Icon of the Mother of God - Maternity Assistant

Almost every woman is afraid of childbirth: some remember the pain of previous contractions and attempts, others have heard from grandmothers, friends and neighbors, how difficult it is to give birth. But, one way or another, absolutely everything is being prepared for this event in very different ways. Someone is looking for a good doctor and maternity hospital, someone will find out about painkillers during childbirth, someone will go shopping, buying diapers, caps and a chest of drawers in the nursery ... Without a doubt, all matters are important. But the main thing in this fuss is not to forget about prayer.

A believing woman knows well that without the help of God she cannot handle. Her prayer does not leave either in the days of preparation for conception, or in the days of pregnancy, or during childbirth. Many may object: how to pray during childbirth to a woman giving birth? After all, you need to think about struggles, attempts ... Holy Fathers teach that a person should pray every free minute. This also applies to women in labor during labor. Reading a prayer is calming, and its strength invisibly helps in the most difficult moment.

Spiritual preparation

It is necessary to prepare for childbirth not only physically and psychologically, but also spiritually. What does it mean? A pregnant woman must visit the temple before childbirth, be in the service, confess, and partake of the Mysteries of Christ. Regardless of how you “wear” your baby, childbirth can be unpredictable. And doctors are not always able to influence the outcome of delivery. All-merciful and omnipotent is only the Lord.

A few centuries ago, a woman in labor could not rely on anyone but God. The midwives did not approach the pregnant woman without praying. In the corner in front of the icons, a lamp burned, and all loved ones prayed earnestly. Today, people mostly rely on doctors, and only in extreme cases remember prayer. Few people believe in miracles today. But they happen. By our faith it will be ours. There are many cases when prayer during childbirth worked wonders: strong birth pains subsided, those who could not resolve the burden resolved, and even the bleeding in childbirth stopped.

Who to pray for?

Since ancient times, a tradition has been passed down from generation to generation during childbirth to pray in front of the icons of the Mother of God “The helper in childbirth”, “Baby recovery”, “Feodorovskaya”, “Healer”, “Quick novice” ... And this is not a complete list, because the Miracle-working icons in there are many Orthodox churches. But the main thing is not which icon to bow down to in prayer, the main thing is sincere prayer. Pray for a woman in labor should be loved ones. It is good these days to order a prayer service in the temple, to read the akathists of the Mother of God and other saints.

First of all, in all sorrows, we turn to the Virgin. She hears us and helps. In its purity and holiness, the Blessed Virgin gave birth to the Son of God painlessly. Having experienced human difficulties, she understands each of us.

During childbirth, they also pray to the Holy Great Martyr Catherine, Xenia of St. Petersburg, Anastasia the Resolver. In difficult births, pray to the righteous Joachim and Anna, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Zechariah and Elizabeth, the parents of John the Baptist. Both couples until their old age were barren, but did not lose faith and prayed incessantly until the Lord gave them a child.

Icon "Birth Assistant": meaning

The name of this holy image speaks for itself. The church advises pregnant women to pray for this icon with requests for a safe delivery.

Particularly often, expectant mothers turn to the Blessed Virgin Mary if their pregnancy is complicated or has some kind of violation, when they have to lie down for preservation, if the fetus is “wrong” or the birth promises to be difficult if the woman is overcome with fears or depression.

Calling on the pleas to the Icon of the birth attendant, the pregnant woman may receive a blessing for a successful outcome and a happy, safe birth of the baby. Women pray in front of the holy face of the Virgin Assistant, also just with the desire to give birth to healthy, strong children.

But the strength and power of the Icon are not limited to this alone.

Expectant mothers should contact the Blessed Virgin Mary from the very beginning of pregnancy to get peace of mind, strength and strength, a healthy cheerful spirit and hope for a happy resolution from her burden. Many prayers to the Icon of the birth attendant testify that they were able to bring the baby into the world successfully, despite gloomy medical forecasts.

By the way, with such prayers - for a happy marriage, conception and birth of children - you can also refer to the Theodore Icon of the Mother of God.

Childbirth Assistant Icon: Prayer

If you have a Helper Icon, then on the back of the holy image you will find the words of prayer to address the Virgin during childbirth:

“Accept, Lady Madonna, the tearful prayer of thy servants who are flowing to you. See thee on the holy icon in the womb bearing Thy Son and our God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

She already and painlessly gave birth to him, both mother of sorrow of weight and weakness of sons and daughters of human sight.

The same warmth falls to your celibate image, and this kissingly touching one, we pray to Thee, have mercy on the Lady: we who are sinners condemned in the pain of giving birth and in the sorrow of the nourishment of our child, mercifully spare and compassionately step in, our babies are just as hard of giving birth to them, and deliver the bitter sorrow. Grant them health and well-being, and nourishment from strength will increase by force, and those who nourish them will be filled with joy and comfort, as even now by Your intercession from the mouth of a baby and pissing, the Lord will give His praise.

O mother of the Son of God! Have mercy on the mother of the sons of men and on your weak people: the diseases that perceive us will soon heal, the grief and sorrows that are upon us to quench, and not despise the tears and sighs of Your servants.

Hear us on the day of grief before Thy icon of those who fall, and on the day of joy and deliverance we receive grateful praise of our hearts.

Offer our prayers to the throne of Your Son and our God, that he will be merciful to our sin and weakness, and give mercy to His leaders, His name, as we and our children, will glorify Thee, merciful Intercessor and faithful Hope of our kind, forever and ever ".

In addition, there is an akathist who composed the discoverer of the Icon, Archpriest Vladimir Andreev, for reading by women in labor and their relatives in cases of difficult childbirth and their complications. Prayer is able to give strength and strength to the puerpera and her baby.

Prayer Maternity Assistant

Before the miraculous icon of the Virgin, the “Assistant in Childbirth,” a prayer is read for a successful outcome of childbirth, and they also ask for the health of newborns. It is believed that the Mother of God is able to help even with a complicated pregnancy.

She is the patroness of all women, she herself went through maternity pains, therefore, as a rule, she answers the sincere prayer for an easy birth and the birth of a healthy baby immediately.

“Accept, Lady Madonna, the tearful prayer of thy servants who are flowing to you. See thee on the holy icon in the womb bearing Thy Son and our God, the Lord Jesus Christ. She already and painlessly gave birth to him, both mother of sorrow of weight and weakness of sons and daughters of human sight.

The same warmth falls to your celibate image, and this kissingly touching one, we pray to Thee, have mercy on the Lady: we who are sinners condemned in the pain of giving birth and in the sorrow of the nourishment of our child, mercifully spare and compassionately step in, our babies are just as hard of giving birth to them, and deliver the bitter sorrow.

Grant them health and well-being, and nourishment from strength will increase by force, and those who nourish them will be filled with joy and comfort, as even now by Your intercession from the mouth of a baby and pissing, the Lord will give His praise.

O Mother of the Son of God! Have mercy on the mother of the sons of men and on your weak people: the diseases that perceive us will soon heal, the grief and sorrows that are upon us to quench, and not despise the tears and sighs of Your servants.

Hear us on the day of grief before Thy icon of those who fall, and on the day of joy and deliverance, accept the grateful praise of our hearts. Offer our prayers to the throne of Your Son and our God, that he will be merciful to our sin and weakness and give mercy to His leaders, His name, as we and our children, will glorify You, our merciful Intercessor and faithful Hope of our kind, forever and ever . ”

The second version of the prayer to the Virgin at the icon “Assistant in childbirth”

“O Most Holy Lady of the Theotokos, who does not leave us in earthly life! To whom I will offer prayers, to whom I will bring tears and sighs, if not to You, all the faithful are comfort! With fear, faith, love, Mother Belly, I pray: God grant the people of Orthodoxy to save us, may He give us children for Your peace, may He keep us in the purity of humility, in the hope of Christ's salvation, and grant us all, in the cover of thy grace, earthly comfort. Keep us under the banner of Thy grace, the Most Pure One, praying for helpers, slander of evil freedom, grievous troubles, disasters and deaths. Give blessed insight, a spirit of contrition for sinners, let us see the fullness and purity of Christ’s teachings given to us, keep us from perishing alienation, and all, thanks to glorifying Your majesty, let us be at peace with Thy beloved, and with all our saints we will glorify God in Trinity God: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and forever and ever. Amen".

Before the miraculous icon of the Virgin “Assistant in childbirth”, a prayer is read for a successful outcome of childbirth

Relatives and friends can pray for a woman in labor when she is already in the hospital. In front of the iconostasis, at home or in the church. It is good if the future father asks for help for the wife and baby from the Higher forces. Beneficial effect on the mother in childbirth and the prayer request of her own mother.

Relatives and friends can pray for a woman in labor when she is already in the hospital.

Prayers extol the icon of the “Birth Assistant,” which is venerated among Christians and famous for its miracles. They say that it can help even in severe cases when it seems that medicine is powerless.

Prayer to the Virgin Mary is able to relieve pain and severe bleeding, relieve a woman of fears and depression.

Strong mother prayer for daughter

Prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ

Lord Jesus Christ, our God, from the Eternal Father the Son was born before the age, and in the last days, by the grace and assistance of the Holy Spirit, deigning to be born of the Blessed Virgin like a baby, laid down and laid in a manger. Lord Himself, in the beginning having created man and his wife, conjugate him, giving the commandment to them: Grow up, and multiply, and fill the earth, have mercy, at Your great mercy, at Your servant (name), who is preparing to give birth at Your commandment. Forgive her free and involuntary sins, Your grace give her strength to safely resolve her burden, save this and the baby in health and helplessness, protect Your Angels and save from the hostile actions of evil spirits, and from every evil thing. As God is Good and a Man-lover, God bless you and glorify you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever and ever. Amen

Prayers to the Icon of the Mother of God "Assistant Birth"

Accept, Lady Madonna, the tearful prayers of Your servants who are flowing to you. See thee on the holy icon in the womb bearing Thy Son and our God, the Lord Jesus Christ. She already and painlessly gave birth to him, both mother of sorrow of weight and weakness of sons and daughters of human sight.The same warmth falls to your celibate image, and this kissingly touching one, we pray to Thee, have mercy on the Lady: we who are sinners condemned in the pain of giving birth and in the sorrow of the nourishment of our child, mercifully spare and compassionately step in, our babies are just as hard of giving birth to them, and deliver the bitter sorrow. Grant them health and well-being, and nourishment from strength will increase by force, and those who nourish them will be filled with joy and comfort, as even now by Your intercession from the mouth of a baby and pissing, the Lord will give His praise. O Mother of the Son of God! Have mercy on the mother of the sons of men and on your weak people: the diseases that perceive us will soon heal, the grief and sorrows that are upon us to quench, and not despise the tears and sighs of Your servants. Hear us on the day of grief before Thy icon of those who fall, and on the day of joy and deliverance, accept the grateful praise of our hearts. Offer our prayers to the throne of Your Son and our God, that he will be merciful to our sin and weakness and give mercy to His leaders, His name, as we and our children, will glorify You, our merciful Intercessor and faithful Hope of our kind, forever and ever .

Oh, Most Holy Lady of the Theotokos, who does not leave us in earthly life! To whom I will offer prayers, to whom I will bring tears and sighs, not to You, all the faithful Consolation! With fear, faith, love, Mati Belly, I pray: May God instruct the Orthodox people for salvation, may He give birth to us and Your Son for peace, may He preserve us in the purity of humility, in the hope of Christ's salvation, and give us all, in the veils of thy grace, earthly comfort. Keep us under the blessing of Thy mercy, the Most Pure One, praying for helpers, slander of evil freedom, grievous misfortunes, disasters and deaths. Give blessed insight, the spirit of contrition for sinners, let us see the fullness and purity of the teachings of Christ’s gift granted to us, keep us from perishing alienation. Yes, all, gratefully glorifying Your greatness, let us be merged with Heavenly tranquility and glorify Thy beloved, with all the saints in the Trinity of the One God: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer to the Most Holy Theotokos in front of Her icon “Theodorovskaya”

Troparia, voice of the 4th: With the coming of Your honest icon, God otrokovice, rejoiced today, the God-protected city of Kostroma, as ancient Israel to the cove of the covenant, flows to the image of Your face and incarnated by Your God, by Your Mother’s representation, please send all of you to him the shelter of thy shelter is the running peace and great mercy.

Kontakion 1: Climbing the Governor, the Holy Virgin Mary, our Intercessor and the Representation of Christians the shameful, the appearance of the wonderful icons Her joy in the giving land to the Russians and all faithful children to the Church who enlightened, we earnestly give thanks to the Virgin Mary and all that are very good. Save, Madam, and have mercy on your servants, calling: Rejoice, Mother of God, our Protecting Representative and Intercessor.

Prayer: To whom I call, Lady, to whom I will run in my grief, to whom I will bring tears and my sigh, if not to You, Queen of Heaven and earth: who will cast me out of the mud of sins and iniquities, if not You, O Mother Belly, Intercessor and refuge of the human race. Hear my groaning, console me and have mercy in my sorrow, protect me in troubles and misfortunes, save me from bitterness and sorrows, and all sorts of ailments, and diseases, from the enemies visible and invisible, die the enmity that causes me cold, that I may be delivered from the slander and wickedness of mankind , also from its flesh of the vile customs of freedom. Hide me under the shadow of Thy mercy, that I will bring peace and joy, and cleansing from sins. I entrust your Maternal intercession to myself, give me Mati hope, cover, and help, and intercession, joy and comfort, and the ambulance in all.Oh wonderful Mistress! Everyone flows to You, without Thy omnipotent help, He does not depart, for this reason I resort to you unworthy, and I will be delivered from sudden and fierce death, the grinding of toothache and eternal torment. The Kingdom of Heaven, however, you will receive, and I will be able to receive thee in the tenderness of the heart of the river: Rejoice, Mother of God, Our Primate and Patroness, zealous, forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer before birth to the Blessed Virgin Mary

A prayer before giving birth to the Most Holy Theotokos will morally give birth to a woman in labor and give her strength before an important event. Moreover, at the time of the birth itself it is rarely when women manage to relax and cut a couple of minutes to appeal to the heavenly patrons.

A prayer before giving birth to the Most Holy Theotokos will morally give birth to a woman in labor and give her strength before an important event.

Prayer during childbirth is quite energy-consuming and can distract many women. Let it be better at this moment that others pray for them. Therefore, it is so important sincerely, with an unshakable faith in a good outcome, to read the prayer to the Virgin for childbirth before the onset of labor.

