend.

  41. Jennifer Chapman

    I plan to use this! Thank you!!

  42. Rev. Carmen M. Rosario

    I plan to use this litany on May 8,2016, but with your permission I plan to translate it to Spanish. It will be part of the liturgy for the First Spanish Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, our worship service is bilingual. Thank you for this beautiful litany.

  43. Liz Bidgood Enders

    Thank you for sharing this litany. I greatly appreciate the inclusive spirit, and I plan to use it in worship at Ridgeway Community Church of the Brethren (Harrisburg, PA) this Sunday, with attribution.

  44. Leslie

    Using this again this Sunday. Thank you for this beautiful piece of liturgy.

  45. I’m sorry I just now saw this. I hope you feel free to translate it. If you could post your translation here, that would be great. Then I would add it to the original post (with credit to you)

  46. Bruce

    I’m stepping in at the last minute for Mother’s Day service and came across your site. I really like the Litany and plan on using it. BN Chaplain, US Army

  47. I have re-posted to my blog, it has always been my favorite.

  48. Marissa Harrison

    So beautiful! You’ve covered so many categories of moms and even women who are not moms. Thank you for your diversity and inclusivity. We’ll be using this at St. Peter’s Lutheran, Camden, IN and Faith Lutheran Logansport, IN on May 14th this year. Your website is at the bottom of our printed materials with a note saying we have used it with permission. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS GREAT RESOURCE!! Rev. Marissa Harrison

  49. Karline Dubuisson

    I will use this wonderful litany on Sunday, thank you.

  50. Robert Argot

    Thank you…from a fatter pastor of the Lutheran persuasion.

  51. Alexa Smith

    We’ll be using this, too. Or a variation on it. Thank you for doing this.

  52. Ben

    Thanks for a litany that acknowledges that not every Mother’s Day is a happy one. Planning to use it this Mother’s Day. Thank you again.

  53. Michelle Nickens

    I will be using this litany in worship on Mother’s Day 2017. Thank you!

  54. Excellent litany. I plan to use it this Sunday!

  55. Garey Eakes

    I appreciate the sensitivity with which you have crafted this litany, and I will use it in my church this Mother’s Day. Many Thanks

  56. Lori

    Thank you. I will be offering these prayers on Sunday.

  57. Mary C. Stewart

    Thank you, will be sharing this with my congregation

  58. We will be using this for our Responsive Reading on Mother’s Day at First Presbyterian Church in Connersville, IN. Thank you.

  59. Chris

    This is a great litany – broad, inclusive and caring. I will be using it this Mother’s Day. Thank you.

  60. Using your litany this Sunday at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Beckley, WV. Thank you!

  61. Lucinda Britt

    used this in worship 2 years ago. Just put it on my facebook page and asked friends to pray with me. Blessings to you.

  62. Erin

    Will be using this! Thank you!

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