They are here because their little sister will be born tomorrow! Josh and Cyrise went to the hospital this evening, and they are keeping her there. Tomorrow they will break her water. Baby will be about a month early, but Cyrise has been having contractions and her blood pressure has been high for the past few days. Her doctor has assured them that the baby is big enough to do well, and that she will grow quickly outside the womb. All of their babies have been early, so this is not unexpected.
Please pray for a safe delivery for mommy and baby, and for a strong, healthy little girl. Her name is Gina. She was named after Cyrise's sister, whose story I told here a few years ago.
Prayer for a Safe Delivery
O great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ, perfect imitator of your meek and humble Savior, and devoted child of Mother of God, enkindle within our hearts one spark of that heavenly fire of charity which glowed in your heart and made you an angel of love.
O glorious Saint Gerard, because when falsely accused of crime, you did bear, like your Divine Master, without murmur or complaint, the calumnies of wicked men, you have been raised up by God as the patron and protector of expectant mothers.
Preserve Cyrise from danger and from the excessive pains accompanying childbirth, and shield the child which she now carries, that baby Gina may see the light of day and receive the purifying and life-giving waters of baptism through Jesus Christ our Lord.
O Mary, Mother of God, please pray for Cyrise and baby Gina.
St. Gianna, please pray for Cyrise and baby Gina.
St. Ann, Mother of Our Lady, please pray for Cyrise and baby Gina.
St. Elizabeth, Mother of St. John the Baptist, please pray for Cyrise and baby Gina.
Gina, Sister, Aunt and Namesake, please pray for Cyrise and your little niece, Gina.