As she adored His Eucharistic splendour, she began to experience His immense love. For in these Apparitions, we meet a very personal Jesus – who is deeply distressed at our having neglected Him. These revelations, particularly connected to the practice of these Devotions, are referred to as the Three Great Apparitions. Other Pages in this Section of our website introducing the Sacred Heart Devotion can be found with this: UPDATE 2017: I would just like to add to this page that my husband Roger Buck, also author of a book on the Sacred Heart (Cor Jesu Sacratissimum – here at Amazon worldwide) has recently produced a beautiful video about the Sacred Heart. […] Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is upon […], Your email is never published nor shared. We are then able to forgive, to begin turning our tiny hearts of stone, towards that great Heart – the ‘Burning Furnace of Charity’ that never ceases to love. The Eucharist, the form of nourishment that will bring us to eternal life. In order to explain, let us look to the Last Supper. A reflective introduction to the Gospel readings for the feast of the Sacred Heart. For this return of love is at the Heart of our relationship with Jesus Christ – the One who becoming flesh, brought the Godhead into personal relationship with us. Today we celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is now up to us. Probably my favourite video. There are also numerous prayers, novenas and, of course, the great Litany of the Sacred Heart. This is a moveable feast that honors the Sacred Heart. The Encyclical Haurietis Aquas, with which Ven. The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Latin: Sollemnitas Sacratissimi Cordis Iesu) is a solemnity in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. But what I feel most keenly is that it is hearts which are consecrated to Me, that treat Me thus. So, we now come to the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the date for which was requested by our Lord Himself: “I ask of you that the Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi be set apart for a special Feast to honor My Heart.”. Words fail …Tears flow … as we ponder, as we fall down in awe before such a mystery, before such a gift; a gift that we are not worthy to receive. The traditional date of Corpus Christi is the Thursday after Trinity Sunday , which falls one week after Pentecost Sunday . In like manner, after He had supped, taking also this excellent chalice into His holy and venerable hands, and giving thanks to Thee, He blessed and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take and drink ye all of this, FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD, OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL TESTAMENT; THE MYSTERY OF FAITH; WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY UNTO THE REMISSION OF SINS. These Devotions are designed to focus our attention towards the love He has for us and to make amends for the indignities and sacrileges He has suffered from our neglect. A sacrifice for the remission of our sin, in order to bring us to eternal life. In his papal bull Auctorem fidei, Pope Pius VI praised devotion to the Sacred Heart. Or you can navigate using this: Various internal links here will also take you to further articles of relevance at this site (for example long articles about St Margaret Mary and St. Claude La Colombière). He focusses our attention not simply on His burning love for us, but also on those instances where He has been neglected by us. This is the Priest’s prayer. (This is Part IV of a series of Pages at this site, introducing the Sacred Heart Devotion. And of course, this need for acknowledgement and gratitude towards Him is essential for our Salvation. Reparation by means of this special Feast. He states that what we are concerned with here, is: The incomprehensible love which Jesus Christ shows us in the Blessed Sacrament where He is so little known by men and still less loved even by those who know Him. Evening Prayer for the Feast of the Sacred Heart Gathering Lighting of the candles in darkness Leader Let us take some moments to recall the love of God poured into our hearts this day and The Venerable Pontiff states, “It is likewise beyond doubt that He [i.e. Eleven books discuss the theory, history, and practice of the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. God has given totally of Himself. Welcome to the first of our pages introducing the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which have been written for this site by Kim Buck. Old French Holy Card: Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee! It is now time for us to make some return for all that He has given us. In our selfishness, we have forgotten Him and this has even led to our disbelief in His wondrous gift of the Eucharist. Audio recording and text of "Finding Peace in the Heart of Christ," a homily given by Saint Josemaria on 17 June 1966, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which the Church celebrates this Friday. Each and every day, when the words of consecration are uttered by the Priest, His Flesh and Blood are given again in the unbloody sacrifice of the Mass. He continues to suggest that our goal in this exercise: is to grieve over the extreme ingratitude of men … in order that we may make reparation as far as it is in our power, by a return of love, by our acts of adoration and by every kind of homage for all the indignities which the Sacred Heart of Jesus has received until now in the Blessed Sacrament. Moreover, we meet here a Jesus, Who is no longer solely giving to us, as He did from the Cross. Below you will find an Introduction – which contains links to further pages on different aspects of the Devotion. To repeat, that we who participate, through receiving Holy Communion, may be filled with every heavenly blessing and grace. Although tradition often situates the beginning of the practice of the devotion to the year 1000, it might be more accurate to place its birth during the time of the great mystics [St. Anselm and St. Bernard] between 1050 and 1150. Bow down in awe before Him, hearts brimming with gratitude, in order that we may worthily receive this greatest of gifts. Neglected by us, in that we have forgotten the enormity of that which He has bestowed upon us. The feast of Sacred Heart was first started in France in 1670. He writes: Not only has our loving Saviour graciously consented to share with us in this august Sacrament all the blessings of which He is the Source, but by giving Himself to us, He has willed to give us the very Source of these blessings: … the Blessed Eucharist. An Introduction to the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (this current page) The Holy Hour of Reparation The First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus … So, how can we make this Reparation, this ‘solemn act’ in a way that will be pleasing to our Lord? A prayer that the consecrated gifts upon the altar may be worthy to be received in heaven. The videos also features many images related to devotion to the Sacred Heart as well as photos of Paray-le-Monial, taken by me and others. It is now up to us to make amends: to make reparation for all the sins we personally have committed and to make amends for all the sin that we, as mankind, have committed. that the Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi be set apart for a special Feast to honor My Heart … in order to make amends for the indignities which It has received during the time It has been exposed on the altars. Yet our salvation also depends on good works – on our efforts. Our salvation, the eternal happiness, for each and every one of us, is dependent on this return of love our Lord requests from us. Now, having looked briefly into the origins of the Devotion, let us turn to the practice. Neglected, as by His disciples when they fell asleep as He suffered in agony, whilst praying in the garden of Gethsemane. posts devoted to the Sacred Heart (here). Morning Prayer for the Feast of the Sacred Heart ... Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. Finally, Leo XIII in his encyclical Annum sacrum (25 May 1899), as well as on June 11, consecrated every human to the Sacred Heart. The Covenant of His Body and Blood, given in the form of bread and wine, as food, as nourishment. Opening them, first of all to God. On June 11, 1899 Pope Leo XIII consecrated the whole mankind to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. In 1856, the Feast of the Sacred Heart became a universal feast. The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus falls on the 19th day after Pentecost (a Friday), and the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary follows on the next day. The latest possible date is July 2, as in 1943 and 2038. And as the Priest then says (in the Latin Mass): We most humbly beseech Thee, almighty God, command these things to be carried up by the hands of Thy holy angel to Thine altar on high, in the sight of Thy divine majesty, that as many of us who, by participation at this altar, shall receive the most sacred Body and Blood of Thy Son may be filled with every heavenly blessing and grace. Therefore, I ask of you that the Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi be set apart for a special Feast to honor My Heart, by communicating on that day, and making reparation to It by a solemn act, in order to make amends for the indignities which It has received during the time It has been exposed on the altars. Read the Scripture passage (on the image) and the meditation slowly, pausing when something strikes you. This is what He is asking for at this Feast – just as every day in the Holy Mass: The priest bows low, calling to mind that the Victim sacrificed on the altar in our churches is the Lamb which in heaven is “sacrificed”(Saint Andrew’s Missal of the Latin Mass). In Reparation, for all the ways we have failed in honouring Him in His Blessed Sacrament. In order that we may focus our attention more deeply on these words, let us return to the meditations of Father John Croiset. Let us stress these ‘indignities which the Sacred Heart of Jesus has received … in the Blessed Sacrament.’. He laid his head upon the Heart of Jesus Christ and remained there in repose. Jean Eudes (1602-1680). A feast that speaks of love, tenderness, and mercy. We encounter a new Spirituality of His Heart, which does not simply involve reposing upon His breast or lying safe and hidden within His Sacred Wound. This is the message of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Our divine Saviour did not rest content with opening His Sacred Heart to us in token of His love, and pouring out on us all His blessings and graces; He wishes to be Himself our strength and our defense against all the efforts of our mortal enemies. The very words which bring to life that which Jesus was offering to us, both at the Passover as food and on the Cross in reparation for our sin: His Flesh and Blood. But what should be the sentiments of my heart at seeing Thee so badly treated? Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as we know it today, came about through the visions and experiences of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, given to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in France during the Seventeenth Century. The liturgy of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus also permits another phrase, similar to this, to be used as the communion antiphon. We have failed to make this return of love. The Nine Days New text and audio will be available here each day from 19 June to the Feast of the Sacred Heart on Friday 27 June 2014. Introduction to the Feast of the Sacred Heart. And as we hear at the Consecration of the Mass: Who the day before He suffered took bread in His venerable hands, and with His eyes lifted up to heaven, unto Thee God, His almighty Father, giving thanks to Thee, He blessed, broke and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take and eat ye all of this, FOR THIS IS MY BODY. The Gentle Traditionalist: A Catholic Fairy-tale from Ireland, An Introduction to the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (this current page). But before we turn to St. Margaret Mary and these Great Apparitions, let us glance briefly at the development of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus over the centuries, prior to its becoming a public practice. These three practices form the foundation of the Devotions, being the original requests made by the Sacred Heart of Jesus Himself, to St. Margaret Mary. On the 21st June, 1675, kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament, St. Claude La Columbière and St. Margaret Mary, consecrated themselves to the service of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In order to understand more deeply what this Feast is about, let us look closely at these words of Our Lord. Let us spend the month of June in Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, lifting up our Nation, indeed the whole world, to the One in whom we place all of our trust. Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament bestows His blessings at all times and on everyone who approaches Him…This bountiful God, foreseeing our infirmities and our weaknesses, gives Himself to us as our nourishment in order to restore our strength and be a sovereign remedy for all our evils …. Incarnate Word has shown to us: it is the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Further sections on the different aspects of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart can be found here: Also, you will find many weblog entries related to the Tradition of the Sacred Heart here. The earliest possible date is May 29, as in 1818 and 2285. It is only by our own efforts that we can make this return of love. He has given us everything. Yet now is our chance to make Reparation, to amend the situation through a ‘solemn act’ – carried out on this very day that the Sacred Heart of Jesus has requested a special Feast in His honour. A movable feast, it is celebrated each year on a Friday in the spring on the nineteenth day after Pentecost. It then continued to develop, with an emphasis from the early Church Fathers, on the entering into the sacred wound in Christ’s side – the wound, created by the piercing of the soldier’s lance, whilst He hung on the cross. Through the receiving of Holy Communion, we are day in, day out receiving that very Flesh and Blood that our Lord sacrificed for our sin. O Heart worthy to possess all the hearts and to reign over all hearts, what must be Thy sentiments at seeing Thyself treated with such ingratitude!