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LAUDATE DOMINUM.NET--THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

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THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

Contents

The Little Office of the Sacred Heart:
Lauds
Prime
Tierce
Sext
None
Vespers
Compline

PROMISES MADE BY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
A favorite Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
THE HEART OF JESUS THE SOURCE OF ALL HAPPINESS
INVOCATIONS TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS.
PRAYER OF ST. MARGARET MARY
DE LA COLOMBIERE'S PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART.
ANOTHER ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART.
ACT OF CONSECRATION AND LOVE COMPOSED BY St.MARGARET MARY ALACOQUE
A NOVENA FOR A SPECIAL INTENTION.
NOVENA TO ST. MARGARET MARY.
Consecration of Religious Communities and families
Mother Julie Hilliart--Devotion to the Sacred Heart.
Rosary of the Sacred Heart.
PRAYER WHEN SUFFERING.
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
AN ACT OF REPARATION.
A SHORT ACT OF CONSECRATION
The Month of June.
FEAST OF THE SACRED HEART.
PIOUS EXERCISE OF THE FRIDAYS IN HONOR OF THE SACRED
HEART.

INVOKING THE BLESSING OF THE SACRED HEART UPON A FRIEND.
VISIT TO A PICTURE OF THE SACRED HEART.
A DEVOUT ASPIRATION TO THE SACRED HEART.

 
PROMISES MADE BY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

To Saint Margaret Mary, in favour of those who practise and promote devotion to His Sacred Heart:

1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
2. I will give peace in their families.
3. I will console them in all their troubles.
4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life, and especially at the hour of death.
5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
9. I will bless the homes in which the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honoured.
10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their name written in My Heart, and it shall never be effaced.
12. I promise you, 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 My Heart shall be their secure refuge at that last hour.

A favorite Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
(Feast, Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi.)

Prayer.

O 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 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 doubt and darkness.

Thou canst bestow on me the grace which I implore.

Thou hast only to will it and my prayer is granted. I acknowledge that I am most unworthy of Thy favors, O Jesus! But Thou art the God of mercy, and Thou wilt not refuse a contrite heart. Cast upon me a loop of mercy, I conjure Thee, and Thy compassionate Heart will find in my miseries and weakness a pressing rnoti e 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 for ever and ever. Amen.

THE HEART OF JESUS THE SOURCE OF ALL HAPPINESS.

HERE is one thing for which every heart craves, after its own manner. We all long for happiness that is the one great desire that lives in every soul. Hast Thou not, sweet Jesus, given us that longing? And when Thou hast given so much, surely Thou wilt not refuse the accomplishment of this desire also. Tell us, dear Lord, what souls are happy, and we will learn from their example. Let us look at the faces of those who serve Thee, and we will see them growing brighter and brighter as they draw near Thee, and they will tell us: When we love Thee sincerely, then we shall be happy; when we make Thy will the renter around which we move, then we shall be happy; when Thy sweet Heart, hidden under the sacramental species, is more beautiful in our sight than all else, when we shape and mould our lives according to the example of that Sacred Heart, then peace and joy and happiness will be ours. Teach us, sweet Heart of Jesus, from thy tabernacle, to serve thee as thou deservest, to love thee above all things, to work or thee bravely and generously, solely because of thy love and not for thy gifts. Oh, what happiness may I not promise myself if I but cling to Thy most generous Heart, and use my best endeavors to faithfully serve and love Thee. Inflame my heart with the love of Thee. With St. Ignatius I pray: Lord Jesus, give me but Thy love and Thy grace; more than this I do not ask." My Jesus, I love Thee with my whole heart and above all things Let me live but for Thee; let me die in Thy grace.

INVOCATIONS TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS.

LOVE of the Heart of Jesus, inflame my heart
Charity of the Heart of Jesus, flow into my heart.
Strength of the Heart of Jesus, support my heart.
Mercy of the Heart of Jesus, pardon my heart.
Patience of the Heart of Jesus, grow not weary of my heart
Kingdom of the Heart of Jesus, be in my Heart.
Wisdom of the Heart of Jesus, teach my heart.
Will of the Heart of Jesus, dispose of my heart.
Zeal of the Heart of Jesus, consume my heart
Immaculate Virgin, pray for us to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Adorable Trinity, we thank Thee for all the favors Thou hast conferred on Thy servant, Blessed Margaret Mary, and through her intercession we hope to obtain the graces we ask for in this novena.

