St Gerard Majella is the Patron Saint of expectant mothers and children. His intercession has led to the miraculous healing of a mother near death due to a complication in childbirth.
Before his death, St. Gerard requested that a small sign be placed on his door that summed up his life, “Here, the will of God is done, as God wills, and as long as God wills.”
About St. Gerard
Novena Starts: October 7th
Feast day: October 16th
Patron Saint of: Patron saint of expectant mothers, women in childbirth, children, unborn children, mothers, motherhood, falsely accused people, good confessions, lay brothers and Muro Lucano, Italy
Prayers to St Gerard Majella
These prayers to St. Gerard Mejella. They pay tribute to his powerful intercession as the well-known patron saint of mothers and expectant mothers.
Healing Prayer to St. Gerard
O Good, St. Gerard,
Powerful Intercessor before God, and
Wonder Worker of Our Day,
We Call Upon You and Seek Your Help.
St. Gerard, Whose Heart Went Out to the Unfortunate;
Who Helped So Many Poor People,
Healed So Many Sick,
Comforted So Many Afflicted with
All Types of Ailments;
Behold We are Worried and Troubled;
St. Gerard, We have Recourse to You;
Please Help Us to Be Healed and Strengthened
from All Our Sufferings.
We Believe There is No Limit to What
God Can Do,
Therefore, We Confidently Place Our Trust
in His Infinite Wisdom and Goodness.
We Ask This All in the Loving Name of Jesus.
O good Saint Gerard, powerful intercessor before God and Wonderworker of our day, I call upon thee and seek thy aid. Thou who on earth didst always fulfill God’s designs, help me to do the holy Will of God. Beseech the Master of Life, from Whom all paternity proceedeth, to render me fruitful in offspring, that I may raise up children to God in this life and heirs to the Kingdom of His Glory in the world to come. Amen.
For Mother with Child
O almighty and Everlasting God Who through the operation of the Holy Christ, didst prepare the body and soul of the glorious Virgin Mary to be a worthy dwelling place of Thy divine Son; and, through the operation of the same Holy Ghost, didst sanctify Saint John the Baptist, while still in his mother’s womb; hearken to the prayers of Thy humble servant who implore thee, through the intercession of Saint Gerard, to protect her (me); that it may be cleansed by the saving water of baptism and, after a Christian life on earth, it may with its mother, attain everlasting bliss in Heaven.
For a Sick Child
O Saint Gerard, who, like the Savior, loved children so tenderly and by your prayers freed many from disease and even from death; graciously look down upon the distressed parents who plead with thee for their child’s health if such be the Will, of God. Present their promise to God to bring up the child a good Christian and to guard it by word and example against the fatal leprosy of sin. This favor we implore thee, O sainted Brother, through the tender love with which Jesus and Mary blessed thy own innocent childhood. Amen.
In Time of Trial
O Sainted Brother Gerard, whose heart went out to the unfortunate; who relieved so many poor, healed so many sick, comforted so many afflicted; behold me worried and troubled as I kneel at thy feet. In vain to turn to men to seek consolation and help; therefore, do I have recourse to thee thou who art so powerful in heaven. Graciously assist me, Saint Gerard, that being freed from this trial or strengthened to bear it for the love of God, I may praise and thank God and serve Him with greater love and fervor. Amen.
For Special Blessings
Dear Saint Gerard we rejoice in thy happiness and glory; we bless the Lord Who endowed thee with the choicest gifts of His Grace; we congratulate thee for corresponding so faithfully with them. Obtain for us, we pray thee, some part of thy angelic purity, thy burning love for Jesus in the Tabernacle, thy tender devotion to Mary Immaculate. In thy brotherly love which made thee the support of the poor, the comforter of the afflicted and the apostle of the most forsaken souls, grant me the favors for which I now pray.
O most Powerful Patron, who hast always helped those who prayed to thee intercede for me before the Throne of God. O Good Saint, to thee I confide my fervent prayers; graciously accept them and, before the end of these days of prayer, let me experience in some way the effects of thy powerful intercession. Amen.
To Obtain Patience
O powerful and everlasting God, Who didst endow Thy faithful Servant Saint Gerard with an invincible patience in the midst of contradictions and persecutions, slanders and infirmities, and didst thereby make him an image of Thy suffering and crucified Son; grant, we beseech Thee, that fixing our eyes on the crucifix, as he did, we may through patience, atone for our sins and prove our love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For a Sick Person
O God, Who didst bestow on Saint Gerard the power of healing all kinds of infirmities, deign to glorify Thy Servant, who was so merciful toward human misery, by delivering me from my present sickness. Grant also that, being strengthened in body, I may take greater care to avoid sin and overcome my evil passions, the spiritual diseases that drag so many to everlasting death. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
In Temporal Needs
O God, Who didst so often give to Saint Gerard power to supply the needs of the poor, grant us the grace which we implore of Thee (here mention your need), through the intercession of Thy most charitable Servant, that being helped in our present need, we may with our whole heart love and serve Thee, our only Treasure in time and eternity. Amen.
Loving and caring God, I thank you for giving St. Gerard to Your Church as our protector and friend. By his example, he showed us how to love and trust You. Through his intercession, You have granted me the answer to my prayers. I offer You my most heartfelt gratitude for answering my request (state your request). Help me always to be mindful of Your constant care for me. May I show my thankfulness by showing kindness and compassion to those around me. Amen.
Great St. Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ, you are a perfect imitator of our meek and humble Saviour, and a devoted child of the Mother of God. Enkindle in my heart one spark of that heavenly fire of charity that glowed in yours and made you a beacon of love.
Glorious St. Gerard, like your divine Master, you bore without murmur or complaint the calumnies of wicked men when falsely accused of crime, and you have been raised up by God as the patron and protector of expectant mothers. Preserve me from dangers, and shield the child I now carry. Pray that my baby may be brought safely to the light of day and receive the sacrament of baptism.
Novena to St Gerard Majella
Most Blessed Trinity, I, Your child, thank You for all the gifts and privileges which You granted to St. Gerard, especially for those virtues with which You adorned him on earth and the glory which You now impart to him in heaven. Accomplish Your work, O Lord, so that Your kingdom may come about the earth. Through his merits, in union with those of Jesus and Mary, grant me the grace for which I now ask…(mention your intention).
And you, my powerful intercessor, St. Gerard, always so ready to help those who have recourse to you, pray for me. Come before the throne of Divine Mercy and do not leave without being heard. To you I confide this important and urgent affair. Graciously take my cause in hand, and do not let me end this novena without having experienced in some way the effects of your intercession. Amen.
Alternative Novena to St. Gerard Majella
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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.
O glorious Saint Gerard, because when falsely accused of 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.
Hail Mary – three times