As a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church.
Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers and nurturers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters, honour them always with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
(Adapted from: Book of Blessings, prepared by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy: a Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops' Conferences and the Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1989)