MOST SACRED HEART

PRAYERS

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

To Thee, O Jesus! I consecrate my heart; do Thou secure it within Thine. In Thy Heart I wish to take up my abode, and through the love of Thy Heart I wish to love. May I live in Thy Heart, unknown to the world, and known only to Thee. In Thy Heart, I shall find that consuming love, with which mine should be all on fire; in it I hope to find strength, light, and true consolation. If I am fainting, it will give me courage; if I am sad, it will give me joy; if I am disquieted and troubled, it will give me confidence.

O Heart of Jesus! may my heart be an altar ever burning with the fire of Thy love; may my tongue be employed in making known Thy goodness; may my eyes be unceasingly fixed upon Thy wound; may my mind constantly meditate on Thy adorable perfections; may my memory for ever preserve the recollection of Thy mercies; may my whole being, O Jesus! express my love for Thy Sacred Heart; and may my heart be ever ready to make any sacrifice for Thee.

O Heart of Mary! next to the Heart of Jesus, the most amiable, compassionate, and merciful of all hearts, present this my consecration, my love, and my resolutions to the Heart of Thy Son. Through Thee He will be moved to compassion for our miseries, and will deliver us from them; and thus, O Mother of Jesus! after being our protectress upon earth, Thou wilt be our Queen for ever in heaven. Amen.

CONSECRATION PRAYERS


ACT OF REPARATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

Adorable Heart of Jesus, consumed with love for men and thirsting for their salvation, Heart so loving yet so little loved, deign to accept this act of reparation that we eagerly offer to make amends to Thee for the outrages, the irreverences and profanations which Thou dost receive in the adorable sacrament of the altar. Pardon, O most Sacred Heart, the forgetfulness and ingratitude of men, the abandonment and indifference with which they repay Thy immense love! Forgive us all, forgive all poor sinners! Remember not our innumerable faults, and from the open wound of Thy Sacred Side let floods of grace and mercy descend upon us. Guard and protect us, hide us in this divine wound till that happy moment comes, when in our heavenly country we repeat with the angels throughout eternity: “Glory, love, gratitude, and unceasing praise be to the most loving Heart of our Saviour!”


CONFIDENCE IN THE SACRED HEART

O most Sacred and Divine Heart of Jesus, from the abyss of my nothingness I prostrate myself in Thy presence in order to give Thee all the homage of love, adoration, and praise which I am able; to lay before Thee all my wants, by making known to Thee, as to my best friend, all my wretchedness, my poverty, my failings, and my lukewarmness—in a word, all the wounds of my soul—beseeching Thee to have pity and compassion upon me, and to help me, according to the greatness of Thy mercies. O Heart of love, I beseech Thee, by all that can move Thee, to bestow on me this grace to save my soul, and the souls of all those who, like myself, are in danger of being lost for ever. O most merciful Heart, do not allow me to perish amid the deluge of my sins. Do with me what Thou wilt, if only I may love Thee for all eternity. I have placed all my hope in Thee; do not cast me off for ever. I call upon Thee; I invoke Thee as the sovereign remedy of all my evils, the chief of which is sin. O destroy this in me, I beseech Thee, and grant me forgiveness for all the sins which I have committed during my lifetime, for which I am most heartily sorry. O Sacred Heart, make me, and all those hearts which are able to love Thee, feel and experience Thy supreme power; I beg this grace for my parents, my friends, and for all those who have been recommended to my prayers, or who pray for me, and for whom I am specially bound to pray. I beseech Thee to help them according to the necessities of each. O most loving Heart, soften hardened sinners, and comfort the souls in Purgatory; be the safe refuge of the dying, and the consolation of the afflicted and of the needy. O Heart of love, be, lastly, my all in all, but especially be the haven of rest for my soul at the hour of my death. Yes, receive me, at that moment, into the bosom of Thy mercy. Amen. (St. Margaret Mary)


NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART

O 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].

From whom shall I ask, O Sweet Jesus, if not from Thee, Whose Heart is an inexhaustible source of all graces and merits? Where shall I seek, if not in the Treasury which contains all the riches of Thy clemency and bounty? Where shall I knock, if it be not at the door of Thy Sacred Heart, through which God Himself comes 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 doubt and darkness. I firmly believe Thou canst bestow on me the grace I implore, even though it should require a miracle. Thou hast only to will it, and my prayer is granted. I own I am unworthy of Thy favours, O Jesus! but this is not a reason for me to be discouraged. Thou art the God of mercies, and Thou wilt not refuse a contrite and humble heart. Cast upon me a look of pity, I conjure Thee, and Thy compassionate Heart will find in my miseries and weakness a pressing motive for granting my petition.

But, 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 for ever and ever. Amen.


CHAPLET OF THE SACRED HEART

On the cross.

Soul of Christ, sanctify me! Body of Christ, save me! Blood of Christ, inebriate me! Water from the side of Christ, wash me! Passion of Christ, strengthen me! O good Jesus, hear me; within Thy wounds, hide me; permit me not to be separated from Thee; from the malignant enemy, defend me; in the hour of death call me and bid me come to Thee, that with Thy saints, I may praise Thee, for ever and ever. Amen.

On the large beads.

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

On the small beads.

Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.

At the end of each decade.

Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.

At the conclusion.

May the Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. 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, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, united substantially with the Word of God, etc.

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.


MEMORARE TO OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART

Remember, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, the ineffable power which thy Divine Son has given thee over His adorable Heart. Full of confidence in thy merits, we now implore thy protection. O Heavenly Treasurer of the Heart of Jesus, of that Heart which is the inexhaustible source of all graces and which thou dost open when it pleases thee, in order to distribute among men all the treasures of love and mercy, of light and salvation which it contains: grant us, we beseech thee, the favors we request [mention your requests].
No, we cannot meet with a refusal, and since thou art our Mother, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, favorably hear and grant our prayers. Amen.


ASPIRATIONS

All for Thee, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Glory, love and thanksgiving be to the Sacred Heart of Jesus!

May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved in every place.

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

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

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come!

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

Sacred Heart of Jesus, protect our families.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, strengthened in Thine agony by an Angel, strengthen us in our agony.

Divine Heart of Jesus, convert sinners, save the dying, deliver the holy souls in purgatory.

Heart of Jesus, I love Thee! Convert all poor blasphemers!

Heart of Jesus, I put my trust in Thee!

Heart of Jesus, burning with love for us, set our hearts on fire with love of Thee.

Heart of Jesus, let me love Thee and make Thee loved.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our heart like unto Thy Heart.

O Heart of love, I put all my trust in Thee; for I fear all things from my own weakness, but I hope for all things from Thy goodness. (St. Margaret Mary)

Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.

Sweet Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us and on our erring brethren.

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

Praised and blessed be the Sacred Heart and the Precious Blood of Jesus, in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar!

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

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, furnace of divine charity, give peace to the world.

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, increase in us faith, hope and charity!

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, on fire with love of us, inflame our hearts with love of Thee!

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

Let us adore, thank, pray to and console, in the company of Mary Immaculate, the most sacred and well-beloved Heart of Jesus in the Eucharist!

Love and honor and glory be to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus!

May the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus be praised and adored, loved and thanked at every moment in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen.


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