Today marks the feast day of St. Margaret, patron of Scotland -- and sympathetic intercessor for mothers of large families!
Margaret (1045-1093) and her husband, King Malcolm of Scotland, had eight children, six sons and two daughters. Three of their sons Edgar, Alexander I, and David I, became Kings of Scotland. Her daughter Matilda married Henry I becoming Queen of England. All retained the Faith and were pious rulers.
St Margaret stands out as the happy and pious mother of a large family. Even beset by the trials and temptations of living a life in court, she remained always a true and faithful daughter of the Church, inspiring her children and her entire kingdom by her pious example. Though she lived a thousand years ago, Margaret faced many of the same trials we do today as mothers trying to preserve our families from the evils of the world and proves that in the hardest of circumstances, with a cheerful heart, a steady hand, and a reliance on prayer a mother can guide all her children toward heaven successfully.
Prayer for the Intercession of St. Margaret
“O God, who called your servant Margaret to an earthly throne that she might advance your heavenly kingdom, and gave her zeal for your church and love for your people: Mercifully grant that we mighty follow her wisdom and this day and others may be fruitful in good works, and attain to the glorious crown of your saints; though Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever.