It is meet and just that we should give thanks to Thee, O Holy Lord,
Eternal Father, Almighty God, through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord:
who being before all time born of Thee, God the Father, did, together
with Thee and the Holy Ghost, create all seasons, and deigned himself to be born
in time from the womb of the Virgin Mary.
He, though the eternal One, established the fixed revolutions of years
through which this world runs its course, and divided the year by regular and
suitable changes of seasons, wherewith the Sun in orderly variety marks the
round of the year, as he runs the measured circuit of his course.
For we, this day dedicate by the gifts we offer the close of the past
year and the commencement of that which follows, unto Him the living God by
whose mercy we have lived through the years gone by, and are about to commence
the beginning of another.
Since, therefore, a sacred devotion wherein we all share has this year
brought us together to invoke this Thy Divine Son, we pour out our humble
prayers unto Thee, O God, the Father, that whereas Thou hast consecrated the
present portion of the year by the birth of Thy Son, Thou mayest condescend to
make this year a happy one unto us, and allow us to spend it in Thy service.
Fill the earth with its fruits, and deliver our souls and bodies from
sickness and sin. Take away
scandal, defeat our enemy, keep away famine, and drive far from our country all
that would bring evil upon her. Through
our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Best wishes for a holy, healthy, and spiritually
prosperous new year to all the friends, relatives, and benefactors of Our Lady
of the Rosary Church and www.rosarychurch.net