Prayer for an Expectant Mother

Prayer to St. Gerard

Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ,
perfect imitator of Jesus,
and devoted child of the Mother of God,
enkindle within my heart one spark
of that heavenly fire of charity which glowed in yours.
Because you bore without murmur or complaint
the calumnies of wicked men when falsely accused of crime,
you have been raised up by God
as the patron and protector of expectant mothers.
Preserve me in the dangers of motherhood
and shield the child I now bear,
that it may be brought safely to the light of day
and receive the sacrament of baptism.