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Oh Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like unto Thine.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart is unlike any other devotion, and must be treated so.

General devotions to the Sacred Heart,
the birthplace of the Church and the font of Love,
were popular in Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries,
especially in response to the devotion of St. Gertrude the Great (b. 1256),
but specific devotions became even more popularized
when St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), a Visitation nun,
had a personal revelation involving a series of visions of Christ
as she prayed before the Blessed Sacrament.

From the time she was twenty, she experienced visions of Christ,
and on December 27, 1673, she began a series of revelations
that were to continue over the next year and a half.
In them Christ informed her that she was His chosen instrument
to spread devotion to His Sacred Heart, instructed her in a devotion
that was to become known as the Nine Fridays and the Holy Hour,
and asked that the feast of the Sacred Heart be established.
Loving God means loving the Cross.
Christ joyfully chose the cross, and invites us to do the same, out of love for Him.
She wrote,
"He disclosed to me the marvels of his Love and the inexplicable secrets
of his Sacred Heart."
Christ emphasized to her His love --
and His woundedness caused by Man's indifference to this love.


 It contains in its doctrinal foundation

what the popes have reminded us

are the Seven Cardinal Mysteries of our Faith,

which the world denies but we accept.


These Seven Cardinal Mysteries are:

1. God created the human race out of love.

2. He did not need to create anything or anyone.
Moreover, He elevated the human race to a supernatural destiny,
nothing less than the vision of the Holy Trinity for all eternity.

3. All of this, not because He had to, but only because He loves.

4. God became man out of love for the sinful human race.

5. He became a mortal man to die to prove how much He loves us.
He assumed a human will that He might freely suffer.

Do all humans suffer? Yes. Do all humans suffer willingly? No.
The essence of love is to suffer willingly for the one you claim to love.
God became man to suffer with a human will.

6. Christ, the Son of God who became the Son of Man,
suffered and died not just for the predestined elect,
but for all mankind.
His heart breaks for those who will not avail themselves of His Salvation.

7. God gives everyone enough grace to be saved.



Is everyone saved?


God wants all men to be saved yet gave us a free will

with which we can choose either to love Him

or love ourselves even to the contempt of God.

We have a free will by which we can really choose to love God.

When we want what God wants then we are loving Him.

Love unites two wills: the will of God, by which He offers us His grace;

and our will, by which we correspond with the graces we receive.


We have a free will that can go beyond the call of duty.

We can do more than just cooperate with God's grace to avoid sin.
We can also love God more than we have to . . . more than we must.

Read the letters of St. Margaret Mary.
After twenty pages you will have to brace yourself.
This loving God more than we have to means loving the Cross.
Christ joyfully chose the cross, and invites us to do the same, out of love for Him.


 We believe that Jesus Christ gave us Himself in the Holy Eucharist,
by which He remains now on earth, in the fullness of his humanity
and with his living human Heart.
In every Mass, He freely offers Himself to his heavenly Father,
and through the Mass confers the graces He won for us on the cross.
In Holy Communion, we receive Him with his Heart into our own hearts,
to sustain our selfless love of Him by our enduring love for everyone
whom He places into our lives.

O Lord, Hear our Prayer

Lord Jesus, we believe you are our God who became man

so that you might have a human heart,

so that you might evoke in our hearts a corresponding love for you.

Strengthen our weakness and protect us from ever running away from the cross.

Help us to love You here in this valley of tears by faith,

so that we can continue loving You in that everlasting embrace for which we were made.




The "12 Promises"
The twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
to encourage all Catholics to know and understand
the benefit of practicing this Devotion

The Nine Fridays must be made in honor of His Sacred Heart,
meaning, practicing the devotion and having a great love of His Sacred Heart.
They must be on the first Friday of the month for nine consecutive months,
and Communion must be received.


