Happy Divine Mercy Sunday!
(P.S.: Happy Easter! Joyeuses Pâques!)
The stairs of the Angels
Leads to the Son of Man,
Jesus, God and Man!
The King of Love,
Of the Eternal Kingdom!
With the burning Eyes of charity!
Raises the standards and banners, stamped with the Sacred Heart,
“Hail, God the King! Hail, God the King! Amen, Alleluia! Thou art forever and ever, O glorious Love!”
His Throne is the lap of the Virgin Mother Mary,
Queen of Love of the Eternal Kingdom!
Roses galore, above and below within the realm of Paradise!
In the midst of His Angels and Saints,
The perfume of praise!
“Hail, O Love! O Heart pure and true! Victory and glory is forever Thine!”
Here lies The Divine King of the Immortal Ages:
JESUS NAZARENUS REX JUDAEORUM!
Flowers abound, of many kinds!
Strewn by His Angels and human lovers!
The Divine Love’s Mission completed on earth,
Descends, He now, into the limbo of the Just,
To rescue little souls, innocent souls!
Those who were bathed by death before the Bath of Divine Grace!
Opening the golden gates of Paradise!
Dieu Le Roi! Dieu Le Roi! Deo gratias! Dieu Le Roi!
(Happy Good Friday! Heureux Vendredi Saint!)
O my Jesus, O my Love, where art Thou?
I do not see Thee Whom my soul loves.
Where art Thou, King of Love?
Where art Thou?
In Thy Holy House?
In the Temple of Thy Birth?
In the home of Lazarus?
In Thy Church? Not even in the tabernacle art Thou hidden! Thou hast been taken!
O my Love, where art Thou?
O my Love, where art Thou?
In the deepest recesses of my heart?
For Thou sayest, “The kingdom of God is within you.”
Then, O my Jesus!
By Thy grace,
A bridal chamber of flowers and caresses, my room shall be!
Nay, not my room only!
My heart, too!
Let Thy Heaven be in my heart.
That Thou wouldst have a place to lay Thy Head as Thou desirest, O my sweet and Beautiful Jesus!
And yet not even so my Love, not even so!
Thou art Home,
With Thy Heavenly Father, Thy Holy Spirit of Love, and with Thy Angels, along with Thy Saints and Thy Holy Mother,
In the Land of fragrances, flowers, and perfumes, a Land of endless delight!
In earthly exile, I stay, imprisoned in Thy bridal chamber,
Watching and waiting for Thee, O my Spouse, to visit, resting upon Thy Heart, when upon The path of roseless thorns,
Hoping that on the Day of Thy return, Thou wilt call…
And bring me Home, resting in Thee and Thy Heart.
The devotion to Jesus, King of Love began on August 17th, 1922, when Our Lord manifested Himself to Yvonne Beauvais, a young French woman sojourning in the monastery of the Augustinian Canonesses of the Mercy of Jesus at Malestroit in Brittany, France. Addressing Yvonne, Jesus said: Morning and evening say, O Jesus, King of Love, I put my trust in Thy loving mercy.
On March 18, 1927, Yvonne Beauvais entered the community of Malestroit, and on September 29, 1931, she pronounced her perpetual vows as Mother Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus. After a life of extraordinary love and of great sufferings accepted in faith, the King of Love called Mother Yvonne-Aimée to Himself on February 3, 1951.
At first, the Little Invocation to Jesus, King of Love spread by word of mouth. Then, simple bookmarks appeared, bearing the text of the invocation with an image of the Sacred Heart. In 1932 the Bishop of Vannes, France, approved the invocation for his diocese. The following year, Pope Pius XI indulgenced the prayer for the Augustinian Canonesses of the Mercy of Jesus, for their sick and for those hospitalized under their care. Pope Pius XII renewed the favour and, on December 6, 1958, Blessed John XXIII extended it to the universal Church.
In 1940, during the dark hours of World War II, Mother Yvonne-Aimée designed a medal and an image to make the Little Invocation even better known and loved. She chose to depict Our Lord as a lovable little boy of two or three years of age.
His expression is compassionate and tender; He is completely approachable. The crown signifies His kingship; the olive branch, the gifts of healing and of peace that He offers; with His other hand He points to His Heart overflowing with tender mercy.
The devotion to Jesus, King of Love is especially consoling to adults having suffered from some trauma in childhood such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
The Child King is not threatening. The child living inside the emotionally wounded adult can accept the embrace of the little King of Love. One traumatized in childhood can allow the Little King to come close and absorb into the innocence of His Divine Childhood the shattered innocence that continues to cause fear, shame, and an inability to keep oneself safe.
At the same time, Jesus, King of Love restores to souls the innocence that was lost in childhood, or stolen, or cruelly defiled.
On August 6, 2012, Silverstream Priory was consecrated to Jesus, King of Love; His statue was placed in the monastic oratory.
As more and more people became attracted to the image of Jesus, King of Love, and learned to pray the Little Invocation, the monks were inspired to offer them the spiritual benefits of a Confraternity.
It is a family of souls who recognize each other as brothers and sisters graced by God with the same spiritual affinity, and who seek to share with one another the powerful support that comes from union in prayer.
There is comfort in knowing that one is not praying alone. Sacred Scripture says that a brother that is helped by his brother, is like a strong city (Proverbs 18:19). The fact that other souls are praying the Little Invocation throughout the day and even in the night is a source of strength in moments of weakness, and of hope in times of suffering.
Our Lord’s own words can be applied to the prayer that unites members of the Confraternity: I say to you, that if two of you shall consent upon earth, concerning any thing whatsoever they shall ask, it shall be done to them by my Father who is in heaven. For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them(Matthew 18:19-20).
