"December is the Month
Dedicated to the
"Divine Infancy”

 

Wishing You a Joyous and Blessed Season...

 

O Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary, help me to accept the Gospel in my heart and to live it in faith, hope and love, that Jesus Christ will, through his cross and resurrection, become the way, the truth and the life for me. May I be nourished on heavenly bread and live out the sacrifice of the Eucharist so that I will overcome every evil and always choose life.

Saint Michael the Archangel,defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host - by the Divine Power of God -cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits, who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen.

Home Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Enthronement is a crusade to establish the Social Reign of the Sacred Heart in society through the family, the social cell. It is based on Our Lord’s statement to St. Margaret Mary: “I will reign through My Heart!”

It is an organized campaign to restore Christ to the family and the family to Christ. It is the answer to the question: “What can we do to save the family?”

The Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Movement

In accordance with the wish of the Blessed Virgin Mary to propagate and promote throughout the world the devotion to the Flame of Love of her Immaculate Heart.
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Follow the Apparitions of Medjugorje...

"Working together to extend the Healing Hands of Christ through Prayers, Healing Masses and Retreats."
December is the Month Dedicated to the "Divine Infancy”.

The Month of December is dedicated to the Divine Infancy. "Mary wraps up a small bundle of clothes for the use of her little Son, and then, going to the crib, she says with tears in her eyes to her sleeping Child, 'O my Son, and my God! Thou hast come from heaven to save men; but hardly art Thou born when they seek to take Thy life."

Holy Child Jesus

O Holy Child Jesus,
who shed Your blessings on whoever invokes Your name, look kindly on us who kneel humbly before Your holy Image, and hear our prayers. We commend to Your mercy the many poor and needy people who trust in Your Divine Heart.

Lay Your all powerful hand upon them and help them in their needs. Lay Your hand upon the sick, to cure them and sanctify their suffering; upon those in distress, to console them; upon sinners, to draw them into the light of your divine grace; upon all those who, stricken with grief and suffering, turn trustingly to You for loving help.

Lay Your hand also upon all of us and give us Your blessing. O little King, grant the treasures of Your divine mercy to all the world, and keep us now and always in the grace of your love!
Amen.

Devotion to the Infant Jesus of Prague is devotion to the Child Jesus. It is veneration of the Son of God, who in the form of an infant chose a stable for a palace, a manger for a cradle, and shepherds for worshipers.

Our Savior grants special graces to all who venerate His sacred Infancy.

The image of the Child Jesus known as the "Infant Jesus of Prague" was in reality of Spanish origin. In the 17th century, this beautiful statue was brought by a Spanish princess to Bohemia and presented to a Carmelite monastery.

Prayer to the Miraculous Infant Jesus of Prague

O Infant Jesus, I have recourse to You and ask You through the intercession of Your Holy Mother to help me in my need, ( mention it here) for I firmly believe that Your Divinity can help me.

I hope, in complete trust, to obtain Your holy grace. I love You with all my heart and with all the strength of my soul. I am truly sorry for all my sins, and beg You, O good Jesus, to give me strength to conquer them. I shall never offend You and I am ready to suffer rather than to cause You pain.

From now on I want to serve with complete faithfulness and for love of You, O Divine Child, I will love my neighbour as well as myself. Omnipotent Child, Lord Jesus, again I implore You, help me in this need of mine (mention it).

Grant me the grace of possessing You eternally, with Mary and Joseph and of adoring You with the holy angels in Your heavenly court.
Amen.

Prayer to the Infant Jesus

Come to me, O Divine Savior, vouchsafe to be born in my heart. Grant that, taught by Thine example, and assisted by Thy grace, I may be poor in spirit and humble in heart. Keep me chaste and obedient. I wish to live but for thee, and to do all things purely for love of Thee. O Mary, my Advocate and Mother, obtain by thy prayers, forgiveness of my past offenses and holy perseverance unto death. St. Joseph, do thou also pray for me, that I may become daily more pleasing to Jesus. Amen.

