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The Last Thing to Die Is Hope
Prayers to El Santo Niño de Atocha

Photographs and Text by John Todd, Jr.

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El Santo Niño de Atocha
Prayer to the Holy Infant of Atocha

Gracious Infant of Atocha!
Infant of a thousand wonders.
I salute thee and glorify thee on this day
and offer this novena in memory of thy tender love
that was always evident to your sainted mother and father.
Look favourably on this favour and request and
Grant that which I humbly solicit. Amen

(Concentrate on your petition.)

Oración al Santo Niño de Atocha

Amantísimo Santo Niño de Atocha
Te Alabo y te glorifico con todo mi corazón y
Te entrego esta oración en recuerdo del amor puro
Que entregaste a tu inmaculada madre y tu padre adoptivo
Aumenta mi amor por José y María y
Que Juntos al Tuyo
Los mantenga en mi corazón, para lograr así,
La salvación de mi alma y
También me concedas lo que con esta novena te pido ardientemente. Amen.
(Haga su Petición)

(Taken from the votive candle to the Santo Niño de Atocha.)

A Novena Prayer:
The other day a lady sent me a prayer she says to the the Santo Niño de Atocha. I have printed it here to help others who need faith at this special time in their lives.

SANTO NIÑO DE ATOCHA

TU QUE ERES TAN MILAGROSO TE PIDO DE CORAZON
QUE NO TE APARTES DE (Name and Relationship of the Person you are praying for)
YO QUE TU SABES LOS PROBLEMAS TE PIDO

(QUE CUIDES A TODOS MIS HERMANOS
Y MI HIJO Y MIS PADRES TIOS ABUELITAS Y TAMBIEN A MI)

YO PROMETO IR A ZACATECAS MEXICO Y DARTE MUCHAS GRACIAS
CUANDO ESTE PROBLEMA TENGA FIN

YO TENGO FE EN TI Y A DIOS Y A LA VIRGEN DE GUADALUPE
ESCUCHAME SANTO NIÑO
NO TE OLVIDES DE NOSOTROS,

GRACIAS,

A Call to Devotion:
Here´s a letter from Sylvia:

Hi John: Lately I have felt the Niño de Atocha calling me into devotion. I asked the Holy Child for a sign if in fact He was calling out to me.

That evening my husband came home from his mother's home. She passed away a month ago and her children are going through the difficult process of taking care of all her personal belongings.

He told me he left me an antique picture in the living room. When I went to see what it was, it was a picture of the Santo Niño de Atocha. I guess this was my answer!

I would really like to have a Novena in English.Are you aware of any? I have found several on the internet in Spanish, but I prefer to read in English. Are there any in English?

Sylvia

My Reply:
Sylvia, Thank you for sharing your experience with me. I don´t know of any official prayer to the Santo Niño de Atocha, but this is the prayer on the side of the votive candle they sell here in Mexico.

Another Letter from Sylvia:
John: I did find this prayer in English. I really like it.

On Christmas morning I prayed to the Santo Niño. I turned on the TV to watch Mother Angelica on EWTN. The topic: THE SANTO NIÑO DE ATOCHA!!!!

I really really need a prayer in English. Anyway, this is the one I am currently saying.

Sylvia

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El Santo Niño de Atocha
PRAYER TO EL SANTO NIÑO

Oh Miraculous Infant of Atocha!
Cast Thy merciful look upon my troubled heart, so inclined to pity.

Be softened by my prayer, and grant me these favors which I ardently implore of Thee:

(Mention your requests).

Take from me all affliction and despair, all trials and misfortunes with which I am laden.

For Thy Sacred Infancy's sake, send me now the consolation and aid and grace that I may praise Thee with the Father and Holy Ghost, forever and ever. Amen

O Divine Child of Atocha, please hear my prayer, and grant my petition.

Another Letter from Sylvia:
John: I found a short prayer in Spanish for families on the back of a prayer card. I have no idea where I got it - the Santo Niño de Atcoha continues to attract my attention. This Sunday as you know was the Feast of the Holy Family. I am a lector in my parish and I read this Sunday morning. During the mass I was inspired to write a prayer to the Santo Nino de Atocha. I used the Spanish prayer I found earlier that morning and elaborated.

I have been a social worker for many years. I worked primarily with abused and neglected children, and with persons caught in domestic violence, alcoholism and drug abuse. Because I have ample training in parenting skills and am also a Certified Spiritual Director, I wrote a Catholic parenting program which I taught in my parish. As a social worker I saw first hand how the family is under attack by the evil one.

