Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

 

 The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

 

Novena, Prayers and Litany

 

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I.  St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

  On 25 May, 1671, she entered the Visitation Convent at Paray, where she was subjected to many trials to prove her vocation, and in November, 1672, pronounced her final vows. She had a delicate constitution, but was gifted with intelligence and good judgment, and in the cloister she chose for herself what was most repugnant to her nature, making her life one of inconceivable sufferings, which were often relieved or instantly cured by our Lord, Who acted as her Director, appeared to her frequently and conversed with her, confiding to her the mission to establish the devotion to His Sacred Heart. These extraordinary occurrences drew upon her the adverse criticism of the community, who treated her as a visionary, and her superior commanded her to live the common life. But her obedience, her humility, and invariable charity towards those who persecuted her, finally prevailed, and her mission, accomplished in the crucible of suffering, was recognized even by those who had shown her the most bitter opposition.

  Margaret Mary was inspired by Christ to establish the Holy Hour and to pray lying prostrate with her face to the ground from eleven till midnight on the eve of the first Friday of each month, to share in the mortal sadness He endured when abandoned by His Apostles in His Agony, and to receive holy Communion on the first Friday of every month. In the first great revelation, He made known to her His ardent desire to be loved by men and His design of manifesting His Heart with all Its treasures of love and mercy, of sanctification and salvation. He appointed the Friday after the octave of the feast of Corpus Christi as the feast of the Sacred Heart; He called her "the Beloved Disciple of the Sacred Heart", and the heiress of all Its treasures. The love of the Sacred Heart was the fire which consumed her, and devotion to the Sacred Heart is the refrain of all her writings. In her last illness she refused all alleviation, repeating frequently: "What have I in heaven and what do I desire on earth, but Thee alone, O my God", and died pronouncing the Holy Name of Jesus.

  The discussion of the mission and virtues of Margaret Mary continued for years. All her actions, her revelations, her spiritual maxims, her teachings regarding the devotion to the Sacred Heart, of which she was the chief exponent as well as the apostle, were subjected to the most severe and minute examination, and finally the Sacred Congregation of rites passed a favourable vote on the heroic virtues of this servant of God. In March, 1824, Leo XII pronounced her Venerable, and on 18 September, 1864, Pius IX declared her Blessed. When her tomb was canonically opened in July, 1830, two instantaneous cures took place. Her body rests under the altar in the chapel at Paray, and many striking favours have been obtained by pilgrims attracted thither from all parts of the world. Her feast is celebrated on 17 October.

  [Editor's Note: St. Margaret Mary was canonized by Benedict XV in 1920. The Catholic Encyclopedia, www.newadvent.com]

 

II. First Friday Devotion Promises from Jesus

  Jesus gave the following promises to Saint Margaret Mary for souls devoted to His most Sacred Heart:

  1. I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.

  2. I will establish peace in their homes.

  3. I will comfort them in their afflictions.

  4. I will be their secure refuge in life and above all in death.

  5. I will bestow abundant blessings on all their undertakings.

  6. Sinners shall find in My heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.

  7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.

  8. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.

  9. I will bless every place where a picture of My heart shall be exposed and honored.

 10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.

 11. Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My heart, never to be blotted out.

 12. I promise you, in the excessive mercy of my heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the first Friday for 9 consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving the sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in that last moment.

 

III.  Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

 

  FIRST DAY:

  The word heart is a strong word and a beautiful one. "Take heart!" we say, when we want a man to pick up courage. "He gave her his heart," we say when a man gives to a woman his pure love With perfect understanding we talk of a motherly heart ... of a man who puts heart into his work ... of the innocent heart of a child ... of the pulsing heart of a city.

  What more natural then that when Christ the Savior revealed Himself once more to humanity He should borrow our word knowing that it would ring with complete familiarity?

  "Behold the heart that hath loved men so much, He cried, indicating His own heart. And men of good heart and of loving heart answered, "Indeed we know how much you have loved us."

  To the Savior who revealed Himself to the world that needs love, we say:

  The Prayer of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

  O God, Who in the heart of thy Son wounded by our sins, dost deign mercifully to bestow upon us the infinite treasures of thy love, grant, we beseech thee, that we who now pay Him the devout homage of our piety may also perform the duty of worthy satisfaction. Through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord, who livest and reignest with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

(Copyright 1947   Daniel A. Lord, S.J.)

