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PRAYER OF CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

PRAYER OF CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

I, (name), give myself

to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and I consecrate to Him
my person and my life,
my actions, pains, and sufferings,
so that henceforth I shall be unwilling
to make use of any part of my being
except for the honour, love, and glory
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

My unchanging purpose is to be all His
and to do all things for the love of Him
while renouncing with all my heart
whatever is displeasing to Him.

I take You,
O Sacred Heart of Jesus,
as the only object of my love,
the guardian of my life,
the assurance of my salvation,
the remedy of my weakness and inconstancy,
the atonement for all my faults,
and the sure refuge at my death.

O Heart of goodness,
be my justification before God the Father,
and turn away from me
the strokes of His righteous anger.

O Heart of love,
I place all my trust in You,
for I fear everything
from my own wickedness and frailty,
but I hope for all things
from Your goodness and bounty.

Consume in me all that can displease You
or resist Your holy Will.
Let Your pure love imprint You
so deeply upon my heart
that I shall nevermore be able to forget You
or be separated from You.

May I obtain from all Your lovingkindness
the grace of having my name written in You,
for I desire to place in You
all my happiness and all my glory,
living and dying in virtual bondage to You.
Amen.
– St Margaret Mary Alacoque

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ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART

(The Holy Father Pope Pius XI wanted the whole human race to be consecrated to Jesus – the universal King – on the last day of the year 1925, with this prayer. He then ordered that the last Sunday of October should be dedicated with solemnity and special ceremony by the whole Church to the eternal Lord of all time, and that this consecration should be said, which is the same as that of Leo XIII, with a few changes. – If not being said in a Church, the word ‘altar’ should be replaced with ‘presence’.)

Most sweet Jesus, redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Your Altar. We are Yours, and Yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united to You, behold, each one of us this day freely dedicates himself to Your Most Sacred Heart. Many, indeed, have never known You, many, too, despising Your precepts have rejected You. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Your Sacred Heart.

Be King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken You, but also of the prodigal sons who have abandoned You, grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house, before they perish of wretchedness and hunger. Be King of those whom heresy holds in error or discord keeps far away, call them back to the harbour of truth and the unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one fold and one Shepherd.
Be King of all those who even now sit in the shadow of idolatry or Islam, and do not refuse to bring them into the light of Your kingdom. Look, finally, with eyes of pity upon the children of that race, which was for so long a time Your chosen people, and let Your blood, which was once invoked upon them in vengeance, now descend upon them also in a cleansing flood of redemption and eternal life.

Grant, O Lord, to Your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm, unto all nations give an ordered tranquillity; bring it to pass that from pole to pole the earth may resound with one cry: Praise to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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THE ACT OF CONSECRATION OF THE HUMAN RACE TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

THE ACT OF CONSECRATION OF THE HUMAN RACE TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

 

(The Holy Father Pope Pius XI wanted the whole human race to be consecrated to Jesus, the universal King…If not being said in a Church, the word ‘altar’ should be replaced with ‘presence’.)

Most sweet Jesus, redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Your Altar. We are Yours, and Yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united to You, behold, each one of us this day freely dedicates himself to Your Most Sacred Heart. Many, indeed, have never known You, many, too, despising Your precepts have rejected You. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Your Sacred Heart.

Be King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken You, but also of the prodigal sons who have abandoned You, grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house, before they perish of wretchedness and hunger. Be King of those whom heresy holds in error or discord keeps far away, call them back to the harbour of truth and the unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one fold and one Shepherd.
Be King of all those who even now sit in the shadow of idolatry or Islam, and do not refuse to bring them into the light of Your kingdom. Look, finally, with eyes of pity upon the children of that race, which was for so long a time Your chosen people, and let Your blood, which was once invoked upon them in vengeance, now descend upon them also in a cleansing flood of redemption and eternal life.

Grant, O Lord, to Your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm, unto all nations give an ordered tranquillity; bring it to pass that from pole to pole the earth may resound with one cry: Praise to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2016 in Devotions

 

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JESUS REMAINS ALWAYS FAITHFUL

JESUS REMAINS ALWAYS FAITHFUL

THE FAITHFUL HEART OF JESUS

It is not with God as with men,” says the Holy Spirit. Men often break their word, either because they lie in making the promise, or because they change their mind after promising. But God cannot be unfaithful to His promises; for He cannot lie, and He is unchanging.

How faithful then, is the Heart of Jesus, and what confidence we should have in His promises! He is faithful to the poor sinner, who asks Him for grace and mercy, for He has said: “If any hear my voice, and open to me the door, I will enter into his house, and I will sup with him, and he with Me.”

He is faithful to those who pray to Him with confidence. “Ask,” He has said, “and you shall receive.” He is faithful to the soul exposed to temptations who addresses to Him its cry of distress, for, as the apostle assures us, “God is faithful and He will not suffer you to be tempted beyond your strength.” Oh, how much better it is to deal with God than with men.

We ought to have as certain a conviction that the Heart of Jesus cannot fail us, as we have reason to fear that men would betray us.

– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 

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MINUTE MEDITATION: THE MERCIFUL HEART OF JESUS

MINUTE MEDITATION: THE MERCIFUL HEART OF JESUS

HE GIVES HIS LIFE TO SNATCH US, HIS CHOSEN SHEEP, FROM THE DEATH OF SIN AND OF HELL.

Tender and compassionate, immense and truly incomprehensible is the pity of the Heart of Jesus for our miseries.

It was pity which made Him descend from heaven to earth, to work so many prodigies of mercy and compassion on our behalf. Like a good shepherd, He gives His life to snatch us, His chosen sheep, from the death of sin and of hell. Lamb of God, He exposes Himself to the rigours of divine justice, that we may be spared. Mediator between God and man, He consents to be abandoned, that we may be received into the friendship of His Heavenly Father.

And all this mercy, all this compassion, is living still in the Heart of Jesus. How He grieves to see so many perishing, or exposing themselves to perishing eternally! “O men,” He cries to them, “my poor children, why do you perish thus? Rather return to Me and live.”

“Return to Me and live.”

And when at length, contrite and humbled we return to Jesus, oh! with what tender mercy and compassion He welcomes us, embraces us, and re-establishes us in our rights! And – prodigy truly incomprehensible! – He even forgets our iniquities, so that, banishing from His Heart all resentment and all idea of vengeance, He seems never to have suffered the smallest injury at our hands.

– From: Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 

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THE SAINTS FOUND THEIR REPOSE IN THE HEART OF JESUS

THE SAINTS FOUND THEIR REPOSE IN THE HEART OF JESUS

LET US DRAW NEAR TO JESUS CHRIST

Let us draw near to Jesus Christ; let us tremble and be ravished with joy at the thought of His Heart. Oh, how pleasant, how delightful, it is to dwell in this Heart!

I will adore, I will praise the name of the Lord in this temple, in this Holy of Holies, in this Ark of the Testament, saying with David: I have found a Heart to pray to my God, and this Heart is that of my King, of my most sweet Jesus.

Having found, then, O Jesus Christ, this Heart which is also mine, I will adore You, You, my God. Receive my prayers in this sanctuary of propitiation, nay more, draw me entirely into this Heart.

O Jesus Christ, a thousand times more beautiful than all the charms of the earth

O Jesus Christ, a thousand times more beautiful than all the charms of earth, wash me more and more from my iniquity; purify me from my sins, that I may approach You and gain the privilege of dwelling in Your Heart all my life; for Your Heart has been wounded thus to afford us a sure entrance.

Who, then, would not love this wounded Heart? Who would not return the affection of One Who loves him so much? Therefore, though still imprisoned in the bonds of the flesh, let us make Him what return we can; let us love, let us embrace this Divine Master, wounded for our sake, pierced in His Hands and Feet and Heart by impious executioners; let us keep near Him always, so that our hearts, still hard and impentinent, may be wounded by the arrows and bound by the chains of His love!

– St Bernard, from Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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THE SACRED HEART WAY

THE SACRED HEART WAY

They say we’re searching for a love we’ll never find.

They’re wrong, so wrong, so wrong!

Jesus’ Love is pure and kind.

We’ll know we’ve found His Love

When joy in our hearts abind.

His Love forgives, lifts us high,

Till our hearts entwine.

Jesus, Jesus my Love,

Enter this feeble heart and stay.

Dying to my selfish self is

The Sacred Heart Way.

And when we pass others by

We’ll smile and say, here, take,

You can have Jesus’ Love too,

Jesus Loves you too.

(Poem from leaflets distributed in Church for the Month of June)

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2016 in Devotions

 

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