Pope Celestine’s Prayer for a Pregnant Woman

Pope Celestine composed this for his sister! It is found in a lot of old English missals for the Sarum Rite. I found it in Volume 2 of the Sarum Missal translation.

I think it is a very good prayer. It was designed for priests to use, as a Mass intention.

Collect:

O God, Who didst sanctify the Blessed Virgin Mother, Mary, both in conception and delivery; and Who, by Thy mighty power, didst deliver Jonah from the belly of the whale:

Protect Thy servant who is great with child, and visit her with Thy salvation; so that the child she beareth may be safely delivered, and may attain unto the grace of the Laver of Salvation.

Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Secret:

Receive, O Lord, we beseech Thee, our humble prayers and oblations; and preserve Thy servant under the shield of Thy protection. And as Thou hast ordained of Thy grace that she be with child, so when the time of her labor draweth near, graciously deliver her and mercifully keep her, and her child, from all disquietude.

Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

P. Comm.:

Almighty God, be present with our supplications, and grant unto Thine handmaid the gift of Thy bountiful protection. So that, when the time of her labor is at hand, she may receive the protection of Thy grace; and that the child she may have borne may be brought to the Laver of Salvation, and increase and grow in grace.

Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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2 responses to “Pope Celestine’s Prayer for a Pregnant Woman

  1. Reblogged this on Head Noises and commented:
    Seemed fitting.

  2. Beautiful prayers. Goes to show that the older rites still allowed for options when needed.

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