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Novena Prayer to the Infant Jesus
O Jesus, you said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you”. Through the intercession of Mary, your Most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek and I ask that my prayer may be granted. (Make your petition)
O Jesus, you said, “All that you ask of the Father in my name, He will grant you”. Through the intercession of Mary, your Most Holy Mother, I, humbly and urgently, ask your Father in your name, that my prayer be granted. (Make your petition)
O Jesus, you said, “Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but my Word shall not pass”. Through the intercession of Mary, your Most Holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted. (Make your petition)
LET US PRAY: O Infant Jesus, we thank You for our many pilgrims, devotees, friends and benefactors, who have come from far and near, who may belong to different religious faiths. We entreat you to bless each and every one of them. Bless each and every one of us gathered here. Grant our prayers. Fill our hearts with Your joy, Your love and Your peace. We make this prayer through You, dear Infant Jesus, Who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL – DURING THE NOVENA
Your Response is: LORD JESUS, INCREASE OUR FAITH.
O Infant Jesus, you say to each one of us: Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest. We come to you - with hearts full of fears and anxieties about our past - and with hopes and aspirations for our future. We believe that our hearts will never find rest until they rest in you, trusting in you, in faith and hope, for this we pray. Your Responce
O Infant Jesus, you invite us to be one - as you are one - with the Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit. We pray for all Christians, who profess to be your disciples, that though we may belong to different Churches, we may live as one Christian community, one in mind and in heart, one in bearing witness to you, by our words and our actions, for this we pray. Your Responce
O Infant Jesus, you reveal that where two or three are gathered in your name, you are present with us. We believe that you are here in your midst - as we assemble during these Novena days - in preparation for the Feast. May our faith in you - be the source of our life and our strength, for this we pray. Your Responce
Shrine of the Infant Jesus, Nashik Road 422 101. India.
FOR A PARTNER IN MARRIAGE
Dear Father, I want to get married. But looking around I feel afraid. So may marriages seem to be unhappy for one reason or another. I want to a happy marriage with the right partner. I know father that nobody is perfect and so I do not expect perfection in my partner. But I want someone who will be tolerant and understanding and loving in the true sense, and our marriage will have a chance to be a witness to your love for the world. Help me, father to make the right choice and not to be blinded by other considerations. Help me to remember that marriage is a vocation and a means to spread your love in the world. I make this prayer through the child Jesus. Amen
FOR A HOUSE
Dear Father, we have come to your today to tell you about our anxiety that we have not been able to find a suitable accommodation for our family. It is so difficult to decide because so many factors have to be considered – locality, quality of Construction, price and other considerations also, So many years have passed and the situation is getting more difficult and desperate. Prices are soaring and other problems are cropping up as the children are growing up. Father we feel quite helpless and so we put the situation entirely in your hands. We are not going to worry about it. Because it is beyond us to do anything ourselves. But for you, all is possible. So we leave it to your to solve the problem in your own time and in your own way. We make this prayer through your Infant son, Jesus. Amen
FOR A CHILD
Dear Father, you have blessed us with so many good things, including the gift of love. Leading us to marriage. We thank you for all the happiness and joy we are experiencing in our life together, and we feel very privilege that you have so blessed us. But father, you look into our hearts and so you know the sadness we suffer because our love is not complete. And besides, it is the expected thing, Marriage and then a child. You know the hurt we have endured from the unthinking remarks of even well-meaning relatives and friends. Father, we place ourselves as we are before you, and we ask that you look lovingly on our need. We make this prayer through the merits of your Infant son, Jesus. Amen.
FOR A JOB
Father, I come to you today, because I very badly need to find a job. I have replied to advertisements in the newspapers; I have been to placement agencies; I have attended numerous interviews but nothing seems to come of it all. And now I am beginning to lose hope. All my friends are working and so I avoid them, because I am the odd-man out. I feel bad also because I am a drain on my parents, when in fact. I should be helping towards their support. People probably think I am just a drifter, and even iam losing faith in myself, and so I come to you Father, because you are my only hope. Pople say influence is needed. You are the highest influence. So help me father. I make this prayer through the infant Jesus you son. Amen.
