Solemnity The Sacred Heart Of Jesus

This devotion goes back to at least the 11th century but was a private devotion. On June 16, 1695 Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) and asked her to request that the Feast of the Sacred Heart be celebrated on the Friday after the octave (or eighth day) of the Feast of Corpus Christi, in reparation for the ingratitude of men for the sacrifice that Christ had made for them. After the death of St. Margaret Mary the devotion became popular in France but it took until 1856 for Pope Pius IX to extend the feast to the universal Church. This feast is celebrated 19 days after Pentecost and therefor is a movable feast. This year the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart Of Jesus is June 12, 2015.

Here is the novena I am saying in preparation for the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is prayed for nine days.

Novena to the Sacred Heart

O my Jesus, Thou has said: “Truly I say to you, ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Behold I knock, I seek, and I ask for the grace of [state your request here].

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee.

O my Jesus, Thou hast said: “Truly, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in My name, He will give it to you.” Behold, in Thy name, I ask the Father for the grace of [request].

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee.

O my Jesus, thou has said: “Truly I say to you, Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Encouraged by Thy infallible words, I now ask for the grace of [request].

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee.

Let us pray.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for Whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have mercy on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of Thee, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, thy tender Mother and ours.

Hail, Holy Queen

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