The First Friday of each month was designated by our Savior Himself
as a day to be consecrated to honoring His Sacred Heart.
 The object of this devotion is to make our Savior Jesus Christ
ardently and perfectly loved, and to make reparation
for the outrages offered to Him in the past,
as well as for those which he daily receives in the Blessed Eucharist.
Jesus Christ merits our love at all times, but alas!
He is despised and outraged in the Sacrament of His love at all times,
and so people should at all times make reparation to Him. 
We should then adore Jesus Christ in this august Sacrament,
make a fervent act of love to Jesus in the tabernacle,
thank Him for having instituted this Mystery of love,
express our sorrow at seeing Him so abandoned,
and resolve to visit Him as soon as possible and love Him unceasingly. 
Attendance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is assuredly the best means
of honoring and loving the adorable Heart of Jesus. 
The following First Friday devotions are efficacious
in honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus: 

1. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
2. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
3. Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
4. Act of Reparation 
5. The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
6. The Sacrament of Penance


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

I will give peace in their families and will unite families that are divided.

I will console them in all their troubles.

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

I will bestow the blessings of Heaven on all their enterprises.

Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.

Tepid souls shall become fervent.

Fervent souls shall rise quickly to great perfection.

I will bless those places wherein the image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored
and will imprint My love on the hearts of those who would wear this image on their person.
I will also destroy in them all disordered movements.

I will give to priests who are animated by a tender devotion to my Divine Heart
the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.

Those who promote this devotion shall have their names written in my Heart,
never to be effaced.

I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love
will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months,
the grace of final penitence: they will not die in my disgrace,
nor without receiving their Sacraments.
My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

The Nine Fridays must be made in honor of His Sacred Heart,
meaning, practicing the devotion and having a great love of His Sacred Heart.
They must be on the first Friday of the month for nine consecutive months,
and Communion must be received.



Devotion to the Sacred Heart has two elements: consecration and reparation:

We consecrate ourselves to the Sacred Heart by acknowledging Him
as Creator and Redeemer and as having full rights over us as King of Kings,
by repenting, and by resolving to serve Him.

We make reparations for the indifference and ingratitude

with which He is treated and for leaving Him abandoned by humanity.

It is a traditional custom of the Church to have a priest come into our home
to officiate at a ceremony enthroning the Sacred Heart as out King.
It is customary at the same time to honor the Immaculate Heart of Mary
in the same way, by portraying Her image along with that of The Sacred Heart.


It is a traditional custom of Catholics throughout the world

to renew their Consecration to The Sacred Heart, if not daily, at least annually

on the anniversary of The Enthronement Ceremony.

Renewal of the Consecration of the Family

Most sweet Jesus, humbly kneeling at Thy feet,
we renew the consecration of our family to Thy Divine Heart.
Be Thou our King forever! In Thee we have full and entire confidence.
May Thy spirit penetrate our thoughts, our desires, our words and our works.
Bless our undertakings, share in our joys, in our trials and in our labors.
Grant us to know Thee better, to love Thee more, to serve Thee without faltering.

By the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Peace,
set up Thy kingdom in our country.
Enter closely into the midst of our families and make them Thine own
through the solemn enthronement of Thy Sacred Heart,
so that soon one cry may resound from home to home:
"May the triumphant Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved,
blessed and glorified forever!"
Honor and glory to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary!



Litany of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

V. Lord, have mercy.
R.Lord, have mercy.

V. Christ, have mercy.
R.Christ, have mercy.

V. Lord, have mercy.
R. Lord, have mercy.

V. Jesus, hear us.
R. Jesus, graciously hear us.

Response for the following: 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 Virgin Mother,
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God,
Heart of Jesus, of Infinite 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, 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 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 most merciful,
Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke you,
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness,
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium,
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses,
Heart of Jesus, obedient to 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 trust in you,
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in you,
Heart of Jesus, delight of all the Saints,

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world.
R. Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
R.  Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
R.  Have mercy on us.

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 Your most beloved Son
and upon the praises and satisfaction which He offers You in the name of sinners;
and to those who implore Your mercy, in Your great goodness,
grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You forever and ever. 













Hymn: O Sacred Heart,O Love Divine;  His Majesty's Musicians