you blessed Elizabeth Ann Seton
with gifts of grace
as wife and mother,
educator and foundress,
so that she might spend her life
in service to your people.
Through her example
may we learn to express
our love for you
in love for our fellow men and women.
We ask this
through our Lord
Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Litany to Saint Elizabeth Seton
Elizabeth, Loving Daughter
Encourage in all children obedience and love
Elizabeth, Troubled Teenager
Speak to today's confused, sometimes abused young people
Elizabeth, Faithful Wife
Grant gifts of love and generosity to all spouses
Elizabeth, Caring Mother
Share your mother's heart with all parents
Elizabeth, Grieving Widow
Look with compassion on all bereaved wives
Elizabeth, Loyal Friend
Teach us to share friendship generously
Elizabeth, Heroic Searcher of Truth
Guide all who, with fear and doubt, seek the way
Elizabeth, Courageous Convert
Strengthen the newly baptized as they embrace the faith
Elizabeth, Sorrowing Mother
Console those parents suffering the loss of a child
Elizabeth, Steadfast Religious
Inspire young women to follow in your path
Elizabeth, a Woman for All Women
Bestow your charism of love and service on all women today
M. Irene Fugazy, S.C.
Sisters of Charity, Mount St. Vincent, New York
Prayer by St. Elizabeth Ann
Our Father, you would not willingly call on us to suffer.
You say all things work together for our good if we are faithful
to You. Therefore, if You ordain it: through disappointment and poverty,
sickness and pain, even shame and contempt and calumny, You will support
us with the consolation of Your Grace and compensate us for any temporal
suffering by the possession of that peace which the world can neither give
nor take away.
The Expectant Mother's Prayer
O God our Father, through the Blessed Virgin Mary you have glorified
motherhood in the virgin birth of Your Son, Jesus Christ, and You have
raised up as an example to wives and mothers Your servant, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Grant me, I pray You, the grace to imitate her by accepting as Your charge and as
an heir to heaven the child that is to be born of me. Bless, dear Lord, this coming
event with safety both to my child and to myself.
I also pray that the noble life of Mother Seton may always be a model to mothers.
The prayer so often on her lips will be always mind. With all my heart I repeat it:
"May the most high, the most just and the most holy Will of God be praised, adored
and loved." Amen.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821), was canonized September 14, 1975. Prayers reprinted
on webdesk.com with the permission on April 11, 1997 of the Administrator
of the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, 333 South Seton Avenue,
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727-9298.