Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Prayer for Safe Delivery

We are eagerly awaiting the news of the arrival of our oldest son's twin angels (and the blue border on this picture doesn't necessarily mean I'm predicting boys--we just didn't have any pink construction paper!). We can't believe that the day is finally here!

I pray that St. Gerard, the Patron Saint of Expectant Mothers, will protect and comfort my daughter-in-law today. Here is a prayer to this saint for women in labor.

A Prayer to St. Gerard for Safe Delivery

O great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ, perfect imitator of your meek and humble Savior, and devoted child of 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 [my daughter-in-law] from danger and from the excessive pains accompanying childbirth, and shield the child[ren] which [she] now carries, that [they] may see the light of day and receive the purifying and life-giving waters of baptism through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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