PRAYERS

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.


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.


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, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of Heaven, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, King and centre of all hearts, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, in which are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, in which dwelleth all the fullness of the Divinity, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, in which the Father is well pleased, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, desire of the eternal hills, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, rich to all who invoke Thee, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, saturated with revilings, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, crushed for our iniquities, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, made obedient unto death, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in Thee, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints, have mercy on us.

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.


THE FIRST ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

Composed by Saint Margaret Mary

I (N. N.) give and consecrate to Thee, O Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ! my body and soul, my life, my actions, pains, and sufferings, so that I may no longer desire to employ any part of my being save in honouring, loving, and glorifying Thee. This is my irrevocable resolution—to belong entirely to Thee, and to do all for Thy love, while I renounce with my whole heart everything which could displease Thee. Wherefore, I take Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus! as the sole Object of my love, the Protector of my life, the Pledge of my salvation, the Remedy of my weakness and inconstancy, the Reparation for all the imperfections of my life, and my assured Refuge at the hour of my death. Be Thou, therefore, O bountiful Heart! my justification with God, Thy Heavenly Father, and turn aside from me His anger, which I have justly deserved. O Heart of Love! I place all my confidence in Thee, for I have everything to fear from my weakness, while I hope for everything from Thy bounty. Annihilate in me everything which can displease or resist Thee. Imprint Thy pure love so deeply on my heart that I may never forget Thee, nor ever be separated from Thee. I conjure Thee, by Thy infinite goodness, that my name may be engraved on Thee, since I desire to make all my happiness and all my glory consist in living and dying in quality of Thy devoted servant.


ACT OF CONSECRATION

Composed by Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart

My most loving Jesus, I consecrate myself today anew and without reserve to Thy divine Heart. I consecrate to Thee my body with all its senses, my soul with all its faculties, and in short, my entire being. I consecrate to Thee all my thoughts, words and deeds; all my sufferings and labors; all my hopes, consolations and joys; and chiefly do I consecrate to Thee this poor heart of mine, to the end that it may love nothing save only Thee, and may be consumed as a victim in the fire of Thy love. Accept, O Jesus, Thou dearest Spouse of my soul, the desire which I have of consoling Thy divine Heart, and of belonging to Thee for ever. Take possession of me in such wise that from this day forth I may have no other freedom, save that of loving Thee, and no other life, save that of suffering and dying for Thee; I put my trust in Thee without reserve, and I hope for the remission of my sins through Thine infinite bounty. I place within Thy hands all my cares and anxieties, especially as touching my eternal salvation. I promise to love Thee and honor Thee to the last moment of my life, and to spread, as much as I can, the worship of Thy most Sacred Heart. Dispose of me, my Jesus, according to Thy good pleasure; I would have no other reward save Thy greater glory and Thy holy love. Grant me grace to find my home in Thy divine Heart; here would I pass every day of my life; here would I breathe forth my last breath; only do Thou establish in my heart Thy dwelling place, the seat of Thy rest, in order that we may thus remain inseparably united; and so may I one day be able to praise Thee, love Thee and possess Thee for ever in the kingdom of heaven, where I shall sing without end the infinite mercies of Thy Sacred Heart.


ACT OF REPARATION

Eucharistic Heart of my God, living and beating under the veil of the sacred species, I adore Thee. Moved afresh with love for the immense benefit of the divine Eucharist, penetrated with sorrow for my ingratitude, I humble and annihilate myself in the still greater abyss of thy mercies. Thou didst choose me from childhood; Thou didst not despise my infirmity; Thou didst descend into my poor heart, and giving it happiness and peace, didst invite it to mutual love; and I have lost all, by being unfaithful to Thee, O Jesus, my Lord. I have allowed my spirit to become dissipated and my heart to grow cold; I have listened to my own voice and have forgotten Thee. Thou wouldst have been my guide, my counsellor, protector of my life, and I, allowing my passions to destroy the sweet attraction of thy presence, have lost sight of Thee and forgotten Thee. In the salutary trials of our probation, in times of joy and consolation, in my difficulties and necessities, instead of having recourse to Thee, I have gone after creatures and have forgotten Thee. I have forgotten Thee in deserted tabernacles, where thy love languishes, in the churches of towns where Thou art outraged in the hearts of the indifferent and sacrilegious, and in my own sinful heart, O Jesus, as well when I approached to receive Thee, as after receiving Thee. Eucharistic Heart of my Saviour, the delight of my first Communion and of the days of my fidelity, I surrender to Thee. Return! Return! draw me to Thyself afresh. Pardon me yet again this time; and I shall hope everything in the strength of thy love. Glorious Archangel St. Michael and thou, O beloved disciple St. John, offer to Jesus this my act of reparation, and be propitious to me. 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.


SHORT INDULGENCED PRAYERS

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

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

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

Heart of Jesus, I put my trust in Thee!

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

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come!

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

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

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

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, have mercy on us and on our erring brethren.

All for Thee, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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

Sacred Heart of Jesus, protect our families.

Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.

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

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

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

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

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

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

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!

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

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

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

Praised be the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in the most holy Sacrament!

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

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

I adore Thee, O Most Sacred 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.


THE PROMISES OF OUR LORD TO SAINT MARGARET MARY FOR SOULS DEVOUT TO HIS 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 console them in all their difficulties.

4. I will be their assured refuge in life, and more especially at death.

5. I will pour out abundant benedictions on all their undertakings.

6. Sinners shall find in My Heart an infinite ocean of mercy.

7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.

8. Fervent souls shall advance rapidly to great perfection.

9. I will bless the houses in which the image of My Heart shall be exposed and honoured.

10. I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.

11. Persons who propagate this devotion, shall have their names inscribed in My Heart, and they shall never be effaced from It.

12. I promise thee, in the excess of the mercy of My Heart, that Its all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Communion on the First Friday of every Month, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance, and that they shall not die under My displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments, and that My Heart shall be their secure refuge at that last hour.


THE NINE FIRST FRIDAYS DEVOTION