 

  SECOND DAY:

  Ours is a gracious God of love, of that there is no slightest doubt. God the Father created the world lov-ingly and tenderly. The long passages of the ages—a flash of God's eternity-were spent in the preparation of a beautiful, convenient, well-stocked earth to be man's dwelling place. The newly made creatures, made to the image and likeness of the heavenly Father, He adopted as His sons and daughters.

  When in dark rebellion these sons and daughters revolted, "God so loved the world, as to give His only-begotten Son that . . . the world may be saved . . ."

  The love story of God is written anew in the star of Bethlehem, the smile of the Child Jesus, His hidden life of service to Mary and to the villagers of Nazareth, the miracles and parables of His public life, the death by which Christ laid down His Life for His friends.

  Then on the wings of wind and in the symbolic form of flame the Spirit of love came to dwell in human souls, divine love taking up its residence in the men and the women that God had loved into life, loved unto death, loved to their own sanctification.

  Before the Three Persons of the Trinity, who love us with a divine love, we kneel and pray:

  The Prayer of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

  O God, Who in the heart of thy Son wounded by our sins, dost deign mercifully to bestow upon us the infinite treasures of thy love, grant, we beseech thee, that we who now pay Him the devout homage of our piety may also perform the duty of worthy satisfaction. Through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord, who livest and reignest with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

 

  THIRD DAY:

  Christ of the tender and loving heart…

  The Infant heart that beat with the impulse of love on Christmas…

  The heart that yearned over the world which was dark in ignorance and wandering in sin ...

  The heart that leaped in response to the love of Mary and knew the warmth of a devoted Son for the

       foster father who guarded Him tenderly…

  The heart that could hardly wait for the beginnings of His work among men . . .

  The heart that wept over the lost multitudes . . .

  The heart of the Good Shepherd searching for His lost sheep…

  The heart that speaks in the poetry of the parables and the strength of the sermons . . .

  The heart that yearned for sinners and drove the Savior questing for them far into the night . . .

  The heart that raised the widow's son from death...

  The heart that selected twelve men as intimate friends and then responded gratefully to the love of

       the innocent John…

  The heart that poured itself out in miracles of healing and forgiveness and mercy and loving kindness . . .

  This is the Sacred Heart of the Savior.

  To this heart we say:

  The Prayer of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

  O God, Who in the heart of thy Son wounded by our sins, dost deign mercifully to bestow upon us the infinite treasures of thy love, grant, we beseech thee, that we who now pay Him the devout homage of our piety may also perform the duty of worthy satisfaction. Through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord, who livest and reignest with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

 

  FOURTH DAY:

   The heart of the Savior broke during the course of the Passion.

   The paschal moon that shone with fierce brilliance over the garden was like a searchlight beating upon the sins of the parading world. Christ saw that world, knew its horror and vileness, and broke into abloody sweat.

   Yet that heart held Him captive when the traitor came and made Him call the betrayer friend.

   Upon the loving Savior, bound, not with cords and chains, but by His heartstrings, fell the blows of the  scourging, the mockery of the mob, the spittle of the soldiers, the awful humiliation of public rejection.

   It was His heart rather than His head that was crowned with thorns.

   Upon the cross it was His heart that held Him fast. He loved us and delivered Himself for us. He bore ourbruises and our infirmities. Greater love than this no man hath, that He die for His executioners.

   And that the last drop of love might flow out and the lowest and meanest of His sinners might find safe entrance to His heart. He offers that heart to the lance of the centurion. In the cleft of His heart, as in the cleft of a rock, the penitent world has found warmth, safety, and protection.

 Before the suffering Christ of love we say: The Prayer of the Sacred Heart of Jesus we say:

   The Prayer of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

   O God, Who in the heart of thy Son wounded by our sins, dost deign mercifully to bestow upon us the infinite treasures of thy love, grant, we beseech thee, that we who now pay Him the devout homage of our piety may also perform the duty of worthy satisfaction. Through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord, who livest and reignest with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

 

   FIFTH DAY:

   The ages roll swiftly along their course. God's love for His creatures is undying.

   The love of Christ lives on in the Mass and in the sacraments and in His abiding presence upon the altar and in the soul.