Prayer On The 25th Day Of Each Month

O most adorable Infant Jesus, my King, and my Savior, I dedicate myself to You this day offering to You my whole being, my soul, my body, my will and all that belongs to me. I beseech You to take possession of it all, as I desire no longer to live but in You, nor to possess anything, except it be according to Your will, so that in the future I may look upon myself simply as an instrument in Your hands, to do whatever you desire with me in all things.

Chaplet of the Infant Jesus of Prague

This chaplet consists of 3 Our Fathers in honor of the Holy Family, and 12 Hail Marys in memory of the 12 years of the Sacred Infancy of our Divine Saviour. To this chaplet of 15 beads is attached a medal of the Infant Jesus of Prague.

On the medal the following invocation is said: "Divine Infant Jesus, I adore Thy Cross and I accept all the cross Thou wilt be pleased to send me. Adorable Trinity, I offer Thee for the glory of Thy Holy Name of God, all the adorations of the Sacred Heart of the Holy Infant Jesus."

Each Our Father and Hail Mary is preceded by the aspiration: "And the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us." On terminating the chaplet say: "Holy Infant Jesus, bless and protect us."

This devotion owers its origin to the zeal of Sister Marguerite, a Carmelite religious, who died in France in 1648. She was distinguished for her devotion to the Holy Child Jesus.

A Special Prayer

I pray Thee, sweetest Infant, in the name of Thy Blessed Mother Mary who cared for Thee with such tenderness, and by the great reverence with which St. Joseph carried Thee in His arms; strengthen me and make me holy that I may bless and thank Thee forever from all my heart. Amen.

The Holy Father's Prayer Intentions for December 2017

The Elderly:That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.

An Advent Prayer

Lord Jesus,
Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day. We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us. We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom. We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence. We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, “Come, Lord Jesus!”
Amen.

Christmas Tree Blessing

Holy Creator of Trees, Bless with your abundant grace this our Christmas tree as a symbol of joy.
May its evergreen branches be a sign of your never-fading promises.
May its colorful lights and ornaments call us to decorate with love our home and our world.
May the gifts that surround this tree be symbols of the gifts that we have received from the Tree of Christ’s Cross. Holy Christmas tree within our home, may Joy and Peace come and nest in your branches and in our hearts.

Jesus, the Light of the World

Jesus, the Light of the World, as we celebrate your birth may we begin to see the world in the light of the understanding you give us. As you chose the lowly, the outcasts, and the poor to receive the greatest news the world had ever known, so may we worship you in meekness of heart. May we also remember our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves in this season of giving.
Amen.

Prayer for Christmas Morning

The day of joy returns, Father in Heaven, and crowns another year with peace and good will. Help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wisemen. Close the doors of hate and open the doors of love all over the world… Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil, by the blessing that Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts. May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children, And the Christmas evening bring us to our bed with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake.
Amen.

Before opening presents
Lord and Giver of all good things, the magi travelled for miles to bring the Christ child the first Christmas presents. So may we, too, remember with thankful hearts the love that comes with each present we open. We also thank you for the love you have for each of us, and we thank you for the many gifts that you give us, especially the gift of live itself.
Amen.
Evening Prayer for Christmas Day

Lord God
we praise you for creating man, and still more for restoring him in Christ. Your Son shared our weakness: may we share his glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.
Amen.

Prayer for Christmas

(Attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux)

Let your goodness, Lord, appear to us, that we, made in your image, may conform ourselves to it. In our own strength we cannot image your majesty, power and wonder; nor is it fitting for us to try. But your mercy reaches from the heavens, through the clouds, to the earth below. You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the greatest of all gifts, the gift of your eternal love. Caress us with your tiny hands, embrace us with your tiny arms, and pierce our hearts with your soft, sweet cries.

A Christmas Prayer

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, O my God, hear my prayer and grant my desires through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.

Prayer On The 25th Day Of Each Month

O most adorable Infant Jesus, my King, and my Savior, I dedicate myself to You this day offering to You my whole being, my soul, my body, my will and all that belongs to me. I beseech You to take possession of it all, as I desire no longer to live but in You, nor to possess anything, except it be according to Your will, so that in the future I may look upon myself simply as an instrument in Your hands, to do whatever you desire with me in all things.

