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LT 118 - «Letter of Invitation to the Wedding of Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face »

LT 118                 

September 8-20 (?),1890

Letter of Invitation to the Wedding of Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face.

This is the title which Thérèse gave to her symbolic invitation in her Autobiography (Ms. A). It was inspired by the invitation to the marriage of her cousin Jeanne Guérin to Doctor La Néele, October 1, 1890.

 

Therese’s Draft

J.M.J.T.

Almighty God, creator of Heav­en and earth, sovereign ruler of the world, and the most glorious Virgin Mary, Queen and princess of the heavenly court, come down to in­vite you to the wedding of their son Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, to Mademoiselle Thérèse Martin, now lady and princess of the kingdoms brought as dowry by her spouse, namely, the childhood of Jesus and His Passion, her titles

 

Sister Agnes' Copy

JT

Almighty God, Creator of Heav­en and earth, Sovereign Ruler of the World, and the Most Glorious Virgin Mary, Queen and Princess of the heavenly Court, wish to invite you to the wedding of their Divine Son Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, to Mademoiselle Thérèse Martin, now Lady and Princess of the kingdoms brought as dowry by her Divine Spouse, namely, the Childhood of Jesus and His Passion, of nobility being the Child Jesus and the Holy Face.

Monsieur Louis Martin, proprie­tor and owner of the domains of suffering and humiliation, and Ma­dame Martin, princess and lady of honor of the heavenly court, wish to invite you to the wedding of their daughter Thérèse to Jesus, the Word of God, second person of the Blessed Trinity, who, through the operation of the Holy Spirit, be­came man and was born of the Vir­gin Mary.

Being unable to invite you to as­sist at the nuptial blessing which was bestowed on them on the mountain of Carmel (the heavenly court being alone admitted there), they beg you, nonetheless, to be present at the re­turn from the wedding which will take place tomorrow, on the day of Eternity, to which Jesus, the Son of God, will come on the clouds of Heaven to judge the living and the dead. (The hour being still uncer­tain, you are invited to hold your­selves in readiness and to watch.)

her titles of nobility being: of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face.

Monsieur Louis Martin, Proprie­tor and Owner of the Domains of Suffering and humiliation, and Madame Martin, Princess and La­dy of honor of the Heavenly Court, wish to invite you to the wedding of their Daughter Thérèse to Jesus, the Word of God, Second Person of the Adorable Trinity, who, through the Operation of the Holy Spirit, was made Man and Son of Mary, the Queen of Heaven.

Unable to invite you to the nup­tial blessing given on the mountain of Carmel (the heavenly Court alone was admitted), they beg you, none­theless, to be present at the return from the Wedding which will take place tomorrow, on the Day of Eter­nity, to which Day Jesus, the Son of God, will come on the clouds of Heaven to judge the Living and the Dead.

The hour is uncertain as yet, so you are invited to hold yourselves in readiness and to watch.

© Washington Province of Discalced Carmelite Friars, Inc


 
 

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