There are no obligations apart from the recitation of the Little Invocation morning and evening each day, and the wearing of the medal of the King of Love, or the keeping of it on one’s person. The only bond between members is the confidence they share in Jesus, King of Love. There are no meetings.
The principal benefit of membership in the Confraternity is one’s spiritual union with an international family of childlike souls of all ages who pray the Little Invocation daily for themselves and for each other.
Holy Mass is offered for the living and deceased members of the Confraternity on the first Wednesday of the month, as well as on five other days:
New members will receive a blessed medal and image of Jesus, King of Love, as well as a booklet containing the story of the devotion’s origin, instruction on how to pray the Little Invocation, a biography of Mother Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus, and a treasury of prayers to Jesus, King of Love.
Membership is open to all those who desire to respond to the tender invitation of Jesus, King of Love to place their trust in the merciful goodness of His Heart. The Confraternity is, therefore, open to men, women, and children of all ages.
One joins the Confraternity by applying in writing to its Secretariat at Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland.
Silverstream Priory’s bookstore also distributes hand-carved wood statues of the King of Love in various sizes, as well as medals and images of the King of Love.
O Jesus Crucified,
In the garb of defeat, shame, humiliation!
In the Battle over good and evil, life and death,
The Battle to win hearts,
Love is stronger than death!
Mightier than a two edged sword!
Defeating the blackened enemy!
Destroying him at the foot of the Precious Body on the Cross!
O Divine Majesty of Love!
Tis’ Thy enemy crushed under the Sign of sweet, endless Love!
O Jesus Crucified,
Love’s Perpetual Glory,
Love’s Eternal Majesty,
In appearance of simple, humble humanity!
Thy sweet Foundation, Thy boat along the watery waves to Heavenly Shore,
Opens pilgrims to Thy Kingdom on earth!
A shiny, glassy reflection of Thy Kingdom to come!
Thy Kingdom forever eternal,
Its mystery sung among Thy heavenly Choirs!
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Dear Child Jesus of Pichincha, I humbly kneel before Thee, worn and disillusioned by the world and all its empty pleasures and promises. I have left the warmth and joy of Thy house to eat husks with the swine.
I beseech Thee to purify my heart and restore my innocence. I humbly beseech Thy Loving and Gracious Heart to forgive, and even forget, my past and to grant me the grace to begin anew. I beg not only for my restoration, but for that of the world, and above all, for that of our beloved Holy Catholic Church, which is so beleaguered and persecuted.
Through the infinite merits of Thy Holy Childhood, I feel confident that my prayer will be answered.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…(from Orbis Catholicus)
O Heart of the Crucified Jesus, I love Thee!
O Heart of the Child Jesus, I love Thee!
O Heart of the Child Jesus Crucified, I love Thee!
Cantique De Noël
O Divine Love,
Who came down from Heaven
Born as an Infant,
Fresh, holy, spotless, little Lamb!
O Divine Love,
Encircled by God’s creatures,
Bowing their heads before Thy Divine Infancy!
Thy Immaculate Mother and Thy Foster-Father
Along with the shepherds,
And the Angels on high,
Their voices filling the night sky!
Lastly, the star in the sky,
The one the Magi followed,
As Thou cooes and laughs
Cries and sleeps!
O Divine Love,
Thou Savior of men,
Our ways Thou amends,
By Thy grace flowing from Thee!
O Savior of men,
my heart is now Thine,
Thy Heart is now mine!
Joyeux Anniversaire, Jésus!
Hear ye! Hear ye! O men of the earth, made in the Image and Likeness of the Divine Creator, God the Father and Maker of Heaven and earth! Not only has the Father created thee in His Image and Likeness within thy soul, His Divine Son, Jesus Christ, Savior of men and King of the Universe, has taken on the likeness of thy human flesh in every way but sin! O what a glorious Mystery!
Yes, O God of Divine Love! What glorious Mysteries Thou shares with the little ones of the earth! Behold, Thy Son is in the form of a helpless Babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes by the little Virgin, Who by Thy grace, became His Mother! Then there is St. Joseph, betrothed to Mary the Virgin, in a chaste union, a safeguard and protector of the Christ Child and His Mother.
What joy St. Joseph must have felt when the Queen of the Universe was given to him in marriage! What honor he must have felt when he became guardian of the newborn King!
See, little animals, beasts of the earth! They come to the Holy Family and pay homage to the Infant King!
Men of the earth, where art thou? Hath none but the beasts of the earth come to do Him homage? Let us go, not to the cities, for they will scoff, but to the pastures, where our Divine Lord will be properly received, with canticles of love and praise!
GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO IN ET TERRA PAX HOMINIBUS BONAE VOLUNTATIS! O dear shepherds of the fields, simple and poor! I have great news to tell thee! God, Who is Mercy and Love, hath come meekly, into the night, as an innocent Infant! Come, come! Our sweet Savior hath come hither! Go, dear shepherds! Go with haste to see the King!
O the little shepherds go in haste! To the dwelling of the Holy Family! A cave, with St. Joseph, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Christ Child in the center with little lambs, sheep and goats surrounding Them! Now the shepherds peer and marvel at the Father’s greatest Work of Love: His Divine Son as an Infant. Now, the shepherds go, singing and glorifying the Holy Infant, the Prince of Peace, the little Child with the iron rod to rule all nations! Love came down from Heaven and landed on earth through the Immaculata! How joyous!
O Divine God, Thy Love has entered the earth through the Virgin, given as a gift to man for the forgiveness of sins! How merciful Thou art! How merciful Thou art! What other gift could hath been given to satisfy man’s desire for Love? No other! The God-Man will do! GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO IN ET TERRA PAX HOMINIBUS BONAE VOLUNTATIS!
Jésus, tout ce que je veux pour Noël est Toi!