Feast of Santo Niño de Cebú (The Holy Child Of Cebu), Litany of the Infant Jesus and Coloring Page


 

On New Year's Day my husband and I attended mass at a church in Los Angeles, California.  Picking up a church bulletin, I discovered an advertisement for the upcoming Santo Nino Celebration set for Sunday, January 19th.  I wondered about this.  I wasn't familiar with a feast day for the Holy Child on this day and so I did some investigation.

What I discovered is an interesting bit of history.  In his travels to the Philippines, the explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, presented a statue of the Holy Child to one of the wives of King Rajah Humabon.  King Rajah and his household and servants converted to Catholicism in the year 1521 and were baptised by Magellan's priests.  The statue bears a striking resemblance to the Infant Jesus of Prague.  In his left hand, the Child Jesus holds a glubus cruciger, an orb with a cross,  which is symbolic of Jesus' dominion over the whole world.  In His right hand, He carries a sceptre, or rod,  which symbolizes the fact that He is the ruling King.

Click HERE
 to print this coloring page of Santo Nino.
 
 
 
I do believe this is the most complicated coloring page I have made yet!  But it was fun!
 
The feast day of Santo Niño de Cebú is always celebrated on the Third Sunday of January.  In the Philippines, celebrations and parades for the feast begin on the Thursday after the Epiphany.  Here in my little blog space, we can celebrate with a coloring page and the Litany of the Infant Jesus which I found on the EWTN website.
 
Litany of the Infant Jesus
 

Lord have mercy on us, Christ have mercy on us,.
Lord have mercy on us, Jesus hear us, Jesus, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

Infant Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.
Infant, true God, have mercy on us.
Infant, Son of the Living God, have mercy on us.
Infant, Son of the Virgin Mary, have mercy on us.
Infant, strong in weakness, have mercy on us.
Infant, powerful in tenderness, have mercy on us.
Infant, Treasure of grace, have mercy on us.
Infant, Fountain of love, have mercy on us.
Infant, Renewer of the heavens, have mercy on us.
Infant, Repairer of the evils of the earth, have mercy on us.
Infant, Head of the angels, have mercy on us.
Infant, Root of the patriarchs, have mercy on us.
Infant, Speech of the prophets, have mercy on us.
Infant, Desire of the Gentiles, have mercy on us.
Infant, Joy of the shepherds, have mercy on us.
Infant, Light of the Magi, have mercy on us.
Infant, Salvation of the infants, have mercy on us.
Infant, Expectation of the just, have mercy on us.
Infant, Instructor of the wise, have mercy on us.
Infant, First-fruit of all saints, have mercy on us.

Be merciful, spare us, O Infant Jesus,
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Infant Jesus.

From the slavery of the children of Adam, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From the slavery of the devil, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From the evil desires of the flesh, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From the malice of the world, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From the pride of life, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From the inordinate desire of knowing, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From blindness of spirit, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From an evil will, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From our sins, Infant Jesus, deliver us.

Through Thy most pure Conception, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most humble Nativity, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy tears, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most painful Circumcision, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most glorious Epiphany, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most pious Presentation, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most Divine Life, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy poverty, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy many sufferings, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy labors and travels, Infant Jesus, deliver us.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
O Infant Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us,
O Infant Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Infant, hear us.  Jesus, Infant, graciously hear us.

Let us pray.

O Lord Christ, Thou were pleased to humble Thyself in Thine incarnate divinity and most sacred humanity as to be born in time and become a little child.  Grant that we may acknowledge infinite wisdom in the silence of a child, power in weakness, and majesty in humiliation.  Adoring Thy humiliations on earth, may we contemplate Thy glories in Heaven, Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns forever.

R.  Amen.

You can print this litany prayer by clicking HERE.

Just for fun:
Yesterday as I was drawing the Holy Child, it began to snow and then it began to hail. 
This was the most hail we've ever gotten.
To draw the orb in Jesus' hand, I tried an assortment of round objects including a medicine bottle containing poppy seeds from F r . K.
 
The penny was the right size.  Don't you think the new pennies are ugly?  They remind me of a cheap arcade coin...
But anyway....I had to lengthen the Holy Child's legs about 3-4 times to make his body proportionate.
The Santo Nino and His angels took me approximately 10 hours to draw.

 


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