Novena To St. Gemma Galgani (April 2 – April 11)

[Say the following prayers daily for 9 days.]

FIRST DAY

Preface:

Oh most Divine Lord, we humbly prostrate ourselves
before Thy Infinite Majesty,
and we adore Thee
and dedicate to Thy glory
the devout prayers which we now present to Thee,
as an act of devotion to your servant,
St Gemma Galgani,
whose intercession we are now imploring.

Most compassionate virgin, St. Gemma,
during thy short life on earth,
you gave a most beautiful example
of angelic innocence and seraphic love
and was found worthy to bear in thy flesh
the marks of our Lord’s Passion.
Have pity on us who are so much in need of God’s Mercy,
and obtain for us through thy merits and intercession,
the special favor which we now fervently implore.

[Mention your intention(s) here…]

Daily Prayers

Say 3 Our Father…

Say 3 Hail Mary…

Say 3 Glory Be…

Pray for us, Saint Gemma,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, Who fashioned thy servant Saint Gemma
into a likeness of Thy Crucified Son,
grant us through her intercession
the favor that we humbly request,
and through the Passion,
Death and Resurrection of Thy Son,
may we be united with You for all eternity.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

SECOND DAY

Preface:

Oh most Divine Lord, we humbly prostrate ourselves
before Thy Infinite Majesty,
and we adore Thee
and dedicate to Thy glory
the devout prayers which we now present to Thee,
as an act of devotion to your servant,
St Gemma Galgani,
whose intercession we are now imploring.

O worthy Spouse of the Lamb of God
and faithful virgin St Gemma,
you preserved the innocence and splendor of virginity,
giving to the world a bright example of purity
and the most exalted virtues.
Look down with pity from thy high place in heaven
upon us who confide in thee,
as we implore thee for the favor we so ardently desire…

[Mention your intention(s) here…]

Daily Prayers

Say 3 Our Father…

Say 3 Hail Mary…

Say 3 Glory Be…

Pray for us, Saint Gemma,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, Who fashioned thy servant Saint Gemma
into a likeness of Thy Crucified Son,
grant us through her intercession
the favor that we humbly request,
and through the Passion,
Death and Resurrection of Thy Son,
may we be united with You for all eternity.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

THIRD DAY

Preface:

Oh most Divine Lord, we humbly prostrate ourselves
before Thy Infinite Majesty,
and we adore Thee
and dedicate to Thy glory
the devout prayers which we now present to Thee,
as an act of devotion to your servant,
St Gemma Galgani,
whose intercession we are now imploring.

O most loving virgin St. Gemma,
with a fervent love for Jesus
you suffered immensely for the conversion of sinners
as a victim for sin,
and you loved others intensely out of love for God.
Do not forget us then,
who remain here on earth,
and look down with kindness
on those of us who implore thee
in the confident hope of receiving this favor
through thy loving intercession…

[Mention your intention(s) here…]

Daily Prayers

Say 3 Our Father…

Say 3 Hail Mary…

Say 3 Glory Be…

Pray for us, Saint Gemma,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, Who fashioned thy servant Saint Gemma
into a likeness of Thy Crucified Son,
grant us through her intercession
the favor that we humbly request,
and through the Passion,
Death and Resurrection of Thy Son,
may we be united with You for all eternity.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

FOURTH DAY

Preface:

Oh most Divine Lord, we humbly prostrate ourselves
before Thy Infinite Majesty,
and we adore Thee
and dedicate to Thy glory
the devout prayers which we now present to Thee,
as an act of devotion to your servant,
St Gemma Galgani,
whose intercession we are now imploring.

Blessed St Gemma,
you who by the will of God
suffered the loss of both
of your parents at a young age,
and whom also suffered countless pains
in body and spirit,
teach us how to sacrifice
and to suffer out of love for God,
that we too may expiate our sins here on earth,
and thereby become more worthy
of the infinite treasure
of being united with God in heaven.

[Mention your intention(s) here…]

Daily Prayers

Say 3 Our Father…

Say 3 Hail Mary…

Say 3 Glory Be…

Pray for us, Saint Gemma,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, Who fashioned thy servant Saint Gemma
into a likeness of Thy Crucified Son,
grant us through her intercession
the favor that we humbly request,
and through the Passion,
Death and Resurrection of Thy Son,
may we be united with You for all eternity.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

FIFTH DAY

Preface:

Oh most Divine Lord, we humbly prostrate ourselves
before Thy Infinite Majesty,
and we adore Thee
and dedicate to Thy glory
the devout prayers which we now present to Thee,
as an act of devotion to your servant,
St Gemma Galgani,
whose intercession we are now imploring.

Oh glorious St Gemma,
for years you greatly desired
to enter the consecrated religious life,
but God desired otherwise,
telling you after many years
that it was not to be,
and thereby causing you such great disappointment.
Yet, you accepted this great sacrifice
and resigned yourself to the will of God.
Teach us then, dear St Gemma,
to accept the sacrifices and sufferings
that God permits in our lives,
especially those that are very much
against our own will and desires.