“Blessed Virgin, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, even weigh the birth and nature of your mother and child, have mercy on Your servant (name) and help him at this hour and let his burden be settled safely. Of the all-merciful Lady of the Theotokos, I have not demanded any help for the birth of the Son of God, please help this Thy servant who needs help, but most of all from You.

Grant her goodness in this hour, and have a baby like that and be born and bring into the light of this world so that in a proper time and smart light in holy baptism with water and the spirit. We give in to you, Mother of God, praying: be merciful to this mother, you should also come to be a mother, and begged for Christ our God, who has embodied from you, to strengthen her with His strength from above.

Prayer for a woman in childbirth and a child for a successful birth can also be addressed to the Holy Great Martyrs Anastasia Uzoreshitelnitsa and Catherine. The Matron of Moscow, the Guardian Angel, Nikolai Ugodnik is also asked for help in childbirth with a fervent prayer.

The church puts candles in front of the icon of Theodore Mother of God. She, as well as the "Assistant in childbirth" can be taken with you to the birth hall. Buy one small icon, for example, in the form of a calendar, and keep it with you from the moment the contractions begin. She will become your powerful amulet.

The pectoral cross during childbirth should also not be removed.

Prayer in front of the icon "Unexpected joy"

Prayer before childbirth to the Lord Jesus Christ

To learn the prayer of the Virgin for childbirth is paramount. You can also turn to the Saints to enlist their support too.

But the main thing to remember is that Prayer before childbirth must first be addressed to the Lord so that He blesses and helps.

Prayer before childbirth must first be addressed to the Lord so that He blesses and helps.

Then you should relax and rely on His will. It is permissible to pray in your own words, including for doctors and obstetricians who will help the woman in labor.

“Lord Jesus Christ, our God, from the eternal Father, the Son was born before the age, and in the last days, by the grace and assistance of the Holy Spirit, deigning to be born of the Most Holy Virgin like a baby, laid down and laid in a manger, Lord Himself, at the beginning creating man and wife hiding to him, giving the commandment to them: grow and multiply and fill the earth, have mercy by Your great mercy Your servant (name) who is preparing to give birth according to Your commandment. Forgive her free and involuntary sins, Your grace give her strength to safely resolve your burden, save this and baby in health and helplessness, protect your angels from them and save from the hostile actions of evil spirits, and from every evil thing. Amen".

Try to read all the texts mentioned word for word. Despite the fact that you can also pray in your own way. After giving birth, do not forget to thank the Lord, the Virgin Mary and the Saints who helped you in the mystery of having a baby.

The thanksgiving prayer, which can be ordered in the church by the relatives of the newly minted mother, will be the right decision.

Where is the Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary "Assistant in childbirth"

This image of the Blessed Virgin Mary became known to the modern Church not so long ago ... In the near 1993, an elderly parishioner of the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in the city of Serpukhovo (in Russia), who received the Holy Communion from the head of this church, Archpriest Vladimir Andreev, at home, conveyed to him the saint the image that for many years of the rule of atheism was in the attic of her house. The icon was very darkened from old age, but it could be well seen: it depicted the Most Holy Theotokos with the little Savior and the caption - "Assistance to childbirth." In the Christian church there are many similar icons (most of all it resembles the icon of the Mother of God “Sign”), but this one had a special difference: inside the womb of the Holy Mother was the baby Jesus. And father Vladimir saw this image for the first time.

A famous event occurred during the days of Lent. Archpriest placed the holy Icon in the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, where she remains to this day.

Of course, copies and reproductions that parishioners appeal to are found in various shrines throughout the world. Many temples are named after the Miraculous Image.

The patronal feast - the icons of the Mother of God “Assistant in Childbirth” - is celebrated in the Orthodox Church on January 8.

Delivery mate icon: where to buy

If you have never bought icons before, and it is the indulgence of God's grace in the form of conceiving a child or a burning sincere desire to become a mother for the first time that led you to this question, then you will probably be glad to know that you can buy a “Birth Assistant” in any church , church or kaplikk.

Holy images, like church literature, are also sold in church shops operating both in temples and separately from them. Just ask about the Assistant Icon, and they will be happy to help you.

Please note that it can be called in different ways: Assisting the childbirth, the Blessed Virgin Mary in childbirth, the assistant in childbirth, Assistance in childbirth, Helper for wives of childbirth.

And may the Blessed Virgin Mary hear all your sincere appeals to her and bless her! And after the baby’s happy birth, take note of the icon “Mammoth” and “Educator”, and henceforth turn to the Mother of God with all your joys and worries.

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What will be the result

Remember that the prayer helper during childbirth helps almost always. But there are cases when it may turn out to be powerless. You need to treat this without guilt, as this situation can be karmic and have nothing to do with your efforts. Remember that prayer is an assistant, not a panacea for diseases and complications. Therefore, you need to pray, but not program the result.

Icon of the Mother of God Maternity Assistant - Icon Painting Workshop

Handwritten icon of the Mother of God. Assistant in childbirth.

From time immemorial, in moments of severe suffering at the birth of children, when death is so close, women have resorted with especially ardent prayer to the Savior and His Most Holy Mother.

In pious families in our time, you can see the icon of the Mother of God, called the "Assistant in childbirth." On it the Mother of God is portrayed with arms raised for prayer with the Eternal Child in the bosom.

The Blessed Virgin Mary - is the heavenly patroness of all women who are preparing to become mothers.

It was the Mother of God who always prayed for help in any matters related to childbirth, which itself became the Mother of the Child Jesus Christ.

It is she who can understand the pain and feelings of a pregnant woman, or just wanting to give birth to a woman, provide her with the necessary assistance.The Virgin, who has known the joy of motherhood, can help a barren woman find a long-awaited child.

Handwritten icon of the Mother of God

Icon of the Mother of God “Assistant in Childbirth” - refers to the iconographic type of the Virgin’s icons called Oranta (Prayer). The virgin is portrayed in a prayer position, with arms raised to the sky.

Palms open outward, a traditional gesture of intercessory prayer.

This image most clearly expresses the spirit of Byzantium, where in the strict and majestic silhouettes, rich and festive robes of saints, the triumph of Orthodoxy is clearly expressed.

On a gold background, the icons depict the Mother of God with her Eternal Son. In the bosom of the Virgin, the Baby Christ in the heavenly sphere is depicted. The hands of the Mother of God are folded in prayer to the Son. One of the features of this iconographic exodus is the uncovered chapter of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The head of the Virgin is slightly bowed and turned. The views of the Mother of God and the Son are fixed on the worshipers. Faces are registered with ocher swimming. The pinkish tones of the blush and lips contrast with the olive color of the sankir, which gives them additional volume and expressiveness, tenderness and warmth.

The Mother of God is dressed in a scarlet maforium, over a dark blue tunic, symbolizing her heavenly purity and purity, regal origin and dignity.

Straight and wide folds of clothing set a certain rhythm and movement of the icon, express the completeness of the ordering of spiritual forces. In their strict geometric construction, the elasticity of spiritual energy is manifested. All elements of the icon are registered in thin, transparent floats that give depth, softness, ethereal airiness to the appearance of the Virgin and Child.

Icon of the Mother of God Assistant in childbirth is made in the canonical style, in compliance with the age-old traditions of icon painting.

When writing the icon, a clean and natural natural color palette was used: minerals, semiprecious stones, ocher, earth manually rubbed with a chime and mixed on yolk.

The rich color palette of natural pigments made it possible to achieve moderate saturation and softness of colors characteristic of the Moscow School of Writing.

In addition to the icon above, we bring to your attention other icons of the Mother of God, made by icon painters of our workshop.

Icon of the Mother of God "Maternity Assistant"

For any woman, having a baby is God's most important gift. A prayer in front of the icon of the Mother of God, “Maternal Assistant,” protects expectant mothers, helps to maintain pregnancy, and to gain strength after childbirth.

Many women, probably, will not even be able to describe the joy that gives them a sense of motherhood. However, during pregnancy, expectant mothers are very afraid of thoughts about painful childbirth and dangers that can threaten the baby. To protect themselves and the unborn child, women turn for help to the Mother of God - the Protector of children and mothers. The image of the Virgin “Maternity Assistant” can often be seen in maternity hospitals and where replenishment is soon expected. The icon of the Mother of God is not just a talisman for the future mother - she helps women during childbirth, protecting both them and the baby.

The history of the “Birth Assistant” icon

There is currently no reliable information about the history of the appearance of the image of the Mother of God “Help in childbirth”, as well as about the whereabouts of the original. According to one version, once this icon belonged to the Catholic Church. This confirms the special image of the Virgin Mary, not characteristic of Orthodox iconography.

Another confirmation of this version is the day of the celebration of the icon itself - January 8th. Along with the celebration of the icon "Help in childbirth" on this day, believers venerate yet another image of the Mother of God - the "Blessed Womb", which came to us from Italy, from Bar-grad, located in Rome.

Despite the fact that there is no confirmed data on the origin of the icon, the miraculous image of the Mother of God “Assistant in Childbirth” is especially revered by the Orthodox Church and expectant mothers. Copies of the icon can be seen in many churches of our country, and pregnant women can always turn to her for help, asking for easy painless childbirth and the health of their child.

Description of the image of the Mother of God "Assistant in childbirth"

There are several icons of the Virgin Mary "Assistant in childbirth", but only one of them is the most common in the modern world. Each of these images has its own iconographic features, but the meaning and power of the miraculous image remains unchanged. The image on the icon belongs to one of the types of Catholic iconography - the immaculate, which means "immaculate." The Mother of God herself is depicted in a red robe, on which it is noticeable to grate. She stands with her head uncovered, and her hands are folded on her chest. At the level of her palms the baby Jesus Christ is depicted without robes, arms crossed. Such an image means the experience of the Mother of God about the unborn child. Her image gives love, hope and reassurance, which are so necessary for pregnant women.

What helps a miraculous image

From the name itself, you can understand that the icon is the main amulet for a woman who wears a child under the heart. Prayers before the icon and faith in the power of the Great Intercessor help women give birth quickly and painlessly, recover after childbirth, and also provide protection from troubles throughout the pregnancy.

Couples who dream of having a baby, but cannot do this for a long time, also turn to the image of Our Lady with requests to give them children as soon as possible. A wonderful story is connected with this, thanks to which the Serpukhov Nicholas Cathedral in 1993 acquired the miraculous image of the Mother of God “Assistant in Childbirth”.

Thanks to the magical power of the icon “Help in childbirth”, a real miracle happened to Serpukhov Priest Vladimir Andreev. Even at a time when he did not have the dignity, he and his wife dreamed of having a baby, but the first attempt ended in the death of the baby, and after the second birth were easy, but the mother was in serious condition in the hospital. Exhausted spouse for six months alone took care of the child. During this time, he prayed to the Lord every day and asked him to protect and save his relatives. Once he realized that fellowship with God was a necessary need for him, and after that he decided to devote himself completely to faith and become a priest. During Lent, Vladimir Andreev went home to an elderly woman to perform the Eucharist. He told her that he was a priest of the newly opened church. At this moment, the woman called her granddaughter, asking her to bring her a bundle. When she unfolded it, an icon appeared in it. This was the very image of the Mother of God "Assistant in childbirth." After that, the woman said that she would like to bring this icon as a gift to the new church. The whole image was stained with soot, and the priest had the impression that the icon lay forgotten and unnecessary for many years. After cleansing it, he saw the image of the Mother of God and the baby Jesus Christ. When he brought the icon to the church, she began to work miracles. The women who prayed before her for the conception of a child soon became pregnant, but did not forget to pray to the Icon of the Virgin for painless childbirth and the happiness of their future child. In the family of the priest, everything was fine: the wife recovered, and the child grew up healthy. After all the miracles that this icon created, Vladimir Andreev decided to give it to St. Nicholas Cathedral. Since then, many women and expectant mothers have gathered in the walls of this sacred place, asking for a miraculous way to give them a healthy child, to protect them during pregnancy, and to ease the torment during childbirth.

Not only pregnant women, but also their husbands turn to the icon of the Virgin with a prayer for the protection of the future mother and child. After all, a request from the pure heart of a loving husband and future father cannot be not heard.

Where is the miraculous image of the Mother of God "Assistant in childbirth"

One of the most important images of the Virgin is located in the St. Nicholas Cathedral in the city of Serpukhov in the Moscow region. For the Church of St. Nicholas the White, the icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary "Help in childbirth" is one of the most revered shrines. A separate aisle was allocated for her, where many Orthodox women and their relatives come to pray.

The Mother of God for believers has always been considered the patroness and patroness of families and children. In many Orthodox churches and temples, you can pray before the miraculous icon of the Virgin "Help in childbirth", asking her about the health of expectant mothers and their children:

  • All Saints Church, Red Village, Moscow city,
  • Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior on Pod, Moscow city,
  • Church of the Nativity, city of Yekaterinburg,
  • Borisoglebsky temple, the city of Borovsk, Kaluga region,
  • Holy Trinity Izmailovsky Cathedral, the city of St. Petersburg.

In many little-known temples and churches, you can also see the icon of the Mother of God "Help in childbirth." Women acquire icons such as a talisman and every day they pray to the Great Intercessor.

Prayer before the icon of the Mother of God

Prayer in front of the icon can be said by both the expectant mother and her relatives. Do not forget that the sincerity of your prayer and faith in its strength is the most important thing in your request.

“Oh, the Most Holy Theotokos, Our Intercessor and Patroness of ours. Never in trouble do you leave us praying to you. I pray you for the health and happiness of my child. The Lord God gave us happiness by giving us a child for our joy. Even in the womb, nothing will harm him. May he be born a believer, respecting and respecting his parents. Hear, Holy Virgin Mary, my requests, let all women give birth easy and painless. May the happiness of motherhood come with the advent of my child. Help and bless us, Great Mother of God. Amen".

You can refer to the image of the Virgin "Assistant in childbirth" at any time. If you have such an icon at home, pray to her every day so that your requests bring a positive result.

The meaning of the icon of the Mother of God

The meaning of the Icon of the Mother of God “Maternity Helper”, we can already understand from the name of the miraculous image. In front of the icon, pregnant women are asking the Blessed Virgin to safely endure and give birth to a child.

“Birth Assistant” helps to get rid of infertility. She gives calmness and hope, gives strength and confidence to expectant mothers. Patronizes children who are still in the womb.

Day of veneration of the icon of the Virgin "Assistant in childbirth": January 8 / December 26 (new / old style).

