and Father of light, a child is born for us and a son is given to us. Your eternal Word leaped down from heaven
in the silent watches of the night, and now your Church is filled with wonder at the nearness of her God. Open our hearts to receive his life
and increase our vision with the rising of dawn, that our lives may be filled with his glory
and his peace, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
By this holy water and by Your Precious Blood, wash away all my sins, O Lord.
St. Theresa of Avila on holy water: "From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the cross, but return; so holy ... continue reading
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