I received a wonderful gift in the mail last week: a St. Andrew Chaplet. It was handmade by a blogger named Becky who has a rosary shop on Etsy. Yes, I have linked to her before, very recently, in fact, but I think you should see this wonderful chaplet that she's made especially for those couples trying to conceive.
Becky and I will be praying the chaplet together (though long distance) starting November 30th, and it would be awesome if you joined us! How beautiful is this prayer?
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment
in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary,
at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold.
In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God!
to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
On a related note, it struck me recently just how many saints are out there for people trying to conceive, women longing to be mothers, and men yearning to be fathers to pray to. Whose intercession have you asked or had recommended to you?
-St. Andrew is fairly new for me, but apparently this is a long-standing tradition for those TTC.
-St. Gerard as the patron of mothers. I've always wondered how a man got this job. Anyone know the story?
-St. Joseph for fathers.
-St. Gianna, who I get the impression is especially invoked in high-risk pregancy situations.
-Sts. Anne and Joachim, Mary's parents, who tradition says were infertile.
-Mary, in her many titles. Our Lady of Guadalupe was recently recommended to me. If you're a particular fan of Mary's many titles, I highly recommend the Loreto Litany. It's really lovely.
I'd love to learn more, so please feel free to share your favorite saints!