Celebration date of the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary

The official date for the celebration of the icon is January 8th. This event is associated with another Orthodox holiday - the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On this day, believers visit churches and cathedrals, thank the Virgin for her help and for all her gifts, praise her in prayers. Young mothers and pregnant women pray in front of the icon of the Mother of God "Maternity Assistant", thank her for the gift of a child, or ask for protection before childbirth and for her health and future child.

While still pregnant, each mother takes care of her health and protects herself so as not to harm the baby. In order for your children to grow up healthy, happy and always protected by the Mother of God, read the prayers of the Virgin for children. I wish you and your family happiness, and do not forget to click on the buttons and

Buy the icon of the Mother of God

In the icon painting workshop of Radonezh you can buy or order a handwritten icon of the Mother of God Assistant in childbirth.Call us and we will help you find the plot, compositional solution of the icon, its optimal size and design, or we will write an icon according to your sample.

Free delivery in Moscow. If desired, the icon can be consecrated in the Holy Trinity Sergius Lavra.

The image of the Mother of God The birth attendant, made by icon painters of the Radonezh workshop, like any handmade icon, carries the living warmth of human hands and a loving heart. Each icon painted with love is unique.

We will spare no effort, all our spiritual experience, so that the handwritten list of the icon of the Mother of God of the Assistant in Childbirth, acquired in our workshop, blesses your home, brings peace, love, prosperity to you and all your household.

Peace and goodness to you, dear brothers and sisters, and may the Lady of Heaven with her Eternal Son accompany you throughout your life's journey.

How to pray to the Virgin?

Before beginning the prayer petition, one should repent of all his sins, release insults and ask for forgiveness from the Almighty. Think about whether the stone that you have long wanted to get rid of lies on your soul?

Clean thoughts, freedom from malice and hatred are extremely important in this period, especially for women. Then it’s worth reading the canonical prayer, “Virgin Mary, Hail”.

It would be nice to start with her any appeal to the Virgin Mary. Pray as often as possible: immediately after waking up and before bedtime, after a meal and in a minute of great excitement. Try not to miss prayers in the third trimester of pregnancy.

Prayer is healing, it calms and helps to achieve inner peace, which is so important when waiting for a baby. Communion as often as possible, drink holy water, eat prosphora, which will have a beneficial effect not only on you, but also on the unborn child.

Communion as often as possible, drink holy water, eat prosphora

Read spiritual literature. All together will give a good result: you are mentally prepared for childbirth and you will feel the invisible protection under which you and your baby are.

Read a prayer to the Virgin for childbirth, with a feeling of deep respect, thoughtfully - and you will be heard.

“Oh, Glorious Mother of God, have mercy on me, Thy servant, and come to my aid during my illnesses and dangers with which all the poor daughters of Eve give birth.

Remember, Blessed One in wives, with which joy and love you went hastily to a mountainous country to visit Your cousin Elizabeth during her pregnancy, and what a wonderful effect Your blessed visit had in both mother and baby.

And according to Your inexhaustible mercy, grant me, Your humble servant, to be resolved safely from the burden, grant me this grace, so that the child who now rests under my heart, comes to her senses, with joyful leaping, like the holy baby John, worships the Divine Lord the Savior God Which out of love for us sinners did not disdain Himself to become a Baby.

The unexpressed joy that filled your virgin heart when looking at your newborn Son and Lord, may it alleviate the sorrows that come to me amid the birth diseases. May the life of the world, my Savior, begotten by Thee, save me from death that cuts the lives of many mothers at the time of resolution and may the fruit of my womb be counted among the elect of God.

Hear, Most Holy Queen of Heaven, my humble prayer and look at me, poor sinner, with Your eye of grace, do not shame my hope in Your great mercy and fall of me. A helper of Christians, a Healer of diseases, may I also be able to experience for myself that You are the Mother of mercy, and may I always glorify Your grace, which has never rejected the prayers of the poor and delivering all who call you in grief and disease. Amen".

Mother of God Prayer - Softening Evil Hearts

How does the holy image help

This divine image is intended to help women who are preparing to become mothers.Virgin Mary, depicted on the canvas, mercifully reduces pain during childbirth, allows you to endure a healthy baby.

The icon "Helper for Wives" is extremely revered in the Orthodox tradition, it is attributed to the type of Immakulat (Pure).

  • More often, the face of the Blessed Virgin is addressed to future mothers, whose pregnancy is complicated by the corresponding pathologies. Prayers gave the desired result, even in cases where the predictions of the doctors were disappointing.
  • “Helper for Wives” saves the life of a child who is improperly located in the womb or has critical violations. The Blessed Virgin Mary is capable of dispelling the depression caused by fears about a future event.
  • Those women who wish to bear, but cannot, also pray to the "birth attendant". Heavenly Queen hears sincere prayers and heals the fair sex from infertility.
  • This icon also gives peace of mind, a healthy mind, physical vitality, restores and strengthens faith in God's mercy. Those who ask for help must remember their own humility, which gives salvation to thousands of other creatures.

About childbirth in Orthodoxy:

Pregnancy is a special period that requires women to have physical health, a bright mood and constant prayers that protect against the harmful effects of dark energy. The church recommends that women who carry fruit should attend temples and receive Holy Communion more often. You should turn to the Virgin and the Son of God, always listening to sincere petitions.

The appearance of man is already a miracle. The Most High wisely and harmoniously distributed in our bodies the ability to act of our own free will and to constantly thank Him for the gifts of life. The Orthodox people have repeatedly noticed that sincere prayers in front of the holy images of the Heavenly Queen and the Baby facilitate childbearing, grant health and spiritual humility.

  • Once the priests of the monastery in Serpukhov adopted a married couple, in which all the babies died during childbirth. Desperate, they turned to the “Helper for Wives” for divine help. Another pregnancy was accompanied by daily prayers for a favorable outcome. The couple kept fast and drank the blessed water. Soon a completely healthy girl was born, bringing great joy to the family.
  • A unique incident was recorded within an ordinary maternity hospital. The fetus took the wrong position in the womb, which threatened with severe complications, up to the death of a woman or child. Relatives humbly prayed before the image of the “Assistant during childbirth,” and the child took the right position. There was no end to the joy of the woman in labor and the family.
  • It happened that during akathist pain associated with the development of the fetus subsided, bleeding stopped. Priests recommend remembering the Virgin during the entire period of pregnancy, which will give more likelihood of a safe birth of a healthy baby.

Lists of the sacred image of the Virgin Mary "Help with childbirth" is quite rare, some of them can be seen in the following places:

  • In the Church of Boris and Gleb, which is located in the Kaluga region.
  • In the Holy Trinity Cathedral of St. Petersburg.
  • A list of this image is stored in the Yekaterinburg Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ.
  • There are two places in the capital where parishioners can see this miraculous image: the Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior and the Church of All Saints.
  • Sometimes the image stays in the churches of Nizhny Novgorod.
  • The most revered list is in the St. Nicholas Church of Serpukhov.

Prayers for children:

The icon "Help for women in labor" relieves expectant mothers of pain and fears, gives good health to the fetus and indescribable joy to families. The holy face of the Virgin performs numerous miracles through prayers and is highly revered in the Orthodox tradition.

Video about the akathist of the Blessed Virgin Mary before the icon "Assistant in childbirth"

Appearance story

The image of the Blessed Virgin Mary "Assistant during childbirth" was written many years ago.But the history of its origin, where and by whom it is written, is still unknown. There are different versions, according to one of them this image came to us from Catholicism.

The most common is the following story of the appearance of the icon "Assistant in childbirth."

One pious Christian named Vladimir and his wife dreamed of having healthy offspring, but the first pregnancy ended unsuccessfully. IN

about the second time, the spouse safely informed the child, but after the appearance of the child she received complications and did not get out of bed for a month. Vladimir single-handedly looked after the newborn.

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Then the man began to pray earnestly to God, and he liked it so much that he decided to devote his whole life to Him.

Vladimir soon took priesthood. Once, during Lent, he came to the house of an old woman to partake of her Holy Gifts. She decided to give him a face as a gift, it was an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, very ancient.

When about. Vladimir cleaned it of a layer of secular dust, then he saw that the image is called "Assistant in childbirth." Then the father understood that it was a sign, began to pray in front of her, and soon the wife recovered and gave her husband several more children.

The priest decided to bring her to the church, where believers began to apply to her and turn their eyes to the Most Holy Theotokos.

Soon, the parishioners began to tell the priest that after appealing to this person, someone felt the onset of a desired pregnancy, someone else had a safely resolved wife, etc.

So, the icon really helps pregnant and childbirth! The list of miracles was quite large, and then this image was called miraculous.

Prayer before the icon of the birth attendant

Religious reading: a prayer in front of the icon of the birth attendant to help our readers.

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Before giving birth (especially if they will be the first), any woman begins to have an attack of fear and panic: what if everything goes wrong, what if the doctor makes a mistake and the child suffers? The manifestation of all these fears is quite understandable, since undoubtedly every woman wants to give birth to a healthy child and at the same time remain healthy. It is in such situations that prayer during childbirth and help in childbirth can well help.

Maternity Assistant Icon

Contrary to the name, which says about the help of the Virgin only during childbirth, it is known that the Blessed Lady helps through this image in all the difficulties associated with conceiving and bearing children:

  • When planning a pregnancy,
  • About healing infertility
  • In requests for a specific gender of the child,
  • On the relief of toxicosis and pregnancy disorders, difficulties in wearing the baby,
  • About saving a child in case of a miscarriage,
  • On the correction of fetal defects, the healing of the child in the womb, if analyzes show deviations in its development,
  • On overcoming psychological difficulties during pregnancy: fears, depression, self-doubt, dissatisfaction with your appearance - remember that you can always devote a couple of minutes to foundation and mascara, and you will definitely take up your figure after childbirth,
  • About safe and timely delivery,
  • About the further health of the baby.

The icon of the Assistant in Childbirth Prayer can be read online in Russian in the text below:
My queen Prelaya, my hope is the Virgin! Host and caring for orphans, wanderers the Representative, grieving Joy, unjustly offended Patroness! You see my misfortune, you see my sorrow - help me, as weak, feed me, as a wanderer. You know my insult, save me from her as you want.I have no other help but You, no other Representative before God, no good Comforter, except You, O Mother of God! Save me and cover me forever and ever.

O Blessed Madonna, the Lady of the Virgin, who never forgets us in earthly life! To whom, besides You, I will send my prayers, I will offer my tears and sighs, except You, all believing people Consolation! Thee, Mother of the Lord - the Life of the Giver - with fear, faith and love, I implore: may the Lord enlighten all Orthodox people, direct them to salvation, submit them to give us children and your son who is pleasing and good. May the Lord save us in the purity of humility, in the hope of salvation in Christ, and will give to all of us, who are under the cover of Your Grace, earthly comfort. Save us in the shadow of Your mercy, O Most Pure One! Help those who pray for childbirth, free them from evil slander, serious troubles and misfortunes, and ward off death and disease. Give the gracious and good vision, the spirit of contrition for sins, let us see the fullness and purity of the teachings given to us by the Lord Jesus, protect us from the death of bodily and spiritual deviations from the Church, so that all of us, gratefully singing Your greatness, receive heavenly peace and there with all the saints, friends of the faithful God, have forever glorified God, the One in the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

You can memorize brief prayers in the icon of “Assistant in Childbirth”: troparion and kondak - and pray with them during analyzes, during pains and contractions.

O Mother of our God, having conceived the Lifegiver of Christ in Your womb, You Yourself did not demand help in His birth, so easily resolve yourself from the burden of Your slave (s) and help, and help her baby (them) be born during auspicious time, and accept him (them) under the Protection of Your saint, we pray to you, Mother of the Lord Almighty: You are the Assistant to all women in labor and pregnant, Intercessor before God to all Your servants.
You comforted the tears of Eve, and fulfilled the scriptures of the prophets, conceived the Infant God from the Holy Spirit, and gave birth to Him humbly in the manger of the Bethlehem cave. We come to You, the Keeper of women and babies, we bring our sighs of prayer and sorrows to You, we magnify Thee: rejoice, Blessed Mother of the Lord, Helper in childbirth.

Orthodox traditions at delivery

A hundred years ago, every woman who was preparing to become a mother in everything relied on the will of God. The midwife never set about helping a woman in labor without first praying. At the time of birth, all household members stood in front of a lit lamp and prayed to the Mother of God for a successful delivery. Prayer before childbirth was also obligatory for the woman in labor.

The era of atheism has changed the worldview of people, but modern society is increasingly reviving the Orthodox faith, spirituality in souls and society. Therefore, even today, more and more women resort to the Higher Powers with a prayer - first to conceive, then to endure and give birth.

Miracles occurring through faith and supplications of believers convince the Lord of mercy and love for their children.

The believer during pregnancy often turns to Heavenly forces. Priests insist that during the period of bearing a child, every woman should attend the temple, confess and receive Holy Communion of Christ.

The main assistant to the pregnant woman for the entire period of bearing the baby is the icon of the Blessed Virgin. The holy face revealed many miracles by faith, including the gift of motherhood.

Prayer must accompany the pregnant woman all nine months, not only in the temple, but also at home, a woman can turn to the heavenly patroness and protector.

“According to our faith, let it be for us ...” - prayer at the time of childbirth works wonders: there are cases when women who pronounce the words of prayer have calmed down, the delivery process has been facilitated, and bleeding has stopped. Priests say that prayer during pregnancy, prayer before childbirth, and prayer during childbirth are equally important for a woman.

Asking the question: “To whom to pray? Which icon is better to turn to? ”, The woman in her heart understands that the Virgin will be the main helper, to whom people always turn at the moment of grief and trials.

Being immaculate and pure, the Blessed Virgin gave birth to the Son painlessly, but during her earthly life she fully experienced what pain and suffering are. Therefore, it responds to the prayer requests of believers.

Several Holy Faces of the Mother of God are considered to be the patroness of a pregnant woman: the icon “Assistant in Childbirth”, “Skoroshlushnitsa”, “Leaping the Baby”, “Healer” and many other miraculous icons.

The Savior will not remain indifferent to sincere pleas for help and protection, therefore, the prayers offered at the icon of Jesus Christ also have effective power. No less effective are the prayers of Ksenia of Petersburg, Anastasia the Resolver. However, most believers believe that the main helper of the woman in childbirth is still the icon of the Virgin "Assistant in childbirth."

