Sweet Jesus

“The name of Jesus is the most sweet-tasting nourishment of contemplation, for it feeds and revives those souls that are famished and spiritually hungry” (St. Bernardine of Siena).

Adorable Infant Jesus, you not only humbled yourself to assume our human nature, but chose also to come to us as a little child, weakest and most defenseless among men.  Teach us, then, to learn the real greatness of humility and that human strength is made perfect in weakness by your divine aid.

Lovable Infant Jesus, have mercy on us and help us in our need.  Let us rely alone on God, our most provident Father, who watches over us always.  By your grace may we approach our heavenly Father in confidence with a trust like that of a little child.

Admirable Infant Jesus, have pity on our littleness and weakness and assist us by your divine power in our present necessity.  Please help us today to reverence all life and, for your sake, to love all living things which your goodness created and your coming recreated.  Amen.

V. Lord, you made us a little less than angels.

R. You have crowned us with glory and honor.

Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace and King of the Universe, you chose to come among us as a helpless infant so that we might all approach you more readily, confidently, and without fear.

Help us, please, our Infant King, to become like little children.  Please grant us the heavenly help we now seek.  Aid us from your throne on high to imitate your perfect love of God and man.  In your goodness, Divine Child, manifest your power to all men, preserve us from sin, and bring us safe at last into your heavenly company.  Amen.

O sweet Jesus, I desire neither life nor death but your most holy will.  You are the one, O Lord, that I long for.  If it be your will to have me die, receive my soul and grant that, in you and with you, I may receive everlasting rest.  If it be your holy will to have me live longer upon this earth, give me the grace to amend the rest of my life and, with good works, to glorify your holy name.  Amen.

O miraculous Infant Jesus, we prostrate before your sacred image and beseech you to cast a merciful look on our troubled hearts.  Let your tender heart, so inclined to pity, be softened by our prayers and grant us the grace that we ardently implore you.  Take from us all affliction and despair, all trials and misfortunes with which we are laden.  For your sacred infancy’s sake, hear our prayers and send us consolation and aid, that we may praise you with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.  Amen.

Prayers above: Franciscan Mission Associates (R-6 R) and the Sacred Heart League, respectively.


Chaplet to the Child Jesus

The chaplet consists of fifteen beads attached to a medal of the Holy Infant.  Prayers include three Our Father‘s in honor of the Holy Family, twelve Hail Mary‘s in memory of the childhood of Jesus Christ, and three Glory be‘s.

On the medal, say either “Holy Infant Jesus, bless and protect us!” or

Divine Infant Jesus, I adore your cross; and I accept all the crosses you will be pleased to send me.  Adorable Trinity, I offer you, for the glory of the holy name of God, all the adorations of the sacred heart of the holy Infant Jesus.

On each of the three beads, say “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” and pray an Our Father.

On each of the twelve beads, say “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” and pray a Hail Mary.

First, the incarnation of the Son of God…   Say… and pray….

Second, the life in the womb of the Virgin Mary…  Say… and pray….

Third, the birth in Bethlehem…  Say… and pray….

Fourth, the adoration by the shepherds…  Say… and pray….

Fifth, the circumcision of the Lord…  Say… and pray….

Sixth, the adoration by the three magi…  Say… and pray….

Seventh, the presentation in the temple…  Say… and pray….

Eighth, the flight to Egypt…  Say… and pray….

Ninth, the stay in Egypt…  Say… and pray….

Tenth, the return to Nazareth…  Say… and pray….

Eleventh, the hidden life in Nazareth…  Say… and pray….

Twelfth, the twelve-year-old Jesus in the temple…  Say… and pray….

On each of the three beads, say either “Holy Infant Jesus, bless and protect us!” or “Holy Child Jesus, bless us and grant us our petitions” and pray a Glory be.

