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Pious Recreation n° 5 , 01r

          J.M.J.T.                                        

25 December 1895. 

The Divine Little Beggar Of Christmas

Asking For Alms From The Carmelites.

 While the community is united for recreation in the evening, an angel appears carrying in his arms the little Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes. He sings the following to the tune of "Sancta Maria, J'ai vu les séraphins en songe, " etc. ['Holy Mary, I Have Seen the Seraphim in a Dream "]

 
At the name of the One whom I adore,
My sisters, I come to hold out my hand
And to sing for the Divine Child
Because He cannot vet speak....
 
For Jesus, the Exile from Heaven,
I have met in the world
Only a profound indifference
This is why I come to Carmel.
So that your tenderness
And your caresses
And your praises
Oh sisters of the angels!
Be for the Child.
Burn with love, delighted soul,
A God made Himself mortal for you.
Oh! touching mystery
The One who is begging from you
Is the Eternal Word!...
 
Oh my sisters, approach without fear.
Come, each in your turn. 
 Offering your love to Jesus,
You will know His holy will.
I will tell you the desire
Of the Infant hidden in swaddling clothes
For you who are pure like angels,
And who nevertheless can suffer.
May your life,
So very full,
And your sufferings,
Your joys,
Be for the Child.
Burn with love, delighted soul,
A God made Himself mortal for you.
Oh! touching mystery
The One Who is begging from you
Is the Eternal Word!...
 
The Mother Prioress comes forward first to adore the Infant Jesus whom the angel sets down in a manger prepared in advance; then he presents to the Mother Prioress a small basket filled with little pieces of paper; she takes one of it at random, then without opening it she gives it to the angel who sings about the alms for -which the Little Jesus asks. The Mother Prioress goes back after having kissed and caressed the Divine Child. All of the sisters come, in turn by rank of religion and follow this same routine.
 

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