A miraculous image has been leading its modern history since the 90s of the twentieth century. It was then that the Orthodox Assistant in Childbirth icon appeared to the Orthodox world. Where the genuine face is located is not known for certain, but once, during the period of Great Lent, a list with this icon was found in Serpukhov. Father Vladimir received her as a gift from a pious old woman who he partook of at home.

For many years of the atheism, the icon was stored in the attic, then appeared to the world under the name "Assistant in childbirth." Since then, many miracles have been fixed from this image according to the prayer addresses of believers. Many barren women learned the joy of motherhood: an earnest prayer in front of the icon “Maternity Assistant” works wonders.

The Mother of God is depicted in full growth with her hands up, the Eternal Infant is located at the level of her breast.

The Blessed Virgin is depicted with her head uncovered and her hands folded, the Savior is in the womb.

Orthodox canons predetermine the image of the Mother of God with a covered head, because many clergymen believe that the second version of the icon is of Western origin.

However, among Orthodox Christians, the icon “Helper in Childbirth” is also considered a significant shrine, on which the Mother of God is depicted together with the Baby in the womb. Father Vladimir established the acquired image in the temple, composing an akathist to it.

Now pregnant women and their relatives read the akathist to the Virgin, standing in front of the icon, thereby greatly facilitating the course of pregnancy, and reduce the pain of childbirth.

There is also a canonical prayer that future mothers say before this wonderful icon. The power of prayer is not comparable to anything. Especially strong is the prayer appeal pronounced from "the very depths of the soul." The message to Heavenly forces, drawn up sincerely, with a deep message, will always be heard and "according to our prayers it will be given to us .."

The icon "Maternity Assistant" is designed to help women in childbirth, the name of the holy image speaks for itself. Pregnant women turn to the icon with a request to safely endure, give birth to a healthy baby.

Some of those whose pregnancy is complicated by pathologies ask for healing and successful delivery. Not only pregnant women flock to the icon and turn to it, but also those who cannot bear it for some reason.

A prayer for the granting of peace of mind, a healthy spirit and vigor, faith in the mercy of the Almighty is heard first of all, for it is truly said: “Tighten the spirit is peaceful, and thousands will be saved near you ...”.

Priests of the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Serpukhov, where a wonderful image is located, constantly observe the pilgrimage of parishioners, who are attracted by the miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Prayer miracles emanating from the holy face constantly affirm the triumph of true faith in the mercy of the Lord. A desperate couple who buried six stillborn babies turned for help to the image of “The Assistant in Childbirth”.

Throughout the seventh pregnancy, the couple together earnestly prayed for the image, drank holy water, and in due time a healthy girl was born. A unique case of healing from the icon was recorded not only by the clergy, but also by the employees of the hospital.

The baby, the wrong position in the womb of which threatened with complicated birth, turned over overnight and prayed in prayers before the icon overnight and settled down correctly.

Birth Prayer of the Mother of God

We advise you to read the prayer of the mother of God of the helper in childbirth with several options in Russian, with a full description and pictures.

The first Prayer of the Most Holy Theotokos in honor of Her icon "Assistant in childbirth"

Accept, Lady Madonna, the tearful prayers of Your servants who are flowing to You. We can see you on the holy icon in the womb bearing your Son and our God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

She already and painlessly gave birth to him, both mother of sorrow of weight and weakness of sons and daughters of human sight.

It’s also warmer that it falls to your celibate image and that touching one is touching, we pray to Thee, the All-Merciful Lady: we sinners, condemned in the illnesses of our parents and in the sorrow of our child’s nourishment, mercifully spare and mercifully intercede, but our babies, just as you gave birth to them, deliver illness and bitter sorrow, grant them health and well-being, and even nourishment from strength will increase in strength, and those who nourish them will be filled with joy and comfort, as even now by Your intercession from the mouth of a baby and pissing Lord will give His praise.

O Mother of the Son of God! Have mercy on the mother of the sons of men and on your weak people: the diseases that perceive us will soon be healed, the grief and sorrows that are upon us to quench, and not despise the tears and sighs of Your servants.

Hear us on the day of sorrow, before those who fall before your icon, and on the day of joy and deliverance we receive grateful praise of our hearts.

Offer our prayers to the Throne of Your Son and our God, that he will be merciful to sin and our weakness, and give mercy to His guides, His name, as we and our children, will glorify You, the Compassionate Intercessor and faithful Hope of our kind, forever and ever . Amen.

The second Prayer of the Most Holy Theotokos in honor of Her icon "Assistant in childbirth"

O Most Holy Lady of the Theotokos, who does not leave us in earthly life! To whom I will offer prayers, to whom I will bring tears and sighs, if not to You, all the faithful are comfort! With fear, faith, love, Mother Belly, I pray: God grant the people of Orthodoxy to save us, may He give us children for Your peace, may He keep us in the purity of humility, in the hope of Christ's salvation, and grant us all, in the cover of thy grace, earthly comfort. Keep us under the banner of Thy grace, the Most Pure One, praying for helpers, slander of evil freedom, grievous troubles, disasters and deaths. Give blessed insight, a spirit of contrition for sinners, let us see the fullness and purity of Christ’s teachings given to us, keep us from perishing alienation, and all, thanks to glorifying Your majesty, let us be at peace with Thy beloved, and with all our saints we will glorify God in Trinity God: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and forever and ever. Amen.

Troparion of the Most Holy Theotokos in honor of Her Icon "Assistant in Childbirth"

Mother of our God, having conceived Christ the Lifegiver in the womb, you didn’t need help in giving birth to Him, the same, let your servant bless and help, and their babies during the well-being of those who have it, under Your protection, as Mother, we pray, accept: Thou in the birth of the Helper, Intercessor of Your servant.

Kondak of the Most Holy Theotokos in honor of Her Icon "Assistant in Childbirth"

The tears of the Evins' permission, prophetic scriptures were fulfilled, conceived from the Holy Spirit of God and humbly giving birth to Him, we resort to You as the Keeper of wives and babies, we breathe unto Thee and rejoice in You: rejoice, Gracious Mother, in childbirth Helper.

Icon location

There is an exact answer to the question where is the miraculous face of the “Assistant in Childbirth”. At this time, "Assistant Childbirth" you can bow in Serpukhov near Moscow, where the Cathedral of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. It is there that you can find this image, pray, adhere to it and read the akathist in front of the icon.

Important! Akathist is the laudatory singing of the Lord, the Virgin, a saint or a holiday. It consists of 12 kondakas and ikos, and the 13th kontakion is read 3 times at the end. After this, the first icos and kondak are read. At the end of the text is a prayer appeal to the one to whom the akathist was recited.

In the St. Nicholas Church of the city of Serpukhov, an akathist is read every week in front of this person, and any prayer gets what he needs at a given time.

The “Helper” is a real miracle, revealed during this difficult time to strengthen the faith of Christians, and also, so that through prayers to the Mother of God in front of the “Helper” icon, the number of believers will increase in Russia, that is, to solve the demographic problem.

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Also, lists from this wonderful face can be found in many churches of the country, for example:

  • in Yekaterinburg in the Church of the Nativity,
  • in the capital in the church of All Saints (Red Village),
  • in Borovsk, Kaluga region, in the Borisoglebsky church,
  • in the Transfiguration Church in the capital,
  • in St. Petersburg in the Holy Trinity Izmailovsky Cathedral.

In addition, in many churches and church shops there is this image, it is also present in maternity wards. Thanks to this, future mothers can look at him and turn to the Intercessor in the most difficult hours of relief from the burden.

To whom to deliver a prayer service during childbirth

Since ancient times, it so happened that women in labor offered a prayer before the miraculous images of the Heavenly Queen, “Recovering the Baby”, “Healer”, “Assistant in Childbirth”, “Fedorovskaya” and many others. This list can be listed indefinitely, since it is not so important to whom to pray, because the main thing is that the prayer during childbirth and help in childbirth is pronounced sincerely.

To strengthen the prayer service, one should ask that during the period of labor at the woman in labor, her family and friends warmly utter a prayer prayer while in the church or in the walls of the house before the iconostasis.

However, it should be noted that, along with other images, the icon of the Mother of God “The Helper in Childbirth” is more popular, and the image of the Virgin Mary acts as the patroness of women and the main helper always and in all situations, therefore the most powerful prayer addresses are addressed to Her. Virgin Mary will always hear and help those whose petition comes sincerely and from the bottom of her heart, since she herself has experienced the experience of maternity pain.

Prayer before childbirth for help and the birth of a healthy baby

It is believed that a believing Orthodox Christian should turn to God not only during childbirth, but also before the conception of a child, during the period of gestation.

The more often you cry out for God's help with prayer, the calmer and more confident you will feel. It is very important to remember the prayer and during childbirth.

If in the midst of the struggles to read the prayer, it becomes a little easier - the pain calms down.

From time immemorial, Orthodox Christians have been praying before the birth of the Holy Mother of God. She is considered the patroness of mothers and their children. If desired, close people of the woman giving birth can gather in the church or at home in front of the image of the Virgin, and then read the prayer together for a successful outcome of childbirth and the birth of a healthy, strong baby.

Such a religious text is primarily pronounced in order to assist the mother in childbirth. If in more detail, it is read for the following purposes:

  • to relieve severe pain,
  • to facilitate difficult, protracted labor,
  • in order to eliminate the complications that arise during difficult fights,
  • to relieve severe bleeding, if one begins during childbirth,
  • to rid the baby of the pathology that doctors could diagnose in the early stages of pregnancy.

Interestingly, prayer addressed to the Most Holy Theotokos helps not only pregnant or giving birth women. It can also be pronounced if the woman does not succeed in becoming pregnant and bearing the fetus.

Even with infertility, do not give up. You need to seek help with such prayer and ask the Lord to give a healthy child. However, one sacred text should not be limited.

You are also encouraged to attend church, confess, and receive communion. In this case, prayer will have much greater power. When you are in the temple, first of all buy three candles, put them near the image of the Virgin.

Then read “Our Father” and only after that ask the Mother of God for the health of the unborn child.

Do not forget that the Mother of God should be consulted throughout pregnancy, and not only during childbirth. In this case, you will feel much calmer, and you won’t worry so much about the successful completion of childbirth. You can read the prayer not only to the Theotokos, but also to other saints:

  • Great Martyr Catherine,
  • Ksenia of Petersburg,
  • Anastasia the Decisive.

If doctors said that you need to prepare yourself for a fairly difficult birth, it is best to read a prayer to Joachim and Anna. This couple could not have a baby for a very long time, but they prayed so fervently and long to the Lord that they were given a child.

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How will the birth go, will everything be all right? Every woman thinks about this with excitement. Do not be afraid, the prayer "Assistant in childbirth" will lead away from all fears. The protector of all Christians and all women is the Mother of God.

They turn to her in any everyday difficulties, she prays and asks for all sinners, she is patient for mistakes, she is also an assistant in childbirth.

The Mother of God is the mother herself and she needs to pray during the entire pregnancy, and especially in the approach of childbirth.

He who asks will be given. How good is the soul of a believer! He feels everywhere the hand of the Lord, his support and his sign. If a person prays, then he experiences less anxiety, stress, he knows and believes that his prayers will be answered, the Lord will not leave him. Praying to the Virgin, the one who asks receives her support and her help.

In front of the icon "Maternity Assistant"

Accept, Heavenly Lady, the Most Holy Theotokos, the tearful prayer request of the servant of God (proper name). Pay attention to me humbly kneeling before the image of your Saints and become my support in my difficult life period.

I look with tears of tenderness at your Icon and see you bearing in your womb thy Son and our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. You, the Most Holy Theotokos, gave birth to him painlessly and with great spiritual joy, without experiencing torment.

So help me about the time of birth.

Grant me, Blessed Virgin Mary, your support and do not let terrible torment be experienced during childbirth. Give your intercession to my baby so that he is born healthy and strong, so that without pain he falls into this world.

I bow to your image and ask for your intercession. Oh, Blessed Virgin Mary, have mercy on me, with love and joy awaiting the birth of her child.

Do not let sorrow and sorrow come into my life, do not despise my tears of the humble.

On the day of my unlimited joy, at the time of the birth of the blood of my dear, I am a servant of God (I will offer you my own thanks in prayer and thank the Lord our All-Merciful and All-Merciful. Amen.

Matron of Moscow

Oh, blessed Old Lady of the Matron of Moscow, your soul in heaven is near the Throne of the Lord, but your body rests on earth and exudes various miracles. Hear my prayer, Slaves of God (proper name) and give me comfort in sorrows and sorrows.

Ask the gentlemen of our Almighty to show mercy to me and forgive all my voluntary and involuntary transgressions, committed out of my foolishness.

Ask him to send me the birth of a healthy and strong child, so that he does not have to pay for my sins in which I sincerely repent.

I thank you, Blessed Staritsa Matrona of Moscow and trust only in you. I believe in your boundless mercy. May your mercy toward the afflicted and those in need of your help not fail. I glorify the Holy Name of the Lord in my prayers and accept His will in everything. Amen.

Icon Place in the House

In the old days, in the room where the pregnant woman slept, they always hung an icon with the face of the Blessed Virgin Mary to protect the mother and baby.

Modern Orthodox women also prefer to see the holy face on a daily basis, but they often ask themselves: “Where should the icon“ Assistant in Childbirth ”be located in the house?” The priests answer the question unequivocally: the icon should be where it is easiest to offer prayers to her.

If it is convenient to hang on the wall, let it hang on the wall, you can put on the shelf and a bedside table, the main thing is that the holy image was acquired in the church and consecrated. The best option would be to find the icon in the room where the expectant mother constantly lives, since this icon is primarily for pregnant women.

The "Birth Assistant" celebrates the day of veneration on January 8, they pray to her not only for pregnant women, but also ask for the health of the newborns. Today in almost every maternity hospital there is such an image, they hang it in the wards, and most importantly, in the maternity ward. It is believed that in that hospital the smallest number of dysfunctional births in which this holy image meets a woman in labor.

What to pray before this icon

The question of how this icon helps can be answered as follows.

The request addressed to the Mother of God is never ignored, the Intercessor Warm kind of Christian always hears any prayer gasp.

And rarely does anyone leave Her unfounded. She accepts and intercedes all for sinners before Her Divine Son.

There were times when even those sentenced to death by doctors were healed by prayers to Her. Especially the Mother of God responds to the petitions of those who are in the womb, because She herself was the Mother in this earthly life. And although She is unfamiliar with the pangs of birth, She always sympathizes with the suffering as a merciful Mother.

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We are all children for the Most Pure One, She seeks to help everyone, even when there is no Divine Providence in this, She is able to plead with Her Son. Then a person immediately feels relief and easing of the disease.