Furthermore, I saw how he uses alcoholism and drug abuse to destroy the families from within. Consequently, I was inspired to write a book that I have been working on now for almost a year. It's called "Torrents of Grace and Mercy." It is a spiritual guide for alcoholics and drugs addicts based on the Divine Mercy Devotion. Because of my compassion for persons caught in addictions and dysfunctional families I have a tender place in my heart for families. Attached is the prayer I composed for families.

I have been corresponding with a nun from the St. Faustina's convent in Warsaw, Poland. The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy are likewise praying for the book. They too work with alcoholics and drug addicts in Poland and would like to see my book published since it is based on the Devotion of Divine Mercy and would be useful for their ministry. Please keep the intention of my book in your prayers.

Sylvia

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El Santo Niño de Atocha
PRAYER TO THE SANTO NIÑO DE ATOCHA
FOR THE SANCTIFICATION OF FAMILIES

Santo Niño de Atocha, I beseech You obedient God Child of our Holy Mother Mary and St. Joseph, I venerate Your Holy Family this day and beg You to sanctify all families.

I implore You for all married couples so that they may be faithful to one another and live up to their marital commitment. Help them so that they may live the Sacrament of Marriage as prescribed by Holy Mother Church and thereby receive the graces necessary for their daily Christian living.

Spare our home from divorce, indecency, adultery, selfishness, and all inordinate attachments.
Divine Child, give all married couples a holy disposition in the raising of their children. Help them to be models of their faith so that their children will learn from their good example.

I pray that all homes be a place where children are showered with love, understanding and guidance, but most especially, that their homes not be a house, but a place of refuge where they find shelter and refuge in the loving arms of their parents and that their home may foster the practice of the virtues.

Glorious Son of Mary Immaculate, while providing for all the basic needs of their families, may all parents never forget that love is of utmost importance and that such as the body needs nourishment to stay healthy and alive the soul and spiritual life need nourishment as well. While taking care of our bodies, the Temple of the Holy Spirit, may we not neglect that Who lives within our souls.

Dearest Santo Niño de Atocha, please make our home Your home. Be that invisible yet ever present guest around our table during our meals so that no conversation displeases You. Come and lay Your little head upon our pillows and keep us all safe until the morning comes. Walk with us throughout the day and may Your little feet bless our home and make it holy. May our home be a place of refuge for all who enter.

As for my immediate family, I ask that you bestow on them the following graces [mention graces]. I place within Your heart the following needs of my family [here make your personal petition]. I am confident Santo Niño de Atocha, that You hear my plea of supplication and that You will grant my petitions if it is in line with the Lord's desire for our salvation.

Impart all blessings and graces on each member of my family. May each member of my household learn to imitate the Holy Family of Nazareth so that they may come to know the wonder of praising You and contemplating You for all eternity. Amen.

Sylvia

About Miracles:
There are times in our lives when we need special help.

Sometimes our problems are severe,
and without solution.

These are times when we have done everything
in our power, and nothing seems to work.

This is when we begin to think about Miracles.

One time, in a very old church in Mexico,
I was talking to a priest about these
special times in our lives.
Here is what he told me:

"If you want to believe, then it means
that you really do believe."

"The next step is action", he said.

"That action is to pray and to be with others who believe in Miracles and nourish our faith."

"Remember, the Miracles we ask for happen in God´s own time, and not our own.
One must be very patient and wait."
Los Milagros:
Hay ocasiones en la vida cuando necesitamos una apoyo especial.

A veces nuestros problemas son graves
y sin solución.

Son los tiempos en que hemos hecho todo lo posible sin ningun resultado.

Es cuando empezamos a pensar en los Milagros.

Una vez estaba en una iglesia muy antigua
en un pueblo de Mexico platicando con el padre sobre estos tiempos especiales en nuestra vidas.
Me acuerdo lo que me dijo:

"Si uno quiere tener fe,
pues es decir que uno ya tiene fe."

"El siguiente paso es la Acción."

"Y esta Acción es la oración y de estar con otros que creen en los milagros y que alimientan nuestra fe."

"Acuerdese que los milagros que pedimos,
llegan de acuerdo con el tiempo de Nuestro Señor,
y no el de nosotros.
Hay que tener mucha paciencia y esperar."