O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Novena of Thorns for Ecce Homo

The Statue of Ecce Homo in Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Today, Ember Wednesday in Lent, is the first day of the Novena of Thorns, in honor of Ecce Homo, the original inspiration for this blog.

Here is the prayer in honor of Ecce Homo:
O good and most loving Jesus, who for love of our souls didst will to be scourged, crowned with thorns and considered a king of comedy in the Pretorium of Pilate, giving us the greatest example of humility, grant that, attracted by Thine Adorable Face, we might not have another thought that isn't to praise Thee, another desire that isn't Thy Love.

Grant, O Lord, that our lives might always be illuminated by the flares of Thy Sacred Passion, in order that, in setbacks we might fell Thy strength, in afflictions, Thy consolation, in wounds, Thy refreshment, in sadness, Thy joy, arriving thus unharmed at Thine Eternal Kingdom. Amen.

Approved and Indulgenced by the Sacred Penitentiary.