A special prayer of St. John Paul II to the child Jesus
This prayer composed and delivered by St. John Paul II during a Homily for Christmas Midnight Mass in 2003, is a great prayer said in reverence of the infant Jesus; His grace, glory and majesty. In this season of Christ’s birth, we immerse ourselves in the glory of Christ’s coming as a baby, bringing the Grace of God, to heal and to mend, to restore and to overcome, to break and to loose all difficulties, sicknesses and pain in our lives right now:
“Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love” (2 John 1:3).
The perfect place to say this prayer is in front of the cradle of baby Jesus which most likely has already been set-up in your Church. Although, you can say this prayer in other places of your wish:
“O Child, who willed to have for your crib a manger; O Creator of the universe, who stripped yourself of divine glory; O Redeemer, who offered your vulnerable body in sacrifice for the salvation of humanity!
May the radiance of your birth light up the night of the world. May the power of your message of love thwart the proud snares of the evil one. May the gift of your life make us understand ever more clearly the worth of the life of each human being.
Too much blood is still being shed on the earth! Too much violence and too many conflicts trouble the peaceful coexistence of nations!
You come to bring us peace. You are our peace! You alone can make of us “a people purified” and belonging to you for ever, a people “zealous for good deeds” (Tit 2:14).
For to us a Child is born, to us a son is given! What an unfathomable mystery is hidden in the humility of this Child! We would like to touch him; we would like to embrace him.
You, Mary, who keep watch over your all-powerful Son, grant us your eyes to contemplate him with faith; grant us your heart to worship him with love.
In his simplicity, the Child of Bethlehem teaches us to rediscover the real meaning of our existence; he teaches us “to live sober, upright and godly lives in this world” (Tit 2:12).
O Holy Night, so long awaited, which has united God and man for ever! You rekindle our hope. You fill us with ecstatic wonder. You assure us of the triumph of love over hatred, of life over death.
For this reason we remain absorbed in prayer.
In the luminous silence of your Nativity, you, Emmanuel, continue to speak to us. And we are ready to listen to you. Amen!”
In prayers, we bond with God, we receive His blessings, obtain God’s abundant grace and receive answers to our requests. Let’s not compromise with the great gift of prayers this merry season!Disclaimer: Prayer is not magic. God indeed answers prayers but sometimes His answer is either No or Not Now. Don't be discouraged when your prayers are not met immediately or even later. Keep trusting God who is good all the time. Thank you.