December 29 St. Thomas Becket

The day of Thine adorable Nativity, I took Thee from the crib, wrapped in swathing clothes, like a little infant newly born, and placed Thee in my heart, that I might make a bouquet of myrrh of all Thy infant sufferings and incommodities, to place it in my breast, that I might drink therefrom a libation of Divine sweetness.

-St. Gertrude the Great


Prayer to the Infant Jesus

O Lord Christ, You were pleased so to humble Yourself in Your incarnate Divinity and most sacred Humanity, as to be born in time and become a little Child.

Grant that we may acknowledge infinite wisdom in the silence of a Child, power in weakness, and majesty in humiliation.

Adoring Your humiliations on earth, may we contemplate Your glories in heaven, Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit live and reign forever.