PRAYER OF ST. MARGARET MARY.

ETERNAL Father, permit me to offer Thee the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son, Jesus Christ, as He offers Himself to Thee in sacrifice. Receive this oblation for me, together with all the desires, sentiments, affections, movements, and acts of this Sacred Heart. They are all mine, since He immolates Himself for me, and henceforth I wish to have no desires but His. Receive them in satisfaction for my sins, and in thanksgiving for all Thy benefits. Receive them, that through His merits Thou mayst grant me all the graces necessary forme, especially the grace of final perseverance. Receive them as so many acts of love, adoration, and praise, which I offer Thy divine majesty, since it is by the Heart of Jesus Thou art worthily honored and glorified. Amen.

Other Acts and Prayers which May be Used During A Novena to the Sacred Heart:

DE LA COLOMBIERE'S PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART.

O SACRED Heart of Jesus, do thou teach me an entire forgetfulness of myself, since there is no other way of entering into thee. Grant that I may do nothing that is not worthy of thee. Teach me what I ought to do to attain to thy pure love, with the desire of which thou hast inspired me. I feel in myself a great wish to please thee, and a great inability to do so without special light and assistance, which I can look for only from thee. Do Thou accomplish in me, O Lord, Thy will. I oppose it, I know well; but I would fain not do so. It is for thee, O Divine Heart, to do all; thine alone shall be the glory of my sanctification if I become a saint. This is as clear to me as the day. It will be greatly to thy glory; and it is for this alone I desire to be perfect. Amen.

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART.

O SACRED Heart of Jesus, filled with infinite love, broken by my ingratitude, pierced by my sins, yet loving me still, accept the consecration that I make to thee, of all that I am and all that I have. Take every faculty of my soul and body, and draw me, day by day, nearer and nearer to thy sacred side, and there, as I can bear the lesson, teach me thy blessed ways! Amen.

ANOTHER ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART.

O MOST adorable and sacred Heart of Jesus! I consecrate to thee my soul with all its faculties, my heart with all its affections, my body with all its senses, now and for all the days of my life. O most merciful Heart of Jesus! grant that I may never be sullied by the stain of mortal sin, and that I may avoid, to the best of my power, wilful venial sin. O most loving Heart of Jesus ! preserve me in Thy divine fear and love all the days of my life, protect me at the hour of my death, and grant me the grace to see God "face to face" in the joys of paradise. Amen.

Adorable Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Immaculate heart of Mary, pray for us!

ACT OF CONSECRATION AND LOVE COMPOSED BY ST. MARGARET MARY ALACOQUE.

I, N. N., give and consecrate to the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ my person and my life, my actions, penances, and sufferings, not wishing to make use of any part of my being for the future except in honoring, loving, and glorifying that sacred Heart.

It is my irrevocable will to be entirely His, and to do everything for His love, renouncing with my whole heart whatever might displease Him.

I take Thee then, O most Sacred Heart, as the sole object of my love, as the protector of my life, as the pledge of my salvation, as the remedy of my frailty and inconstancy, as the repairer of all the defects of my life, and as my secure refuge in the hour of death.

Be then, O Heart of goodness, my justification before God the Father, and remove far from me the thunderbolts of His just wrath. O Heart of love, I place my whole confidence in Thee. While I fear all things from my malice and frailty, I hope all things from Thy goodness. Consume, then, in me whatever can displease or be opposed to Thee, and may Thy pure love be so deeply impressed upon my heart that it may be impossible that I should ever be separated from Thee, or forget Thee. I implore Thee, by all Thy goodness, that my name may be written in Thee, for in Thee I wish to place all my hap piness and all my glory, living and dying in very bondage to Thee. Amen.

Indulgence of  3 years.

A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions for the daily devout recitation of this prayer (S.C. Ind., June 1, 1897, Jan. 13, 1898 and April 21,1908; S.P. Ap., Feb. 25, 1934).

