Prayer Resources on Reproductive Justice

Prayers of the People for Maternal Mortality

God of love, you call us to love one another as you have loved us. We give thanks for the women and mothers who have shown us your love throughout our lives.

We pray for your church, whose people are called to be your ministers in the world. Help us to make your love a reality for all. We commit ourselves to work for peace, justice, and equality for all women and mothers.

We pray for an end to the inequalities and discrimination that harm women. May the cries of the mothers who die in childbirth and those who cannot provide for the children they have, inspire us to compassion, mercy, and action on their behalf.

We pray that the hearts and minds of those who make decisions that affect women around the world may be opened and that they will be inspired to rightly use their power to alleviate suffering and promote health and wholeness.

We pray for a world where justice and equity are realities for every woman and where no woman dies giving birth to the next generation. Grant us the will to ensure that all women and mothers have the means to plan their families so that they may flourish.

This is how we demonstrate that faith communities care about justice for women around the world.

© 2014 Religious Institute. Permission granted to freely adapt for particular contexts and audiences. For a pdf version, please click here.

Opening Prayer on Maternal Mortality  for Jewish Congregations

Feel free to adapt this prayer to the needs of your congregation.

God of our ancestors, we remember before you our sister Rachel, who died giving birth to Benjamin. We pray for the 1500 women who die each day in childbirth and those who cannot provide for the children they have. We pray for a world where every child is wanted.

Grant us the will to ensure that all women and mothers have the means to plan their families so that every birth may be anticipated with joy and every mother may be healthy. Amen.

© 2014 Religious Institute. Permission granted to freely adapt for particular contexts and audiences.For a pdf version of these resources, please click here

Opening Prayer for Mother’s Day Observance of a Rachel Sabbath

We give thanks for the sacredness of humanity. We pray this day for peace, justice, and equality for women and mothers throughout the world. We hear the cries of the mothers who die in childbirth and those who cannot provide for the children they have, and we pray for a world where every child is wanted. We pray for the will to ensure that all women and mothers have the means to plan their families so that they may flourish.
Amen.

© 2014 Religious Institute. Permission granted to freely adapt for particular contexts and audiences.For a pdf version of these resources, please click here.

Prayer for Reproductive Justice for All Women

In a desire for equality and justice, we pray for the health and well-being of each and every person, calling particular attention to the women in this country and around the world who lack full access to reproductive health care. May we work on their behalf, so that no barrier may divide the people of the world and all may receive the care they need. Amen.

© 2014 Religious Institute. Permission granted to freely adapt for particular contexts and audiences.For a pdf version of these resources, please click here.

 

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