Pro-Life Prayer to St. Gerard

Dear Redemtorist Saint, model Priest and Religious, compassionate toward suffering Mothers, intercede for this expectant Mother. Let her not be selfish like those who are willing to put an end to the life they bear within themselves. Instead let her remain ever conscious that she is privileged to be the instrument through whom God brings another life into the world. Encourage her for the good of her child and the glory of the Lord of life. Amen.

Prayer for Respect for Life

St. Gerard Majella, women the world over have adopted thee as their patron in the joys and fears of childbearing. Today, we invoke thine intercession for the pro-life movement.

Pray that all will look upon human life as a great gift from God to be accepted and loved, not as an unwanted burden to be destroyed. Assist from Heaven the efforts of those on earth who are enlisted in the Christlike crusade of promoting the dignity and value of all human life, particularly the unborn. This we ask through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for the Intercession of St. Gerard

Most Blessed Trinity, I, Thy child, thank Thee for all the gifts and privileges which Thou didst grant to Saint Gerard, especially for those virtues with which Thou didst adorn him on earth and the glory which Thou now doth impart to him in Heaven. Accomplish Thy work, Oh Lord, so that Thy kingdom may come about on earth. Through his merits in union with those of Jesus and Mary, grant me the grace which I ask (mention your request).

And thou, my powerful intercessor, Saint Gerard, always so ready to help those who have recourse to thee, pray for me. Come before the throne of Divine Mercy and do not leave without being heard. To thee I confide this important and urgent affair (mention your petition).

Graciously take my cause in hand and do not let me end this prayer without experiencing the effects of thine intercession. Amen.


For a Sick Child

St. Gerard who, like the Saviour, loved children so tenderly and by your prayers freed many from disease and even death, look down upon us who are pleading for our sick child. We thank God for the great gift of our son (daughter) and ask Him to restore him (her) to health if such be His holy Will. This favour, we beg of you through your love for all children and mothers.

For Special Blessings

Almighty and loving Father, I thank Thee for giving St. Gerard to us as a most appealing model and powerful friend. By his example he showed us how to love and trust Thee.

From Heaven Thou hast allowed him to shower many blessings on those who call on him.

For Thy greater glory and my welfare, please grant me the favours, which I ask in his name.

(Here mention them privately)

And thou, my Powerful Patron, who hast always helped those who prayed to thee, intercede for me before the Throne of God. Prostrate thyself before that Throne and do not leave it until thou hast been heard. 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.

In Time of Trial

St. 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 do I turn to men to seek consolation and help; therefore, I have recourse to thee. Graciously assist me, St. Gerard, that, being freed from this trial and strengthened to bear it for the love of God, I may praise and thank God and serve Him with greater love and fervour. Amen.

For a Good Confession

St. Gerard, Patron of a Good Confession, who gave courage to souls whom fear and shame had overcome; who gave sorrow to their hearts, resolution to their wills, truth to their faltering lips; help me to make a good Confession. Enable me to know my sins, to be truly sorry for them, and to be firmly resolved, with God's grace, never to sin again.

Help me to confess my sins humbly and sincerely, to confess them in the spirit of faith, as confessing them to Our Lord Himself.

Stand by me in this Confession, O gentle Saint, an angel of God sent to free me from sin. Amen.

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