A NOVENA FOR A SPECIAL INTENTION.

ADORABLE Heart of Jesus! Furnace of love! Ocean of boundless mercy! Consolation of the afflicted! Refuge of sinners, and hope of the whole world! I kneel before thee in humble and fervent adoration, while I unite my supplications to the perpetual homage thou thyself renderest to the Divinity on our altars. Most amiable Heart! having loved us with an eternal love, supply thy self for my insensibility, and receive my desire at least of loving thee with all the ardor and sincerity thou so justly meritest. But remember, O Adorable Heart! that thou hast disclosed thyself to us not only as an object of our adoration ; thou desirest much more to engage our love, and to become the ground and motive of our tender confidence. For this end thou wert pierced through with a lance on the cross ; and for this same purpose thou remainest a daily victim of thine own love on our altars. O infinitely compassionate Heart of Jesus! which was overwhelmed with sorrow in the Garden of Olives, at the view of our spiritual and corporal miseries, I come to thee now with all the confidence thou desirest I should repose in the extent of thy power and the riches of thy mercy. O my God ! convinced that those things which are impossible to human means are infinitely easy to thee, and relying with a humble, steadfast faith on the sacred words of truth itself, that whatever we ask the Father in the name of Jesus should be granted, I now most humbly implore in that adorable name, in virtue of that promise, and through the abundant mercies of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the particular favor I petition for in this novena. [Specify it.]

O blessed Margaret Mary! St. Gertrude! and all ye glorious servants of Christ, who while on earth were particularly devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, join your prayer with mine and obtain from the divine Object of all your devotion the concession of the favor which I now request. Beg likewise of this adorable Heart, which has dominion over all hearts, and could in a moment change the most obdurate, to have compassion on those who are in the dread ful state of mortal sin, and to open to us all the treasures of its mercy at the hour of our death. Amen.

NOVENA TO ST. MARGARET MARY.

O BLESSED Margaret Mary, whose wonderful intimacy with Our Lord inspires all thy clients with confidence, exert, we beseech thee, thy influence with His Divine Heart, excite its compassion for us in our present necessity, and obtain what we so earnestly ask in this novena. How many graces, how many conversions thy prayers and penances, when thou didst dwell on earth, drew from that Ocean of love and mercy! Be not less zealous now, but let us soon feel the effects of thy powerful intercession with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

Consecration of Religious Communities and families.

ADORABLE Heart of Jesus, mindful of these words of ineffable love: "Come to Me, all you that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you," in the trials and sorrows of our times, we, though most unworthy, yet with contrite and humble hearts, approach thee with confidence as our divine Friend, to consecrate to thee most solemnly and for ever, our house, ourselves, and all our possessions. We kneel before thee in profound adoration, in fervent thanksgiving for the numberless graces and blessings that have flowed down upon our Community (or family) from the tabernacle; in reparation also for our own irreverences and the offences of others against thee in the Sacrament of thy love, and finally in earnest supplication that our prayers, works, and sufferings, which we now consecrate to thee, may please thee, and give glory to thy eternal Father. We devote and consecrate our lives to thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, resolving firmly to love thee more fervently and constantly, to imitate thy virtues, to do what we can to propagate devotion to thee, and to labor and suffer in union with thee, for the heavenly Father's glory, our own sanctification, and the salvation of souls.

May thy blessing descend upon this house and upon those who dwell therein, that all may become more pleasing to thee by meekness, humility, charity, conformity to the will of God, self-denial, patience with one another, and in particular by devotedness to their respective duties.

May all cultivate a life that is hidden in God an interior life, without selfishness or egotism, and with a sole view to advancing in the science of the saints, and to promoting the glory of God. Deign to look down upon us graciously, and to seal our good resolutions with thy grace, so that they may ever remain firm and unchangeable.

Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us; immaculate heart of Mary, pray for us; dear St. Joseph, protect us; guardian angel, defend us; all ye saints, intercede for us. Amen.

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Mother Julie Hilliart and her
Devotion to tbe Sacred Heart.

