Prayer Before the Holy Crib
I adore Thee, O Word Incarnate, true Son of God from all eternity, and true Son of Mary ever Virgin in the fullness of time. Whilst, then, I adore Thy Divine Person, and the Humanity which is thereunto united, I cannot but venerate the poor manger which welcomed Thee when an Infant, and which was truly the throne of Thy love. Let me prostrate myself before it, with the simplicity of the shepherds, with the faith of Joseph, with the love of Mary!
Hodie Christus natus est hodie
Salvator apparuit: hodie in terra canunt Angeli, laetantur Archangeli:
hodie exsultant justi, dicentes: Gloria in excelsis Deo, alleluja.
Today is Christ born; today the Savior has appeared; today the Angels sing,
the Archangels rejoice; today the righteous rejoice, saying:
Glory to God in the highest. Alleluia!
Hodie Christus Natus Est by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck.
Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.
Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just:
let the earth be opened and bud forth a Saviour.
"Blessed art thou, O Virgin Mary, by the Lord the most high God,
above all women upon the earth. Thou art the glory of Jerusalem,
thou art the joy of Israel, thou art the honor of our people."
- Gradual for the Immaculate Conception (Judith 13:23)
“During this time of transition from life in the secular world, the postulant learns
to grow in intimacy with Jesus Christ through Eucharistic prayer, the practice
of recollection, generous self-sacrifice, and joyful community life.”
- Constitutions of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa