O Father in Heaven. Thou art the Creator of life. Protect all expectant mothers and the babies they carry in their wombs. We pray that those who suffer from the evils of abortion will be open to Thine Infinite mercy and love. We ask for the conversion of all who fail to respect the gift of human life. Heavenly Father, guide our actions to help restore in the hearts of all people the sanctity of human life. Amen.
Pray the Rosary.
Novena to St. Gerard Majella for Motherhood
Good St. Gerard, powerful intercessor before the throne of God,
Wonder-Worker of our day, I call upon thee and seek thy aid.
Thou who on earth didst always fulfill God’s design help me to do the
Holy Will of God. Thou knowest that our marriage has not as yet been
blessed with a child and how much my husband and I desire this gift.
Please present our fervent pleas to the Creator of life from Whom all
parenthood proceeds and beseech Him to bless us with the child we so
fervently pray for. 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.
Dear Mother Mary, speak to Jesus for me.
Say for nine times in a row for nine consecutive days
For Awaiting Mothers and Fathers
O everlasting and almighty God, Who, through the operation of the
Holy Spirit, prepared the body and soul of the glorious Virgin Mary,
Mother of God, to be a worthy dwelling for Thy Son, and Who through
the same Holy Spirit, sanctified Saint John the Baptist before his birth;
deign to hear the prayer of Thy humble servants. We implore Thee,
through the intercession of St. Gerard, to protect me (her), in maternity
and to safeguard against the evil spirit the child which Thou hast given us
(them), that by Thy saving Hand, he or she may receive holy Baptism.
Grant also that, having lived as Christians on earth, we (they) may attain
to everlasting bliss in Heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Children Before Birth
MARY, Immaculate Mother, I beseech thee by the joy that thou didst
experience in the birth of Jesus, Thy Divine Son, to take under Thy
motherly protection all the little ones that are to be born this day
throughout the world.
Obtain for them the grace of holy Baptism. Watch over them always.
Pray that from the day when they receive for the first time the God
of love, their hearts, pure and innocent, may ever respond to the
beatings of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, and attach themselves
to Him forever. Amen.
Prayer for a Safe Delivery
O Great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ, perfect imitator of thy
meek and humble Savior, and devoted Child of the Mother of God: enkindle
within my heart one spark of that heavenly fire of charity which glowed in thine and made thee a seraph of love.
Thanksgiving for a Safe Delivery
Good St. 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 thee and placed the safety of my child and myself under thy
powerful protection. The great lesson of thy trust in God sustained me;
thy slogan, “God will provide,” became my hope and consolation.
Thank God for a healthy and normal baby and my own good health.
Help me to prize the great treasure of motherhood and obtain for me
from God the graces to raise my child as a child of God. In gratitude
I will continue to call upon thee and will tell other mothers about
their special patron and friend
O glorious Saint Gerard, because when falsely accused of crime, thou didst bear,
like thy Divine Master, without murmur or complaint, the calummies of wicked men,
thou hast been raised up be 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 he may see the light of day and receive the lustral waters of Baptism, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Nine Hail Marys)