I'm not sure exactly how or when our Mothers Novena began, but I do know that I have been the grateful recipient of all of those prayers a few times, at least.
As it is stated in our monthly newsletter:
"The Mothers Novena is a continuous prayer for all pregnant mothers and their unborn child(ren), especially within Our Lady of Guadalupe Homeschool Group. Anyone can volunteer for this spiritual work of mercy. Simply pray the prayers to The Infant of Prague and St. Gerard Majella every day for nine consecutive days during your scheduled time."
We have one mom who is in charge of scheduling all the praying participants and the schedule is sent out via email. We have two to three people praying during each nine day cycle so that if one person forgets or is unable to pray, the time is still covered by someone else.
Very simple, yet very helpful. It is so comforting to know that someone is praying for you during your entire pregnancy and delivery. Many graces have come from this simple work of mercy.
I have included the beautiful prayers that we pray in case you are interested in starting this in your own group.
Saint Gerard, you loved God and served Him faithfully as a humble Redemptorist brother. Now, from heaven, teach us to have great confidence in the Lord. Instill in us that same love which you had for His holy will.
O Almighty God, through the work of the Holy Spirit, You prepared the body and soul of the glorious Virgin Mary, Mother of God, to be worthy of Your Son. Listen to our prayer through the intercession of Saint Gerard, Your faithful servant. Protect the expectant mothers of (your group) during pregnancy and childbirth and safeguard their little ones against evil spirits. Grant that by Your saving hand, after living as good Christians on earth, mothers, fathers and children may attain everlasting happiness in heaven. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
Saint Gerard Majella, patron of expectant mothers, pray for us!
O Jesus, Who said, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you," through the intercession of Mary, Your Most Holy Mother, we knock, we seek, we ask that our prayer be granted.
O Divine Jesus, Who said, "Unless you become like little children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven," grant us the simplicity and wonder, the tenderness and gentleness of children. Fill us with innocence, hope and love.
O Divine Infant, help us to know how close You are to us and how powerful is Your embrace. Help us to trust that You do hold the whole world in Your hands. We place our every need and care in Your hands.
Miraculous Infant, we believe that You love us and know all of our needs. We place the expectant mothers of Our Lady of Guadalupe Homeschool Group in Your hands. Look with love on the little ones in their wombs and bathe them in Your grace.
We trust in Your love and care. We want to praise You, now and forever. Amen.