MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART – THIRTIETH DAY

HEART OF JESUS IN THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT BE PRAISED

On the second means of being devout to the Sacred Heart – Visiting the Most Holy Sacrament

The divine Eucharist not only profits those who receive it, but those who look upon it. Who desire it, who visit it really, or even spiritually. Visiting the Holy Sacrament was a favorite practice of St Alphonsus Liguori. F. Sales, S. J., was filled with consolation when he heard the Holy Sacrament spoken of; he was never tired visiting it. On going from one part of the house to another, he always contrived to visit his dear master, so that it was remarked that scarcely did an hour of the day pass in which he did not do so. This at length merited for him the favor of dying by the hands of heretics, while defending the truth of this mystery. SS. Aloysius and Stanislaus, angelical youths, found no comfort but at the foot of the altar. It was in the same holy spot St. Xavier took some rest after his apostolic labors, and received new strength to return to them. Devotion to Jesus, immolated on our altars, has, in fine, been the devotion of all the saints. There is nothing which more certainly gains the sacred heart of Jesus than such visits. This adorable heart is in his sacrament as a living source which flows night and day uninterruptedly, and which only requires an inlet to our hearts to purify and fertilize them. He himself invites all men to come to draw these waters from the recess of his sanctuary. He exclaims, as formerly to the Jews, “If any one thirst, let him come to me.” The solitariness of his temples shows us that he is as little heard now as formerly. Hence it is, that on the few faithful souls who hearken to him, he abundantly pours his graces; for it is commonly during their visits that he is more lavish of his gifts to them, particularly the immense one of his love. Do not say you have not time for this devotion. As you find so much for vain occupations, surely you can daily give five minutes to Jesus; and such is the love of his heart, that this short time will satisfy him, if you can spend no more with him.

Pray thrice: Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

Blessed Mother Adoration - Giovanni-Battista-Salvi

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MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART – TWENTY NINTH DAY

SACRED HEART OF JESUS DAY 6

Second means of obtaining devotion to the Sacred Heart  
Frequent communion

Devotion to the sacred heart of Jesus is, properly speaking, an exercise of love. Now, it is sufficient to know what. Holy Communion is, to be convinced that there is no more certain means of’ being quickly inflamed with love for Jesus Christ, than that of frequently participating in it. “It is impossible to carry fire in one’s bosom, and not to burn,” says the Wise man. This sacred fire is the Adorable Eucharist, which is, as St Bernard says, the love of loves. Let us, then, often approach to this source of all good; it is there that, united and incorporated with Jesus Christ, the author of all holiness, grace shall be abundantly communicated to us; our passions, gradually weakened, will ultimately disappear; our inclination to evil will be changed into a sweet attraction for all the virtues of which the heart of Jesus is the sanctuary, and the model. It is’ there that, possessing the hidden treasure, we shall receive a pledge of that eternal happiness promised to those who shall worthily approach to this mystery of love; for he who possesses Jesus in his holy sacrament, can want nothing for his perfection and salvation. This is so true, that after participating therein, the faithful souls, as says St Magdalen of Pazzi, can exclaim, “All is consummated.” This celestial food contains all goods, and enriches the soul with all graces our souls in a state to communicate oftener? The primitive Chris tians approached the holy table daily, and hence their extraordinary faith and fervor. Ah! If we knew how indifference for the holy Eucharist pains the heart of Jesus! He complained of it, as we elsewhere said, to Sister M. Alacoque. Let us not be of the number ‘ of these ungrateful souls; let us approach to Jesus Christ often, and with the proper dispositions. But if we be a ready in the custom, why do we not make a better use of so powerful a means of perfection? Why, after so many communions, are we always the same? Why do We not cast our selves with faith and confidence at the feet of our Lord, really present in us, and say, “I will not leave you, O Lord, until you have blessed me: I shall not let you go” till you have enabled me to surmount the inclinations which lead me so often from you, and give me an effectual and insatiable desire to do and suffer all for your love, and to accomplish in all your most holy will? And fear not a refusal. Having given you himself, he can refuse you nothing.

Say thrice: Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

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On the image of the Sacred Heart

Great efficacy of converting people has been attached to the use of the image of the Sacred Heart.