MOTHER Julie Hilliart, foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame, who died at Namur in 1866, had always a great devotion to the Sacred Heart and boundless confidence in it. It was to this Divine Heart that she owed the cure of a most painful malady that had afflicted her for more than thirty years. Father Enfantin, a man of great faith, begged her, one day, to join him in making a novena to the Sacred Heart. On Friday, June 8, 1804, the very day of the Feast of the Sacred Heart and the fifth day of the novena the Father went to see Mother Julie. The first tiling he said to her was:"Mother, if you have faith, take just one step in honor of the Heart of Jesus." Julie rose and advanced a step, the first she had taken for twenty-two years." Now advance another," said the Father; she obeyed. " One more," and again she obeyed. "That will do," said the missionary; " now, sit down." She sat down saying that she was cured, as indeed she was. Her heart was inseparably united, as it were, to the Heart of Jesus, the one object of her thoughts and affections. One day she wrote to her companions: " How sweet it is to dwell in the Heart of Jesus! Let us never leave it, dear daughters; let us all live there in love, let us all die there of love." As soon as she had gathered round her some few helpers in her work, her first thought was to consecrate herself, together with them, to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the immaculate heart of Mary. Here is a part of the formula which the venerable foundress herself wrote for this first consecration: "Jesus, my King and my God, I consecrate myself to Thy Sacred Heart for time and for eternity. To this Divine Heart I consecrate all that I am, all that I have, all that I hope for: my liberty, my soul, and all its powers, my memory, my understanding, my will, my imagination, my body with all its senses, all my thoughts, my desires, my words, my actions, my affections, my designs, all my spiritual and corporal sufferings, all my present merits and those of the future, every moment of my life, and especially my last sigh. I also bind myself, my Jesus, to foster and to propagate the devotion to Thy Sacred Heart among the faithful. Mary, Virgin Immaculate, my Queen and my Mother, I likewise conse crate myself to thy most holy heart. Grant, O my Jesus, that I may breathe my last sigh in Thine Adorable Heart. May that sigh be an act of love!

Rosary of the Sacred Heart

THERE are various forms of the "Beads of the Sacred Heart," composed of different sets of indulgenced prayers. There is no need, however, for special beads. By repeating certain indulgenced ejaculations, according to one s choice, with the ordinary string of beads, a perfect treasury of indulgences is obtained. As a private form of devotion, it can be adapted to one s inclination. Some printed forms of the Sacred Heart Beads are misleading, because they do not discriminate carefully enough between ejaculations that have an indulgence attached for each recitation, and such as have an indulgence that can be gained but once a day.

ON THE CROSS:

SOUL of Christ, sanctify me! Body of Christ, save me! Blood of Christ, inebriate me! Water from the sideof 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.

Indulgence of 300 days, each time. Pius IX., Jan. 9, 1854.

Or say the following :

Eternal Father! I offer Thee the precious blood of Jesus in satisfaction for my sins, and for the wants of holy Church. Indulgence of 100 days, each time. Pius VII., Sept. 22, 1817.

Any of the following may be used:

ON THE LARGE BEADS AFTER EACH DECADE:

O sweetest Heart of Jesus, I implore that I may ever love thee more and more.

Indulgence of 300 days, each time; plenary indulgence, once a month, on the usual conditions. Pius IX., Nov. 26, 1876.

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

Indulgence of 300 days, once a day. Pius IX., Jan. 25, 1868.

Heart of Jesus, burning with love of us, inflame our hearts with love of thee.

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Leo XIII., June 16, 1893.

ON THE SMALL BEADS:

Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.

Indulgence of 300 days, once a day. Leo XIII., May 21, 1892.

Sweet heart of Mary, be my salvation.

The latter invocation to the heart of Mary has attached to it for each recitation 300 hundred days indulgence. Pius IX., Sept. 30, 1852.

AT THE CONCLUSION:

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in my last agony.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you.

Indulgence of 300 days, each time that all three invocations are recited; 100 days, when only one is recited. Pius VII., April 28, 1807.

Or any of the following:

May the Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, atevery moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen.

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Pius IX., Feb. 29, 1868.

Blessed be the holy and immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

Indulgence of 300 days, each time. Leo XIII., Sept. 10, 1878.

