Novena in Honour of Saint Gerard

Saint Gerard MajellaFirst Day – Saint Gerard, ever full of faith, obtain for us, we pray thee, that believing firmly all that the Church of God proposes to our belief, we may strive to secure through a holy life the joys of eternal happiness.

Hail Mary. . . .

V. Pray for us, O Blessed Gerard.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray.

O Almighty and Everlasting God, who didst draw to Thyself the Blessed Gerard even from his tenderest years, making him conformable to the Image of Thy crucified Son, grant, we beseech Thee, that imitating his example we may be made like unto the same Divine Image, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Second Day – Saint Gerard, most generous Saint, who from thy tenderest years didst care so little for the goods of earth, obtain for us that we may place all our confidence in Jesus Christ alone, our true treasure, who alone can make us happy in time and in eternity.

Hail Mary. . . .

V. Pray for us, O Blessed Gerard.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray.

O Almighty and Everlasting God, who didst draw to Thyself the Blessed Gerard even from his tenderest years, making him conformable to the Image of Thy crucified Son, grant, we beseech Thee, that imitating his example we may be made like unto the same Divine Image, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Third Day – Saint Gerard, bright Seraph of love, who, despising all earthly love, didst consecrate thy life to the service of God and thy neighbour, promoting God’s glory in thy lowly state, and wert ever ready to succour the distressed and console the sorrowful, obtain for us, we beseech thee, that loving God, our only good, and our neighbour for His sake, we may be hereafter united to Him for ever in glory.

Hail Mary. . . .

V. Pray for us, O Blessed Gerard.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray.

O Almighty and Everlasting God, who didst draw to Thyself the Blessed Gerard even from his tenderest years, making him conformable to the Image of Thy crucified Son, grant, we beseech Thee, that imitating his example we may be made like unto the same Divine Image, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fourth Day – Saint Gerard, spotless lily of purity, by thine angelic virtue and thy wondrous innocence of life thou didst receive from the Infant Jesus and His Immaculate Mother sweet pledges of tenderest love, grant, we beseech Thee, that we may ever strive manfully in our life-long fight, and thus win the crown that awaits the brave and the true.

Hail Mary. . . .

V. Pray for us, O Blessed Gerard.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray.

O Almighty and Everlasting God, who didst draw to Thyself the Blessed Gerard even from his tenderest years, making him conformable to the Image of Thy crucified Son, grant, we beseech Thee, that imitating his example we may be made like unto the same Divine Image, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fifth Day – Saint Gerard, model of holy obedience, who throughout thy life didst most heroically submit thy judgment to those who represented Jesus Christ to thee, thus sanctifying thy lowliest acts, obtain for us from God cheerful submission to His holy Will and the virtue of perfect obedience, that we may be made conformable to Jesus, our Model, who was obedient even unto death.

Hail Mary. . . .

V. Pray for us, O Blessed Gerard.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray.

O Almighty and Everlasting God, who didst draw to Thyself the Blessed Gerard even from his tenderest years, making him conformable to the Image of Thy crucified Son, grant, we beseech Thee, that imitating his example we may be made like unto the same Divine Image, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sixth Day – Saint Gerard, most perfect imitator of Jesus our Redeemer, do thou, whose greatest glory was to be humble and lowly, obtain for us that we too, knowing our littleness in God’s sight, may be found worthy to enter the kingdom that is promised to the humble and lowly of heart.

Hail Mary. . . .

V. Pray for us, O Blessed Gerard.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray.

O Almighty and Everlasting God, who didst draw to Thyself the Blessed Gerard even from his tenderest years, making him conformable to the Image of Thy crucified Son, grant, we beseech Thee, that imitating his example we may be made like unto the same Divine Image, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Seventh Day – Saint Gerard, unconquered hero, most patient in suffering, do thou, who didst glory in infirmity, and under slander and cruel ignominy didst rejoice to suffer with Christ, obtain for us patience and resignation in our sorrows, that we may bravely bear the cross which is to gain for us the crown of everlasting glory.

Hail Mary. . . .

V. Pray for us, O Blessed Gerard.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray.

O Almighty and Everlasting God, who didst draw to Thyself the Blessed Gerard even from his tenderest years, making him conformable to the Image of Thy crucified Son, grant, we beseech Thee, that imitating his example we may be made like unto the same Divine Image, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Eighth Day – Saint Gerard, true lover of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, do thou, who didst kneel long hours before the Tabernacle, and there didst taste the joys of Paradise, obtain for us, we pray thee, the spirit of prayer, and an undying love for this Most Holy Sacrament, that receiving frequently the Body and Blood of Jesus, we may daily grow in His holy love, and merit the priceless grace of loving Him even to the end.

Hail Mary. . . .

V. Pray for us, O Blessed Gerard.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray.

O Almighty and Everlasting God, who didst draw to Thyself the Blessed Gerard even from his tenderest years, making him conformable to the Image of Thy crucified Son, grant, we beseech Thee, that imitating his example we may be made like unto the same Divine Image, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Ninth Day – Saint Gerard, most favoured child of Heaven, to whom Mary gave the Infant Jesus in the days of thy childhood, and to whom she sweetly came before thou didst close thine eyes in death, obtain for us, we beseech thee, so to seek and love our Blessed Mother during life, that she may be our joy and consolation in this valley of tears, until, with thee, before the throne of God, we may praise her goodness for all eternity. Amen. Amen.

So I hope, so may it be.

Hail Mary. . . .

V. Pray for us, O Blessed Gerard.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray.

O Almighty and Everlasting God, who didst draw to Thyself the Blessed Gerard even from his tenderest years, making him conformable to the Image of Thy crucified Son, grant, we beseech Thee, that imitating his example we may be made like unto the same Divine Image, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.