Today is the feast day of Saint Margaret of Antioch.
Saint Margaret of Antioch was the daughter of a pagan priest. She converted to Christianity and was persecuted and imprisoned. In prison, she encountered the devil in the form of a dragon. He consumed her, but then spit her out because he was choking on the the cross that she wore around her neck. For this reason, she is also know as the patron of mothers in labor. She is also recognized by the Catholic Church as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and is one of the Saints that spoke to Saint Joan of Arc.
I have a lovely prayer that I would like to share. It is from Daily Prayers with the Saints for the New Millenium.
O Loving Lord, Saint Margaret's father was a pagan priest. Her escape from his false beliefs was depichted in a story of being swallowed by a dragon representing paganism, and then escaping from its belly as if being born anew. Because of this tale, she has become the patron saint of pregnancy, labor, and childbirth. I ask her to pray for every expectant mother I know, especially those who are having difficult pregnancies or who have been unable to conceive. Touch their wombs, dear Lord, and give them easy deliveries and healthy children. Protect the lives of babies who might be aborted. Saint Margaret, pray for us. Amen.Have a wonderful feast day,