Gerard Majella

St Gerard Reflection

“Consider the shortness of time, the length of eternity and reflect on how everything here [on earth] comes to an end and passes by. Of what use is it to lean upon that which cannot give support?”

(By St Gerard Majella)

… St Gerard Majella, Pray for Us …

For Motherhood

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O Good St Gerard, powerful intercessor before God and wonder worker of our day, confidently I call upon you and seek your aid. On Earth, you always fulfilled God’s designs, help me now to do the holy will of God. Implore the Master of Life, from whom all paternity proceeds, to render me fruitful in offspring, that I may raise up children to God in this life, and in the world to come, heirs to the Kingdom of His Glory. Amen.

For Safe Delivery

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O Great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ, perfect imitator of your meek and humble Savior and devoted child of Mother of God, enkindle within my heart one spark of that heavenly fire of charity which glowed in your heart and made you an angel of love.

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O Glorious Saint Gerard, because when falsely accused of a crime, you did bear, like your Divine Master, without murmur or complaint, the calumnies of wicked men, you have been raised up by God as the patron and protector of expectant mothers.

Preserve me from danger and from the excessive pains accompanying childbirth, and shield the child which I now carry, that it may see the light of day and receive the purifying and life-giving waters of baptism through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Mother And Child

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O Almighty and Everlasting God, through the Holy Spirit, you prepared the body and soul of the glorious Virgin Mary to be a worthy dwelling place of your divine Son. Through the same Holy Spirit, you sanctified St. John the Baptist, while still in his mother’s womb. Hear the prayers of your humble servant who implores you, through the intercession of St. Gerard, to protect me amid the dangers of childbearing and to watch over the child with which you blessed me. May this child be cleansed by the saving water of baptism and, after a Christian life on earth, may we, both mother and child, attain everlasting bliss in heaven. Amen.

For A Sick Child

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O Most beloved Saint Gerard, who, like the Savior, loved children and by your prayers freed many from disease and even death, listen to us who are pleading for our sick child.

We thank God for the great gift of our son/daughter and ask God to restore our child to health if such be his holy will. This favour we beg of you through your love for all children and mothers. Amen

Petition

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Almighty and loving Father, I thank you for giving St. Gerard to us as a great role model and powerful friend.
Through his example, he has shown us how to love and trust You.
You shower many blessings on those who call upon his assistance.
For Your greater glory and my welfare, please grant me the favours which I now ask in his name.

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And you, my powerful patron, intercede for me before the throne of God.
Draw near to His throne and do not leave until you have been heard.
O Good Saint, to you I address my fervent prayers; graciously accept them and let me experience in some way the effects of your powerful intercession. Amen.

… St Gerard Majella, Pray for Us …