Before the image of “In Childbirth Helper,” they pray in the following situations:

  • if you want to conceive a baby,
  • with infertility
  • in case of a miscarriage,
  • with burdened bearing
  • before the fights
  • during the entire period of childbirth.

A woman in labor and her relatives, family members and friends can pray.

Prayer before this face of the Virgin is capable of:

  • accelerate the process of the appearance of the child,
  • bestow the long-awaited conception,
  • to make abortion safe,
  • relieve suffering
  • reduce pain
  • relieve bleeding
  • give health to mom and baby,
  • get rid of tragedies and medical errors during childbirth,
  • eliminate injuries and pathologies in the baby.

What else can this icon help, let the woman check on herself.The main thing is to have a firm faith and hope in the help of the Most Holy Theotokos. Faith and hope can do real miracles. Find the icon "Helper" can be found in any church shop in the photo.

Birth Prayers

Be sure to take the icon of the Virgin with you to the hospital. Pray all the time, as the fights recede, let the icon be always with you.

It will protect you from the bad and will certainly help in resolving the burden. Many women noticed the help of the Virgin if there was an icon with them.

Either the baby suddenly turned and took the right position for childbirth, then the pain receded. The main thing is to believe and pray fervently, from the heart, from the heart.

Prayer in front of the icon of the Mother of God "Assistant in childbirth":

“Blessed Virgin, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, even weigh your birth and nature to your mother and child, have mercy on Your servant (name), and help me in this hour, may her burden be settled safely.

About the All-Merciful Lady of the Virgin, I did not demand the help of the birth of the Son of God, just wait for the help of this Thy servant, who requires help, most of all from You.

Grant her blessings in this hour, and have a baby like that, and bring it into the light of this world, so that in auspicious time and wise light in Holy Baptism with water and spirit.

We give you, Mother of God the Almighty, praying: Be merciful to this mother, you should also come to be a mother, and begged for Christ our God to be embodied from you, may He strengthen with His strength from above. Like His power is blessed and glorified, with His First Father, and the Most Holy and Good and His Life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen".

A short prayer to the Mother of God:

“Virgin Mary, rejoice, graceful Mary, Lord be with you, Blessed are you in women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, as if the Savior gave birth to our souls.”

The Virgin Mary is kind and cordial, she will help you in this and any other good deed. Do not forget to ask and do not forget to give thanks. Be kind, attentive, pray in Russian, Old Slavonic and any other language. May the Lord protect you.

The information published on this site is for reference. Before using it in practice, be sure to consult a doctor.

Prayer before the image "Assistant in childbirth"

You can call in prayers to the Most Holy One at any convenient time, most importantly, prayer must be coupled with firm faith. The text of the prayer in front of the image “In the birth of the Helper” is at the end of the Akathist’s icon. And also sometimes a prayer is printed on the back of the icon. In the church, under this image, one can also sometimes read the text of this prayer.

It sounds like this:

The text of this prayer is very touching, in it the Mother of God is called Our Mother, the Intercessor. And although she gave birth to the Infant Christ without pain, she understands our sorrows, hears our sighs and petitions, and asks for us Her Son and Our God. She belongs to all as an affectionate and caring Mother, she wants to help everyone and save us from troubles and misfortunes.

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She does not want the death of women in childbirth and babies, therefore, many eyes of women, who are in difficult hours to resolve from the burden, and their closest relatives are sent to Her. In prayer health is requested for fruiting women and babies, a successful outcome of such difficult trials.

In the appearance of man on the light, the course of events largely depends on the providence from above, which is why we rely mainly on the Grace of God.

In the prayer set out above, it is asked to the people of the earth who are condemned in agony to give birth to their children, the least painful process and their successful outcome. He also asks that the Lord not give to those who pray for their sins, but show His great mercy and condescension and have mercy on His slaves.

At the end of the petition, it is promised that those who pray to the Most Holy One will glorify Her and the Almighty and give thanks like gospel children.Prayer must be offered with undeniable hope and tears, then the Mother of God will certainly fulfill what is requested.

There is also a prayer text before this image:

Important! Before the start of labor, a pregnant woman must confess and accept the Holy Mysteries. Throughout the entire period of gestation, it is advisable to visit the temple as often as possible, pray at home, read the akathist to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
And, if possible, try to refrain from passions and sins, because the baby in the womb feels and absorbs everything even before it is born.

Remembrance Day for this icon is January 8th. On the same day, the icon of the Blessed Womb is celebrated. This is a similar image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on it she is painted a nursing baby Jesus. Before this image, they also ask for a successful pregnancy outcome, the health of the mother and baby.

Assistant to the Icon of the Mother of God in Birth

All about religion and faith - “prayer to the icon of the mother of God in childbirth helper” with a detailed description and photographs.

The first Prayer of the Most Holy Theotokos in honor of Her icon "Assistant in childbirth"

Accept, Lady Madonna, the tearful prayers of Your servants who are flowing to You. We can see you on the holy icon in the womb bearing your Son and our God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

She already and painlessly gave birth to him, both mother of sorrow of weight and weakness of sons and daughters of human sight.

It’s also warmer that it falls to your celibate image and that touching one is touching, we pray to Thee, the All-Merciful Lady: we sinners, condemned in the illnesses of our parents and in the sorrow of our child’s nourishment, mercifully spare and mercifully intercede, but our babies, just as you gave birth to them, deliver illness and bitter sorrow, grant them health and well-being, and even nourishment from strength will increase in strength, and those who nourish them will be filled with joy and comfort, as even now by Your intercession from the mouth of a baby and pissing Lord will give His praise.

O Mother of the Son of God! Have mercy on the mother of the sons of men and on your weak people: the diseases that perceive us will soon be healed, the grief and sorrows that are upon us to quench, and not despise the tears and sighs of Your servants.

Hear us on the day of sorrow, before those who fall before your icon, and on the day of joy and deliverance we receive grateful praise of our hearts.

Offer our prayers to the Throne of Your Son and our God, that he will be merciful to sin and our weakness, and give mercy to His guides, His name, as we and our children, will glorify You, the Compassionate Intercessor and faithful Hope of our kind, forever and ever . Amen.

The second Prayer of the Most Holy Theotokos in honor of Her icon "Assistant in childbirth"

O Most Holy Lady of the Theotokos, who does not leave us in earthly life! To whom I will offer prayers, to whom I will bring tears and sighs, if not to You, all the faithful are comfort! With fear, faith, love, Mother Belly, I pray: God grant the people of Orthodoxy to save us, may He give us children for Your peace, may He keep us in the purity of humility, in the hope of Christ's salvation, and grant us all, in the cover of thy grace, earthly comfort. Keep us under the banner of Thy grace, the Most Pure One, praying for helpers, slander of evil freedom, grievous troubles, disasters and deaths. Give blessed insight, a spirit of contrition for sinners, let us see the fullness and purity of Christ’s teachings given to us, keep us from perishing alienation, and all, thanks to glorifying Your majesty, let us be at peace with Thy beloved, and with all our saints we will glorify God in Trinity God: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and forever and ever. Amen.

Troparion of the Most Holy Theotokos in honor of Her Icon "Assistant in Childbirth"

Mother of our God, having conceived Christ the Lifegiver in the womb, you didn’t need help in giving birth to Him, the same, let your servant bless and help, and their babies during the well-being of those who have it, under Your protection, as Mother, we pray, accept: Thou in the birth of the Helper, Intercessor of Your servant.

Kondak of the Most Holy Theotokos in honor of Her Icon "Assistant in Childbirth"

The tears of the Evins' permission, prophetic scriptures were fulfilled, conceived from the Holy Spirit of God and humbly giving birth to Him, we resort to You as the Keeper of wives and babies, we breathe unto Thee and rejoice in You: rejoice, Gracious Mother, in childbirth Helper.

Prayer of the Mother of God before the icon of Her "Assistant in childbirth"

The first Prayer of the Most Holy Theotokos in honor of Her icon "Assistant in childbirth"

Accept, Lady Madonna, the tearful prayers of Your servants who are flowing to You. We can see you on the holy icon in the womb bearing your Son and our God, the Lord Jesus Christ. She already and painlessly gave birth to him, both mother of sorrow of weight and weakness of sons and daughters of human sight. It’s also warmer that it falls to your celibate image and that touching one is touching, we pray to Thee, the All-Merciful Lady: we sinners, condemned in the illnesses of our parents and in the sorrow of our child’s nourishment, mercifully spare and mercifully intercede, but our babies, just as you gave birth to them, deliver illness and bitter sorrow, grant them health and well-being, and even nourishment from strength will increase in strength, and those who nourish them will be filled with joy and comfort, as even now by Your intercession from the mouth of a baby and pissing Lord will give His praise.

O Mother of the Son of God! Have mercy on the mother of the sons of men and on your weak people: the diseases that perceive us will soon be healed, the grief and sorrows that are upon us to quench, and not despise the tears and sighs of Your servants. Hear us on the day of sorrow, before those who fall before your icon, and on the day of joy and deliverance we receive grateful praise of our hearts. Offer our prayers to the Throne of Your Son and our God, that he will be merciful to sin and our weakness, and give mercy to His guides, His name, as we and our children, will glorify You, the Compassionate Intercessor and faithful Hope of our kind, forever and ever . Amen.

The second Prayer of the Most Holy Theotokos in honor of Her icon "Assistant in childbirth"

O Most Holy Lady of the Theotokos, who does not leave us in earthly life! To whom I will offer prayers, to whom I will bring tears and sighs, if not to You, all the faithful are comfort! With fear, faith, love, Mother Belly, I pray: God grant the people of Orthodoxy to save us, may He give us children for Your peace, may He keep us in the purity of humility, in the hope of Christ's salvation, and grant us all, in the cover of thy grace, earthly comfort. Keep us under the banner of Thy grace, the Most Pure One, praying for helpers, slander of evil freedom, grievous troubles, disasters and deaths. Give blessed insight, a spirit of contrition for sinners, let us see the fullness and purity of Christ’s teachings given to us, keep us from perishing alienation, and all, thanks to glorifying Your majesty, let us be at peace with Thy beloved, and with all our saints we will glorify God in Trinity God: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and forever and ever. Amen.

Troparion of the Most Holy Theotokos in honor of Her Icon "Assistant in Childbirth"

Mother of our God, having conceived Christ the Lifegiver in the womb, you didn’t need help in giving birth to Him, the same, let your servant bless and help, and their babies during the well-being of those who have it, under Your protection, as Mother, we pray, accept: Thou in the birth of the Helper, Intercessor of Your servant.

Kondak of the Most Holy Theotokos in honor of Her Icon "Assistant in Childbirth"

The tears of the Evins' permission, prophetic scriptures were fulfilled, conceived from the Holy Spirit of God and humbly giving birth to Him, we resort to You as the Keeper of wives and babies, we breathe unto Thee and rejoice in You: rejoice, Gracious Mother, in childbirth Helper.

Prayer to the Icon of the Helper in Childbirth: what helps the image of the Mother of God and what is its history

Pregnancy is the happiest time in the life of any woman.Joyful expectation of the baby, new feelings and sensations - all this causes excitement, which is especially amplified by the end of the term. Every woman (especially one who is preparing to become a mother for the first time) feels anxiety and fear when approaching the end of pregnancy, and this is understandable.

Women turn to prayer, because much in this situation depends on the providence of God. Who else to hope for, if not on our Intercessor, therefore, pregnant women pray to Her in the hope that She will hear and implore Her Son about the successful resolution, health of the mother and baby. Prayer most quickly reaches Her.

“Maternity Assistant” is a special image written for such situations.

The history of acquisition and iconography

This holy image appeared to the Christian world in the late 90s of the XX century. The face of the Virgin was acquired in the city of Serpukhov during Lent. An icon was brought to the local monastery by a devout old woman. She handed the image to Priest Vladimir in gratitude for the consecration of her apartment. The "birth attendant" was kept in the old woman’s house for a long time, avoiding reprisals from atheistic representatives of the Soviet government.

Three types of writing of this icon are known in the world:

  1. The ancient version depicts the Blessed Virgin Mary with her head covered, in full growth. She prayerfully raises both hands, and on the chest is the Infant Christ in church attire.
  2. The modern variation is different in that the head of the Mother of God is not covered with a headdress, her hair is loose, and her fingers are brought together in the chest area. The fingers are folded in a specific prayer manner and demonstrate the monogram of Christ. Maria’s upper robe has red tones and golden tint, some faces have stars on their shoulders. Newborn Jesus on this canvas has no clothes.
  3. The third variety is known as "And the word became flesh." Today, this image is stored in the newly appeared Annunciation Cathedral. Here the head of the Mother of God is covered, her hands are located slightly below the naked Baby.

The Orthodox tradition prefers the first and third options. The bare-headed image is definitely of Western origin.

When father Vladimir received this icon, he set a face in the temple and piously composed an akathist who is read by pregnant women and relatives in order to facilitate the accompanying experiences.

On a note! There is also a canonical prayer service, the strength of which exceeds all others. The power of this message to Heaven is felt in the depths of a righteous soul.

How does prayer petition help

In the Christian Orthodox religion, there is a prayer before giving birth to the Mother of God, which provides miraculous help to women in childbirth, namely:

  • Relieves pain
  • If the maternity process portends to be complicated, then a prayer petition can greatly facilitate it,
  • In the presence of complications, it helps to ease the course of pregnancy,
  • Saves women from infertility
  • During childbirth can relieve severe bleeding,
  • If during the pregnancy some deviations were detected in the fetus, then an appeal to the Queen of Heaven will help to bring forth a healthy and strong child.

It should be remembered that it is necessary to prepare for the birth process not only physically and mentally, but also need to be prepared on a spiritual level. That is, a woman in a position (in the last stages of pregnancy) is strongly recommended to attend church, defend service, confess from sinful deeds and partake of the Holy Sacrament.

And no matter how good the pregnancy is, the outcome of the birth itself remains largely unpredictable and in the event of complications, doctors are not always able to deal with them, and sincere prayer to the Higher Forces will help to overcome all difficulties.

The prayer to the Mother of God Helper in childbirth is as follows:

“Accept, Lady Madonna, the tearful prayer of thy servants who are flowing to you.See thee on the holy icon in the womb bearing Thy Son and our God, the Lord Jesus Christ. She already and painlessly gave birth to him, both mother of sorrow of weight and weakness of sons and daughters of human sight.