[Mention your intention(s) here…]

Daily Prayers

Say 3 Our Father…

Say 3 Hail Mary…

Say 3 Glory Be…

Pray for us, Saint Gemma,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, Who fashioned thy servant Saint Gemma
into a likeness of Thy Crucified Son,
grant us through her intercession
the favor that we humbly request,
and through the Passion,
Death and Resurrection of Thy Son,
may we be united with You for all eternity.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

SIXTH DAY

Preface:

Oh most Divine Lord, we humbly prostrate ourselves
before Thy Infinite Majesty,
and we adore Thee
and dedicate to Thy glory
the devout prayers which we now present to Thee,
as an act of devotion to your servant,
St Gemma Galgani,
whose intercession we are now imploring.

Beloved Gem of Christ St Gemma,
whose heart was all on fire for the love of God,
teach us to love God with all our hearts,
minds and souls,
and fervently place God above all things,
so “that where our treasure is,
there also will our heart be.” (Matt 6:21)

[Mention your intention(s) here…]

Daily Prayers

Say 3 Our Father…

Say 3 Hail Mary…

Say 3 Glory Be…

Pray for us, Saint Gemma,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, Who fashioned thy servant Saint Gemma
into a likeness of Thy Crucified Son,
grant us through her intercession
the favor that we humbly request,
and through the Passion,
Death and Resurrection of Thy Son,
may we be united with You for all eternity.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

SEVENTH DAY

Preface:

Oh most Divine Lord, we humbly prostrate ourselves
before Thy Infinite Majesty,
and we adore Thee
and dedicate to Thy glory
the devout prayers which we now present to Thee,
as an act of devotion to your servant,
St Gemma Galgani,
whose intercession we are now imploring.

Oh holy saint of the Passion of Jesus, St Gemma,
as a soul victim you were always pleading
for the salvation of sinners.
Obtain for us, we beg you,
not only the grace that we are asking,
if it would be God’s will…

[Mention your intention(s) here…]

but most importantly
obtain for us the conversion and salvation of our souls,
so that someday we may be united
with Jesus, Mary and you for all eternity.

Daily Prayers

Say 3 Our Father…

Say 3 Hail Mary…

Say 3 Glory Be…

Pray for us, Saint Gemma,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, Who fashioned thy servant Saint Gemma
into a likeness of Thy Crucified Son,
grant us through her intercession
the favor that we humbly request,
and through the Passion,
Death and Resurrection of Thy Son,
may we be united with You for all eternity.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

EIGHTH DAY

Preface:

Oh most Divine Lord, we humbly prostrate ourselves
before Thy Infinite Majesty,
and we adore Thee
and dedicate to Thy glory
the devout prayers which we now present to Thee,
as an act of devotion to your servant,
St Gemma Galgani,
whose intercession we are now imploring.

Oh most fervent St Gemma,
so many times you shed countless tears over your sins,
and sought constantly to do penance
and to make reparation for them.
We who are so inclined to pamper ourselves,
always seeking to gratify our senses
and excuse ourselves from every penance,
help us to recognize the infinite sufferings
that Jesus endured for our sins,
and all the pains we caused Him,
and with the Passion of Jesus in mind,
obtain for us a great sorrow
and desire to never commit such sins again.

[Mention your intention(s) here…]

Daily Prayers

Say 3 Our Father…

Say 3 Hail Mary…

Say 3 Glory Be…

Pray for us, Saint Gemma,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, Who fashioned thy servant Saint Gemma
into a likeness of Thy Crucified Son,
grant us through her intercession
the favor that we humbly request,
and through the Passion,
Death and Resurrection of Thy Son,
may we be united with You for all eternity.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

NINTH DAY

Preface:

Oh most Divine Lord, we humbly prostrate ourselves
before Thy Infinite Majesty,
and we adore Thee
and dedicate to Thy glory
the devout prayers which we now present to Thee,
as an act of devotion to your servant,
St Gemma Galgani,
whose intercession we are now imploring.

Oh most lovable St Gemma,
we ask you to be our patroness
and special friend today and always.
Assist us in our daily spiritual
and material needs and teach us to know,
love and serve the Lord our God
with all our hearts.
Accompany us,
along with our guardian Angel,
in all our ways,
and guide us lovingly to Heaven.
Assist us at the time of our death
along with Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
and plead our cause before God,
and trusting in His great mercy
and the Passion of Jesus thy Spouse,
obtain for us the salvation of our souls,
and also the favor
that we now humbly request…

[Mention your intention(s) here…]

Daily Prayers

Say 3 Our Father…

Say 3 Hail Mary…

Say 3 Glory Be…

Pray for us, Saint Gemma,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, Who fashioned thy servant Saint Gemma
into a likeness of Thy Crucified Son,
grant us through her intercession
the favor that we humbly request,
and through the Passion,
Death and Resurrection of Thy Son,
may we be united with You for all eternity.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.