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For the Preservation of the Deposit of the Faith
For the Kingdom of God to come!
Exclusive Representation of the Nativity Scene.
It would be difficult to express how great were the tribulations through which God tested and purified the virtue of St. Elzéar, baron of Ansouis and count of Ariano, who was unjustly stripped of his possessions, his honor, and had other evils to endure. In the midst of all his sorrows, he was never seen to give the slightest sign of trouble; never the most subtle impatience. One day the Countess Delphine, his wife, asking him whence could come this unruffled serenity, he replied:
“When anything afflictive comes to me, at once I hide myself in the wounds of Jesus Christ; I consider there all that He has suffered for me, and from then on my sorrows seem light.”
Another day, to comfort the Countess his wife, who was in sorrow on his account, he mandated that when she had the desire to find him, she should look for him in the wound of the Heart of Jesus, because that was the place where he usually withdrew, that he was safe there, and that he tasted bitter sweetness and bitterness full of sweetness, from which his soul received unspeakable consolation.
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and of the Mother of God. Amen.
O Jesus! We are going to walk with You on the road to Calvary which was so painful for You. Make us understand the greatness of Your sufferings, touch our hearts with tender compassion at the sight of Your torments, in order to increase in us the regret of our faults and the love we wish to have for You.
Deign to apply to all of us the infinite merits of Your Passion, and in memory of Your sorrows, show mercy to the souls in Purgatory, especially to those who are most abandoned.
O Divine Mary, who first taught us to make the Way of the Cross, obtain for us the grace to follow Jesus with the sentiments Your Heart was filled with as You accompanied Him on the road to Calvary. Grant that we may weep with You, and that we may love Your divine Son as You do. We ask this in the name of His adorable Heart. Amen.
My Jesus, forgiveness and mercy!
By the merits of Thy holy Wounds and the sorrows of Thy Mother.