The same warmth falls to your celibate image, and this kissingly touching one, we pray to Thee, have mercy on the Lady: we who are sinners condemned in the pain of giving birth and in the sorrow of the nourishment of our child, mercifully spare and compassionately step in, our babies are just as hard of giving birth to them, and deliver the bitter sorrow.

Grant them health and well-being, and nourishment from strength will increase by force, and those who nourish them will be filled with joy and comfort, as even now by Your intercession from the mouth of a baby and pissing, the Lord will give His praise. O Mother of the Son of God! Have mercy on the mother of the sons of men and on your weak people: the diseases that perceive us will soon heal, the grief and sorrows that are upon us to quench, and not despise the tears and sighs of Your servants.

Hear us on the day of grief before Thy icon of those who fall, and on the day of joy and deliverance, accept the grateful praise of our hearts. Offer our prayers to the throne of Your Son and our God, that he will be merciful to our sin and weakness and give mercy to His leaders, His name, as we and our children, will glorify You, our merciful Intercessor and faithful Hope of our kind, forever and ever . ”

May the Lord protect you!

Birth Assistant Icon Meaning

Although the image was discovered in our time, it is believed that it has an ancient origin. The icon of the Virgin "Assistant in childbirth" has a very recognizable composition, one of a kind.

  • The Mother of God is depicted with her head uncovered - curly long hair falls on the neck and shoulders of the Blessed Virgin.
  • Mary is portrayed standing, waist-high or full-length.
  • The hands of the Virgin are raised, palms as if embracing the Baby, who, judging by the composition, is still in the womb.
  • Christ is depicted in full growth: his hands can be folded on his chest, in another version, He is dressed in royal robes and blesses.
  • The baby is depicted as if floating at the level of the Mother’s chest (as in the image of the “Sign”).

There are many editions of the icon "Assistant in childbirth", but it is very easy to recognize. The image can be in the house of those who have to give birth.

Prayer to the Theotokos

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Before giving birth (especially if they will be the first), any woman begins to have an attack of fear and panic: what if everything goes wrong, what if the doctor makes a mistake and the child suffers? The manifestation of all these fears is quite understandable, since undoubtedly every woman wants to give birth to a healthy child and at the same time remain healthy. It is in such situations that prayer during childbirth and help in childbirth can well help.

What helps and where is the icon

The image has been known since the beginning of the 90s, during which time it managed to earn the glory of the miraculous. He was found in an elderly parishioner of the church in the city of Serpukhov. The board turned black from time to time, it was quite difficult to make out at least anything on it. Under a layer of dust, it was possible to detect the faces of the Virgin and Child.

The found shrine was placed in a place of honor in St. Nicholas Cathedral, where it currently resides. Here are the names of the temples where the lists (copies) of the icon "Maternity Assistant" are located:

  • Transfiguration Cathedral (Moscow),
  • All Saints Church (Moscow),
  • Izmailovsky Cathedral (St. Petersburg),
  • Christmas Temple (Yekaterinburg).

If you want to often contact the Mother of God, you should buy an icon for yourself and put it near the bed, pray every day so that the birth is successful. This is a difficult test for the body, a lot of psychological stress. The mistress of heaven will surely help to cope.

What to pray before the holy image

Turning to God, you must have the proper attitude. Of course, the Lord hears and sees absolutely everything that happens - He is omniscient and omnipresent.

But in order to perceive His goodness, a person must change himself, throw away from his heart numerous rubbish - resentment, vanity, pride and so on. This is expressed in repentance.

It is with them that one should start the prayer in front of the icon “Assistant in childbirth”.

Words should be pronounced slowly, realizing the meaning of what they read. No need to strive to read all the famous prayers at a time, let it be briefly, but from the heart. In advance, you should purchase a small scapular, which you can take with you to the prenatal ward. If possible, one should take communion, attend services, and order prayers for health.

Prayers to the Icon of the Mother of God “Maternity Assistant” helped many women to easily endure and give birth to healthy babies.

Young mothers write that purulent sore throat, the threat of a miscarriage took place, the contractions themselves proceeded quite quickly.

Of course, everyone is given by faith - but it can be cultivated in oneself by reading the Word of God, communicating with spiritually experienced people. The main thing is that the heart be open to the Lord.

  • Prayer for help in childbirth
  • The Enduring Health Psalter - see here
  • The Tripartite Icon - the meaning of what helps, what to pray for - https://bogolub.info/ikona-triletstvuyushhaya-znachenie-v-chem-pomogaet-o-chem-molitsya/

In past times, shortly before the fights were to begin, the woman in labor and her relatives read the Great Akathist together. The process of the birth of the baby was an incomprehensible and very dangerous event.

Today, women attend special courses where they tell in stages what the expectant mother expects, how to behave herself, show deep breathing. But still, fear remains, especially among those who give birth for the first time.

To get rid of fear, one should often turn to the Mother of God in front of her icon for pregnant women, “Assistant in Childbirth”. You can get such an image and those who are only planning the conception of an heir. The Holy Virgin Mary will help in this.

Icon "Assistant in childbirth" - what prayer to read before the image of the Virgin?

In the old days, the birth process was mystical and unknown. Perhaps that is why many rituals and ceremonies that preceded the birth of the baby were born and are still preserved. Traditionally, the woman in labor and those close to her read the Great Akathist, asking the Blessed Virgin Mary to ease the torment and send the blessing of the Lord.

What miracles are known for the Birth Assistant icon

Every week, people gather in the city of Serpukhov to read an akathist, written specifically for the icon "The Assistant in Childbirth." Our contemporary, archpriest serving in the Moscow diocese became its author. The text is blessed for reading by Orthodox believers.

Many miracles happen through prayers, some of them are told by the rector of the temple.

One married couple survived 6 miscarriages. But they did not give up. Another pregnancy was also difficult, the doctors all the time feared for the baby’s health. Throughout the term, mother and father attended prayers. A woman received holy water every morning. Their dream finally came true - the happy couple had a daughter!

Another pregnant woman got into a difficult situation - the fetus turned upside down in the womb. In this situation, hospitalization is mandatory, the time has already come. Two days before going to the hospital, the expectant mother decided to go to church. After this, it turned out on examination that the child had taken the correct position. Doctors let the woman go home, surprised at such a rare occasion.

In faith, turning to the Queen of Heaven, every woman can count on help!

Help for women in labor, pregnant and planning

In our age of high technology and high-profile medical discoveries, scientists cannot fully explore all the subtleties of the appearance of man in the world. Modern believing women, like their grandmothers, are asking for help from the Lord in childbirth. In Orthodoxy, the Blessed Virgin Mary is considered the patroness of motherhood.

In Russia, an icon was hanged in a pregnant woman’s room, which later became known as the "Assistant in Childbirth." Modern women also recite prayers to the Blessed Virgin. There is an opinion that after prayer this icon gives birth favorably even with complicated pregnancy. Despite the name “Maternity Assistant”, not only expectant mothers, but also women planning a baby are interested in the icon. They say that many manage to see the treasured stripes on the test after prayers in front of the icon.

Variations of the icon

There are two canonical versions of the icon. In the first, the Virgin is depicted in full growth with hands raised to heaven in prayer, among which you can see the image of the baby Christ.

The second, also called the Serpukhov icon, due to the place of detection and storage. On it, the Mother of God, contrary to the canons, is depicted with her head uncovered. This detail suggests that the icon was painted more likely in the West. The Blessed Virgin in a red robe with a golden tint folded her hands in prayer, with the fingers of her right hand half covering the fingers of her left hand. Under the palms of the mother is the baby Jesus. This image was discovered in the city of Serpukhov in 1993, and to this day pilgrims with akathists visit the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, which is currently stored "Assistant in childbirth."

Prayer before the icon Assistant in childbirth

O Most Holy Lady of the Theotokos, who does not leave us in earthly life! To whom I will offer prayers, to whom I will bring tears and sighs, if not to You, all the faithful are comfort! With fear, faith, love, Mother Belly, I pray: God grant the people of Orthodoxy to save us, may He give us children for Your peace, may He keep us in the purity of humility, in the hope of Christ's salvation, and grant us all, in the cover of thy grace, earthly comfort. Keep us under the banner of Thy grace, the Most Pure One, praying for helpers, slander of evil freedom, grievous troubles, disasters and deaths. Give blessed insight, a spirit of contrition for sinners, let us see the fullness and purity of Christ’s teachings given to us, keep us from perishing alienation, and all, thanks to glorifying Your majesty, let us be at peace with Thy beloved, and with all our saints we will glorify God in Trinity God: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and forever and ever. Amen.

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Icons with the Holy Mother of God there are a lot, each of which is very beautiful, colorful and amazing. Among this many beautiful images of the Virgin Mary, there is one very important one - Mother.

The first prayer of the Most Holy Theotokos in honor of the icons Her "Assistantinbirth". Accept, Lady Madonna, the tearful prayers of Your servants who are flowing to You.

Herself icon was written in the Holy Trinity Derman Monastery (Ukraine). Based on the old picture brought . Although there are images of the Virgin, where she is without a homophore: “Recovery of the dead”, “Assistantinbirth"," Akhtyrskaya ".

Most people give preference icons Of the Mother of God, namely: "INbirthassistant"," Leaping the baby "," Feorodovskaya. "

2 What helps. 3 History the icons. 4 Prayer of Theodore icon Of God . Very often people come to pray to her and ask about: lungs birth. Mother and hope, cover, and help, and intercession, joy and comfort, and ambulance in everything Assistant.

Icons with the Holy Mother of God there are a lot, each of which is very beautiful, colorful and amazing. Among this many beautiful images of the Virgin Mary, there is one very important one - Mother.

The first prayer of the Most Holy Theotokos in honor of the icons Her "Assistantinbirth". Accept, Lady Madonna, the tearful prayers of Your servants who are flowing to You.

Herself icon was written in the Holy Trinity Derman Monastery (Ukraine). Based on the old picture brought . Although there are images of the Virgin, where she is without a homophore: “Recovery of the dead”, “Assistantinbirth"," Akhtyrskaya ".

Miraculous image

The icon is considered miraculous. Every Saturday, a prayer service is held in the cathedral, where a special akathist sounds.

The cathedral was donated by an elderly woman during Lent. And from that moment her miraculous story began.

In 1998, Archpriest Vladimir Andreev shared the stories of people after visiting the cathedral and praying the icon of the “Assistant in Childbirth”:

The long-awaited miracle

Doctors shook their heads sadly and spread their arms. Galina and her husband

Igor has already survived six miscarriages. The seventh pregnancy was with complications and a constant threat of termination.

The whole time young people read prayers, the expectant mother drank holy water, and finally, the birth was successful, a healthy girl was born.

Orthodox Prayer Prayer

Childbirth is perhaps the most complex of the natural processes in a woman’s life. During the period of gestation, health weakens, hormonal changes occur. The woman’s body is completely rebuilt before the birth of the child, and these changes often worry the future mother in childbirth. In addition, a woman's fear is caused by possible post-natal injuries and complications.

But if you facilitate the birth process at the energy level, childbirth will pass easily and without complications. In particular, specific Christian prayers have a beneficial effect on women in labor and the child.

But what prayers should be read during childbirth? How to prepare spiritually for the birth of a child? Can relatives of a woman in childbirth pray for the safe appearance of the baby? You can find answers to each of these questions in our article.

Changing the position of the fetus

The following case is considered unique not only by the clergy, but also by the workers of the Serpukhov maternity hospital. In the young woman, at the end of the term, the fetus was arranged with its legs up; hospitalization was required, which was already scheduled for Monday. On Saturday, the pregnant woman visited the temple and prayed the icon, after which at the doctor’s appointment it turned out that the baby had changed his position and the future mother’s being in the hospital was no longer practical. Otherwise, you cannot call such a case a miracle.

Mother and Baby Heavenly Patrons

Asking the question: “To whom to pray? Which icon is better to turn to? ”, The woman in her heart understands that the Virgin will be the main helper, to whom people always turn at the moment of grief and trials.

Being immaculate and pure, the Blessed Virgin gave birth to the Son painlessly, but during her earthly life she fully experienced what pain and suffering are. Therefore, it responds to the prayer requests of believers.

Several Holy Faces of the Mother of God are considered to be the patroness of a pregnant woman: the icon “Assistant in Childbirth”, “Skoroshlushnitsa”, “Leaping the Baby”, “Healer” and many other miraculous icons.

The Savior will not remain indifferent to sincere pleas for help and protection, therefore, the prayers offered at the icon of Jesus Christ also have effective power. No less effective are the prayers of Ksenia of Petersburg, Anastasia the Resolver.However, most believers believe that the main helper of the woman in childbirth is still the icon of the Virgin "Assistant in childbirth."

Prayers to the Virgin

In front of the icon, the Mother of God read the prayer “Helper,” in which they call on the Holy Virgin to ask the Lord for the forgiveness of sins and the salvation of Souls:

“Blessed Virgin, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, even if you have birth and nature to your mother and child, have mercy on Your servant (name) and help him in this hour and let his burden be settled safely. Of the all-merciful Lady of the Theotokos, I have not demanded any help for the birth of the Son of God, please help this Thy servant who needs help, but most of all from You. Grant her goodness in this hour, and have a baby like that and be born and bring into the light of this world so that in a proper time and smart light in holy baptism with water and the spirit. We give in to you, Mother of God, praying: be merciful to this mother, you should also come as a mother, and begged for Christ our God, who has embodied from you, may strengthen us from above. Amen."

Who should pray before childbirth?

The main patroness of women in labor in prayers for easy birth and the birth of a healthy baby, as mentioned above, is the Most Holy Theotokos.

In addition to the Virgin Mary, prenatal prayers are offered to the following saints:

  • Nicholas the Pleasure (Miracle Worker),
  • Jesus Christ the Savior
  • Guardian Angel
  • To His Patron Saint (depending on the name),
  • Rev. Melania the Roman,
  • To the righteous Elizabeth and Zechariah,
  • To the Great Martyrs Catherine and Anastasia the Decisive.

The most powerful prayers before giving birth are the offerings to the Mother of God, the Lord God and Nicholas the Wonderworker. Let's consider them in more detail.

The story of finding a miraculous image

A miraculous image has been leading its modern history since the 90s of the twentieth century. It was then that the Orthodox Assistant in Childbirth icon appeared to the Orthodox world. Where the genuine face is located is not known for certain, but once, during the period of Great Lent, a list with this icon was found in Serpukhov. Father Vladimir received her as a gift from a pious old woman who he partook of at home.

