“I looked for one that would grieve together with me, but there was none: Sacred Heart - Divine Marcy and for one that would comfort me, and I found none.”

The duty of honorable satisfaction or reparation must be rendered to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
(Pope Pius XI)

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It is interesting to note that devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was essentially unknown until the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The reason for these 1,000 years of shrouded silence regarding the Sacred Heart is explained in the revelations of St. Gertrude the Great (1256 – 1302).

On the feast of St. John the Evangelist, St. Gertrude was granted in vision the grace to rest her head near the wound in Our Saviour’s side. St. John was also present during this vision, to whom St. Gertrude addressed the following:

"Well-beloved of the Lord, did these harmonious beatings which rejoice my soul also rejoice thine when thou didst repose during the Last Supper on the bosom of the Savior?"
"Yes, I heard them, and my soul was penetrated with their sweetness even to its very center."
"Why, then, hast thou spoken so little in thy Gospel of the loving secrets of the Heart of Jesus?"
"My mission was to write of the Eternal Word.  . . but the language of the blissful pulsations of the Sacred Heart is reserved for latter times, that the time-worn world, grown cold in the love of God, may be warmed up by hearing of such mysteries."

But the revealing of this devotion in a public manner was not to come about during the life of St. Gertrude. Rather, it belonged to St. John Eudes (1602 – 1680), who as the apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, joined with it devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for as he taught: “you must never separate what God has so perfectly united” i.e., the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

It was through the instrumentality of St. John Eudes that for the first time a proper feast honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus became part of Catholic liturgy.

Nevertheless, the Saint who was especially chosen by God to be the instrument of promoting devotion to the Sacred Heart was St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647 – 1690). Our Lord appeared to her frequently, and like St. Gertrude, one day in 1673, allowed her to rest her head upon His breast and spoke to her:

“My divine Heart is so wrought with love for men and especial for you, that it can no longer contain the flame of the fire of its love but must spread this flame through you and manifest itself to men to enrich them with its precious treasures.”

Two years later Our Lord again appeared to her and told her:

"Behold the Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing but has been poured out totally and consumed as proof of its love; and for gratitude I receive from the greater part only ingratitude, by their acts of irreverence and sacrilege and by the coldness and the contempt they have for me in this Sacrament of love. But what touches me closest is that the very hearts which are consecrated to me act thus. Because of that I ask of you that the first Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi be dedicated to a special feast to give honor to my Heart, by receiving Communion that day and making reparation for the indignity offered to It during the time It has been exposed on the altar. I promise you that my Heart will expand and spread abundantly the influences of its divine Love upon those who pay It this honor and those who procure that It shall be paid."

Our Lord further told St. Margaret Mary to consult the holy Father de la Colombière, who like her, became instrumental in spreading devotion to the Sacred Heart.

Many popes have strongly encouraged and bountifully various devotions to the Sacred Heart, but especially two particular devotions pointed out by Our Divine Lord Himself as most pleasing to Him; namely, that on the first Friday of every month, 1) to receive Holy Communion and 2) to make a Holy Hour, both in the spirit of reparation, which “has always had the first and foremost place in the worship given to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.” (Pope Pius XI, Miserentissimus Redemptor)

May all true Catholics heed this request of Our Divine Lord and hasten to make reparation so for many sins committed against Him. Let us not be deserving of this reproach:

“I looked for one that would grieve together with me, but there was none: and for one that would comfort me, and I found none.” (Psalm 68:21).

The Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

  1. "I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life."
  2. "I will establish peace in their homes." 
  3. "I will comfort them in their afflictions." 
  4. "I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all in death."
  5. "I will bestow great blessings upon all their undertakings."
  6. "Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy."
  7. "Tepid souls shall become fervent." 
  8. "Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection."
  9. "I will bless every place where a picture of My Sacred Heart shall be adorned and honored."
  10. "I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts." 
  11. "I shall write in My Heart, never to be blotted out, the names of those who promote devotion to My Sacred Heart.
  12. "I promise thee in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving the Sacraments; My Divine heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment."
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Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lord, have mercy on us,
   Christ, have mercy on us,
Lord, have mercy on us,
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 by the Holy Ghost in the Virgin Mother's womb, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to 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, burning 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 center of all hearts, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, wherein are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, wherein dwelleth the fullness of Godhead, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in Whom 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 everlasting hills, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, rich unto all who call upon Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our offences, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, overwhelmed with reproaches, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our iniquities, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, obedient even 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 the Saints, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who taketh 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, look upon the Heart of Thy well beloved Son and upon the praise and satisfaction which He offers unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou of Thy great goodness grant them pardon when they seek Thy mercy, in the name of the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, forever and ever. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Thy Kingdom Come!