Friday, March 1, 2013

Confirmation Novenas

We began our final preparations for Confirmation for the twins with much happiness and expectation!
Meggar found this novena to St. Christopher to pray with Spencer for Polar Bear (who has chosen the confirmation name of St. Christopher) --

Almighty and eternal God! With lively faith and reverently worshiping Thy divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before Thee and invoke with filial trust Thy supreme bounty and mercy. Illumine the darkness of my intellect with a ray of Thy heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Thy divine love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of Saint Christopher, in whose honor I make this novena, and following his example imitate, like him, the life of Thy divine Son. Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously, through the merits and intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through him I humbly place before Thee, devoutly saying, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Vouchsafe graciously to hear it, if it redounds to Thy greater glory and to the salvation of my soul. Amen.
We also began a novena for Winger (who has chosen the confirmation name of St. Joseph) to the Seven-fold Gifts of the Holy Spirit--
       O Holy Spirit, who on the day of Pentecost, didst with thy light enlighten and with heavenly fire didst inflame the disciples of  Christ: were there ever need of that light and fire that comes forth from thee, it is surely now when the darkenss of error blinds the mind, and the cold of indifference freezes the heart. We, therefore, O Eternal Love, because of our pressing need for thy help, have recourse to thy omnipotent goodness, and we implore thee to come as soon as possible to renew the face of the earth. Come, then, O Holy Spirit, and with they divine splendors illumine the many souls blinded by the false maxims of the world. Come, and with the fire of thy love, enkindle, and with fervor, fill so many frozen souls. Come, and with the outpouring of thy sevenfold gift, sanctify the redeemed. Come, come, demolish and scatter the kingdom of Satan; bring to be a new era of faith and grace, and make the holy kingdom of God triumph across the earth. Amen.

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