Friday, 9 October 2009

Novena in honour of the Blessed Gerard - Day 5

Day Five
Servant of God

“Dei servus”, helper, servant of God (in a document of Bishop Ademar di Rodez, 1120): This description of Blessed Gerard is a description often used by the Church for her members, the baptized. During the beatification process, as a declaration of heroic virtue, of an exemplary life, the candidate is accorded the title of ‘Servant of God’. The servant of the servants of God, ‘servus servorum Dei’, is also one of the titles of the Holy Father. We are all, therefore, servants of God; by his actions, Gerard demonstrated this fact to us in an exemplary fashion.


Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, Messiah, preserve us from arrogance and selfishness.
Lord hear our prayer.
Keep us in your service.
Lord hear our prayer.
Grant that we may know our duty in the Church and in the world – and to fulfill it.
Lord hear our prayer.
Direct our hearts and minds towards the things of heaven.
Lord hear our prayer.

Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be to the Father…

Pray for us, Blessed Gerard
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray.
O God, you dispose the hearts of the faithful as one in their desire; grant that your people may love what you command and desire what you promise, that amid the varied changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true joys may be found. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Collect for Sunday XXI of the Year)