FOR PEACE IN THE HOME
Dear Father, I come to you, full of sadness at the atmosphere of discord in our home. I feel so bewildered, wondering why this should be each of us Father, has so much goodness to offer and so much love towards others and yet we continue to hurt one another so needlessl . we do know all about tolerance and adjustment and reaching out and yet at the crucial time, it is our own selfishness and pride that come to the fore. I feel so helpless and hopeless and afraid also that this might lead to a permanent rift and break in our relationship and our home. Father. I come to you Acknowledging our helplessness to help ourselves. I know it is only you who can change all this and bring harmony and peace back into our life. I pray for this. Father, through Jesus you infant son, Amen.
PRAYER FOR HEALING
Dear Jesus, through your precious blood, through your stripes and through your bruises, through the loving, forgiving power of the Eucharist, I ask for a speedy and complete cure of my illness, and of the illness of the one I now pray for…..
Jesus, we know that when we ask we receive. I claim the healing in your name and through the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in me. And I now thank and praise you for the healing. I praise you, I thank you, lord Jesus, I adore and I worship you, Lord Jesus, King of eternal glory. Amen
SELF OBLATION TO THE CHILD JESUS
Most dear Lord Jesus Christ, who, being made a child for us, didst will to be born in a cave, to free us from the darkness of sin, to draw us unto Thee, and to set us on fire with Thy holy love, We adore Thee as our creator and Redeemer, we Acknowledge and choose Thee for our King and Lord, and for Tribute We offer Thee all the affection of our poor harts Dear Jesus our Lord and God, graciously accept this offering and that it may be worthy of Thine acceptance , forgive us our sins, enlighten us, and inflame us with that sacred fire which Thou camest to bring upon the earth and to enkindle in our hearts, may our souls thus become an altar on which we may offer Thee the sacrifice of our mortifications, Grant that we may ever seek Thy greater Glory here on earth, so that one day we may come to enjoy Thine infinite loveliness in heaven. Amen.
PRAYER TO THE PRINCE OF PEACE
Devine Infant, who after the wonders of Thy birth in Bethlehem, wishing to extend to the whole world Thin infinite mercy, didst call the wise men by heavenly inspiration to Thy crib which was thus converted into a royal throne of grandeur and dist graciously receive those holy men, who were obedient to the divine call. And hastened to Thy feet, acknowledging Thee and worshipping Thee as the Prince of peace the Redeemer of mankind, and the very son of God ah, renew in us the proofs of Thy goodness and power, enlighten our minds, strengthen our wills, and inflame our hearts to know thee, to serve Thee, and to love Thee in this life, meriting thus to enjoy Thee enternally in the life to come. Amen.
PRAYER FOR BLESSINGS
O ALMIGHTY God, in the form of a little Child Prostrate at the Feet of Thy Miraculous image make me worthy to meditate on Thy greatness and power. Thy Goodness and mercy , and Thy majesty as God and man.
O Devine Infant ! with the most profound reverence I contemplate Thy Divine Countenance shedding its gentle and forgiving light, like the sun, on the Good and the bad. Design, ye friendly eyes of my Jesus, to cast one look of grace upon me, and to give me sincere tears of repentance, that on the judgment day I need not fear Thy looks of righteous anger.
O sweetest Jesus! Filled with admiration, I praise thy holy lips filled with heavenly wisdom and uttering words of grace for the remission of sin, Lest, however, Thy divine lips might one day be forced to pronounce the sentence of condemnation on me, on account of my own words, I beseech Thee, O Lord, place a seal upon my lips, so that they may never be opened to utter an uncharitable opinion or a sinful word, May I ever preserve Thy Truth and Thy love in my heart and upon my tongue.
O merciful Infant! With pious fervour I Kiss Thy most holy hands, which Thou Extendest to hold the entire world in Thy loving embrace. I venerate Thy almightly hand, ruling and governing the universe and I implore Thee to direct all our works to Thy own honour, and to let Thy right hand be ever extended in blessing over thy worshippers who confidently pray to Thee. Amen
PRAYER IN TIME OF AFFLICTION
O Dearest Jesus, tenderly loving us, Thy greatest joy is to dwell among us, and to bestow Thy blessing upon us. Thought I am not worthy that, Thou shouldst behold me with love, I feel myself drawn to Thee. O Dear Infant Jesus because Thou dost gladly pardon me and exercisest Thy almighty power over me.
