Prayer to St. Gerard
Feast Day: October 16
O good St. Gerard, powerful intercessor before the throne of God, wonder-worker
of our day, I call upon you and seek your help. While on earth, you always fulfilled God's
designs; help me, too, always do God's holy will. Beseech the master of life, from whom
all parenthood proceeds, to bless me with offspring, that I may raise up children to God
in this life and heirs to the kingdom of God's glory in the life to come.
For Mother With Child:
O almighty and everlasting God, through the Holy Spirit, you prepared the body
and soul of the glorious virgin Mary to be a worthy dwelling place of your divine Son.
Through the same Holy Spirit, you sanctified St. John the Baptist, while still in his
mother's womb. Hear the prayers of your humble servant who implores you, through the
intercession of St. Gerard, to protect me amid the dangers of childbearing and to watch
over the child with which you blessed me. May this child be cleansed by the saving water
of baptism and, after a Christian life on earth, may we, both mother and child, attain
everlasting bliss in heaven.