O Mary, who didst come into this world free from stain obtain of God for me that I may leave it without sin.

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Pius IX., March 27,1863.

St. Joseph, model and patron of those who love the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us.

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Leo XIII., Dec. 19, 1891.

Prayer.

O GOD! Who, out of Thy immense love, hast given to the faithful the most Sacred Heart of Thy Son, Our Lord, as the object of Thy tender affection; grant, we beseech Thee, that we may so love and honor this pledge of Thy love on earth, as by it to merit the love both of Thee and Thy gift, and be eternally loved by Thee and this most blessed Heart in heaven; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Through Thy Sacred Heart, O Jesus! overflowing with all sweetness, we recommend to Thee ourselves and all our concerns, our parents, confessors, relatives, friends, benefactors, superiors, and enemies; take under Thy protection this house, city, and country; extend this Thy care to all such as are under any affliction, and to those who labor in the agony and pangs of death; cast" an eye of compassion on the obstinate sinner, and more particularly on the poor suffering souls in purgatory, as also on those who are engaged and united with us in the holy confraternity of honoring and worshipping Thee. Bless these in particular, O good Jesus, and bless them according to the extent of Thy infinite power, mercy, and charity. Amen.

PRAYER WHEN SUFFERING.

SWEET Jesus! may Thine own patient, loving Heart teach me to love suffering, and to prize highly every thorn Thou givest me from Thy crown, every splinter of Thy sacred cross.

O most loving Heart of my Jesus, Thou who art the fruitful source of all graces, deign to inflame my heart with a most perfect love of Thee, and of Thy dear Mother Mary an ardent charity for my neighbor, an entire resignation to Thy most holy will a contempt for worldly pleasures, a holy life, and a happy death. Amen.

The following Acts are recited publicly in many churches on the first Friday of the month.

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS.

ADORABLE Heart of Jesus, the most loving, the most generous of all hearts! Heart ever burning with love upon our altars; deeply penetrated with gratitude and love for thy numberless blessings, we consecrate ourselves unreservedly to thee. We give thee our hearts; that the offering may be acceptable, make them meek, humble, patient and generous, like Thine O Jesus, we consecrate to Thee our thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings. We pledge ourselves to labor unceasingly to propagate devotion to Thy Sacred Heart and gain souls to Thy love. Receive us, then, as Thy devoted servants, and mayest Thou be henceforth the sole object of our love, our refuge, and strength during life, our hope and salvation in the hour of death. Amen.

AN ACT OF REPARATION.

 

DIVINE Jesus! ever present on our altars, we cast ourselves at Thy sacred feet, penetrated with lively sorrow at the sight of the ingratitude and outrages which unceasingly afflict Thy Heart.

Look upon us as victims laden with our own sins and the sins of all mankind, that, by this homage, we may offer Thee an acceptable atonement and solemn reparation. Have mercy on us, O Jesus, have mercy on us! From the cross Thou didst forgive Thy executioners; pardon us also; listen to the pleadings of Thy Sacred Heart, and our sins will be consumed in its love.

We do not merit this grace; but with the fire of Thy love, destroy in us all that may be displeasing to Thee, and implant in our hearts sentiments worthy of appeasing Thy justice. Sacred Heart of Jesus! watch over our Sovereign Pontiff, and Thy holy Church, our Mother. Be thou the salvation of Christians, the safeguard of those who have recourse to Thee, the refuge of sinners. Grant us the grace of devoting ourselves solely and entirely to Thy service; and thus gaining souls to Thy love, may we finally share in the inheritance Thou hast reserved for those who love Thee. Amen.

A SHORT ACT OF CONSECRATION.
(Recommended to Promoters.)

JESUS, Saviour of mankind, Thou hast mercifully revealed to us the wonderful riches of Thy Heart; in thanksgiving for Thy benefits, especially for the institution of the Holy Eucharist in reparation for the offences against the Blessed Sacrament in union with Thy mediation in heaven for us, poor sinners, I consecrate myself entirely to Thee, for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. I promise to aid in spreading the worship and in promoting the interests of Thy Sacred Heart. I choose, moreover, the Blessed Virgin Mary for my Queen, my Advocate, and my Mother, and I am resolved to imitate her virtues, in particular her love for sinners, and to foster and promote devotion to her Immaculate Conception. I beseech Thee humbly to accept this promise. Thou hast inspired me to make it; grant me the grace to fulfil it. Amen.

Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love!
Sweet heart of Mary, be my salvation!

The Month of June.

HIS Holiness, Pope Pius IX., by a decree of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, May 8, 1873, granted to all the faithful who, during the month of June, either in public or in private, shall, with at least contrite heart, say some special prayers, or perform some pious acts in honor of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus, an indulgence of seven years, once a day ; a plenary indulgence, on any one day of the month, provided that, being truly penitent, after confession and communion, they shall visit some church or public oratory, and pray there devoutly, for some time, for the intention of His Holiness.

FEAST OF THE SACRED HEART.

PLENARY indulgence to all the faithful who, being truly penitent, after confession and communion, shall visit any church or public oratory in which the Feast of the Sacred Heart is celebrated, and pray there for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff. Pius VII., July 7, 1815.

PIOUS EXERCISE OF THE FRIDAYS IN HONOR OF THE SACRED
HEART OF JESUS.

TO the faithful who, on Friday after confession and communion, shall meditate for some time upon the infinite goodness of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and pray according to the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff, a plenary indulgence, on the first Friday of every month; an indulgence of seven years and seven quarantines on all the other Fridays of the year. Leo XIII., Sept. 7, 1897.

INVOKING THE BLESSING OF THE SACRED HEART UPON A
FRIEND.

MAY the grace and blessing of the Sacred Heart be with you; the peace of the Sacred Heart encompass you; the merits of the Sacred Heart plead for you; the love of the Sacred Heart inflame you; the sorrows of the Sacred Heart console you; the zeal of the Sacred Heart animate you; the virtues of the Sacred Heart shine forth in every word and work, and may the joys of the beatific vision be your eternal recompense. Amen.

THE LITTLE OFFICE
OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

AT LAUDS.

V. O GOD, come to my assistance.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

From Septuagesima till Paschal time, instead of Alleluia, is said: Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of eternal glory.

V. Heart of Jesus, inflamed with love of us,
R. Inflame our hearts with love of thee.

Hymn.

O HEART, the Godhead s worthy throne,
Thee did the Spirit s power create,
In Mary s womb immaculate,
The Virgin Mother s holy One.

Praised is through thee the Trinity;
Thou art the Father s bliss; the Son
Hath knit thee with Himself in one;
And rests the Holy Ghost in thee.

In thee the wrecked world safety finds,
And faithful souls their peace secure,
A cloister too, where chaste and pure
Serenely rest their hearts and minds.

Sweeter art thou than honey stored;
O Sacred Heart, to thee are dear
Pure minds, to thee pure hearts draw near.
Be thou by every heart adored. Amen.

Ant. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, thirsting for our salvation, recall us faithless wanderers to a right mind, that we may not die in our sins.

V. My heart is ready, O God of my heart, to do Thy will.
R. My God, I have willed it, that Thy law be ever in the midst of my heart.

Let us pray.

O LORD Jesus, Who hast deigned to open to the Church, Thy spouse, the unspeakable delights and riches of Thy Heart, grant that we Thy servants may be worthy to be enriched and refreshed with the heavenly graces springing from this sweetest source. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

AT PRIME.

V. O GOD, come to my assistance.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

From Septuagesima till Paschal time, instead of Alleluia, is said: Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of eternal glory.

V. Heart of Jesus, inflamed with love of us,
R. Inflame our hearts with love of thee.

Hymn.

HEART, victim of eternal love,
Undying bliss of all the blest,
Of mortal men the strength and rest,
Their one, their highest hope above.

When, with deep wound, love pierced thy side
It welcomed us, and in the gate
It cried:"Come quickly, do not wait;
Behold the way, how fair and wide!"

Since thou hast washed us in that tide
Of blood which gushed from every pore,
Gather and keep us evermore
Deep in the shelter of thy side.

