O Jesus! Consolation of the afflicted! Thy name is indeed poured out like oil; for Thou dost
illumine those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death; Thou dost disperse the
blindness of the soul and dost cure its ills; Thou givest food and drink to those who hunger
and thirst after justice. Be also, O Jesus! my Savior, the physician of my soul, the healer of its
wounds. O Jesus! Succor of those who are in need, be my protector in temptations! O Jesus!
Father of the poor, do Thou nourish me! O Jesus! joy of the angels, do Thou comfort me! O
Jesus! my only hope and refuge, be my helper in the hour of death, for there is given us no
other name beneath the sun by which we may be saved, but Thy most blessed name Jesus!
EXHORTATION: St. Paul says: All whatsoever you do in word or in work, all things do ye in
the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Col. 3:17). We should, therefore, follow the example of the
saints, and continually say, at least in our hearts: "For love of Thee, O Jesus, I rise; for love of
Thee I lie down; for love of Thee I eat, drink, and enjoy myself; for love of Thee I work, speak,
or am silent." Thus we will accustom ourselves to do all in the name of Jesus, by which
everything is easily or at least meritoriously accomplished.
PRAYER TO BE SAID ON NEW YEAR'S DAY:
O God, Heavenly Father of Mercy, God of all Consolation! we thank Thee that from our birth
to this day, Thou hast so well preserved us, and hast protected us in so many dangers; we
beseech Thee, through the merits of Thy beloved Son, and by His sacred blood which He shed
for us on this day in His circumcision, to forgive all the sins which, during the past year, we
have committed against Thy commandments, by which we have aroused Thy indignation and
wrath against ourselves. Preserve us in the coming year from all sins, and misfortunes of body and soul. Grant that from this day to the end of our lives, all our senses, thoughts, words, and
works, which we here dedicate to Thee for all time, may be directed in accordance with Thy
will, and that we may finally die in the true Catholic faith, and enjoy with Thee in Thy kingdom
a joyful new year, that shall know no end. Amen.