Majellan Day Online Liturgy
Join the Majellan team with guest Fr Sam Kono CSsR for our second Online Majellan Day Liturgy, as we celebrate the Feast of St Gerard Majella.
The service will include a Liturgy, Music, Family Blessings, and much more. As part of the blessing, a Redemptorist Priest will bless a collection of your prayers and intentions to St Gerard Majella. You can enter your petition in the form below!
Letter from St Gerard to Sister Maria of Jesus
This is the letter that Gerard referred to at the end of the previous one to Sister Michela. It was already finished on October 4 and was sent on the ninth.
Gerard was sure of the loyalty of Sister Maria in the mutual commitment to prayers. In the same way, Sister Maria must not doubt his loyalty. For this reason, he feels the sister’s suffering as his own: “If I say that I suffer them more than you, I am not lying.” But rather than words, it is the Holy Spirit who must make Sister Maria understand this.
Personally Gerard was on the cross, but he blesses the divine will. He insists on asking for prayers because I fear I will not persevere.” This depth of mystical assimilation to the crucified Christ and of the brotherly communion is linked with intercession for the dying, lived in the forms most dear to the people: for Sister Olivia “I did eights days of communion.”
To Mother Sister Maria of Jesus Christ the Savior:
Long live, long live our dear God, and our blessed Mother, in the unity of our holy pact. Amen.
My dearest sister:
I am replying to your most esteemed letter, and I tell you that I am very, very grateful to you for the holy novena you made for me our Most Holy Trinity.
It is true that with Your Reverence there is no need for expressions, prayers, or doubts; and I know that what I wrote you in the most divine presence of God has remained confirmed by us. And the witnesses are our Most Holy Trinity and Mother Mary Most Holy. Yes, for my part I fulfill my obligation to Your Reverence before my Lord; and I do not cease to pray to him, unworthy sinner that I am.
My sister, I sympathize greatly with you, because you are alone, afflicted, and disconsolate, because you have no one to whom you can pour your heart out and be consoled. I know from personal experience the pains that you have gone through and are still going through; but I tell you that I feel them more sharply in my heart that Your Reverence does. You cannot imagine with what clarity and sharpness I understand them: if I say I do so even more than you, I am not lying.
I do not explain anything to you, because I know that, while Your Reverence reads this letter, the Holy Spirit is miking me understand everything for my part, better than I could explain to you.
Oh, if only God would let me go there to console you, more for Your Reverence’s sake than for mine.
I am very afflicted and disconsolate, wounded by divine justice to the maximum. Blessed be his divine will forever. And what makes me tremble the most and creates the greatest horror for me: I feel that I will not persevere. God forbid, because it would be the same as debasing myself. On this point I wish you to say all the prayers.
For my part, I tell you that, with respect to your sufferings, not to think of them anymore so that they may not cause you even more pain. Rather leave them in the arms of God’s pity. Conform yourself to his divine will. And value highly what you have suffered for God, because this merity of yours will serve to make you a greater saint.
I beg you the favor of greeting for me mother prioress and sister Maria of Divine Love, Maria Battista, Teresa, Giuseppa, Magdalena, Celeste.
You say that Olivia greets me. That is true, but from paradise, not from here. Unworthy as I am, I have offered her eight days of communion for her soul and all that I have done in these days. I wish to do the same for all of them, so that all those who are alive when I pass into eternity may pray to God for ne and make eight days of communions for me.
Our Father Margotta is making the holy exercises. I know that he would have wished to send you greetings as well.
You Reverence’s most unworthy brother in Jesus Christ,
Gerard Majella of the Most Holy Redeemer
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Prayers to Saint Gerard
Prayer for Motherhood
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.
Prayer in Thanks of a Safe Delivery
Good Saint Gerard, patron of mothers, assist me in thanking God for the great gift of motherhood. During the months of my waiting, I learned to call upon you and placed the safety of my child and myself under your powerful protection. The great lesson of your trust in God sustained me; your slogan, “God will provide,” became my hope and consolation. I thank God for my child and for motherhood. Help me to prize the great treasure of motherhood and obtain for me the grace to raise my child as a child of God.
Prayer for a sick child
O most beloved Saint Gerard, who, like the Saviour, 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 the holy will. This favour we beg of you through your love for all children and mothers.