Prayers in Honour of the Mysteries of the Holy Childhood

St. Gertrude honoured the childhood of Jesus with all possible devotion, and once on the Feast of Christmas, she saw that the Child Jesus accepted the prayers with joy which pious souls laid in His lap as an offering. (B. v. ch. 3.) By reciting the following prayers in a devout manner we can not only please the dear Jesus but gain an indulgence of 300 days, as often as the prayers are said with a contrite heart, which indulgence was granted by Pope Pius VII of holy memory on the 23d of November 1819. 

V. O God, come to my assistance. 
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. 
R. As it was in the beginning, and ever will be, world without end. 
Our Father, etc. 

1. The Incarnation. 
Jesus, sweetest Child! Who for our-our salvation didst come down from the bosom of the Father, and conceived by the Holy Ghost didst not shrink from the Virgin's womb: O Word made flesh, while taking the form of a servant, have mercy on us! 
R. Have mercy on us, O Child Jesus! have mercy on us! 
Hail Mary, etc. 

2. The Visitation.
O Jesus, sweetest Child! Who in thy Virgin Mother's womb visited Elizabeth, and didst fill John the Baptist, thy forerunner, with the Holy Ghost, sanctifying him in his mother's womb, have mercy on us. 
R. Have mercy upon us, O Child Jesus! have mercy upon us. 
Hail Mary, etc. 

3. Awaiting the Birth. 
O Jesus, sweetest Child! Who for nine months lay hid in Thy Mother's womb, awaiting Thy birth, which the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph were longingly expecting, and which by them was offered to God the Father for the salvation of the world, have mercy upon us. 
R. Have mercy upon us, O Child Jesus! have mercy upon us. 
Hail Mary, etc. 

4. The Nativity.
O Jesus, sweetest Child! born in Bethlehem of Mary ever a Virgin, laid in a crib, Whom Angels announced and Whom shepherds visited, have mercy on us. 
R. Have mercy upon us, O Child Jesus! have mercy upon us. 
Hail Mary, etc. 

Glory throughout eternity 
To Jesus Christ, the Virgin's Son, 
Who with the Father reigns on high, 
With the Holy Spirit, Three in One. 

V. Christ is at hand. 
R. Oh, come, let us adore. 
Our Father, etc. 

5. The Circumcision. 
O Jesus, sweetest Child! wounded on the eighth day by circumcision, called by the glorious name of Jesus, and by this name as by Thy blood, foreshown to be the Saviour of the world, have mercy upon us. 
R. Have mercy upon us, O Child Jesus! have mercy upon us. 
Hail Mary, etc. 

6. The Adoration of the Magi. 
O Jesus! sweetest Child, made known to the Magi by a star, adored on Thy sweet Mother's lap and presented with the mystical gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh, have mercy upon us. 
R. Have mercy upon us, O child Jesus! have mercy upon us.
Hail Mary, etc. 

7. The Presentation in the Temple. 
O Jesus! sweetest Child! presented in the temple by the Virgin Mother, placed in the arms of Simeon, and by the voice of the prophetess Anna revealed to Israel, have mercy upon us. 
R. Have mercy upon us, O child Jesus! have mercy upon us.
Hail Mary, etc. 

8. The Flight into Egypt. 
O Jesus, sweetest Child! Whom Herod sought to kill, Whom St. Joseph carried with His Mother into Egypt, saved thus by flight from a cruel death, and glorified by the martyrdom of the holy innocents, have mercy on us. 
R. Have mercy upon us, O child Jesus! have mercy upon us.
Hail Mary, etc. 

Glory throughout eternity To Jesus Christ, the Virgin's son, 
Who with the Father reigns on high, 
With the Holy Ghost, Three in One. 

V. Christ is at hand. 
R. Come, let us adore. 
Our Father, etc.

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