by M. J. Joachim
Begin by praying one Our Father and One Hail Mary.
Eternal Father, through Mary’s unblemished hands and the Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer You the first wounds, the first pains and the first bloodshed as atonement for my and all of humanity’s sins of youth, as protection against the first mortal sin, especially among my (children, grandchildren, etc.) and relatives.
Addressing God as “Eternal Father” is an authentically, warm salutation. Yet, in this prayer, we don’t address Him by ourselves, but through “Mary’s unblemished hands and the Divine Heart of Jesus.” Talk about powerful forces meeting in the middle, on behalf of my soul!
I am the giver in this prayer, giving a gift to God the Father, a gift that isn’t actually mine to give, had my Eternal Father not given it to me in the first place.
Wounds on our Savior – not just any wounds, but His very first wounds, those of His circumcision, where He shed blood for me, for the very first time.
I have to believe this was a most holy event, shrouded in the mysteries of all things sacred. I have to understand and accept once again, that Jesus (the second person in the Holy Trinity) became man for my sake. It’s not mentioned in the prayer. However, it is necessary to reflect on this, if I am to fully appreciate the essence of the gift I am giving.
Bloodshed and atonement – together they provide the means to blot out sins of youth and protect against the first mortal sins, not only for me, but for my children, grandchildren (etc.) and relatives.
Oh God, I am eternally grateful for all you have given to me and those I love.
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Photo credit: The Circumcision, Luca Signorelli (1450 – 1523), PD – US
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