Prayer, Issues

Catholic Prayers for Infertility

Struggling with infertility is one of the toughest things a Catholic couple can go through. The sacrament of marriage is built around creating a family. So fertility issues almost certainly cause a lot of stress and anxious thought. Children are …

Struggling with infertility is one of the toughest things a Catholic couple can go through. The sacrament of marriage is built around creating a family. So fertility issues almost certainly cause a lot of stress and anxious thought. Children are a precious gift, and few people understand that more than women, and their husbands, struggle with infertility.

The anxiety around infertility runs deep. The desire to raise children is ingrained inside us, and when bearing children becomes difficult, it can be hard to find joy and hope. It’s easy to feel discouraged if you don’t get a positive pregnancy test immediately. So many of us want family life to begin with our own children; waiting can make for a tough time. Luckily the Catholic Church has a fertility prayer or two that can help ease the pain of waiting for that first baby.

Infertility is a common theme in the Bible. And it’s not uncommon to read in the Bible and find a story where the holy spirit intercedes and grants a healthy pregnancy to a childless woman. The Virgin Mary conceived our Lord Jesus Christ. God can help anyone conceive, no matter how dire the situation is.

A strong prayer life and trusting in God’s love can help you on your fertility journey and through these uncertain times. Praying can give you peace and is a powerful tool while you wait for the lord to bless you with children.

Below are fertility prayers and verses from scripture to help couples deal with the stress of infertility. We hope that through praying, the saints will intercede on your behalf, and all couples will bear children.

The gift of life is so precious, and we here at The Catholic Handbook hope that these fertility prayers will ease some of the pain of infertility. We hope that you can find peace in this difficult season.

 The Fertility Blessing

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

You know my deep desire for a child
A little one to love and to hold, to care for,
to cherish. Grant that my body may conceive
and give birth to a beautiful, healthy baby in
Your holy image.
Guide me in all my choices so that this
conception, my pregnancy and my baby’s birth
are in line with Your will.
Heavenly Father and Holy Mother, hear this prayer of my heart, mind and spirit.
Amen.

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Prayer for couples struggling with infertility

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

God of All Life
You fill what is empty,
You make abundant what is scarce,
You bring to bloom what is barren.

We ask your presence and care for all those who seek to be parents. Bless them with the conception, healthy delivery and joyful rearing of children to cherish made in your image and likeness. Dwell with them and console them as they wait for the gifts given in your good time.

With Sarah and Abraham, Rachel and Jacob, Hannah and Elkanah, Zachariah and Elizabeth, we pray.

Amen.  

Prayer for Children

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

God our Creator,
by your love the world is filled with life,
through your generosity one generation
gives life to another,
and so are your wonders told and your praises sung.
We look to you in our love and in our need:
may it be your will that we bear (adopt) a child
to share our home and faith.
Loving God, be close to us
as we pray to love and do your will.
You are our God, nourishing us forever and ever.
Amen

Prayer for Saints to Intercede

Virgin Mary with Baby JEsus

St. Gerard Majella – Patron Saint of Trying to Conceive

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

O good St. Gerard,
powerful intercessor before God
and Wonder-worker of our day,
I call on you and seek your help.
You who on earth did always fulfil God’s design,
help me to do the Holy Will of God.
Beseech the Master of Life,
from whom all paternity proceeded,
to make me fruitful in offspring,
that I may raise up children to God in this life
and heirs to the Kingdom of His glory
in the world to come. Amen.

St. Rita Prayer

Dear St. Rita,
during your entire life on earth
you found your happiness by following the will of our heavenly Father.

Help me to be as trusting of God in all His plans for me.
Help me this day to give myself to Him as you did,
without limit, without fear, without counting the cost.

Help me to be generous in serving the needs of others,
patient in all difficulties,
forgiving toward all who injure me.

Help me to learn more deeply the great mystery of the Cross of Jesus,
so that by embracing it as you did,
I may come to experience its power to heal and to save. Amen.

Prayer To St Anne For Fertility

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Good Saint Anne,

You were especially favored by God to be the mother of the most holy Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Savior.

By your power with your most pure daughter and with her divine Son, kindly obtain for us the grace and the favor we now seek. Please secure for us also forgiveness of our past sins, the strength to perform faithfully our daily duties and the help we need to persevere in the love of Jesus and Mary.

Amen.

Bible Verses on Infertility

Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus

Psalm 113:9

He gives the barren woman a home, making her the happy mother of children. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 145:13-21

The Lord is faithful in all his words
and holy in all his works.
The Lord lifts up all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.

The eyes of all look hopefully to you,
and you give them their food in due season;
You open your hand
and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is just in all his ways
and holy in all his works.
The Lord is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.

He fulfills the desire of those who fear him,
he hears their cry and saves them.
The Lord keeps all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
May my mouth speak the praise of the Lord,
and may all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

Genesis 25:21

And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

Hebrews 11:11

By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.

Luke 1:36-37

And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Exodus 23:26 E

None shall miscarry or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.

FAQ

What Catholic saint do you pray to for fertility?

There are numerous accounts of people who prayed to St. Gérard and were able to conceive children.

Who is the patron saint of infertility?

You can pray to several saints if you’re struggling with infertility. They are St. Gerard (Pregnant Women and Childbirth), St. Anne (mothers, grandparents, housewives, childless couples, and sterility), St. Bridget of Ireland (newborn babies), St. Rita of Cascia (Infertility), St. Nicholas (Children) and St. Joseph (Unborn and Fathers).

What Bible verse to pray when trying to conceive?

Genesis 25:21 – And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

What is a prayer for those battling infertility?

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
O good St. Gerard,
powerful intercessor before God
and Wonder-worker of our day,
I call on you and seek your help.
You who on earth did always fulfil God’s design,
help me to do the Holy Will of God.
Beseech the Master of Life,
from whom all paternity proceeded,
to make me fruitful in offspring,
that I may raise up children to God in this life
and heirs to the Kingdom of His glory
in the world to come. Amen.