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Offline Eugenio

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Prayers for women in childbirth?
« on: October 21, 2007, 11:25:00 PM »

Does anyone on this list know of prayers for women about to (or in the process of) undergoing childbirth? (Preferably something short & simple).

I've found plenty of prayers of thanksgiving after a child is born, but nothing for women about to have a baby.

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Re: Prayers for women in childbirth?
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2007, 11:30:48 PM »
Indeed, I would be interested in hearing about this as well as Mr. Y and I are expecting our firstborn in about two weeks.  If she waits that long.
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Re: Prayers for women in childbirth?
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2007, 02:03:08 AM »
Doesn't that prayer go something like "Oh Lord when is this going to be over?".   ::)   Sorry sorry.  Things aren't really that bad but if you manage to concentrate on anything more than the Jesus Prayer you're doing good.  There is no reason you couldn't compose something yourself or ask your priest for some tips if you're stuck.  It should be joyful.  I wouldn't let in any references to Genesis and the Lord's cursing of Eve and all womankind to give birth in pain and travail.  Definitely a downer. 
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Re: Prayers for women in childbirth?
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2007, 12:14:02 AM »
Prayer for a Woman in Hard Labor at Childbirth

O Lord God Almighty, Creator of all things and Giver of knowledge to mankind; Who fashioned the body of man from the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, granting him Your blessings, that he might increase and multiply by means of the birth of children: We fervently entreat You Who loves mankind to bless this Your servant, N., who is with child, granting her help and comfort at this trying time. Ease her labor and bring her to a safe delivery.  Yea, O Lord, open the treasury of Your mercies and Your compassion to her, and let her give birth to a fruitful vine to be a cause of joy to her all the days of her life.  For You are blessed, together with Your Only-begotten Son, and Your Most-holy, Good and Life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
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