January 1, 2014

Feast of the Circumcision

That we who have chosen to Honor our first and only marriages may be granted the Graces and the Spiritual and Temporal Assistance needed to begin anew another year in defending the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony, our Marriages and our Families against all enemies, Spiritual or Temporal, from within the Church or without, be it spouse, son or daughter; be it priest, Bishop or Pope. Let us - in Spirit - be ever ready and willing to shed our blood as did the Christ Child for the sake of those we Love.

O Jesus! Consolation of the afflicted! Thy name is indeed poured out like oil; for Thou dost 
illumine those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death; Thou dost disperse the 
blindness of the soul and dost cure its ills; Thou givest food and drink to those who hunger 
and thirst after justice. Be also, O Jesus! my Savior, the physician of my soul, the healer of its 
wounds. O Jesus! Succor of those who are in need, be my protector in temptations! O Jesus! 
Father of the poor, do Thou nourish me! O Jesus! joy of the angels, do Thou comfort me! O 
Jesus! my only hope and refuge, be my helper in the hour of death, for there is given us no 
other name beneath the sun by which we may be saved, but Thy most blessed name Jesus! 

EXHORTATION: St. Paul says: All whatsoever you do in word or in work, all things do ye in
the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Col. 3:17). We should, therefore, follow the example of the
saints, and continually say, at least in our hearts: "For love of Thee, O Jesus, I rise; for love of
Thee I lie down; for love of Thee I eat, drink, and enjoy myself; for love of Thee I work, speak,
or am silent." Thus we will accustom ourselves to do all in the name of Jesus, by which
everything is easily or at least meritoriously accomplished. 

O God, Heavenly Father of Mercy, God of all Consolation! we thank Thee that from our birth
to this day, Thou hast so well preserved us, and hast protected us in so many dangers; we
beseech Thee, through the merits of Thy beloved Son, and by His sacred blood which He shed
for us on this day in His circumcision, to forgive all the sins which, during the past year, we
have committed against Thy commandments, by which we have aroused Thy indignation and
wrath against ourselves. Preserve us in the coming year from all sins, and misfortunes of body and soul. Grant that from this day to the end of our lives, all our senses, thoughts, words, and
works, which we here dedicate to Thee for all time, may be directed in accordance with Thy
will, and that we may finally die in the true Catholic faith, and enjoy with Thee in Thy kingdom
a joyful new year, that shall know no end. Amen.