Sacred Heart of Jesus
PROMISES OF THE SACRED HEART
1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
2. I will establish peace in their families.
3. I will bless every home in which an image of my Heart shall be exposed and honoured.
4. I will console them in all their difficulties.
5. I will be their refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.
6. I will shed abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.
7. Sinners shall find in my Heart a fountain and boundless ocean of mercy.
8. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
9. Fervent souls shall rise speedily to great perfection.
10. I will give priests the power of touching the hardest hearts.
11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in my Heart, never to be blotted out.
12. In the excessive mercy of my Heart I will grant the grace of final penitence to those who communicate on the first Friday of nine consecutive months; they shall not die in my displeasure or without the sacraments. My divine Heart will be their safe refuge in this last moment.
CONSECRATION OF THE FAMILY TO THE DIVINE HEART OF JESUS
Divine Heart of Jesus, Thou promised that where two or three persons assemble in Thy name, Thou would be in their midst. Behold us here on our knees before Thy sacred image. With hearts filled with sentiments of fervent love, we thank Thee for Thine infinite goodness in having bestowed upon us numberless benefits for soul, and body.
O Divine King, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and under the powerful protection of St Joseph, we consecrate to Thee our entire family. Be the director of all our interests, and may our home, like that of Nazareth, be the abode of faith and charity, of labour and prayer, of order and domestic peace.
We consecrate to Thee, divine Heart of Jesus, all the adversities and occurrences of our family life, and beseech Thee to pour out upon us in abundant measure all Thy richest blessings. We commend ourselves forever to the protection of Thy divine Heart. Heart of Jesus, ocean of mercy and love, assist us at the hour of our death. Amen.
O SACRED HEART, BLESS OUR FAMILY
Prostrate before Thee, Lord Jesus Christ, we consecrate to Thy Sacred Heart ourselves and everything dear to us: our thoughts, words and actions; our sorrows, our hopes, our relatives and friends. We desire to belong entirely to Thee, to know all things, and to despise the pleasures, riches and honours of this world and everything which could be an obstacle in Thy service.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, teach us, by Thine example in the stable of Bethlehem and by Thy whole life, meekness and humility. Teach us, by Thine agony and sufferings on the Cross, patience and resignation to the holy will of God. Teach us, in the mystery of the holy Eucharist, to admire Thy power, wisdom and love. Three hundred years ago Thou revealed to St Margaret Mary Thy desire to receive the special homage of Thy creatures. In obedience to that divine entreaty, behold us at Thy feet to consecrate to Thy service and love our hearts, our family and our home in a special manner.
Heart of Jesus, in the name of Mary and under the patronage of St Joseph we consecrate to Thee our whole household. Like Nazareth, may it always be a centre of faith, hope, charity and peace; a hive of prayer and true zeal for Thy glory. Guide our lives, direct our steps, and sustain us in all our ways. We earnestly consecrate to Thee all the trials, afflictions, joys and events of our domestic life.
We beseech Thee to pour Thy blessing upon every member of this family: those who are gathered here and those who are absent; those who are living and those who are dead. With confidence we entrust them all to Thee. If, among them, there be any who have lost Thy grace and grieved Thy loving Heart by sin, with deepest sorrow we now desire to offer reparation and implore forgiveness for them.
We beg Thy mercy and grace, also, for every family in the whole world. O Sacred Heart, shelter the cradle of the newborn babe; bless the child at school; guide the vocation of young men and women; sweeten the lot of the sufferer; support the aged; console the widow; be a Father to the orphan.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, we entrust to Thee our own dear country and all those, who govern us.
O Jesus, source and infinite ocean of mercy, we beseech Thee assist us in the sufferings and agony of death. Unite us, then, still more closely to Thy Heart and to the Heart of Thine Immaculate Mother. Be our refuge and our place of rest; and when our souls have taken their flight to dwell for ever in Thy Sacred Heart, may we see again in. heaven every member of this family which we now so earnestly and unitedly desire to consecrate without reserve to Thee. Amen.
PRIVATE ACT OF CONSECRATION
I consecrate and surrender to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my person, my life, my difficulties and my sufferings, that I may henceforth live only for his love and glory. It is my firm and unwavering purpose to be his entirely, to do everything for his love and renounce wholeheartedly everything that could displease his divine Heart.
O Sacred Heart, I choose Thee as the sole object of my love, the protector of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the support of my weakness and the atoner for all the sins of my whole life. O mild and bountiful Heart, be likewise my refuge at the hour of death, my justification before God, and ward off from me the penalty of his just wrath. O loving Heart, I place my trust entirely in Thee. While I fear everything from my own malice I hope everything from Thy goodness. Destroy in me whatever may displease Thee or be opposed to Thee, and let Thy pure love imprint Thee so deeply upon my heart that it will be impossible for me ever to forget Thee or be separated from Thee.