Sweeter art thou than honey stored;
O Sacred Heart, to thee are dear
Pure minds, to thee pure hearts draw near.
Be thou by every, heart adored. Amen.

Ant. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, most perfect pattern of purity, make us to be clean of heart, that we may be worthy to be found like unto thee.

V. My heart is ready, O God of my heart, to do Thy will.
R. My God, I have willed it, that Thy law be ever in the midst of my heart.

Let us pray.

O LORD Jesus, Who hast deigned to open to the Church, Thy spouse, the unspeakable delights and riches of Thy Heart, grant that we Thy servants may be worthy to be enriched and refreshed with the heavenly graces springing from this sweetest source. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

AT TIERCE.

V. O GOD, come to my assistance.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

From Septuagesima till Paschal time, instead of Alleluia, is said: Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of eternal glory.

V. Heart of Jesus, inflamed with love of us,
R. Inflame our hearts with love of thee.

Hymn.

MAY that same love, O stricken breast,
Now wound our hearts, which wounded Thine
And fill us with love s sacred wine,
Life-giving nectar of the blest!

In faith s new mystery to our hearts
God gives His flesh to be their food,
And the full chalice of His blood
In His own feast of love imparts.

He Whom all heaven with blissful dread
Adores, now shrouds His majesty
With mystic veil that He may be
To little ones their daily bread.

Sweeter art thou than honey stored;
O Sacred Heart, to thee are dear
Pure minds, to thee pure hearts draw near.
Be thou by every heart adored.- Amen.

Ant. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, most meek with all thine enemies, may thy peace so reign in us, that from our hearts we may forgive those that persecute and calumniate us.

V. My heart is ready, O God of my heart, to do Thy will.
R. My God, I have willed it, that Thy law be ever in the midst of my heart.

Let us pray.

O LORD Jesus, Who hast deigned to open to the Church, Thy spouse, the unspeakable delights and riches of Thy Heart, grant that we Thy servants may be worthy to be enriched and refreshed with the heavenly graces springing from this sweetest source. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

AT SEXT.

V. O GOD, come to my assistance.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

From Septuagesima till Paschal time, instead of Alleluia, is said: Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of eternal glory.

V. Heart of Jesus, inflamed with love of us,
R. Inflame our hearts with love of thee.

Hymn.

GOD will our choicest victims slight
O Heart, unless they rest on thee,
Whose altar wide, all earth and sea
Embracing, towers o er heaven s height.

Here reign enthroned the virtues all,
Whose bright array with faithful care
Must needs watch innocence so fair,
Lest left alone she surely fall.

In this Heart s depths that law of right
Moves, which should rule earth s destiny;
And thence for our felicity
Grace pours its stream of love and light.

Sweeter art thou than honey stored;
O Sacred Heart, to thee are dear
Pure minds, to thee pure hearts draw near.
Be thou by every heart adored. Amen.

Ant. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, broken with sorrow for our sins, bestow on us a humble and contrite heart, that we may bring forth fruits worthy of penance.

V. My heart is ready, O God of my heart, to do Thy will.
R. My God, I have willed it, that Thy law be ever in the midst of my heart.

Let us pray.

O LORD Jesus, Who hast deigned to open to the Church, Thy spouse, the unspeakable delights and riches of Thy Heart; grant that we Thy servants may be worthy to be enriched and refreshed with the heavenly graces springing from this sweetest source Who livest and reignestworld without end. Amen.

AT NONE.

V. O GOD, come to my assistance.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost,
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia

From Septmuagesima till Paschal time, instead of Alleluia, is said: Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of eternal glory.

V. Heart of Jesus, inflamed with love of us,
R. Inflame our hearts with love of thee.

Hymn.

O HEART, the sun s pure ray near thine
Is dark ; heaven shrinks near thine abode;
Thou sum of all the works of God,
Of His eternal word the shrine.

Thine acts, O Heart, encompass all
The offerings worthy of the Sire;
Nor is there any least desire
Not thine, on which His blessings fall.

Our sins the wrath of God provoke;
He lifts the thunderbolt, yet sees
Thy throbbings, gentle Heart, and these
Stay and recall His vengeful stroke

Sweeter art thou than honey stored;
O Sacred Heart, to thee are dear
Pure minds, to thee pure hearts draw near.
Be thou by every heart adored. Amen.

