St. Gerard Novena

Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 7 October and ending on 15 October, the eve of the Feast of St. Gerard.

First Day:
Saint Gerard, ever full of faith obtain for me that, believing firmly all that the Church of God proposes to my belief, I may strive to secure through a holy life the joys of eternal happiness.

Say nine Hail Marys

V. Pray for us, O Saint 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 Saint Gerard, even from his tenderest years, making him conformable to the Image of Thy Crucified Son, grant we beseech Thee, that imitating his example, 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, grant that I may place all my confidence in Jesus Christ alone, my true Treasure, who alone can make me happy in time and in eternity.

Say nine Hail Marys

V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Third Day:
Saint Gerard, bright seraph of love, who despising all earthly love, didst consecrate thy life to the service of God and thy neighbor, promoting God’s glory in thy lowly state, and ever ready to assist the distressed and console the sorrowful, obtain for me, I beseech thee, that loving God the only God and my neighbor for His sake, I may be hereafter united to Him for ever in glory.

Say nine Hail Marys

V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Fourth Day:
Saint Gerard, spotless lily of purity, by the angelic virtue and thy wonderful innocence of life thou didst receive from the Infant Jesus and His Immaculate Mother, sweet pledges of tenderest love, grant, I beseech thee, that I may ever strive in my life-long fight, and thus win the crown that awaits the brave and the true.

Say nine Hail Marys

V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Fifth Day:
Saint Gerard, model of holy obedience, who through thy life didst heroically submit the judgment to those who represent Jesus Christ to thee, thus sanctifying thy lowliest actions, obtain for me from God cheerful admission to His Holy Will and the virtue of perfect obedience, that I may be made comfortable to Jesus, my Model, who was obedient even to death.

Say nine Hail Marys

V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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

Say nine Hail Marys

V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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

Say nine Hail Marys

V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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 the Paradise. Obtain for me, I beseech thee, the spirit of prayer and an undying love for the Most Holy Sacrament, that thus receiving frequently the Body and Blood of Jesus, I may daily grow in His holy love and merit the priceless grace of loving Him even to the end.

Say nine Hail Marys

V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Ninth Day:
Saint Gerard, most favorite child of heaven, to whom Mary gave the Infant Jesus in the day of thy childhood, to whom she sweetly came before thou didst close thine eyes In death, obtain for me I beseech thee, so to seek and love my Blessed Mother during life, that she may be my joy and consolation in this valley of tears, until with thee, before the throne of God, I may praise her goodness for all eternity. Amen.

Say nine Hail Marys

V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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