-New booklet "Novena and Prayers in honor of Saint Gemma Galgani"
Over the past few years I have received quite a few emails and letters asking if a Novena to Saint Gemma (in english) is available in print -Well, while the Triduum to St Gemma is available in a pamphlet form (offered on this website as part of the "complete website package") unfortunately up to now there has never been a Novena printed in english---in fact the only novena available anywhere in English to my knowledge is the one here on this website.
And so, because of the repeated requests for a printed version of the novena I recently decided to contact a professional printer to have a novena booklet printed. The creation and design stage of the booklet began right after St Gemma's feast day on April 11th (anniversary of her holy death).
The 6x9 inch booklet will consist of the 9 day novena in honor of St Gemma, 2 pages that contain three authentic photographs of Gemma, one page consisting of two separate prayers that Gemma herself wrote--Gemma wrote these two prayers to God, asking for a specific grace, one page consisting of two prayers to St Gemma asking for her holy intercession, along with 4 full pages of her quotes and sayings. The booklet is 20 pages total and was printed on the first week of May 2012, and Providentially they arrived today, May 9th, the 2nd day of the novena to St Gemma in honor of her Passionist feast day on May 16th.
In creating these booklets, I felt that they should be created with quality material and be made to last so I had the entire booklet made of the highest quality 100 lb. premium gloss paper stock, along with a special matte finish U/V coating on the cover (front and back) to protect it. Both the 100 lb. paper throughout and the U/V protectant coating increased the cost of course, but I think quality and durability is important for a booklet like this. If this is the first novena to Saint Gemma in english to be printed in the 110 years since her holy death, then it should be well made, which at least was my thinking on the matter. I already see a few things I would like to add and change with the next edition, but overall I am very happy with the Novena booklet, and I am sure that those who receive them will be also.
|St Gemma ex capsa relic prayer card|
Along with the novena booklet I am including also a free new holy card that contains a small fragment of Gemma's original wooden coffin. The coffin relics come from the Monastery of Saint Gemma in Lucca, Italy where Gemma's holy remains are kept in a statue-sarcophagus beneath the main altar of the monastery Church.
On the back of the free relic holy card is the following prayer quote from Saint Gemma:
"Oh Jesus, why am I not burned up with love for You? Why is it that my heart is not consumed with Loves flame? Why is it that my love does not correspond to Yours? Oh Jesus, how much time I have lost! How many years I could have loved You but did not do so! But your bounty makes me hope that I may make up for lost time. Why did You suffer for me, dear Jesus? For love! The nails...the crown...the cross...all for love of me! For You I sacrifice everything willingly. I offer You my body with all its weakness, and my soul with all its love. My God, dear Jesus, remove whatever malice may be at the bottom of my offering, and then accept it. Do not abandon me Jesus. I am yours. Take care of my soul. Think of what You have borne to save it. Surely they are right who say 'To suffer is to love'."
The booklet along with the free relic holy prayer card is $11, plus $3 postage in the USA= $14 total.
The booklet is larger sized- 6"x9", thus requiring the $3 postage cost.
(For those outside the USA, shipping will be $6, for a total of $17)
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