Ant. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, to which poverty was most dear, place us as a seal upon thyself, that in thee, as in our only treasure, our hearts may ever wholly be.

V. My heart is ready, O God of my heart, to do Thy will.
R. My God, I have willed it, that Thy law be ever in the midst of my heart.

Let us pray.

O LORD Jesus, Who hast deigned to open to the Church, Thy spouse, the unspeakable delights and riches of Thy Heart; grant that we, Thy servant s, may be worthy to be enriched and refreshed with the heavenly graces spring ing from this sweetest source. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

AT VESPERS.

V. O GOD, come to my assistance,
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

From Septuagesima till Paschal time, instead of Alleluia, is said: Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of eternal glory.

V. Heart of Jesus, inflamed with love of us,
R. Inflame our hearts with love of thee.

Hymn.

EQUAL to God s dread sanctity,
O Victim Heart, thine altar bears
Always, regarding not the years,
Atonement for iniquity.

Filling with plaintive note thy nest,
She feeds, who is thy mystic dove,
Among thy flowers on bread of love
Thy Spouse, O Heart of God, at rest.

Here breathes that stainless lily s breath,
Which decks the virgin s crown so rare,
And here the rose without compare
Grows red to grace the martyr s death.

Sweeter art thou than honey stored;
O Sacred Heart, to thee are dear
Pure minds, to thee pure hearts draw near.
Be thou by every heart adored. Amen.

Ant. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, full of loving kindness for those who love thee, may our flesh and our heart be absorbed in thee, that thou mayest be the love of our heart and our portion forever.

V. My heart is ready, O God of my heart, to do Thy will.
R. My God, I have willed it, that Thy law be ever in the midst of my heart.

Let us pray.

O LORD Jesus, Who hast deigned to open to the Church, Thy spouse, the unspeakable delights and riches of Thy Heart; grant that we, Thy servants, may be worthy to be enriched and refreshed with the heavenly graces springing from this sweetest source. Wrho livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

AT COMPLINE.

V. O GOD, come to my assistance,
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
R. As it was it: the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

From Septuagesima till Paschal time, instead or Alleluia, is said: Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of eternal glory.

V. Heart of Jesus, inflamed with love of us.
R. Inflame our hearts with love of thee.

Hymn.

ON fire with love s sweet violence,
The Mother s heart pants ceaselessly
All for her Son s His own to be
In mystic self-indifference.

The bonds of love, which naught can part,
The Mother s heart with His unite;
His fires of love do hers ignite
And hers reenter straight His Heart.

Sweeter art thou than honey stored;
O Sacred Heart, to thee are dear
Pure minds, to thee pure hearts draw near.
Be thou by every heart adored. Amen.

Ant O Victim of charity, most loving-Heart of Jesus, immolated for our sins, neglected and outraged by ungrateful men, change us, quicken us, and set us on fire.

V. My heart is ready, O God of my heart, to do Thy will.
R. My God, I have willed it, that Thy law be ever in the midst of my heart.

Let us pray.

O LORD Jesus, Who hast deigned to open to the Church Thy spouse, the unspeakable delights and riches of Thy Heart : grant that we, Thy servants, may be worthy to be enriched and refreshed with the heavenly graces springing from this sweetest source. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

Pope Leo XIII. granted an indulgence of 200 days for the recitation of this office. This indulgence can be gained once a day.

VISIT TO A PICTURE OF THE SACRED HEART.

Pius VI., to increase devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, granted an Indulgence of seven years and seven quarantines as often as, with contrite hearts and devotion, they visit a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, exposed for public veneration in a church or oratory, or altar, and pray there for some time for the intention of his Holiness.

Picture of Sacred Heart of Jesus

A DEVOUT ASPIRATION TO
THE SACRED HEART.

MOST amiable Heart of Jesus! beloved object of our most tender affections! may all honor, glory, love and benediction be ever given to Thee. Be Thou our comfort in adversity, our guide in prosperity, our safety in dangers, and protection against all our enemies, visible and invisible. Amen.

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