A Tribute to the Sacred Heart
The Feast of the Sacred Heart is celebrated in the month of June on the Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi. This year it is June 11th. In our parish, we had all day Adoration – beginning with Mass at 7am and finishing with Sung Mass in evening. The sermon reminded us to make our Holy “Communion of Reparation“ to the Sacred Heart.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a very beautiful and heart felt devotion, reminding us of Jesus’ infinite Love and Mercy that He has for each of us.
History of the Devotion
- Began in 12th century
- Saints – Bonaventure, Gertrude, Catherine of Siena, John Eudes
- St Margaret Mary Alacoque promoted this devotion on France (with the support of St Claude de la Colombiere, S.J.)
- St. Margaret Mary Alacoque had visions from 1673 to 1675.
Jesus’ appearances to St Margaret Mary Alacoque:
- First Revelation: Dec 27th 1673 while she was kneeling in the chapel before the Bl. Sacrament. Jesus 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
- The Second apparition: early in 1674, Margaret Mary saw Jesus’ Sacred Heart on a throne of flames, transparent as crystal, surrounded by a crown of thorns signifying the sins of mankind, with a cross above it.
Again Jesus told her of his infinite love for mankind and his desire that he should be honoured through the display of this image of his heart, with the promise that all who did so would be specially blessed.
- The third apparition probably took place on 2 July 1674,
Margaret Mary was praying before the Blessed Sacrament exposed,
She saw a vision of Jesus in glory, with his five wounds shining like suns, and he then showed her his heart on fire with love for mankind, a love that unfortunately was often ignored or treated with contempt.
(see the quote in the image below.) How can anyone ignore this heartfelt plea of Jesus?
We must pray and make reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We must make Jesus feel that He is “loved in return“.
Jesus revealed to St Margaret Mary the ways we can make reparation to His Sacred Heart. He asked us to practice the Nine First Fridays.
The following First Friday devotions are efficacious in honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Act of Reparation
The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The Sacrament of Penance (Confession/Reconciliation)
Some beautiful aspirations that we can say often during the day:
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like unto Thine.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Sweet Heart of Jesus, I implore, that I may love Thee more and more.
Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my Love.
All for You, most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Your kingdom come.
Prayers to the Sacred Heart:
A Short Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart of Jesus, filled with infinite love, broken by my ingratitude, pierced by my sins, yet loving me still, accept the consecration that I make to You, of all that I am and all that I have. Take every faculty of my soul and body, and draw me, day by day, nearer and nearer to Your Sacred Side, and there, as I can bear the lesson, teach me Your blessed ways. Amen.
A Novena Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Sacred Heart of Jesus, we know that there is but one thing impossible to You: to be without pity for those who are in suffering or distress. Look down on us, we beg of You and grant us the grace which we humbly and earnestly implore, through the Immaculate Heart of Your most sorrowful Mother to whom You confided us as her children, and whose prayers are all powerful with You. Amen.
(From “Heart Speaks to Heart,” The Sacred Heart Program.)
Prayers revealed to us by Jesus in the Book of Truth
Jesus directed that we form an army of prayer groups around the world. He gave us the armour (including special prayers to say for various intentions) to use to help Him in these difficult days to save many souls.
We are all too aware of the need for Prayer in these times. Some of the prayers which explicitly mention the Sacred Heart are as follows:
Prayer to say after the Chaplet of Mercy (10th May, 2011 )
“Fill me now O Lord with the Gift of the Holy Spirit to carry Your most Holy Word to sinners who I must help save in Your Name. Help me to cover them, through my prayers with your precious Blood so that they can be drawn to your Sacred Heart. Give me the Gift of the Holy Spirit so that these poor souls can revel in Your New Paradise.” Amen.
Prayer to Defend the Word of God (Oct. 11th, 2012)
O dear Jesus, protect us from the lies, which offend God. Protect us from Satan and his army. Help us to love You more. Sustain us in our battle. Defend us in our faith. Lead us to Your refuge of safety. Help us stand up and defend Your Holy Will. Strengthen our resolve to be Your true disciples. Give us courage. Give us confidence. Guide us on the path of Truth. Defend us against the enemy. Pour Your Graces of Protection over us. Help us to avoid temptation. Bring us closer to Your Sacred Heart. Help us to remain loyal to You at all times. Amen.
My Gift to Jesus to Save Souls (17 Nov. 2011, 9pm)
“My dearest Jesus you, who loves us so much, allow me in my humble way to help save your precious souls. Have mercy on all sinners no matter how grievously they offend you. Allow me through prayer and suffering to help those souls who may not survive The Warning to seek a place beside you in your Kingdom. Hear my prayer oh sweet Jesus to help you win over those souls you yearn for. Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus I pledge my allegiance to your most Holy Will at all times. Amen.”
