Patron of expectant mothers
St. Gerard Majella, religious, is the patron of expectant mothers. He was born at Muro,
Italy, in 1726 and joined the Redemptorists at the age of 23, becoming a professed lay brother in
1752. He served as sacristan, gardener, porter, infirmarian, and tailor. However, because of his
great piety, extraordinary wisdom, and his gift of reading consciences, he was permitted to counsel
communities of religious women.
This humble servant of God also had the faculties of levitation and
bi-location associated with certain mystics. His charity, obedience, and selfless service as well as
his ceaseless mortification for Christ, made him the perfect model of lay brothers. He was afflicted
with tuberculosis and died in 1755 at the age of twenty-nine.
This great saint is invoked as a patron of
expectant mothers as a result of a miracle effected through his prayers for a woman in
O Great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ,
perfect imitator of your 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 your heart and made you
an angel of love. O glorious Saint Gerard, because when falsely accused of crime, you did bear, like
your Divine master, without murmur or complaint, the calumnies of wicked men, you have been raised
up by 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 it may see the
light of day and receive the lustral waters of baptism through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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