A Prayer for Mother’s Day
by Amanda Artemisia Forrester
Hail to Gaia, the First Mother!
Primal Protogenos, Whom we live upon
She Who mothered the first Beings in existence
The mother of nymphs and Gods, animals and mortals
Earth Mother, I hail You!
Hail to Rheia, Mother of the Gods!
Rich-haired Titaness, mother of Zeus
Who plotted to free Her captive children from Their cruel father
Drumming woman on the mountain-top
Loyal Lady, I hail You!
Hail to Hera, Queen of Olympos!
Cow-eyed Goddess of Argos, Divine wife,
Co-parent with Zeus, mother of great children
Warriors and craftsmen, unrivaled in power
Queen of Queens, I hail You!
Hail to Demeter, Mother of the Grain!
Merciful mother of Kore, beloved by mortals
Golden-haired as the wheat, gentle as spring rain
Guardian of single mothers
Goddess Who feeds us, I hail You!
Hail also to the mothers who have gone before me
The ancestors of my bloodline
But also the women not related to me
Who nonetheless play or have played
The role of mother in my life.
On this day, I pray for the welfare of mothers everywhere
Divine Mothers, watch over us.