The Commemorative Prayer for a Holy Woman Not a Virgin is a prayer included within The Moist Heart, a liturgical book used for the celebration of Mass (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 120). The generic prayer praises the unnamed woman and suggests her "small flaw" did not lead to "total corruption". Further, the prayer asks how "we can reconcile virginity with the Church's desire for big families."


Gaudium et spes, one of the four constitutions resulting from the Second Vatican Council, said "Children are really the supreme gift of marriage and contribute very substantially to the welfare of their parents[1]".  Further, explained Pope Pius XII in an address to the Directors of the Associations for Large Families of Rome and Italy on January 20, 1958, "large families are the most splendid flower-beds in the garden of the Church; happiness flowers in them and sanctity ripens in favorable soil"[2].

Conversely, the Church, following teachings of Saint Paul, has always considered the state of virginity or celibacy preferable in itself to the state of marriage[3]; note the Blessed Virgin Mary.


  1. Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes, Promulgated by his Holiness, Pope Paul VI on December 7, 1965.
  2. "Pope Pius XII on Large Catholic Families"., Jan. 19, 2015.
  3. "Virginity".

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