Two of my favorite people are both pregnant…with due dates about 3 months apart. Over the holiday, friends & families gathered to bless & shower them and the fruits of their wombs. I live too far away and didn’t make it, but the organizers generously asked the few of us unable to attend to send in our own blessings for the moms. As I flipped through favorite songs and recalled poems I have loved, I couldn’t help but pause on the motherhood of Mary
Running through the index of blessings I know, as seems almost inescapable, Catholic rote prayers kept running through my head. It slowly dawned on me that the “Hail Mary” prayer is a first century version of a baby shower/blessing. In Luke’s gospel, Elizabeth blesses Mary’s pregnancy, her baby, and Mary herself. I decided this prayer could use a little sprucing up for my friends and thought this might be a nice forum to share it:
hail women, full of graceholiness be with you.blessed are youblessed is your womband blessed is the fruit of your womb. amen.