Saint Gerard Prays with us
Ask him to support your petition by his prayers.
St Gerard Majella, a Redemptorist brother, has long been known as a helper of families, especially expectant mothers, new mothers, and children. His shrine at Mater Domini in Italy receives thousands of letters each year thanking him for his intercession.
You can ask him to support your petition by his prayers.
Your request (with any identifying details removed) will be sent to the Redemptorist communities in Australia so that they can pray for your intention in their Masses and the Morning and Evening Prayer of the Church which they pray in community.
All requests are treated with the strictest confidence.
We have received hundreds of requests for prayer over the last year. You may wish to view and prayer for the many intensions listed and of course you are welcome to add your prayer in the form elswhere on this page.
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If you would like to give glory to God by sharing your thanks with other Majellan readers your thanks to God and St Gerard for a gift you have received in answer to prayer, write your thanksgiving here:
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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 for a Safe Delivery
O great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ, perfect imitator of your meek and humble Saviour, 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.
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 Special Favour
O Most Blessed Trinity, I your unworthy creature, thank you for all the gifts and privileges which you have granted to Saint Gerard, especially for those virtues with which you have adorned him on earth and the glory which you impart to him in heaven.
Accomplish your work, O Lord, for the greater glory of the Holy Church.
Glorify him before men and women and through his merits, in union with those of Jesus and Mary, grant me the grace for which I ask (mention your request)
And you, my powerful intercessor St. Gerard, always so ready to help those who have recourse to you, pray also for me.
Prostrate yourself before the throne of Divine Mercy and please do not leave it without being heard.
To you I confide this important and urgent affair.
Graciously take my cause in hand and let me not end this novena without having experienced in some way the effects of your intercession.
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.
Resources for prayer
This beautiful, heartfelt, and poignant prayerbook offers readers personal and inspirational guidance throughout the grieving process, from the devastating moment of loss, through all the periods of anger, doubt, pain, acceptance, and discovery. This is an invaluable guide for all in the parish who are suffering the loss of a loved one.
Paula D’Arcy is an author, speaker, and founder of Red Bird Foundation