The invocation was given to Yvonne Beauvaisin a French woman on August 17, 1922, while she was visiting the monastery of the Augustinian Canonesses of the Mercy of Jesus at Malestroit in Brittany, France. Addressing Yvonne, Jesus said: Morning and evening say, O Jesus, King of Love, I put my trust in Thy loving mercy. On March 18, 1927, Yvonne Beauvaisin entered the community and professed her final vows on September 29, 1931.
Immediately the devotion spread and became indulgenced first to her community and later to the whole Catholic Church. The image was designed by in 1940 during World War II. She did this to encourage the continued spread of the devotion.
The Confraternity of Jesus, King of Love is an apostolate of the Benedictine Monks at Silverstream Priory in County Meath, Ireland.