January 1st marks the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. I found this beautiful prayer at CatholicCulture.org. It is a prayer that is often recited at the beginning of important events. New Year’s Day is an important event for so many people. It’s the day many people begin projects like losing weight, reading the Bible cover to cover, or vowing to be more organized, optimistic, industrious, etc. Who better to enlist as our guide in these endeavors than the original “Comforter in Chief”, our Blessed Mother, Mary?
Those who recite this prayer on January 1st may receive a partial indulgence. It takes less than two minutes to recite but if it is said with sincerity of heart, one could very well receive the strength, wisdom, and courage for a successful and happy new year. (Or at the very least, the strength to keep your new year’s resolutions beyond February!)
Here’s wishing you all a happy and blessed new year!
Prayer for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Come, Holy Spirit, Creator Blest
(Veni, Creator Spiritus)
Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
And in our souls take up Thy rest;
Come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
And sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God’s hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father, Thou
Who dost the tongue with power imbue.
Kindle our sense from above,
And make our hearts o’erflow with love;
With patience firm and virtue high
The weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
And grant us Thy peace instead;
So shall we not, with Thee for guide,
Turn from the path of life aside.
Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
The Father and the Son to know;
And Thee, through endless times confessed,
Of both the eternal Spirit blest.
Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
With Thou, O Holy Comforter,
Henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.
Prayer Source: Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs by Francis X. Weiser, S.J., Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, 1958