For many years of the atheism, the icon was stored in the attic, then appeared to the world under the name "Assistant in childbirth." Since then, many miracles have been fixed from this image according to the prayer addresses of believers. Many barren women learned the joy of motherhood: an earnest prayer in front of the icon “Maternity Assistant” works wonders.

There are two options for depicting the Virgin on this wonderful list:

• The Mother of God is depicted in full growth with her hands up, the Eternal Infant is located at the level of her breast.

• The Blessed Virgin is depicted with her head uncovered and her hands folded, the Savior is in the womb.

Orthodox image of the Holy Virgin

Orthodox canons predetermine the image of the Mother of God with a covered head, because many clergymen believe that the second version of the icon is of Western origin.

However, among Orthodox Christians, the icon “Helper in Childbirth” is also considered a significant shrine, on which the Mother of God is depicted together with the Baby in the womb. Father Vladimir established the acquired image in the temple, composing an akathist to it.

Now pregnant women and their relatives read the akathist to the Virgin, standing in front of the icon, thereby greatly facilitating the course of pregnancy, and reduce the pain of childbirth.

There is also a canonical prayer that future mothers say before this wonderful icon. The power of prayer is not comparable to anything. Especially strong is the prayer appeal pronounced from "the very depths of the soul." The message to Heavenly forces, drawn up sincerely, with a deep message, will always be heard and "according to our prayers it will be given to us .."

The meaning of the icon for the Orthodox

The icon "Maternity Assistant" is designed to help women in childbirth, the name of the holy image speaks for itself. Pregnant women turn to the icon with a request to safely endure, give birth to a healthy baby.

Some of those whose pregnancy is complicated by pathologies ask for healing and successful delivery. Not only pregnant women flock to the icon and turn to it, but also those who cannot bear it for some reason.

Heavenly Patroness also hears prayers for healing from infertility, many after the prayer conversion found the happiness of motherhood. But not only this helps the icon "Assistant in childbirth."

A prayer for the granting of peace of mind, a healthy spirit and vigor, faith in the mercy of the Almighty is heard first of all, for it is truly said: “Tighten the spirit is peaceful, and thousands will be saved near you ...”.

Prayer "Assistant in childbirth"

The process of childbirth with fear awaits any woman, even an experienced mom. Therefore, it is worth preparing for it in advance, starting with the stage of pregnancy planning. For someone, the preparation is to buy a dowry for the baby or attend special courses to care for him. Others spend time studying the words and the meaning of the prayer “Helper in Childbirth,” addressed to one holy face or another.

A woman preparing for childbirth must visit a church, take communion, confess, and gain spiritual strength if she considers herself a Christian. After all, the predictions of doctors do not always guarantee a favorable pregnancy outcome. That is why the holy prayer for help in childbirth remains relevant from the time when they did not even hear about obstetricians. It's hard to believe, but miracles happen in our time, but not everyone believes in them. There are many cases when the life of a mother or child, if not both, depended precisely on prayer for a successful birth. The pain subsided, the bleeding subsided, the baby's heart function returned to normal.

Prayer to the Mother of God "In the birth of a helper"

It is this saint who needs to send his first words of help contained in prayer. She will certainly hear and help you. The Holy Virgin herself had the chance to give birth to a son of God without pain, but she knows how hard it is for a female family. There are several options for praying to the Virgin during childbirth, each of which carries a special semantic load. Having become familiar with all of them, you can choose the one that matches your fears and desires. For example, you can read the following text:

“Blessed Virgin, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, even if you have birth and nature to your mother and child, have mercy on Your servant (name) and help him in this hour and let his burden be settled safely. Of the all-merciful Lady of the Theotokos, I have not demanded any help for the birth of the Son of God, please help this Thy servant who needs help, but most of all from You. Grant her goodness in this hour, and have a baby like that and be born and bring into the light of this world so that in a proper time and smart light in holy baptism with water and the spirit. We give in to you, Mother of God, praying: be merciful to this mother, you should also come as a mother, and begged for Christ our God, who has embodied from you, may strengthen us from above. Amen".

The prayer to the Theotokos “Assistant in childbirth” does not have to be generally accepted. The virgin will hear requests addressed to her even when they are formulated in ordinary, secular words. The main thing is that their heart and soul speak them.

Miracles of the Holy Image

Priests of the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Serpukhov, where a wonderful image is located, constantly observe the pilgrimage of parishioners, who are attracted by the miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Prayer miracles emanating from the holy face constantly affirm the triumph of true faith in the mercy of the Lord. A desperate couple who buried six stillborn babies turned for help to the image of “The Assistant in Childbirth”.

Throughout the seventh pregnancy, the couple together earnestly prayed for the image, drank holy water, and in due time a healthy girl was born. A unique case of healing from the icon was recorded not only by the clergy, but also by the employees of the hospital.

The baby, the wrong position in the womb of which threatened with complicated birth, turned over overnight and prayed in prayers before the icon overnight and settled down correctly.

To the Lord

Immediately before childbirth, the future mother can turn to the creator himself. Especially strong is the ancient Byzantine prayer, the translation of which is presented below:

“The Lord Almighty, the Progenitor and Savior of all things on earth and in heaven! In your word, to all Christian spouses, “Be fruitful and multiply!”

I thank you, Lord, for making me a sinful servant of your name, involved in the great miracle of birth, that life is born in my belly, that another heart beats under my heart, that a new soul is born next to my soul!
Thank you, Lord, for not making me barren like a waterless river, for giving me the fruit of my womb!
I pray to you, Almighty God, bless the fruit of my womb so that he can see your light, enter the temple of your Son, Jesus Christ.

Sprinkle my child with hyssop so that it becomes whiter than snow, cleaner air.

Lead him into the host of your beloved children, let him live and be your faithful servant!
Protect me, weak, in the hour of my sufferings, for you alone know how to console the sick and the unfortunate! Satisfy my fears, Lord, protect my womb from the evil fruit, lest the unclean spirit seduce him even in the womb! Give my child a wise soul, strength and resilience, so that he would be born during the continuation of the human race created by You!

I bring to you the fruit of my womb! Lay His gracious hand on His forehead so that he becomes part of the Body of Christ and his Church, so that he praises you from birth, after death and forever and ever.
Amen!"

Important! This prayer for a safe birth should be read during the first fights. Reading the text out loud is optional - a woman in labor may pray to herself. The main condition for reciting a prayer is sincere faith in God.

To Nicholas the Wonderworker

In order to pray for childbirth and the birth of a child in front of Nikolai the Miracle Worker, the future mother should purchase an icon-amulet of this saint. You can buy an icon in any temple, but it is important to make sure that it has been consecrated. You can pray both in church and at home or in hospital settings. A woman praying for a safe birth should be alone in the room.

Prayer is read as follows:

  • The icon of Nicholas the Wonderworker is located on a dais,
  • Before the image of the saint, a thin church candle is lit,
  • The expectant mother kneels in front of the icon, three times overshadows herself with a sign of the Cross and reads the following text:

“Lord All-Good, I thank you that you have honored me, Your lowest servant, the Name of the grace of procreation. Thank you for the fruit that ripens in my womb, for the heart that beats next to my heart, for the soul that ripens next to my soul, amen!

Holy Pleasure, Miracle Worker, I trust you! I am sinful, a servant of God's Name, therefore I am afraid that during childbirth, bitter suffering awaits me, the pain is severe. Therefore, I pray you for intercession, Holy Pleasure!

I do not ask you to save me from the share of the feminine gender, from the very sinful Eve who has gone, for it is our law and our duty to give birth in agony. But I ask you, Holy Grace, how the hour of birth will come - help me to be born easily. Save me from the pain of fierce, which my heart can not stand.

Fill, Nikolai the Miracle Worker, of my heart, mind and soul, as well as my wife - God's servant Name. Let the baby be born so that he can see the light of God. May a child be born whole, healthy, strong, bestowed upon us in the likeness of the Infant Jesus Christ, through the womb of the Blessed Virgin, born, protected from sins. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen! ”

This prayer should be read on the eve of childbirth.

How can loved ones pray for the well-being and health of the child?

The most powerful prayers are those that a person reads for himself. Prayers for a successful birth are no exception.However, in the process of strong contractions or directly during childbirth, a woman cannot pray physically. In this case, friends and relatives can help her.

The most powerful prayers for a woman in childbirth and a child for a successful birth are the following:

  • The prayer of the husband of the woman in childbirth on the icon of the Virgin "Assistant in childbirth":

“Virgin Virgin Light, your humble name calls out to you! As Blessed Joseph protected You in Your pregnancy, so I protected my spouse.

Do not leave my wife, the servant of God Name, in sorrow and pain, let her be freed from the burden of joy, and let the long-awaited child appear, so that we can raise him in love for your beloved Son, our Savior and only begotten God - Jesus Christ.

Do not let the evil one take possession of an innocent soul born of sin! Protect us, Blessed Virgin! Amen!"

  • Prayer of relatives for a successful birth (both relatives and friends of a woman in labor can read):

“The Lord is all-good, our Savior, the Creator of all things! We trust in you in the hour of earthly trials God's servants Name of the woman in labor! We do not ask you to save her from the sufferings of the earth, to all the great-grandchildren of Eve prepared, for the inheritance of the wives of the earth is to give birth in torment in redemption of original sin. But we pray to you, the Merciful Lord, to protect Thy servant the name of the woman in childbirth from those torments that she cannot endure! May her child be born healthy, strong and joyful. May this child serve as the atonement of all the sins of her mother, for she will be on the way of God, and in the temple before You, O Almighty Creator, will kneel! God forbid, black sickness to break the mother and the child, may the birth be successful, and a new life will appear in the world in Your Glory! For the Lord is Merciful, All-Benevolent and Gracious! In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen! ”

  • Relatives Prayer to Jesus Christ:

“Our Lord Jesus Christ, from the Blessed Virgin Born! Hear the prayer of your humble servants! Grant Thy servant the name of the woman in childbirth, the birth is easy, painless, and health born to her from her womb! Just as the Blessed Virgin bore you in her womb - so does God's servant. The name of a woman carries her child under her heart.

As You listened to the beating of the Heart of the All-Blessed Blessed Virgin - so is the fruit of the womb of God's slave. The name the heart of your mother listens. Give her, God, to be born happily, but a healthy baby.

May his arms and legs be whole to him, his head clear and his eyes bright, so that he can be baptized in the Orthodox Faith, so that he lives a righteous life, and remember your sacrifice and your sufferings, Lord! Grant the grace of Your future mother, so that her mind from suffering does not cloud, that the unstable soul does not become turbid from pain, that the words of the swearing are not torn from her lips, so as not to draw the unclean to the crib of the newborn. Give your child, Lord, His blessing, so that nothing dark and evil touches him! In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen! ”

All of the prayers listed are recited in strong battles and in the process of childbirth.

Assistant prayer to the virgin in childbirth with an icon

This article contains: a prayer to the virgin in childbirth, an assistant with an icon - information taken from all over the world, electronic networks and spiritual people.

For any woman, having a baby is God's most important gift. A prayer in front of the icon of the Mother of God, “Maternal Assistant,” protects expectant mothers, helps to maintain pregnancy, and to gain strength after childbirth.

Many women, probably, will not even be able to describe the joy that gives them a sense of motherhood. However, during pregnancy, expectant mothers are very afraid of thoughts about painful childbirth and dangers that can threaten the baby.

To protect themselves and the unborn child, women turn for help to the Mother of God - the Protector of children and mothers. The image of the Virgin “Maternity Assistant” can often be seen in maternity hospitals and where replenishment is soon expected.

The icon of the Mother of God is not just a talisman for the future mother - she helps women during childbirth, protecting both them and the baby.

Mother's Prayer for a Daughter

The most powerful prayer for a woman in labor is the prayer of the mother for the well-being of the giving birth to the daughter. The reason for this is the close energy bond between the mother and her - even an adult - child. This prayer is read on the icon "Assistant during childbirth" both before childbirth and in the process thereof:

“The Most Holy Virgin, the Pious Mother of our Savior Jesus Christ! Save at the time of trial a servant of God Name of daughter and healthy baby allow her benefits!
Oh, Virgin Mary, female protector in front of the Eyes of our Lord Jesus Christ! I fall at Your feet, tearfully pray - in the hour of trial, become a servant of God Name of daughter Mother! Begging Your Son, Only Begotten, to have mercy on her, so that her child may be born healthy and gracious, so that we unworthy may partake of His Mercy!
I beg you tearfully, Forgiving Mother! Forgive all the transgressions of God's servant Name, as she forgives her wrongdoers!
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
Amen!"

It’s important to consider that the texts of all the prayers presented above do not have to be interpreted word-for-word. You can pray using your own text - most importantly, the prayer was sincere and came from the heart. Prayer during childbirth of the daughter and help in childbirth should be filled with love for the woman in childbirth and respect for God and the Saints to whom she ascends.

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Ikos 1

An angel, the representative, was sent quickly to repent to the Virgin: Rejoice, - always the God of the Word is embodied in Her womb, and we, sinners, marveling at Holy Christmas, before Thy wonderful icon with faith and hope cry Ty:

Rejoice, knowing the joy of Christ of Christmas, rejoice, Granting of the Son of Light to us.

Rejoice, thou who suffered the tribulation of persecution with the Fetus in the womb, rejoice, thriving in the undertaking of the mothers on earth.

Rejoice, sorrows of childbirth in the joy of transforming, rejoice, through thy love, creating us for heaven.

Rejoice, who enlightened us through the feat of Your life, rejoice, who surprised the whole world with wonderful births.

Rejoice, helper in childbirth, bringing your children to the King of Glory.

Icon of the Mother of God “Maternity Assistant”

the celebration takes place on September 20 / October 3

In moments of cruel suffering at the birth of a child, women who often did not even consider themselves believers before, resort to fervent prayer to the Mother of God. For She, who painlessly gave birth to Christ the Savior, is a strong Intercession before God for all those who are afflicted and burdened.

Therefore, the origin of the icon "Maternity Assistant" is logical. The ancient icon was fully named as follows: "Helper for the wives of the child of the pleasure." Through her, the Most Holy Theotokos unceasingly pours out Her mercy on all who seek Her help. These miracles do not deplete in our time.

In 1993, an icon was miraculously found in Serpukhov, Moscow Region. During Great Lent, the rector of the church of St. Nicholas Bely communed the old woman at home, and when she found out that he was serving in the newly opened parish, she asked her granddaughter to get the icon of the Mother of God from the attic and handed it to the priest.

