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Blessing for expectant mothers

Deacon Peter Akudugu prays a blessing after Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul June 5, with help from JoAnn Schuweiler (holding book) of the Cathedral Ladies Auxiliary, which sponsors a blessing for expectant mothers. Pregnant mothers receiving the blessing are Diane Scrafford, left, and Libby Brever, right, both of the Cathedral. Also receiving a blessing is visitor Frieda Blagogee, second from right. Dave Hrbacek / The Catholic Spirit

“Gracious Father, your Word, spoken in love, created the human family. . . . Watch over and support these parents and bring their child into this world safely and in good health” are some of the words spoken by a priest over expectant mothers, who are asking for prayers that God will grant them a healthy baby and delivery, wrote Colleen Hocking.

On the first Sunday of every month, following the 8 a.m. Mass, any mothers awaiting the birth of their babies, as well as family members who are present, are welcome to enter the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Cathedral of St. Paul. One of the members of the Cathedral Ladies’ Auxiliary presents to them a small parcel that includes a rosary and a bottle of holy water. Then the moms may kneel as the priest reads a Scripture passage and gives the blessing from the Book of Blessings. The mothers are open to feel God’s grace, and can be spiritually strengthened by this wonderful experience. . . . What a reminder of the great gift that God gives in each human life, Hocking said.

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