Prayers and Acts of Consecration to the Sacred Heart

 

Offering to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

MY LOVING Jesus! I [N.N.] give you my heart, and I consecrate myself wholly to you, out of the grateful love I bear you, and as a reparation for all my unfaithfulness, and with your aid I purpose never to sin again.

V. Heart of Jesus, burning with love of us,

R. Inflame our hearts with love of you.

 

Let us pray

Lord, we beseech you, let your Holy Spirit kindle in our hearts that fire of charity which Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, sent forth from His inmost Heart upon this earth, and willed that it should burn with vehemence. Who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Partial indulgence granted by Pope Pius VII, March 20, 1815.


 

An Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

(For the First Friday of the Month)

ADORABLE Heart of Jesus, glowing with love for us and inflamed with zeal for our salvation: O Heart! ever sensible of our misery and the wretchedness to which our sins have reduced us, infinitely rich in mercy to heal the wounds of our souls, behold us humbly prostrate before you to express the sorrow that fills our hearts for the coldness and indifference with which we have so long requited the numberless benefits that you have conferred upon us. With a deep sense of the outrages that have been heaped upon you by our sins and the sins of others, we come to make a solemn reparation of honor to your most sacred majesty. It was our sins that overwhelmed your Heart with bitterness; it was the weight of our iniquities that pressed down your face to the earth in the Garden of Olives, and caused you to expire in anguish and agony on the cross. But now, repenting and sorrowful, we cast ourselves at your feet, and implore, forgiveness. Adorable Heart of Jesus, source of true contrition and ever merciful to the penitent sinner, impart to our hearts the spirit of penance, and give to our eyes a fountain of tears, that we may sincerely bewail our sins now and for the rest of our days. Oh, would that we could blot them out, even with our blood! Pardon them, O Lord, in your mercy, and pardon and convert to you all that have committed irreverences and sacrileges against you in the sacrament of your love, and thus give another proof that your mercy is above all your works. Divine Jesus with you there are mercy and plentiful redemption deliver us from our sins, accept the sincere desire we now entertain, and our holy resolution, relying on your assistance of your grace, henceforth to be faithful to you. And in order to repair the sins of ingratitude by which we have grieved your most tender and loving Heart, we are resolved in the future ever to love and honor you in the most adorable Sacrament of the Altar, where you art ever present to hear and grant our petitions, and to be the food and life of our souls. Be you, O compassionate Jesus I our Mediator with your heavenly Father, Whom we have so grievously offended, strengthen our weakness, confirm these our resolutions of amendment, and as your sacred heart is our refuge and our hope when we have sinned, so may it be the strength and support of our repentance, that nothing in life or death may ever again separate us from you. Amen.


 

An Act of Consecration and Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

MOST sacred Heart of Jesus! I adore you; I offer to you all that I am and all that I possess; I consecrate to you my soul with its faculties, my body with all its senses, my heart with all its affections, desiring in all things to honor, love, and glorify you; in thanksgiving for the numberless benefits that I have received from you, especially in the Holy Eucharist; in atonement for my own sins as well as in reparation for all the offenses that are committed against you in the sacrament of your love, and, finally, in humble supplication, that I may henceforth be faithful to you, that I may please you in thought, word, and deed, that I may suffer in patience and in perfect resignation to your holy will, that I may become like to you in meekness and humility, that I may persevere in your love and your grace to the end of my life, and that I may praise you and bless you with the saints and angels in eternity.

We beseech you, also, O good Jesus, by your sacred Heart, overflowing with sweetness and mercy, to bless our Holy Father, the Pope, and our Holy Mother, the Church; to take under your special protection this congregation [my parish], our homes, our country, our rulers, our legislators, our bishops, our priests, and all Religious Orders. We recommend to you all our concerns, our friends, relatives, benefactors, and all those who have asked us to pray for them; those who are sick and those who are dying, and all who are under any affliction. Cast an eye of compassion on obstinate sinners, [the mistaken], and unbelievers.

Give eternal rest to the faithful departed.

Bless in particular the apostolic labors of those who are engaged in giving missions and retreats, in propagating the Faith in [mission] lands, in spreading your kingdom on earth, and in fostering devotion to your most Sacred Heart and to the most holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.


