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Patron Saint of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Mothers St. Gerard Medal

St. Gerard is the patron saint of expectant mothers. Trying to conceive, and concerns for a healthy baby and mother are among the reason why there is a devotion to St. Gerard. So how does her fit. what about St. Gerard and his life is relevant to the issues of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood.

It begins with St. Gerard's concern during his life. He received this patronage because of his involvement in a miracle that occurred through the placement of his handkerchief on the womb of a woman facing life-threatening complications during childbirth. This handkerchief was used by many other women during difficult labors and deliveries, and has time and time again brought about special graces and miracles.

St. Gerard was born in 1726 in Italy. His father died when Gerard was still young leaving the family living in poverty. When he was sent to learn to become a tailor he suffered abuse. Despite his difficult youth he was devout and religious. He eventually, after several failed attempts, entered a religious order as a lay brother. Because of his many spiritual gifts, he was a counselor to communities of religious women. He died of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-nine. He was a great example of charity, service, and obedience.

St. Gerard’s feast day is October 16.

  • Patron of Expectant Mothers
  • Patron of Childbirth
  • Patron of Pregnancy
Images of St. Gerard frequently contain one or more of the following symbols:
  • Gerard cradling a crucifix in his arms – This represents his embrace of the cross of suffering to be more like Jesus.
  • Lilies on a table or altar – A symbol of purity, they refer to a story told of when he was a younger man he would spent the last of the money he had to buy flowers for the altar trusting that God in his providence would provide for his other needs.
  • A skull – In many images of the saints as in images of St. Gerard, the skull represents awareness of his mortality and the brevity of life.

Prayer 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 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 purifying and life-giving waters of baptism through Jesus Christ our Lord. ~ Amen

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Prayer in Thanks of a Safe Delivery:

Good Saint Gerard, patron of mothers, assist me in thanking God for the great gift of motherhood. During the months of my waiting, I learned to call upon you and placed the safety of my child and myself under your powerful protection. The great lesson of your trust in God sustained me; your slogan, "God will provide," became my hope and consolation. I thank God for my child and for motherhood. Help me to prize the great treasure of motherhood and obtain for me the grace to raise my child as a child of God.~ Amen

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For a Sick Person:

O God, Who didst bestow on Saint Gerard the power of healing all kinds of infirmities, deign to glorify Thy Servant, who was so merciful toward human misery, by delivering me from my present sickness. Grant also that, being strengthened in body, I may take greater care to avoid sin and overcome my evil passions, the spiritual diseases that drag so many to everlasting death. Through Christ our Lord. ~Amen.

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For a Sick Child:

O Saint Gerard, who, like the Savior, loved children so tenderly and by your prayers freed many from disease and even from death; graciously look down upon the distressed parents who plead with thee for their child's health if such be the Will, of God. Present their promise to God to bring up the child a good Christian and to guard it by word and example against the fatal leprosy of sin. This favor we implore thee, O sainted Brother, through the tender love with which Jesus and Mary blessed thy own innocent childhood. ~Amen

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For Mother and Child:

O almighty and Everlasting God Who through the operation of the Holy Christ, didst prepare the body and soul of the glorious Virgin Mary to be a worthy dwelling place of Thy divine Son; and, through the operation of the same Holy Ghost, didst sanctify Saint John the Baptist, while still in his mother's womb; hearken to the prayers of Thy humble servant who implore thee, through the intercession of Saint Gerard, to protect her (me); that it may be cleansed by the saving water of baptism and, after a Christian life on earth, it may with its mother, attain everlasting bliss in Heaven. ~Amen.

 

 

Additional Resources:

St Gerard Medals: A source of encouragement for couples seeking to conceive or women who are pregnant, St Gerard Medals are available in Sterling Silver, Gold Filled and 14k Gold.there are also St Gerard Rosaries

to pray your way through the worries and stress.