O Sacred Heart, by Thy goodness, I implore Thee, let my name be deeply engraved in Thee, for in Thy service and in Thy love I will live and die. (St Margaret Mary Alacoque)
LITANY OF THE SACRED HEART
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father in heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, redeemer of the world,
God, the Holy Ghost,
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 Virgin Mother,
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God,
Heart of Jesus, infinite in majesty,
Heart of Jesus, sacred temple of God,
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the most high,
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven,
Heart of Jesus, aflame with love for men,
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love,
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,
Heart of Jesus, endless source of all virtues,
Heart of Jesus, worthy of all praise,
Heart of Jesus, King and centre 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 was 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 merciful,
Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke Thee,
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness,
Heart of Jesus, atonement for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium,
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offences,
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 sin,
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, delight of all the saints,
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.
V. Jesus, meek and humble of heart, R. Make our hearts like Yours.
Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thy most beloved Son and upon the praise and satisfaction which he offers Thee in the name of sinners; and to those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy great goodness grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who lives and reigns with Thee for ever and ever. Amen.
THREE OFFERINGS OF THANKSGIVING
We offer to the most holy Trinity the merits of Jesus Christ, in thanksgiving for the precious Blood which he shed in the Garden for us, and through these merits we beseech his divine majesty to grant us the pardon of all our sins.
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be.
We offer to the most holy Trinity the merits of Jesus Christ in thanksgiving for his most precious death endured on the cross for us, and through these merits we beseech the divine majesty pardon of our sins.
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be.
We offer to the most holy Trinity the merits of Jesus Christ in thanksgiving for his unimaginable charity, by which he descended from heaven to earth to take human flesh, and to suffer and die for us on the cross, and by these merits we beseech his divine majesty to bring our souls to the glory of heaven after our death.
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be .
GREETING THE SACRED HEART
Once when St Mechtilde was grieving over the thought that her whole life had been spent in a useless manner, our Lord said to her: “In order to make amends for what Thou have neglected, greet my Heart!” Our divine Saviour made a similar revelation to St Gertrude: “As often as a person greets me, I will greet him, and this will redound to his honour in heaven.” St Clare greeted the Sacred Heart of Jesus daily, and received special graces each day.
When we have committed a fault, let us make an act of contrition and greet the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This divine Heart is ever ready to repair our offences. We should especially greet the heart of Jesus in the blessed Sacrament. St Mechtilde ardently venerated the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, and in return received from our Lord so many graces that in referring to them, she said: “Were I to write down all the graces I received from the loving Heart of Jesus, I would need a book thicker than the breviary.”
Heart of my Jesus, save me!
Heart of my Creator, perfect me!
Heart of my Saviour, deliver me!
Heart of my Spouse, love me!
Heart of my Master, teach me!
Heart of my King, crown me!
Heart of my Benefactor, enrich me!
Heart of my Pastor, keep me!
Heart of my Friend, caress me!
Heart of the Infant Jesus, attract me!
Heart of Jesus dying on the cross, atone for me!
Heart of Jesus in all Thy conditions, give yourself to me!
Heart of my Brother, remain with me! Heart of incomparable goodness, forgive me!
Heart most amiable, inflame me!
Heart most glorious, shine forth in me!
Heart most charitable, work in me!
Heart most merciful, answer for me!
Heart most humble, repose in me!
Heart most patient, bear with me!
Heart most faithful, make satisfaction for me!
Heart most adorable and most worthy, bless me!
Heart most peaceful, calm me! Heart most desirable and most beautiful, delight me!
Heart most illustrious and most perfect, ennoble me!
Heart most holy and balm most precious, preserve and sanctify me!
Heart most holy and most salutary, reform me!
Heart most blessed, true physician and remedy for all ills, heal me!
Heart of Jesus, consolation of the afflicted, comfort me!
Heart of Jesus, ardent furnace burning with love, consume me!
Heart of Jesus, model of perfection, enlighten me!
Heart of Jesus, source of all happiness, strengthen me!
Heart of eternal benediction, call me to Thee! Amen
PRAYER TO OBTAIN CONFORMITY TO THE SACRED HEART
O dearest Jesus, whose most amiable Heart excludes not even the greatest sinners when they turn to Thee, I beseech Thee to grant me and all penitent sinners a heart like yours; that is, a humble heart, which even in the midst of temporal honours loves a hidden life, a life little esteemed by men; a meek heart, which bears with everyone and seeks revenge upon no one; a patient heart, which is resigned in adversity, and happy even in the most trying circumstances; a peaceful heart, which is ever at peace with others and with itself; a disinterested heart, which is always contented with what it has; a heart which loves prayer and performs it often and cheerfully; a heart whose only desire is that God may be known, honoured and loved by all creatures; a heart which grieves for nothing except that God is offended; despises nothing but sin; wishes for nothing but the glory of God and its neighbour’s salvation; a pure heart, which in all things seeks God alone and desires only to please him; a grateful heart, which acknowledges and esteems the benefits of God; a strong heart, which is daunted by no evil, but bears all adversity for the love of God; an open heart, liberal to the poor and compassionate towards the suffering souls in purgatory; a well-ordered heart, whose joys and sorrows, desires and aversions, nay, whose every motion is regulated according to the divine will. Amen. (St Clement Hofbauer)