PRAYERS FOR FIRST COMMUNION
NOTE: Used by St. Therese --- in the Fourth Chapter of her Autobiography, St. Therese makes several references to the book from which these prayers were taken. It was given to her by her sister Pauline.
Prayer to the Child Jesus
O Jesus, dear Holy Child, my only treasure, I abandon myself to Thine every desire. I seek no other joy than that of calling forth Thy sweet smile. Vouchsafe me the graces and the virtues of Thy Holy Childhood, so that on the day of my birth into Heaven the Angels and Saints may recognize in Thy Spouse --- Therese of the Child Jesus.
O Jesus, loving Friend of little children, Who said, "Suffer the little children to come unto Me," hear my prayer and fulfill my desires.
I am soon going to make my First Communion, and on that day I want my soul to be like the gardens of Heaven, where bloom the
loveliest and most sweetly-scented flowers.
But, O dear little Jesus, I know I can do nothing without the help of Thy grace. Therefore I beg of Thee to enable me to realize this my loving desire.
To Our Blessed Lady
O my dearest Mother, to thee also I confide the little garden of my heart. Come and make it bloom with beautiful fragrant flowers
with which to make a cradle of love for Jesus, and let this cradle make thee forget the cold crib of Bethlehem.
To St. Joseph
Dear St. Joseph, do not seek any longer a home for the Divine Child. The time of the straw and the cold is over now.
The stable must not be there any more. Jesus will be born in my heart in the midst of lilies and roses.