Most Sacred Heart

PRAYERS TO THE SACRED HEART

Sanctity of the Heart of Jesus, consecrate my heart; providence of the Heart of Jesus, watch over my heart; unchangeableness of the Heart of Jesus, strengthen my heart; purity of the Heart of Jesus, purify my heart; obedience of the Heart of Jesus, subjugate my heart; amiability of the Heart of Jesus, make Thyself known to my heart; divine attractions of the Heart of Jesus, captivate my heart; riches of the Heart of Jesus, do ye suffice for my heart; floods of grace and blessing that flow from the Heart of Jesus, inundate my heart. O Heart of Jesus! be Thou my joy, my peace, my repose in this world and in the next. O Heart of Jesus! adored in heaven, invoked on earth, feared in hell, reign over all hearts, reign throughout all ages, reign for ever in celestial glory. Amen. (St. Gertrude)

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I offer Thee my will, that Thou mayest strengthen it; my understanding, that Thou mayest enlighten it; my memory, that Thou mayest occupy it; and all my desires and affections, that Thou mayest purify them. I offer Thee also all my projects, that they may be guided by Thee; my toils and labors, that they may be blessed by Thee; and all my interior and exterior occupations, that they may be sanctified by Thee. Thy Divine Heart, O Jesus, shall possess all that I have and all that I am. In the love which Thou dost bear me, I place all my hope and all my confidence. O Jesus, hear my prayer and grant that I may never be separated from Thee. Amen. (St. Mechtilde)

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. Amen.

I hail Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and life-giving fountain of eternal life, infinite treasure of divinity, glowing furnace of divine love; Thou art my place of rest and my most sure refuge. My dear Saviour, enkindle my heart with that burning love wherewith Thine own is on fire; pour into my heart the manifold graces, of which Thy Heart is the source; let Thy will be mine, and let mine be for ever obedient to Thine. Amen.

Reveal Thy Sacred Heart to me, O Jesus, and show me Its attractions. Unite me to It for ever. Grant that all my aspirations and all the beats of my heart, which cease not even while I sleep, may be a testimonial to Thee of my love for Thee and may say to Thee: Yes, Lord, I am all Thine; the pledge of my allegiance to Thee rests ever in my heart and will never cease to be there. Do Thou accept the slight amount of good that I do and be graciously pleased to repair all my wrong-doing; so that I may be able to bless Thee in time and in eternity. Amen.

Heart of Jesus, legitimate Lord of hearts, deign to subject to thy obedience all our hearts. Possess them all, even those which are rebellious to thy law; induce them by the attractions of thy grace to submit themselves to thy dominion. Never suffer them to withdraw an obedience so just, so necessary, and so glorious for them. Render them docile to thy will. Be thou, O most holy and perfect of all hearts, the model of ours. Make them become like to thine,—humble, pure, meek, and patient. Restrain the passions which agitate them; purify them from terrestrial desires, which defile them; settle their inconstancy; soften their hardness; enrich their poverty; elevate their desires to heavenly pursuits; inflame them with the fire of thy divine love; in a word, render them such as will make them agreeable to thee, that they may honor, love, and imitate thee, and thereby possess thee eternally. Amen.

Make all hearts that are capable of loving Thee, O sweetest Heart, feel Thy sovereign power; mine own and those of my relatives and friends, of all who have asked my prayers or who pray for me, of all to whom I have any obligation. Assist them, I beseech Thee, according to their needs. O Heart full of charity, soften hard hearts and relieve the souls in purgatory; be the assured refuge of those who are in their agony, and the consolation of all the needy and afflicted. Lastly, O Heart of love, be all to me in all things, but particularly at the hour of my death be the sure refuge of my affrighted soul, and receive it at that hour into Thy merciful bosom. Amen.


NOVENA PRAYER

Divine Jesus, Who hast said: “Ask, and you shall receive; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you;” behold me prostrate at Thy feet, animated with a lively faith and confidence in these promises, dictated by Thy Sacred Heart and pronounced by Thy adorable lips. I come to ask [here mention the request]. To whom can I address myself if not to Thee, Whose Heart is an inexhaustible source of all graces and merits? Where should I seek for graces if not in the treasure-house which contains all the riches of Thy clemency and bounty? Where must I knock if it be not at the door through which God communicates Himself to us and through which we go to God? To Thee, then, O Heart of Jesus, I have recourse; in Thee I find consolation when afflicted, protection when persecuted, strength when overwhelmed with trials, and light in the darkness of doubt. Relying on Thy goodness and power, O my Jesus, I hope to obtain the favor I request. I am not worthy of any special graces, because I have so often offended Thee. But, then, Thou art the God of mercy, and Thou wilt not refuse a contrite heart. I love Thee truly now above all things, and my one desire is to please Thee, and to serve Thee faithfully all the days of my life. Cast upon me a look of mercy, I conjure Thee, and Thy compassionate Heart will find in my miseries and weakness a pressing motive for granting my petition. O Sacred Heart, whatever may be Thy decision with regard to my request, I will never cease to adore, love, praise, and serve Thee. Deign, my Jesus, to accept this, my act of perfect submission to the decrees of Thy adorable Heart, which I sincerely desire may be fulfilled in and by me, and all Thy creatures, forever and ever. Amen.


LITANY OF THE SACRED HEART

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, formed in the womb of the Virgin Mother by the Holy Ghost, etc.
Heart of Jesus, united substantially 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, glowing furnace of charity,
Heart of Jesus, vessel 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 centre of all hearts,
Heart of Jesus, in which are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,
Heart of Jesus, in which dwelleth all the fullness of the Divinity,
Heart of Jesus, in which the Father is well pleased,
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received,
Heart of Jesus, desire of the eternal hills,
Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy,
Heart of Jesus, rich to all who invoke Thee,
Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness,
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, saturated with revilings,
Heart of Jesus, crushed for our iniquities,
Heart of Jesus, made 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,

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V. Jesus meek and humble of heart,
R. Make our hearts like to thine.

Let us pray

Almighty and everlasting God, graciously regard the heart of thy well-beloved Son and the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders Thee on behalf of us sinners, and through their merit grant pardon to us who implore thy mercy in the name of thy Son Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.

(Raccolta, ed. 1910)


ASPIRATIONS

All for Thee, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Blessed be the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.

I adore Thee, O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.

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

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

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee.

Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.

Sweet Heart of my Jesus, grant that I may love Thee more and more.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I give myself to Thee through Mary.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, mayest Thou be known, loved and imitated.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, protect our families.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come.


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