   But men are fickle. Doubt is a cold and chilling thing. The hot flame of passion has a way of dying down to the dark, cold, dusty ashes of bitterness and despair.

   So it was that into an age when men taught the denial of God's love, when they rejected His presence on the altar or for-bade believers to approach the altar, the God of love came again.

   A little nun, holy and loving, knelt in her Visitation Convent. Margaret Mary, she was called. The combination of the two names has become music to the Catholic world ever since that time.

   On the altar before her was the vision of the loving Christ.

   There was shown the tortured, flaming heart.

   There were spoken such words of pathetic beauty, of such divine yearning, of dignity combined with passion that only God could have said them.

   "Behold the heart that has loved men so much and has been loved so little in return."

   Beholding that heart, we kneel adoringly to say:

   The Prayer of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

   O God, Who in the heart of thy Son wounded by our sins, dost deign mercifully to bestow upon us the infinite treasures of thy love, grant, we beseech thee, that we who now pay Him the devout homage of our piety may also perform the duty of worthy satisfaction. Through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord, who livest and reignest with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

 

   SIXTH DAY:

   As the symbol of love, Christ had chosen the heart, the favorite symbol of human speech.                        

   It was His human heart, still pierced with the spear of Calvary, still open to we-come returning sinners.

   Around that heart was twined the crown of thorns; for though Christ is indeed king, He is a king who won His kingdom along the bloody course of love.

   From the heart leap up living flames. They are like the tongues that descended upon the Apostles when the Spirit of love came to inflame them for the apostolate. These flames are restless, as love is always restless; but while, like fire, they warm and light, they do not burn or destroy or even smudge.                      

   A tiny cross, that unfailing symbol of God's love even unto death, surmounts the heart.                             

   Poetry has known that a sequence of sonnets could not say what a single glimpse of this heart reveals.

   Catholics everywhere have looked upon the heart of the Savior and have known that it was offered to them. God s heart was theirs for the asking, theirs if only they would give their own worthless hearts in exchange.

   Before the symbol of the Sacred Heart we say:

   The Prayer of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

   O God, Who in the heart of thy Son wounded by our sins, dost deign mercifully to bestow upon us the infinite treasures of thy love, grant, we beseech thee, that we who now pay Him the devout homage of our piety may also perform the duty of worthy satisfaction. Through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord, who livest and reignest with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

 

   SEVENTH DAY:

   Love is always generous. It gives without the prospect of reward. It asks only to give in a flooding desire to be lavishly generous.

   Much as the heart of the Savior had during His public life sought love and responded to love and been divinely grateful for the slightest sign of love, that heart always thought first in terms of giving…  giving . . . and more giving.

   Miracles for the needy, forgiveness for the sinful faith for those in darkness, hope for the despairing---these were the outpourings of the heart of the Savior.

   Now again He speaks, this time to promise the sweet gifts of His love.

   To those who love Him, assurance of eternal salvation . . .

   To those who honor, a picture of Him peace in their households and blessings upon their family.

   His reward for little acts of devotion just before death ... His presence in the Blessed Sacrament . . .

   Favors, gifts-promises made out of the greatness of His love---to anyone who will show some little signs of love for Him .

   With that vision the great devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, old as Christianity itself but new in its present manifestation, moves in the wind-fed fire of love across the earth.

   Loving the Lover of our souls, we say:

   The Prayer of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

   O God, Who in the heart of thy Son wounded by our sins, dost deign mercifully to bestow upon us the infinite treasures of thy love, grant, we beseech thee, that we who now pay Him the devout homage of our piety may also perform the duty of worthy satisfaction. Through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord, who livest and reignest with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.]

 

   EIGHTH DAY:

   "Behold the heart that has loved men so much and that has been loved so little in return."

   It is upon the second half of the Savior's statement that the loving Christian focuses his attention.

   We have known always the love of God.

   We have tried not to remember the love-less-ness of men and women.

   With love for everyone and for everything, now as on the first Christmas, no love remains for Christ. With love walking in a thousand cheap disguises, as it did even during the climax of love on Calvary, love passes by without a nod to the victim of love.

   That is why the Savior Himself asked loving souls for a little reparation:

   “Make up," He pleads, "for the millions who do not love me.”

