May I never boast of anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through it the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. (Gal 6:14)
All powerful God, you made the virgin St. Gemma Galgani a living image of your Crucified Son. Through her prayers, may we suffer with Christ and so share in his glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Lord, we offer you this spotless victim in honour of Saint Gemma the virgin. Give us always a clean heart and a spirit of reverence as we gather round this altar. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.
Rejoice in the measure that you share Christ’s sufferings. When his glory is revealed, you will rejoice exultantly. (1 Peter 4:13).
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Lord, you have fed us with the bread of heaven. Grant that we may die to this world and live for Christ alone, by following the footsteps of St. Gemma. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.