Prayer Requests

A reader writes:

We are very early pregnant with a baby, we are very excited but I will be 47 and it is kind of scary with the higher probability of miscarriage. (We also just gave away every stitch of maternity and baby clothes this summer, but that is another story!) We and our older children and a few close friends have been laughing over the news this weekend–if it is a boy, we should probably name him Isaac! So, it is not a serious request like so many you receive, but we would truly appreciate them.

Father, hear our prayer for a safe delivery for mom and baby. Give her caregivers grace, wisdom, knowledge, compassion, skill and the proper technology. Give all involved grace, peace, strength, faith, hope, and love through Christ our Lord. Mother Mary, St. Luke, and St. Gianna Molla, pray for them.

Another reader writes:

Prayers please for my friend Charles, who’s being let go at the end of the month and is urgently looking for work.

Father, hear our prayer that Charles find a good job at a living wages swiftly. Mother Mary and St. Joseph the Worker, pray for him. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Another reader writes:

…here is another lovely moment that may hopefully brighten your day as well:

Translation (from Wikipedia):

Listen, Smith of the Heavens,
what the poet asks.
May softly come unto me
Your mercy.
So I call on Thee,
for You have created me.
I am Thy slave,
thou art my Lord.

God, I call on Thee to heal me.
Remember me, Mild One,
most we need Thee.
Drive out, O King of Suns,
generous and great,
every human sorrow
from the city of the heart.

Watch over me, Mild One,
most we need Thee,
truly every moment
in the world of men.
Send us, Son of the Virgin,
good causes,
all aid is from Thee,
in my heart.

I asked you for prayers once about my job and personal intentions, Mr. Shea, on a different e-mail address. Things are pretty difficult and tenuous still, all of which have contributed to this much delayed expression of gratitude (for which I humbly apologize). You and other people’s prayers have been instrumental in bringing God’s grace to me as well as my co-workers, and any more prayers sent would be of much-needed help.

Thank you once again! May Our Lord, Smith of the Heavens, always bless you and yours!

Father, thank you for hearing our prayers for this person. We ask you to carry to completion their prayers and your will to the glory of your Name. Mother Mary, pray for them and all who love them. We pray all this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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  • A “Hail Mary” for all these requests!

    Also, to the first reader who wrote above: my mom was 47 when she had my youngest brother, who is now in his early 20s. All eight of his siblings love him dearly, and embarrass him regularly with stories of his toddlerhood (like the time he was singing along with some of us to “Danny Boy” at the age of two, and paused after singing “The pipes, the pipes are calling…” to ask in great puzzlement, “What’s in those pipes?” 🙂 Anyway, God bless you and your child!

  • Marthe Lépine

    Another name to be considered for this child could be John, for John the Baptist. He, too, was conceived late in his mother’s life.

  • Barbara Bowman

    To the lovely person who posted the Icelandic hymn and translation: my 12-year-old grandson died today of leukemia. What beauty and comfort this video brought me. I have posted it to Facebook for all those who mourn his passing with me. We rejoice in our grief that he is with the Smith of the Heavens.

    • memory eternal!

    • kmk1916

      Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord.
      We will pray for him and your family this evening.

  • Finchster

    FYI, the patron saint of expectant mothers is St. Gerard Majella.
    Good luck and God bless.