“Even at the hour of death, incredulous, indifferent, hardened souls have been converted by simply showing them a picture of the Sacred Heart, which sufficed to restore these sinners to the life of hope and love, in a word, to touch the most hardened. It would, indeed, be a great misfortune to any apostolic man to neglect so powerful a means of conversion, and in proof of this I will mention a single fact which will need no comment. A religious of the Company of Jesus had been requested by the Blessed Margaret Mary to make a careful engraving of the Sacred Heart. Being often hindered by other occupations, there was much delay in preparing this plate. ‘ This good father,’ writes the saint, ‘is so much occupied by Monsignor d’Autun in the conversion of heretics, that he has neither time nor leisure to give to the work so ardently desired by the Heart of our Divine Master. You cannot imagine, my much-loved mother, how greatly this delay afflicts and pains me. I must avow confidently to you my belief that it is the cause of his converting so few infidels in this town. I seem constantly to hear these words: ‘ That if this good father had acquitted himself at once of his promise to the Sacred Heart, Jesus would have changed and converted the hearts of these infidels, on account of the joy He would have felt at seeing Himself honored in the picture He so much wishes for. As, however, he prefers other work, even though to the glory of God, to that of giving Him this satisfaction, He will harden the hearts of these infidels, and the labors of this mission will not be crowned with much fruit.”

MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART – TWENTY EIGHTH DAY

Sacred Heart 12 promises

On Prayer

First means of obtaining a true devotion to the Sacred Heart. The first means of obtaining a true devotion to the sacred heart, is prayer

It is astonishing that Christians are not all-powerful, having so infallible a means of obtaining what they wish, as that of prayer. There is nothing which Jesus Christ has so often and so solemnly engaged to do, as to hear all the petitions which we make to him. Ask, does he say, and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. Hitherto you have not asked the Father for anything in my name; ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.” Let us then pray, and pray with confidence. Prayer, says St Lawrence Justinian, disarms the anger of God. He pardons the sinner when he prays to him with humility. It obtains all that it solicits; it triumphs over all the efforts of hell; it changes sinners into saints. “I had no sooner asked it of God,” says Solomon, “than he granted me wisdom.”  I had but opened my mouth, says David, “when the Lord succored me.” Our Lord revealed to St Bridget that he would every moment bestow favors on us, if we asked for them as we ought. But of all the prayers which we make, there cannot be one more agreeable to our Lord than to ask him for grace to love his sacred heart. Let us conjure him to grant it to us; the very doing so will put us in possession of it, particularly it. we ask it through this blessed heart itself. St Mechtilde says, that having one day asked our Lord for a favor for another, he told her to tell this person that whatsoever she wanted she should seek it in his heart, that she should ask for all through this’ heart, like a child who uses no other artifice with his parent, than what love suggests, and that thus she would certainly find it.

Say thrice: Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

 12 Promises of the Sacred Heart   

  1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
  2. I will give peace in their families.
  3. I will console them in all their troubles.
  4. I will be their refuge in life and especially in death.
  5. I will abundantly bless all their undertakings.
  6. Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
  7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
  8. Fervent souls shall rise speedily to great perfection.
  9. I will bless those places wherein the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and venerated.
  10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
  11. Persons who propagate this devotion shall have their names eternally written in my Heart.
  12.  In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.

PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS NOVENA -EIGHTH DAY

CrucifixionJosse Lieferinxe (1493-1508)

Devout commemoration of the most precious blood shed by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

THE PIERCING OF THE HEART

Application

Inspires me to final perseverance in my life of union with God. His Love for me persevered until His Heart was emptied unto the last Drop. “Take courage,” He says, “I have overcome the world.” I reply, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me do?”

“By the Merits of Thy Precious Blood, shed seven times, keep me ever united to Thee; save me at death from the agonizing memory of a wasted life.”

“But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out Blood and water.” (John 19:34).

Jesus Sacred Heart - Cross

Novena Prayer in Honor of the Precious Blood

O Precious Blood of Jesus, infinite Price of our redemption and both the drink and laver of our souls, You continually plead the cause of all people before the throne of Infinite Mercy.  From the depths of my heart I adore You. Jesus, insofar as I am able I want to make reparation for the insults and outrages which You receive from human beings, especially from those who blaspheme You and deny Your presence. Who would not venerate the Blood of infinite value?!  Who does not feel inflamed with love for the Jesus Who shed it? What would have become of me had I not been redeemed by this Divine Blood?  Who has drained it all from the veins of my Savior?  Surely this was the work of Love!  O Infinite Love, which has given us this saving Balm!  O Balm beyond all price, welling up from the foundation of Infinite Love!  Grant that every heart and every tongue may render You praise and thanks, now and forever! Amen.

Litany of the Most Precious Blood

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 Spirit, Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.

Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the eternal Father, save us.

Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God, save us.

Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, save us.

Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in Agony, save us.

Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging, save us.

Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns, save us.

Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, save us.

Blood of Christ, Price of our salvation, save us.

Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness, save us.

Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, save us.

Blood of Christ, stream of mercy, save us.

Blood of Christ, victor over demons, save us.

Blood of Christ, courage of Martyrs, save us.

Blood of Christ, strength of Confessors, save us.

Blood of Christ, bringing forth Virgins, save us.

Blood of Christ, help of those in peril, save us.

Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened, save us.

Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow, save us.

Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent, save us.

Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying, save us.

Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts, save us.

Blood of Christ, pledge of eternal life, save us.

Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory, save us.

Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honour, save us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood. And made us, for our God, a kingdom.

Let us pray:

Almighty and eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world and willed to be appeased by his Blood.  Grant, we beg of Thee, that we may worthily adore this Price of our salvation and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Holy Lance, displayed in the Imperial Treasury at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria

The Holy Lance, displayed in the Imperial Treasury at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria

PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS NOVENA – SEVENTH DAY

Passion of Christ - Champaigne_La_Crucifixion

Devout commemoration of the most precious blood shed by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

THE CRUCIFIXION 

Application

Never give up the ideal of a life united with God. Jesus now clings to His Eternal Ideal. When I am tempted to give up my old ideals of prayer, sacrifice and purity, I must plead with Him to raise these dead ideals to life.

“By the Merits of Thy Precious Blood, shed seven times, keep me ever united to Thee; save me at death from the agonizing memory of a wasted life.”

“There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.” (John 19:18)

Novena Prayer in Honor of the Precious Blood

O Precious Blood of Jesus, infinite Price of our redemption and both the drink and laver of our souls, You continually plead the cause of all people before the throne of Infinite Mercy.  From the depths of my heart I adore You. Jesus, insofar as I am able I want to make reparation for the insults and outrages which You receive from human beings, especially from those who blaspheme You and deny Your presence. Who would not venerate the Blood of infinite value?!  Who does not feel inflamed with love for the Jesus Who shed it? What would have become of me had I not been redeemed by this Divine Blood?  Who has drained it all from the veins of my Savior?  Surely this was the work of Love!  O Infinite Love, which has given us this saving Balm!  O Balm beyond all price, welling up from the foundation of Infinite Love!  Grant that every heart and every tongue may render You praise and thanks, now and forever! Amen.

Crucified, dead and buried  Cristo-de-la-Clemencia

Petitions in Honor of the Precious Blood of Jesus

Precious Blood of Jesus, shed in the circumcision, make me pure of mind, heart and body.

Precious Blood, oozing from every pore of Jesus in the Agony, enable me to love God’s holy will above all.

Precious Blood, flowing from the scourging at the pillar, inspire me with a sorrow for my sins, and a tolerance for suffering.

Precious Blood, falling in profusion from the crown of thorns, grant me a ready acceptance of humiliations.

Precious Blood, shed profusely in the crucifixion of our Lord, make me die entirely to self-love.

Precious Blood, shed to the very last drop by the opening of Christ’s Sacred Heart, give me that generous love which sacrifices all for God.

Precious Blood, sacred Price of my Redemption, apply to me your infinite merits.

Precious Blood, I adore You from the depths of my heart; I invoke You ardently, for You are my salvation, and by You I hope to obtain the joys of heaven.  Amen.

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE HOLY APOSTLES STS. PETER AND PAUL

Parting of Sts Peter and Paul Led to Martyrdom, SERODINE, Giovanni

Parting of Sts Peter and Paul Led to Martyrdom, SERODINE, Giovanni

The Apostles Peter and Paul are the two Princes of the Apostles, the foundations of the Church, on which she is firmly established as on a rock. 

After the Descent of the Holy Ghost, St. Peter preached the Gospel in Judea and was cast into prison by the cruel Herod. He was miraculously delivered by an Angel and established his see first at Antioch, and then finally at Rome, where the first Pope exercised during twenty-five years the Supreme Authority vested in him by Christ Himself. Then he was arrested, and like St. Paul suffered martyrdom A.D. 65.

holy sacrifice of the mass after pentecost

THE FEAST OF THE HOLY APOSTLES STS. PETER AND PAUL

Double of The First Class with a Common Octave

Red Vestments  – Missa ‘Nunc scio vere’

INTROIT Acts 12: 11

Nunc scio vere quia misit Dóminus Angelum suum: et erípuit me de manu Heródis, et de omni exspectatióne plebis Judæórum. Ps. 138. 12. Dómine, probásti me et cognovísti me: tu cognovísti sessiónem meam et resurrectiónem meam. Gloria Patri.

Now I know in very deed, that the Lord hath sent His angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. Ps. Lord, Thou hast proved me and known me: Thou hast known my sitting down and my rising up. Glory be to the Father.

COLLECT

O God, who hast made holy this day with the martyrdom of Thine apostles Peter and Paul; grant that Thy Church may in all things follow the precepts of those from whom it first received the faith. Through our Lord.

