Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Feast of Saint Gerard of Majella

I just realized that today is the historical feast day of Saint Gerard of Majella! And since he is one of my favorite saints, I thought I'd share one of my favorite chaplets with you!  All you need are nine beads, separated into groups of three to make this chaplet yourself!

Here's how this particular chaplet is prayed:

There are two sets of prayer you may use for this chaplet.  
First you say the prayer, either for expectant mother's or for motherhood or another special favor, and then you follow the prayer with three Our Father's, three Hail Mary's and Three Glory Be's. 

"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."

"Most Blessed Trinity, I, Your child, thank You for all the gifts and privledges 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 on earth. Through his merits, in union with those of Jesus and Mary, grant me the grace for which I ask...

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."

Have a wonderful feast day of this very special saint!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this reminder! My son has Gerard for a middle name. It's a family name on my side of the family. Love St. Gerard. Praying for his intercession has given me much peace over the years.


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