The Prayer of an Expectant Mother
First Prayer during Pregnancy:
Master, Lord Jesus Christ our God, Source of life and immortality, we thank You, that You have enabled us in wedlock to become partakers of Your blessing and gift, for You have said, O Master, “Grow and multiply and you will fill the earth.” We thank You and pray: bless this fruit of our body which You have granted us, show Your mercy upon it and enliven it with Your Holy Spirit. Make its body grow in health and without flaw and grant it well-formed members. Sanctify its body, mind, heart and inward parts. Grant this infant wisdom and fear of You; appoint a faithful guardian Angel for his/her soul and body. Cover, protect, strengthen and preserve the child in our womb until the very hour when You command him/her to be born. But do not conceal him/her in his/her mother’s womb, for Your hands have prepared this child. You gave it life and breath. O Lord Jesus Christ, we entrust our child into Your all-powerful hands. Place the right hand of Your grace upon him, sanctify him with Your Holy Spirit and renew him for eternal life, that he may be a partaker of Thy Kingdom. Amen.
Second Prayer during Pregnancy:
O all-merciful Christ our God, look upon us and preserve us, Your servants, from fear and evil spirits, which hope to destroy the work of Your hands. And when our hour and time will come, grant us deliverance according to Your grace. Look upon us in Your mercy and free Your servants from torment. Alleviate the hardships of our pregnancy and grant us the strength and fortitude to give birth and enable this with Your all-powerful help. For this is Your wondrous creation, and the work of Your grace and mercy. Amen.
Third Prayer during Pregnancy:
Our most merciful Queen, our hope, O Mother of God, the joy of those who sorrow — help us who are weak, and pray to Your Son, Christ our God, that He may lighten the time of our pregnancy and successfully resolve this difficult time of His unworthy servants, and that His blessing may be on the infant born of us. For we have no other help, no other hope, but only you, O Mother of God, that you may preserve and cover us and our child. For through your protection and help we are saved, and send up glory and thanksgiving to the One God in Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.
Saints to call upon for intercession before conception, during pregnancy and after birth:
St Irene Chrysovalantou, Sts Elizabeth (mother of St John the Baptist), Righteous Hannah (mother of Prophet Samuel), Righteous Sarah (wife of Patriarch Abraham, and mother of Isaac), St Anna, and, of course, Mary the Mother of God.
PRAYER FOR CHILDREN
O God, our heavenly Father, who loves mankind and are a most merciful and compassionate, have mercy upon Your children, (Names) for whom I humbly pray to You to care for and protect. O God, be their guide and guardian in all their endeavors, lead them in the path of Your truth, and draw them nearer to You, so that they may lead a godly and righteous life in Your love as they do Your will in all things. Give them Your grace, and mercy so that they may be patient, hard working, tireless, devout and charitable. Defend them against the assaults of the enemy, and grant them wisdom and strength to resist all temptation and corruption, and direct them in the way of Salvation, through the goodness of Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ and you Holy and Life Creating Spirit. Amen