St. Gianna was one of thirteen children. When she was a child, she lost three of her siblings during the Spanish influenza epidemic that raged worldwide in the years following World War I. Her family even moved to a different city in order to protect their surviving children. St. Gianna and her family knew intimately what it was like to lose loved ones to a pandemic that seemed unending. Today, we pray for all victims of COVID-19, for their families, and for a swift end to this pandemic.
Let us pray:
O Blessed Mother, you received the good news of the incarnation of Christ, your Son, with faith and trust. Grant your protection to all pregnant mothers facing difficulties.
Guide us as we strive to make our parish communities places of welcome and assistance for mothers in need. Help us become instruments of God’s love and compassion.
Mary, Mother of the Church, graciously help us build a culture of life and a civilization of love, together with all people of good will, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be)
Saint Gianna Novena