 

Consecration of mankind to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Form of Consecration Issued with the Encyclical Letter of His Holiness, Leo XIII, dated May 25, 1899, on the consecration of mankind to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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 with you, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today 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 you King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken you, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned you; grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be you King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one shepherd. Be you King also of all those who sit in the ancient superstition of the Gentiles, and refuse not you to deliver them out of darkness into the light and kingdom of God. Grant, O Lord, to your Church, assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor forever. Amen.

 

An Act of Consecration to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

TO You, most sacred Heart of Jesus, I devote my life. To You I consecrate all my thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings. My whole being shall be employed henceforth in loving, serving, and glorifying You. Be Thou, most blessed and adorable Heart, the sole object of my love, the protector of my life, the pledge of my salvation, and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be Thou my advocate at the throne of Divine Justice, and screen me from the wrath which my sins deserve.

I trust entirely in your mercy. I place all my confidence in You. Destroy in me all that is displeasing to You. Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine. Imprint Thyself like a seal upon my heart in order that I may never be separated from You. May I be a victim forever consecrated to your glory - ever burning with the flames of your pure love in time and for eternity. This is my whole desire - to live, in You: This shall be my happiness, to live and die as your devoted servant. Sweet Heart of Jesus, I implore that I may love You more and more. Amen.

V. Heart of Jesus, burning with love for us.

R. Inflame our hearts with love of You.

Let us pray

Lord, we beseech You, let your Holy Spirit kindle in our hearts that fire of charity which Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, sent forth from His inmost heart upon this earth, and willed that it should burn with vehemence. Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 


Morning Offering to the Sacred Heart

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all our associates, and in particular for the intentions of our Holy Father for this month.

Prayer in Honor of the Passion of Our Savior

GOD, Who for the world's redemption was pleased to be born, circumcised, rejected by the Jews, betrayed by the kiss of the traitor Judas, bound with chains, led like an innocent lamb to sacrifice, and shamefully presented before Annas, Caiphas, Pilate, and Herod, accused by false witnesses, beaten with whips, buffeted, insulted, spit upon, crowned with thorns, smitten with a reed, blindfolded, stripped of your garments, fastened with nails to the cross, and lifted up on high, reputed among thieves, and made to drink gall and vinegar, and wounded by a lance; oh, by these most sacred sufferings, which, unworthy as I am, I thus commemorate, and by your holy cross and death, deliver me, Lord, from the pains of hell, and deign to lead me where Thou did lead the penitent thief, who was crucified by your side; Thou Who, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, lives and reigns, world without end. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc. five times.


Rev. F.X.Lasance, My Prayer Book, Benziger Brothers (1908) pp. 516-520, 524-25. Imprimatur +John M. Farley, Archbishop of NY, Sept. 19, 1908.

 

Consecration and Enthronement of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus

OPENING HYMN:
SWEET HEART OF JESUS
Sweet Heart .of Jesus, fount of love and mercy,
Today we come, Thy blessing to implore;
O touch our hearts, so cold and so ungrateful,
And make them Lord, Thine own for evermore.

SWEET HEART OF JESUS, WE IMPLORE.
OH, MAKE US LOVE THEE, MORE AND MORE.

Sweet Heart of Jesus, make us know and love Thee,
Unfold to us the treasures of Thy grace.
That so our hearts, from things of earth uplifted,
May long alone to gaze upon Thy face.

BLESSING OF THE PICTURE BY THE PRIEST OR DEACON:

Almighty and eternal God who does not forbid us to paint pictures of Your saints so that every time we see them we may be spurred on to imitate their lives and their holiness; we pray that you may bless this picture in honor of Your Only Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord’s Most Sacred Heart, and make it holy. Grant that everyone who comes before this picture to honor and adore the Most Sacred Heart of Your Son may obtain by His merits and intercession grace in this life and eternal glory in the next. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

The priest or deacon now hangs the picture on the wall; family prays together the Apostle’s Creed:
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord, Who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell, on the third day He rose again. He ascended into Heaven. He is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the Resurrection of the Body and life everlasting. Amen.

