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|A faithful angel, a guardian of soul and body, do Thou vouchsafe him. Protect, keep, strengthen, and shelter the child of my womb until the hour of his birth. But conceal him not in his mother's womb, for Thy hands fashioned him. Thou gavest him life and health.
O Lord Jesus Christ, into Thine almighty and paternal hands do I entrust my child. Place him upon the right hand of Thy grace and through Thy Holy Spirit, sanctify him and renew him unto life everlasting, that he may be a communicant of Thy heavenly kingdom.
O all-merciful Christ our God, look down and protect me, Thy handmaiden, from fear and from evil spirits that seek to destroy the work of Thy hands. And when my hour and time is come, deliver me by Thy grace. Look with compassionate eye and deliver me, Thy handmaid, from pain. Lighten my infirmity in the time of my travail, and grant me fortitude and strength for birth-giving, and hasten it by Thine almighty help. For this is Thy glorious work, the power of Thine omnipotence, the work of Thy grace and tender-heartedness.
My most gracious queen, my hope, o Mother of God, the joy of those in sorrow, help me for I am helpless. Intercede and pray to thy Son, Christ our God, that He lighten for me this season while I am with child, and that He ease the burden of heaviness of this thine unworthy handmaiden, and bestow His blessings upon the child to whom I am giving birth. For I know no other help save thee, no other hope save thee, O Mother of God, that will guard and protect me and my child. For by thine intercession and help we send up glory and thanksgiving for all things unto the One God in Trinity, the Creator of all, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.
Not a poem per se, but what turns me inside out everytime I hear it is the Lauryn Hill song "To Zion" (her first child is named Zion). It made me weepy from the first time I heard it, years before my DD was born. The lyrics are beautiful, but the song itself is so fierce and powerful. My favourite statement on motherhood, especially this part:
"And I thank you for choosing me
To come through unto life to be
A beautiful reflection of his grace
See I know that a gift so great
Is only one God could create
And I'm reminded every time I see your face"
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