So many who turned with confidence to Thee have received graces, and had their petitions grated. Behold me kneeling before Thy miraculous image and laying open my heart to Thee, with its prayers, petitions and hopes especially the affairs of …..(Name Them).. ! pray Thee for the desired help, Govern me and do twitch me and mine according to Thy holy for I know that in Thy divine wisdom and love Thou will ordain everything for the best Almighty gracious Infant Jesus, do not withdraw Thy hand from us, but protest and bless me and my dear ones forever.
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. Comfort me and make me happy, that I may praise and thank Thee forever with all my heart. Amen
PRAYER IN TIEM OF NEED
O Divine Infant, Source of all good, the goodness of Thy heart is infinite , and the bounty of Thy klittle hand immeasurable great, like a great river, Thou purest forth Thy gifts over Thirsty in eternity, if Thou preservest not our temporal good, our industry is in vain.
Almighty Infant, lift up Thy little hand and bless my temporal possessions, take them under Thy powerful protection, and keep them from misfortune and loss. Give me the necessary grace to use my temporal goods according to Thy will to employ myself usefully after Thy pleasure, and to give joy to my neighbour through love of Thee so that I may lay up treasure in heaven, where no thief can enter, nor moth or rust can destroy Amen.
PRAYER IN THANKSGIVING
I prostrate myself before Thy holy image, O most gracious Infant Jesus, to offer Thee my most fervent thanks for the blessings Thou hast bestowed on me. I shall incessantly praise Thy ineffable mercy and confess that Thou alone art my God, my helper and my protector. Henceforth my entire confidence shall be placed in Thee! Everywhere will I proclaim aloud Thy mercy and generousity, so that Thy great love and great deeds which thou peformest through this miraculous image may be acknowledged by all. My devotion to Thy holy infancy extend more and more in the hearts of all Christians and may all who experience Thy assistance persevere with me in showing unceasing thanks to Thy most holy infancy, to which be praise and glory for all eternity. Amen.
PRAYER TO JESUS IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
O My god, I firmly believe that Thou art really and corporally present in the blessed sacrament of the altar. I adore Thee here present from the very depth of my heart , and I worship Thy sacred presence with all possible humility. O my soul, what joy to have Jesus Christ always with us, and to be able to speak to Him, heart to heart with all confidence, grant , O lord, that I have adore Thy divine Majesty here on earth in this wonderful Sacrament, may be able to adore it eternally in heaven. Amen.
JESUS, THE RULER OF HEARTS
O Child Jesus kind of my heart, I have recourse to Thee through Thy holy Mother, I implore Thee to assist me in this necessity, for I firmly believe Thy divinity can assist me. I confidently hope to obtain Thy holy grace. I love Thee with my whole heart and my whole soul. I am heartily sorry for my sins, and entreat Thee, O good Jesus, to give me strength to overcome them. I am firmly resolved never to offend Thee again and to suffer everything rather than displeased Thee. Henceforth, I wish to serve Thee faithfully. For love of Thee. O Divine Child, I will love mu neighbor as myself O Jesus, omnipotent Child, I entreat Thee again to come to my assistance in this necessity: (Think of your intention).
O Divine Child, and still the great omnipotent God, I implore, through Thy most holy Mother’s most powerful intercession and through the boundless mercy of Thy omnipotence as God, for a favorable answer to the intention I so earnestly ask for in this novena.
Grant me the grace of possessing Thee eternally with Mary and Joseph, and of adoring Thee with Thy holy angels and saints. Amen.
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE INFANT JESUS
Divine Infant Jesus, I adore Thee, I love and venerate Thee in the mysteries of Thy holy Infancy I gave Thee thanks that Thou hast become a child for love of me and in return I gave and consecrate myself entirely to Thy love. I beg of Thee to grant me, now and throughout my life, the virtues of Thy holy childhood. give me dear, Jesus, the treasure of Thy humility, the sweetness of Thy charity, Thy gentle patience, Thy prompt obedience, Thy humble meekness and simplicity. O, may Thy sweet grace draw me a little one on earth to love and imitate Thee, that I may forever see and enjoy Thy majestry in heaven. Amen.
