NOVENA IN PREPARATION FOR THE FEAST OF THE CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST
December 23 – December 31
Oh! most sweet Infant Jesus, who at the expiration of eight days didst submit to be circumcised, receiving the holy name of Jesus, and becoming, in virtue of that name and by the shedding of Thy Blood, the Savior of the world, I prostrate myself humbly before Thee, and thank Thee with all my heart for this Thy great mercy and love to me and to all poor sinners. The sight of this Thy blood reminds me hopefully of the source whence flows every grace, every grace which will be imparted to me during the year; and also of the asylum where I will seek shelter and aid in every tribulation. It is Thy heart, dear Lord, which was opened to me in this first shedding of Thy blood. Therefore I devote to thee, Oh! sweetest, dearest Heart, every word and deed, every throb of my heart, all, all that I do or suffer during this year. Accept my offering, and strengthen me with Thy grace; enlighten and shield me, and grant me in virtue of Thy name, that most holy, most efficacious name of Jesus, this my request Hear me, oh! Jesus, for the sake of this Thy name and of Thy loving heart! Amen.