Everyone now sits down while the priest speaks a few words to the family, reminding them of what the Sacred Heart asks of those families who are consecrated to Him, recalling His magnificent promises to St. Margaret Mary and urging the family to live the Enthronement by means of the consecration which they are about to make or renew.

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS

ALL KNEEL AND PRAY TOGETHER.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus / who made known to St. Margaret Mary Your great desire to reign over Christian families / we are gathered here today / to proclaim Your complete dominion over our family. / From now on we promise to lead a Christlike life: / we will strive to develop in our home / all the virtues which bring with them the peace that You promised / and we will not compromise with the spirit of secularism / which You have so strongly denounced.

You will rule over our minds through our deep and living faith. / You will be King of our hearts by our generous love for You; / and we will cultivate this love / by the frequent reception of You in Holy Communion.

Divine Heart of Jesus, / preside over our family gatherings; / bless all our family undertakings, both spiritual and temporal. / Sanctify our joys and comfort us in our sorrows. / If any member of our family should have the misfortune to offend You seriously, / please remind him, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, / of Your infinite love and mercy for the penitent sinner.

And when the hour of separation comes, / when death brings its sorrows into our family, / whether we go or whether we stay, / we humbly accept Your divine will. At the same time we will console and comfort ourselves with the thought / that the time will come when our whole family / will be united lovingly with You in heaven forever. / There we shall sing a hymn of praise to the infinite mercy and love of Your Sacred Heart.

We ask the Immaculate Heart of Mary and our glorious protector, St. Joseph, to offer You this family consecration of ours. May the memory of this consecration be with us always.

We will say one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for the intentions of the Holy Father and for absent members, living and dead.


 

How should the family prepare for the Enthronement?

l. Learn more about the devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Enthronement. We can help with this through our visits. Also, we can encourage the family to read about it and when possible share pamphlets and books for them to read.

2. By prayer. Three possibilities are:

a) Novena of prayers and readings done as a family for nine days preceding the Enthronement.

b) Triduum of prayers and readings – special prayers and readings to be done by the family on the three days preceding the Enthronement.

c) A week of prayer with the Pilgrim Virgin. Since love of Mary should lead us to Jesus, it is most fitting her Son should be enthroned as King after a week of prayer with the Pilgrim Virgin in the home. The statue would be brought to the home a week before and the family recites the Rosary daily in preparation for the Enthronement. This may be a very nice way for families to prepare for the Enthronement especially when the family cannot read or there are no copies of the Novena or Triduum of prayers available. The family may make the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the end of the week and before the Enthronement Ceremony while the Pilgrim Statue is still in the home or the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart may be made after the Hail Holy Queen within the Enthronement Ceremony itself. Then, after having brought her Son into the home, His Mother moves on to prepare another family for His coming.

3. By Confession, Mass and Communion. It would be good if all the members of the family could go for Confession at some time during the preparation for the Enthronement. (To gain the plenary indulgence attached to the Enthronement, Confession must be made within a week before or after the Enthronement, and Holy Communion should be received the same day as the Enthronement.) It would also be good if at least one member of the family would attend Holy Mass and receive Communion throughout the Novena or Triduum. But at least on the day of the Ceremony, the entire family should make an effort to receive Communion together, in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

4. By setting up a “throne” in the living room (or main room) in the house in a conspicuous place. A fireplace mantle, on the T.V. (it will remind them family to watch only good shows) or a table fixed as an altar may be prepared for the “throne”. Cover it with white cloth; decorate with flowers and candles. If a picture of the Sacred 'Heart is to be used and hung on the wall, then in order to bring out the idea of a shrine, a wall bracket may be placed below the picture on which flowers and candles may be placed or they may be put on a table nearby the place where the picture is to be hung. In another part of the room, place the statue or picture of the Sacred Heart on a small table with Holy Water. Here it will be blessed and then carried by the head of the house to the “throne”. Place near or on the throne photos of absent loved ones, living or dead.

5. Invite relatives and friends. This is not essential but it is important; it emphasizes the social aspect of the ceremony; it gives Christ the King more honor; others share the blessings and learn about the enthronement.


 

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