Offer of Suffering as a Gift 28 November, 2011
Oh, most Sacred Heart of Jesus, teach me to accept insults in Your Holy Name, when I proclaim Your Word with humble thanksgiving. Teach me to understand how humiliation, pain, and suffering bring me closer to Your Sacred Heart. Allow me to accept such trials with love and generosity of spirit, so that I may present them as the Gifts so precious to You, in order to save souls. Amen.
Stop hatred of visionaries (30 November,2011)
Oh, Sacred Heart of Jesus, please stop the hatred and jealousy which exists amongst your followers, towards Your true visionaries in these times. I pray that you will hear my prayer to give Your visionaries the strength they need to proclaim Your Most Holy Word to a disbelieving world. Amen.
Prayer for conversion of families during the Warning (14th June, 2012)
O dear Sweet Jesus, I beg for Mercy for the souls of my family (name them here).I offer you my sufferings, my trials and my prayers to save their souls from the spirit of darkness. Let not one of these, Your children, denounce You, or reject Your Hand of Mercy. Open their hearts to entwine with Your Sacred Heart, so that they can seek the forgiveness necessary to save them from the fires of Hell. Give them the chance to make amends, so that they can be converted with the Rays of Your Divine Mercy. Amen.
The Disciple’s Prayer (7th August, 2012)
Dear Jesus I am ready to spread your Holy Word. Give me the courage, the strength and the knowledge to impart the Truth so that as many souls as possible can be brought to You. Take me into your Sacred Heart and cover me with your Precious Blood, so that I am filled with the graces to spread conversion for the salvation of all of God’s children in every part of the world no matter what their creed is. I trust in you always. Your beloved disciple. Amen
Pray for Young souls, Young Children 16-8-2012.
Oh Jesus help me to save the souls of young people all over the world. By Your grace help them to see the truth of Your existence. Bring them to Your Sacred heart and open their eyes to Your Love and Mercy. Save them from the fires of Hell and through my prayers have Mercy on their souls. Amen.
For the Victory of the Remnant Church 25-10-12
Jesus, King and Saviour of the world, to You do we pledge our honour, our loyalty and deeds, to proclaim Your Glory to all. Help us to gain the strength, and the confidence, to stand up and declare the Truth at all times. Never allow us to falter or delay in our march towards victory, and in our plan to save souls. We pledge our surrender, our hearts, and all that we possess, so that we are free of obstacles, as we continue the thorny road towards the gates of the New Paradise. We love You, dearest Jesus, our beloved Saviour and Redeemer. We unite ourselves in body, mind and spirit within Your Sacred Heart. Pour over us Your Grace of Protection. Cover us with Your Precious Blood, so that we will be filled with courage and love to stand up and declare the Truth of Your New Kingdom. Amen.
For Souls after The Warning (3-12-12)
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, show Mercy to all of us poor sinners. Enlighten those hearts of stone, so desperate in their quest for guidance. Forgive them their iniquities. Help them, through Your Love and Mercy, to find it in their hearts to grasp Your great Gift of Redemption. I implore You to forgive all souls who reject the Truth of God. Cover them with Your Light, dear Jesus so that it will blind them to the wickedness and snares of the devil who will try to cut them off from You for eternity. I beg You to give all God’s children the strength to be thankful for Your Great Mercy. I ask that You open the door to Your Kingdom to all lost souls who wander the earth in a state of helplessness and hopelessness. Amen.
Allegiance to the Army of Jesus Christ Sept.15, 2013
We stand united to Your Sacred Heart, dear Jesus. We speak with authority the True Word of God. We will walk to the ends of the Earth to spread the Truth. We will never accept any new false doctrine in Your Name, other than that You taught us Yourself. We remain true, loyal and steadfast in our faith. We will treat those who betray You with love and compassion, in the hope that they will come back to You. We will be firm, but patient, with those who persecute us in Your Name. We will walk victorious all the way to Your New Paradise. We promise, that through our pain and suffering, we will bring You all those lost souls who are starved of Your Love. Please accept our prayers for all sinners in the world, so that we can become one family, united in love for You, in the New Era of Peace. Amen.
In Conclusion, hymns to the Sacred Heart express our heartfelt desire, love and longing for Jesus:
Sweet Heart of Jesus, fount of love and mercy,
Today we come, Thy blessings to implore;
Oh, touch our hearts, so cold and so ungrateful,
And make them, Lord, Thine own for evermore.
Sweet Heart of Jesus, we implore
Oh, make us love Thee more and more (2)
Sweet Heart of Jesus, make us know and love Thee
Unfold to us the treasures of Thy grace;
That so our hearts, from things of earth uplifted,
May long alone to gaze upon Thy face.
Sweet Heart of Jesus, make us pure and gentle,
And teach us how to do Thy blessed will;
To follow close the print of Thy dear footsteps,
And when we fall, sweet Heart, Oh, love us still.
4. Sweet Heart of Jesus, bless all hearts that love Thee,
And may Thine own Heart ever blessed be;
Bless us, dear Lord, and bless the friends we cherish,
And keep us true to Mary and to Thee.