Dark, in a cobweb and perennial dust, with a smoked robe, it was similar to those many thousands of icons “stored” in the attics during the years of atheism. “The image itself was not familiar to me,” says Fr. Vladimir, - and only when I cleared the salary and the image, I involuntarily gasped, - the icon was called "Assistance to childbirth."

Prayers are served in front of the icon, and many miracles happen through prayers to the Mother of God.

In the fall of 2005, the icon “Assistant in Childbirth” was acquired in the second half of the 18th century in Khabarovsk.

“The icon was discovered in a split form, the image was vaguely visible, but my heart immediately laid down the desire to immediately give the icon for restoration,” said Abbot Peter (Eremeev), rector of the Nativity of the Nativity Cathedral.

How and where the icon got to Khabarovsk is unknown.Khabarovsk priests can only speculate - most likely from the west. It was there that the faces of the saints on the linden were painted.

The parishioner of the cathedral Galina Galyamova took up restoration. “Imagine my surprise when I found on the icon the signature“ In the birth of the Helper, ”she said. from above, as a blessing for the coming birth. "

Soon Galina gave birth safely. “And let skeptics doubt the coincidence,” says Father Peter, “but we Christians believe and know that this was the first miracle of the acquired image, and now that the icon has been restored and returned to the temple, the Queen of Heaven will not leave Her The cover of all with faith and prayer flowing to Her help. ”

The celebration in honor of the icon of the “Assistant in Childbirth” was established by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, with the blessing of His Beatitude Vladimir, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine, September 20 / October 3. Metropolitan Vladimir also approved the text of the troparion and condak to the holy image.

An akathist in honor of this icon was released by the publishing house of the Holy Assumption Pochaev Lavra with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Pochaev.

Women in the most mysterious period of their life, when a new life is born in themselves, resort to the icon of the Mother of God “Assistant in Childbirth”. Pray before her in the hope of a safe and painless resolution of the burden on time and the birth of a healthy child. The Mother of God protects both wives and infants.

The venerated icons of the Mother of God "Maternity Assistant" are:

- in Moscow, in the Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior on Bolvanovka.

Address: 2nd Novokuznetskiy per., Bld. 10, building 1. Directions: metro station "Paveletskaya" (ring).

- in Serpukhov, in the Cathedral of St. Nicholas the White.

Address: Moscow region, Serpukhov, st. Kaluga, d.26 / 12.

(On Saturdays, a prayer service with a blessing of water is performed in front of the icon in the church).

Ikos 2

Having given birth to a life-giver, the Most Holy Theotokos, the gracious care of wives in childbirth has been affirmed if you are, our rational enlightenment came from above if we know that God's will is good, acceptable and perfect. We, marveling over grace-filled strengthening with tears of joy, cry of Ti:

Rejoice, who averts us from sins, rejoice, makes the difficult share of wives easier.

Rejoice, softening our hearts to your love, rejoice, invoking us to help us with your prayers of the Son.

Rejoice, never forgetting the Nativity of Your Son, rejoice, for not giving up Christian wives in childbirth.

Rejoice, blessing in the spiritual birth of all, rejoice, invariably calling in the light of Your Son.

Rejoice, helper in childbirth, bringing your children to the King of Glory.

Ikos 3

The Imams of Ty, the Intercessor, are a zealous Christian family, like the Mother, teaching her child of repentance and humility, the currents of miracles to strengthen us from the icon of honor. Graciously exuding, grace from God to save us all. For the sake of this, we are calling Ti Sice:

Rejoice, Thy appearance of the icon of yours drives away the gloomy conditions, rejoice, in Holy Russia, inspires the faithful children of the Orthodox faith.

Rejoice, weaknesses during the birth of the grace of the Holy Spirit, rejoice, thy love always exudes us.

Rejoice, sorrow for many wives, enlightenment, rejoice, giving prayer care to those who love your Son.

Rejoice, softening our hearts with the joy of childbirth, rejoice, returning us to the holiness and purity of childhood.

Rejoice, helper in childbirth, bringing your children to the King of Glory.

Ikos 4

Hearing Orthodoxy, people have kept a secret secret, like Your intercession, Our Lady, the trial of our Fatherland is set for mercy, and marveling over Your gracious care, reverently crying out to Tyce:

Rejoice, our family is delivering from despondency, rejoice, blessing Your grace over the grace of Your protection.

Rejoice, letting sorrows for the sake of covering our sins, rejoice, guarding our child in holiness.

Rejoice, our youth is enlightening with the light of truth, rejoice, cherishing the matrimony before God with love.

Rejoice, calling for the sacrament of marriage of your spouse, rejoice, warning all the faithful from fornication of the mortal.

Rejoice, helper in childbirth, bringing your children to the King of Glory.

To whom women in labor pray

During pregnancy, women very often turn to the Virgin Mary, since it is this saint who, like no other, can understand the feelings and worries of the future mother. Earlier, without the help of physicians, the birth process did not always happen as it should and sometimes had tragic consequences, so praying was a necessity, people believed in the miraculous power of saints.

It is worth saying that most of the women in labor during childbirth could not concentrate on prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary, therefore it was allowed to pray for them to her husband, mother, sisters and other close relatives. But, to read a prayer was allowed to the pregnant woman also before the start of labor. Most often at this moment they turn for help to the following saints:

  • Virgin Mary in front of the icon "baby recovery",
  • Before the image of “Assistant in childbirth”,
  • Icon of the Mother of God
  • To the Holy Great Martyr Catherine,
  • Righteous Elizabeth and Zechariah (parents of St. John the Baptist).

Of course, no one forbids to turn to God himself, the creator of all life on earth will not refuse to help the person asking. One has only to say that prayer to any saint before childbirth should be regular, and not from case to case.

The church favors pregnant ladies, therefore, fasting is not too strict for them, and before the sacrament one can also afford some concessions in terms of food.

In this case, a lot depends on the future mother, as there are women who can easily endure pregnancy and who can once again refuse any kind of food.

But there are those who need all the nutrients and vitamins to ensure the normal development of the baby and their own well-being. Doctors strictly forbid fasting for some women, but church ordinances will still be available to them.

It is also believed in Orthodoxy that if a future mother wants to make a feasible sacrifice for her to the Lord, then this will not harm either her or her child. If health allows her to attend services, then this can be done.

In the case when the body has a very difficult time in the absence of meat, it is better to boil a non-greasy piece and eat it, the main thing is not to fall into the sin of gluttony and not make up for proteins with various delicacies.

It is worth noting that church life should bring peace of mind and joy, develop spirituality in a person, so you should not try to follow all the rules, if you suffer from toxicosis during pregnancy, you become unbearable due to poor health, you should be moderate in everything.

No need to think that saints will not forgive moments of weakness. The main goal of a woman during pregnancy is the birth of a healthy baby.

Kondak 5

A divine star appear to us, Mother of God, Your honest icon, who shines all those who mourn in childbirth with the rays of Your miracles, who wander in the spiritual gloom to the light of Your Son, who invoke in sinful passions, into the blessed world, by the mercy of God the Father and clothe on the path of salvation with the consolation of the Holy One . We, by faith, having found this joy, cry to God: Hallelujah.

Ikos 5

Hearing Orthodoxy people, like the holy icon of Yours, the Virgin, the Lord glorifies many miracles: the sorrows of Christian women in childbirth make it easier, the father and mother fill the joys of God with joy - like sanctification, like a shield and help reverence. For the sake of crying Ti Sice:

Rejoice, dwelling place and house of Christ our God, rejoice, salvation of the Russian people, in alienation from God in the spirit of the past.

Rejoice, invincible Christians to the Keeper, rejoice, having given birth to our atonement for our sins.

Rejoice, fulfilling the hopeful heart of women’s hearts in childbirth, rejoice, tirelessly calling for spiritual birth in the Sacrament of Baptism.

Rejoice, great acquisitions of virtues, rejoice, God to the weaknesses of grace.

Rejoice, helper in childbirth, bringing your children to the King of Glory.

Ikos 6

Having enlightened the true enlightenment, Blessed Virgin Mary, appear Your wonderful icon, as a parent for comfort, to scattered families in reunion, who turn to God in disbelief in warning, for all of us in strengthening and eternal bliss in Christ, granted by the Lord by redemption. We, marveling at our care, are grateful to Ty's cry:

Rejoice, who redeems us from the sudden death, rejoice, who drives away gloomy spirits from Your holiness.

Rejoice, overshadowing us with Your cover, rejoice, truly teaching us to pray.

Rejoice, bending us to longsuffering in sorrow and inadequacy, rejoice, God-bearing hand of Yours for us sinners, in our prayer unceasingly exalts.

Rejoice, you who do not leave those who are faithful to Your Son without intercession, rejoice, covering those who are weak with Your graceful Protection.

Rejoice, helper in childbirth, bringing your children to the King of Glory.

Ikos 7

The mercy of all the Creator and Lord our Lord, show the new mercy of all, Always put in human anger the punishment of the human race and speech to the wife of Adam: In sickness, bear thy child - as if for the sake of many, this man has been instructed to redeem salvation for the sake of their souls. For this sake, and we, the Lady, falling to Thy pure image, we earnestly pray to Thee: open the doors of mercy to us, crying to thee:

Rejoice, unapproachable Divine settlement, rejoice, Angelic and our unceasing surprise.

Rejoice, fulfillment of God's mercy and love, rejoice, the Giver of salvation in childbirth of help.

Rejoice, holy truth to the Guardian, rejoice, unwavering love and kindness to the Keeper.

Rejoice, in the pride of those who hardened your intercession, depriving you, rejoice, from the baptized babies your joyful gaze does not avert.

Rejoice, helper in childbirth, bringing your children to the King of Glory.

Kondak 8

It is strange for those who do not believe to hear what image of your holy currents of grace exudes, sinful, in repentance to those who come to you, gives joy by healing the sorrowful and sick women in the birth of God, glorifies you, but we worship you with faith: the image comes with honor to the primitive image, and, in every way glorifying you, we joyfully sing to God: Hallelujah.

Ikos 8

All the sorrow and earthly things you have not left, Blessed Virgin Mary, the bonds of passions are blessed by the gracious care, in repentance by the intercourse flowing to you before God, you are cleansed, our Christ’s atonement transforms us. For this sake, magnificently, we chant Ti tacos:

Rejoice, through repentance to God, leading, rejoice, by repentance of our door the paradise opening.

Rejoice, repulsive disease averting from the children of repentance, rejoice, repentance affirms the spiritual world in the faithful families.

Rejoice, repenting devilish discord among families quenching, rejoice, reuniting us again with church repentance with Christ.

Rejoice, in the repentance of those who come transforming, rejoice, through repentance by thy intercession before the Son saving.

Rejoice, helper in childbirth, bringing your children to the King of Glory.

Ikos 9

The convinces of divine prophesies now see you come true, Mother of God, who truly gave birth to God through flesh to us. And the future of the Kingdom of God do not deprive us, by Thy protection we protect us from the machinations of this world. We, however, promise the blessed bliss in Christ in prayers and in repentance by the cry of Ty:

Rejoice, firm strengthening of Orthodoxy, rejoice, our souls will soon be saved.

Rejoice, alienation from God to faith, rejoice, our spiritual enlightenment.

Rejoice, in the purity of Orthodoxy protecting us, rejoice, plaguing us from the sinful fall.

Rejoice, cry for a quick hearing to you, rejoice, blessing childbirth.

Rejoice, helper in childbirth, bringing your children to the King of Glory.

Kondak 11

We bring praise and thanksgiving to the Most Holy Lady: under Your Protection in the Orthodox Church we rejoice by the grace of God, we invariably wisdom in your graceful nourishment;

Kondak 13

About the All-Mother, the Helper in childbirth, who gave birth to all the saints, the Holy Word, the hope of our spiritual awakening and all the blessing of haste, in bodily childbirth, Gracious, consolation to the Orthodox women, Heirs of the heavens, all of us who faithfully cry out to God, create: Alleluia.

This kondak is read three times, then the first kikos "Angel the prostitute ..." and the first kondak "Selected from all sorts ...".

First prayer

Accept, Lady Madonna, the tearful prayers of Your servants who are flowing to You. We can see you on the holy icon in the womb bearing your Son and our God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

She already and painlessly gave birth to him, both mother of sorrow of weight and weakness of sons and daughters of human sight.

It’s also warmer that it falls to your celibate image and that touching one is touching, we pray to Thee, the All-Merciful Lady: we sinners, condemned in the illnesses of our parents and in the sorrow of our child’s nourishment, mercifully spare and mercifully intercede, but our babies, just as you gave birth to them, deliver illness and bitter sorrow, grant them health and well-being, and even nourishment from strength will increase in strength, and those who nourish them will be filled with joy and comfort, as even now by Your intercession from the mouth of a baby and pissing Lord will give His praise.

O Mother of the Son of God! Have mercy on the mother of the sons of men and on your weak people: the diseases that perceive us will soon be healed, the grief and sorrows that are upon us to quench, and not despise the tears and sighs of Your servants.

Hear us on the day of sorrow, before those who fall before your icon, and on the day of joy and deliverance we receive grateful praise of our hearts.

Offer our prayers to the Throne of Your Son and our God, that he will be merciful to sin and our weakness, and give mercy to His guides, His name, as we and our children, will glorify You, the Compassionate Intercessor and faithful Hope of our kind, forever and ever . Amen.

Second prayer

O Most Holy Lady of the Theotokos, who does not leave us in earthly life! To whom I will offer prayers, to whom I will bring tears and sighs, if not to You, all the faithful are comfort! With fear, faith, love, Mother Belly, I pray: God grant the people of Orthodoxy to save us, may He give us children for Your peace, may He keep us in the purity of humility, in the hope of Christ's salvation, and grant us all, in the cover of thy grace, earthly comfort. Keep us under the banner of Thy grace, the Most Pure One, praying for helpers, slander of evil freedom, grievous troubles, disasters and deaths. Give blessed insight, a spirit of contrition for sinners, let us see the fullness and purity of Christ’s teachings given to us, keep us from perishing alienation, and all, thanks to glorifying Your majesty, let us be at peace with Thy beloved, and with all our saints we will glorify God in Trinity God: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and forever and ever. Amen.

Troparion, voice 4

Mother of our God, having conceived Christ the Lifegiver in the womb, you didn’t need help in giving birth to Him, the same, let your servant bless and help, and their babies during the well-being of those who have it, under Your protection, as Mother, we pray, accept: Thou in the birth of the Helper, Intercessor of Your servant.

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