PRAYER FOR DIVINE LOVE
O most gracious infant Jesus, I behold Thee born in a stable, lying upon a bed to straw, amidst most abject proverty. Even now, in Thy tenderest infancy, Thou art suffering and preparing Thyself to die for love of me. Thou dost command and invite me to love Thee. “ Love the lord Thy God With thy whole heart” Nothing more do I desire than to please Thee and love Thee as much as I am able. Since Thou wiliest that I should love Thee, give me all the love Thou requirest of me. It is Thy most precious gift. Wilt Thou deign, O infant Saviour , to accept me a wretched sinner, for Thy love? Thou didst come from heaven to seek the lost sheep; do Thou therefore, seek me and I will seek non other than Thee, Thou desirest my soul and my soul desirest nothing but Thee. I love Thee, do Thou also love me so firmly that I may never again be able to disenagage myself from Thee. Mary, Mother of Jesus, my mother, do thou help me, let it be Thy glory to see thy son loved by a miserable sinner who has hitherto so greatly offended him. Amen
PRAYER FOR PERSEVERANCE
(Adapted from Saint Alphonsus)
How can I thank Thee. O infant Jesus, for Thy great mercy. As Thou didst call the good Shepherds and The wise men from the East to worship Thee lying in the manger, so now Thou dost choose me so unworthy to serve Thee. I know that this is a great grace. Behold, I am most willing to correspond to so great a love. I will obey Thee, since thou hast been so liberal towards me when, I did not seek Thee, and when I was so ungreateful, permit me not to offend Thee by greater excess of ingratitude, and embrace again my enemy, the world, in which heretofore I have so often times forfeited Thy grace and my eternal salvation. Permit me not to forsake Thee who has been born into this world that Thou mightest die to give me life. Preserve me. O Jesus, from the death of the soul, through sin. Give me courage to vanquish all my wicked passions through which the devil seeks to induce me to betray Thee. Thou hast called me. I will here Thy voice, I will obey Thee and Follow Thee always without the grace of perseverance I cannot be faithful to Thee. This grace I ask of Thee through the merits of Thy nativeity. O Mary, My Mother and my hope, thou art the mother of perseverance. This grace is only dispensed though thy hands; do thou obtain it for me. In Thee do I trust. Amen.
PRAYER FOR CONTRITION
O Word, incarnate, Thou was made man to enkindle divine love in our hearts. How is it possible that men could requite Thee with so much ingratitude? They neither recognize Thee, nor love Thee, nor serve Thee, I, too, am one of those Ungrateful wretches who have repaid Thy immense love, Thy sorrows and Thy death, with offences and contempt. O my most loving redeemer, how is it possible seeing the ingratitude that I have shown Thee that Thou couldst love me so much, and resolve to endure so much humiliation and suffering for me! But the evil is done, Give me, therefore, O my Saviour, that sorrow which Thou hast merited for me by Thy tears; but let it be a sorrow equal to my iniquities. O loving heart of my infant Saviour, once so afflicted and desolate for my sake, and now all burning with love for me, I beseech Thee, change my heart give me a heart that will make reparation for the offences, which I have committed against Thee, a love that will equal my ingratitude ! Amen.
PRAYER FOR TRUST
Jesus, I see you a Child, and also as my King and Lord you have challenged me to go on becoming like a child. Give me a heart like yours
Give me your unconditional love for the father, your unlimited trust and your child-like simplicity. I entrust my intention to your love (mentioned it) Jesus, make me love peole as you do, not with words, but with deeds.
Give me the light to see your image in people my brothers and sisters. May I be a man for others as you are. Amen.
PRAYER FOR RADIATING CHRIST
Dear Jesus, help me to spread your fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of yours. Shine through me, and be so in me that every soul I come in contract with my feel your presence in my soul let them look up and see no longer me. But only Jesus!
Stay with me, and then I shall begin to shine as you shine so to shine as to be a light to others; the light, O Jesus will be all from you None of it will be mine, it will be you shining on others through me,. Let me thus praise you in the way you love best, by shining on those around me. Let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by my example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence ofwhat I do; the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for you. Amen.