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Saints of the Month

December

12/01  Bl. Clementina Anuarite
Sr Anuarite was killed but not before she found the strength to forgive her murderer with these words: “May God forgive you, and I forgive you because you do not realise what you are doing”.
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12/02  Bl. Rafal Chylinski
Family members nicknamed him "the little monk."
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12/03  St. Francis Xavier
Wherever he went, he lived with the poorest people, sharing their food and rough accommodations.
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12/04  St. John Damascene
He is famous for his treatise, Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, a summary of the Greek Fathers.
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12/05  St. Sabas
He stands as a model of patient generosity for anyone whose time and energy are required by others—that is, for all of us.
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12/06  St. Nicholas
In the English-speaking countries, St. Nicholas became, by a twist of the tongue, Santa Claus—further expanding the example of generosity portrayed by this holy bishop.
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12/07  St. Ambrose
In his disputes with the Emperor Auxentius, he coined the principle: “The emperor is in the Church, not above the Church.”
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12/08  Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception In Mary, Jesus’ work was so powerful as to prevent original sin at the outset.
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12/09  St. Juan Diego
The Holy Father called the new saint “a simple, humble Indian” who accepted Christianity without giving up his identity as an Indian.
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12/10  St. John Roberts
John Roberts suffered the horrendous execution reserved for traitors - being hanged, drawn and quartered.
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12/11  St. Damasus
He declared the official religion of the Roman state (380), and Latin became the principal liturgical language as part of reform.
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12/12  Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in Mexico as the pregnant Mother of God to Juan Diego, an Aztec Indian, on December 9, 10, and 12, 1531..
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12/13  St. Lucy
Disappointed suitor accused Lucy of being a Christian and she was executed in Syracuse (Sicily) in the year 304.
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12/14  St. John of the Cross
One of John’s most famous sayings is, “In the evening of life, we will be judged on love alone.”
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12/15  Bl. Mary Frances Schervier
Mother Frances visited the United States in 1863 and helped her sisters nurse soldiers wounded in the Civil War.
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12/16  Bl. Honoratus Kozminski
He dedicated his energies to preaching, to giving spiritual direction and to hearing confessions.
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12/17   Lazarus
He is supposed to have left a written account of what he saw in the next world before he was called back to life.
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12/18  St. Winebald
"Let us keep in mind that those we associate with have a powerful influence on our personality and character."
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12/19  Bl. Pope Urban
Benedictine monk and canon lawyer, he was deeply spiritual and brilliant.
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12/20  St. Dominic of Silos
Not the founder of the Dominicans we honor today, but there’s a poignant story that connects both Dominics.
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12/21  St. Peter Canisius
An excellent example of the scriptural man who develops his talents for the sake of the Lord’s work.
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12/22  Bl. Jacopone da Todi
“Crazy Jim,” his contemporaries called Jacopone. Read more...

12/23  St. John Kanty
He was a serious man, and humble, but known to all the poor of Kraków for his kindness.
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12/24  Christmas at Greccio
The spot in central Italy where St. Francis of Assisi created the first Christmas crib in the year 1223.
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12/25  The Nativity of the Lord
And, like Mary and the shepherds, let us treasure that discovery in our hearts. Read more...

12/26  St. Stephen
‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.... Lord, do not hold this sin against them’”
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12/27  St. John the Apostle Considered the author of the Fourth Gospel, three New Testament letters and the Book of Revelation.
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12/28  The Holy Innocents
Herod became furious and “ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under.” Read more...

12/29  St. Thomas Becket
“Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest!” Four knights, taking his words as his wish, slew Thomas in the Canterbury cathedral.
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12/30  The Holy Family
Feast is to present the Holy Family as the model for all Christian families, and for domestic life in general.
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12/31  St. Sylvester I
"He presided at seven December ordinations at which he created 42 priests, 25 deacons and 65 bishops for various sees."
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