Let us pray…  O holy Child Jesus, whose omnipotence is manifested in a wonderful manner and whose miraculous hand, raised in benediction, fills us with all blessings, graciously deign to hear all who call upon you with confidence.  Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, lord of heaven and earth, you revealed yourself to little ones.  Grant, we beg of you, that we who venerate with due honor the sacred mysteries of your son, the Child Jesus, and imitate his example may enter the kingdom of heaven which you promised to little children.  Through the same Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Consecration…  O most gracious Infant Jesus, I adore you, I love you, and I venerate you in the mysteries of your holy infancy.  I thank you for becoming a child for love of me.  In return, I give and consecrate myself entirely to your love.  I beg of you to grant me, now and throughout my life, the virtues of your holy childhood.  Give me, dear Jesus, the treasure of your humility, the sweetness of your charity, your prompt obedience, and your simplicity.  May your grace draw me to love and imitate you and enjoy your majesty in heaven.  Amen.

Thanksgiving…  O most gracious Infant Jesus, I kneel before you and offer you my fervent thanks for the blessings you have showered on me.  I shall always praise your mercy and confess that you alone are my God, my helper, and my protector.  Henceforth, my entire confidence shall be placed in you.  I shall proclaim all over your mercy and generosity.  May your great love and the great deeds performed be acknowledged by all.  May devotion to your holy infancy extend more and more in the hearts of all mankind.  May all who experience your assistance be ever grateful to your holy infancy.  May they praise and glorify you for all eternity.  Amen.

January 6, 2013

“The angels and shepherds praise you and the magi advance with the star, for you are born for us, Little Child, God eternal” (Romanus the Melodist; Catechism 525:204).

June 19, 2013

“Beloved Jesus… sweet honey, indescribable longing delight of the saints, sweetness of the angels!” (St. Romuald).

December 23, 2013

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us.  Authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

December 25, 2013

“Let us follow the star of inspiration and divine attraction which calls us to the crib, and let us go there to adore and love the Child Jesus and offer ourselves to him” (St. Jane Frances de Chantal).

“Who can sleep on the night that God became man?” (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross / Edith Stein).

“When you became small, O God, you made human beings great” (St. Catherine of Siena).

December 26, 2013

Jesus, you are more than a baby in a manger.  You are the one who brings the life of heaven to earth!  Fill me with your spirit, and send me out to be witness to the world (the Word among us, Advent 2013, p. 44).

February 5, 2014

“Christ alone is my salvation” (St. Agatha).

January 3, 2015

Glorious name, gracious name, name of love and of power!  Through you sins are forgiven; through you enemies are vanquished; through you the sick are freed from their illness; through you those suffering in trials are made strong and cheerful.  You bring honor to those who believe; you teach those who preach; you give strength to the toiler; you sustain the weary (St. Bernardine of Siena).

May 11, 2015

“I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child” (Anne Lamott).

August 19, 2015

“Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make his spirit, his devotion, his affections, his desires, and his disposition live and reign there” (St. John Eudes).

September 20, 2017

It seems to me that I am no more than a very tiny thing in the arms of God, and that I will remain so until I die.  I do not know what He wants to do with me, but I desire it all (Venerable Marthe Robin in Robert Ellsberg’s The Franciscan Saints).

December 27, 2017

At our own birth, the child of Christmas is born in us.  He is our spiritual potential.  But we have to let that birth find its fulfillment in a life that rises above the ordinary.  You might say that we have to keep the promise of that child alive in us always.  Christmas is a reminder that the child is always being born, always in the manger, and always being welcomed (Thomas Moore in The Soul of Christmas).

January 3, 2019

Jesus!  A sweet name, a delightful name!  A name that comforts sinners and offers blessed hope.  A name that is a joyful cry from the heart, that is music to the ear and honey in the mouth (St Anthony of Padua).

June 23, 2020

There is but one great word of our salvation: Jesus!  May we be able, at least once, to say this sacred name with all our heart.  What a balm it pours out upon all of the powers of our soul (St. Francis de Sales in Roses Among Thorns).

Immaculate Conception Church – Hammond, WI

Pdf file…  Child Jesus chaplet prayers

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