God of all fruitfulness, God of all Holy Women,
of Sara, Ruth and Rebecca;
God of Elizabeth — mother of John,
God of Holy Mary — mother of Jesus,
listen to our prayer and bless the mothers
and grandmothers gathered here today.
Bless them with the strength of Your Spirit;
they taught us how to stand and to walk,
how to speak, to play, and how to pray to you.
Bless them with a place at your Eternal Dinner Table;
they fed us while we were still helpless
and later showed us to feed ourselves.
Bless them today with health and happiness,
with joy and laughter, with pride in us, their children,
and surround them with friends who are loyal and true.
We also remember today the nameless women,
who, down through the ages,
planted and harvested, cooked and baked,
washed and cleaned, fed, clothed and nursed the world.
And finally, we ask you, God of all tenderness,
to descend upon us all,
in the name of the Father and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.