   "Tell me at least that you wish sinners would stop their sin, and the faithful in name would become faithful in fact, and the sins committed in the ugly travesty on love would cease to kill the human power of love.

   "Consecrate yourself," He begs, "to my heart. Dedicate your homes and your children to my loving protection. Spend at least an occasional hour with me."

   We consecrate ourselves to the loving Christ and say:

   The Prayer of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

   O God, Who in the heart of thy Son wounded by our sins, dost deign mercifully to bestow upon us the infinite treasures of thy love, grant, we beseech thee, that we who now pay Him the devout homage of our piety may also perform the duty of worthy satisfaction. Through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord, who livest and reignest with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

 

   NINTH DAY:

   Christ of the Sacred Heart, Christ of the Blessed Sacrament---these two are identical. Devotion to the Sacred Heart is inseparably linked to devotion to the Holy Eucharist. Love for the Sacred Heart must inevitably lead to the tabernacle.

   Host and Heart are equal manifestations of the love of the savior for saints and sinners.

   The impulse of love in the heart of the Savior made inevitable the promise of the Eucharist, which climaxed the love feast of the loaves and the fishes.

   Love in the wonderful evening before His Passion, when love was the sole subject of His speech, inevitably passed beyond words and became bread made flesh and wine made blood with the guarantee that never would He leave us orphans.  

   That is why in His revelation to Saint Margaret Mary, Christ speaks of Holy Communion, that close union of the human soul with the divine. That is why He asks that on the first Friday we come to welcome Him.  That is why He begs that on our knees before His loving Presence in the tabernacle we find the Eucharistic Christ and remember that the love of Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

   Before the Eucharistic heart of Christ we kneel and say:

   The Prayer of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

   O God, Who in the heart of thy Son wounded by our sins, dost deign mercifully to bestow upon us the infinite treasures of thy love, grant, we beseech thee, that we who now pay Him the devout homage of our piety may also perform the duty of worthy satisfaction. Through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord, who livest and reignest with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

   (Copyright 1947, Daniel A. Lord, S.J.  W.H. Lithographing Company, New York.)

 

 IV. Daily Prayer and Invocations to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

 

   DAILY PRAYER

   O most holy Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore Thee, I love Thee and with a lively sorrow for my sins, I offer Thee this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to Thy will. Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in Thee and for Thee. Protect me in the midst of danger; comfort me in my afflictions; give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, Thy blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Within Thy Heart I place my every care. In every need let me come to Thee with humble trust saying, Heart of Jesus help me.

 

INVOCATIONS TO THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS

    Merciful Jesus, I consecrate myself today and always to Thy Most Sacred Heart.

    Most Sacred Heart of Jesus I implore, that I may ever love Thee more and more.

    Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee.

    Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

    Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Thy love for me.

    Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine.

    Sacred Heart of Jesus Thy Kingdom Come.

    Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, convert sinners. save the dying, deliver the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

  

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LITANY OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

 

 

Sacred Heart

 V. Lord, have mercy on us.
R. Christ, have mercy on us.
V. Lord, have mercy on us, Christ hear us.
R. Christ, graciously hear us.

The response for the following is:                     Have mercy on us.

 

God, the Father of Heaven,
God, the Son, Redeemer of the World,
God, the Holy Spirit,

Holy Trinity, one God,
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father,
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the

     womb of the most holy Virgin Mother,
Heart of Jesus, substantially united with the Word

     of God,
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty,
Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God,
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High,
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven,
Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity,
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love,
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,
Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts,
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of

     wisdom and knowledge,
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells the fullness of

     divinity,

Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is well

     pleased,
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all

     received,
 

 

 

Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,

Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful,

Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke Thee,
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness,
Heart of Jesus, sacrificed for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with reproaches,
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses,
Heart of Jesus, obedient unto death,

Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,
Heart of Jesus, our peace and  reconciliation,
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints,

V. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the

     world,

R. Spare us, O Lord.
V. Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the

     world,

R. Graciously hear us, O Lord,
V. Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the

     world,

R. Have mercy on us.
V. Jesus, meek and humble of Heart.
R. Make our hearts like unto Thine,

Let us pray,

Almighty and Eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thy dearly beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and to those who seek Thy mercy, grant Thou peace and forgiveness, in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who lives and reigns with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

 

 

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