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Prayer 18 from Therese of Lisieux

"O Holy Innocents, O Saint Sebastian"

 

 

[r] O Holy Innocents! may my Palm and my Crown re­semble yours!

O Saint Sebastian! obtain for me your love and your courage so that like you, I may be able 5 to fight for the glory of God!...

[v] O Glorious Soldier of Christ! you fought victoriously for the honor of the God of hosts and received the palm and crown of Martyrdom. Listen to my secret: "Like the angelic Tarcisius I carry the Lord." I am only a child and yet I must fight each day to preserve the 10 priceless Trea­sure that is hidden in my soul Often I must red­den the arena of combat with my heart's blood....

O Mighty Warrior! be my l0 protector, sustain me by your victorious arm and I will not fear my powerful en­emies. With your help I will fight until the evening of life, then you will 20 present me to Jesus and from his hand I will receive the palm that you will have helped me to win!...

 

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