The Liberation of St Peter, GIORDANO, Luca - 1661-62

EPISTLE Acts 12: 1-11

In those days, Herod the king stretched forth his hand to afflict some of the Church: and he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword; and seeing that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to take up Peter also. Now it was in the days of the azymes: and when he had apprehended him, he cast him into prison, delivering him to four files of soldiers to be kept, intending after the Pasch to bring him forth to the people. Peter therefore was kept in prison; but prayer was made without ceasing by the Church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains; and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And  behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shined in the room; and he striking Peter on the side, raised him up, saying: Arise quickly. And the chains fell off from his hands; and the angel said to him: Gird thyself, and put on thy sandals. And he did so. And he said to him: Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And going out, he followed him: and he knew not that it was true which was done by the angel; but he thought he saw a vision. And passing through the first and the second ward, they came to the iron gate that leadeth to the city, which of itself opened to them; and going out, they passed on through one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. And Peter coming to himself, said: Now I know in very deed that the Lord hath sent His angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

GRADUAL – Psalm 44: 17-18

Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth: they shall remember Thy name, O Lord. V. Instead of thy fathers, sons are born to thee: therefore shall people praise thee.

The Liberation of St Peter, WITZ, Konrad - 1443-44

The Liberation of St Peter, WITZ, Konrad – 1443-44

ALLELUIA – Matthew 16: 18

Alleluia, alleluia. V. Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church. Alleluia.

GOSPEL – Matthew 16: 13-19

At that time, Jesus came into the quarters of Caesarea Philippi, and He asked His disciples, saying: Whom do men say that the Son of man is? But they said: Some, John the Baptist, and other some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets. Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered, and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art Thou, Simon Bar Jona, because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but My Father who is in heaven: and I say to thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it; and I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.

Madonna and Child with Ss. Peter and Paul - CESARI, Giuseppe (1608-09)

Madonna and Child with Ss. Peter and Paul – CESARI, Giuseppe (1608-09)

OFFERTORY Psalm 44: 17, 18

Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth; they shall remember Thy name, O Lord, throughout all generations.

SECRET

May the prayer of Thine apostles accompany the oblation which we offer to be consecrated to Thy name; and grant that by it we may be cleansed and defended. Through our Lord.

PREFACE OF THE APOSTLES

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, humbly to pray Thee, O Lord, the eternal Shepherd, to abandon not Thy flock; but through Thy blessed Apostles to keep a continual watch over it; that it may be governed by those same rulers whom Thou didst set over it as Thy shepherds and vicars. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions, and with all the heavenly hosts, we sing a hymn to Thy glory, saying without ceasing…

Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - At the Communion

THE SANCTUS

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dóminus Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt cæli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.

COMMUNION – Matthew 16: 18

Thou art Peter: and upon this rock I will build my Church.

SAINT PETER ON THE GLOBE WITH THREE ANGELS By Il Baciccio

SAINT PETER ON THE GLOBE WITH THREE ANGELS By Il Baciccio

POSTCOMMUNION

Thou hast fed us with bread from heaven, O Lord; by the prayers of Thine apostles keep us from all harm. Through our Lord.

MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART – TWENTY SEVENTH DAY

precious blood of jesus chalice holy eucharist

On mortification as a means to surmount the obstacles to devotion to the Sacred Heart

The best means of surmounting the obstacles to the devotion to the sacred heart, is, interior and exterior mortification. From the former, no one can be dispensed; it is that violence which one must incessantly do himself, in order to bear away the kingdom of heaven. There is no person who cannot mortify his humor, his desires, his inclinations; who cannot be silent when vanity would prompt him to speak, or vivacity lead him to answer. Behold in what interior mortification consists; by which one weakens and reduces self- love to reason, and gets rid of his imperfections. In vain do we flatter ourselves that we love Jesus Christ; if we be not mortified, the finest sentiments of piety, the noblest practices, are suspicious without it. Hence, when St Ignatius was told that such or such a person was a saint, “He will be such,” he would reply, “if he be mortified.” It is not enough to mortify one’s self for a time, or in some things; but at all times, and in all things. One irregular gratification con ceded to nature, renders it more stubborn and rebellious, than a hundred denied to it, would have weakened it. This virtue is familiar to all who desire to be perfect; there is nothing of which they do not make use to mortify their natural inclinations. It is enough that they wish to look upon, or say something to induce them to cast down their eyes, or be silent; a wish to hear a piece of news, or to know what is passing, is to them a subject of mortification so much the more meritorious, as it is more common, and that God alone is the witness.  To he often interrupted in a serious occupation, and to bear it with patience and sweetness; to suffer the inconveniences arising from places, persons, seasons, are so many occasions of exercising this virtue; and it may be affirmed with truth, that the most sublime sanctity commonly depends on the generosity and fidelity with which one turns all these little occasions to profit.

Come to me, all you that labor, and are burdened, and I will refresh you. St. Bernard

Come to me, all you that labor, and are burdened, and I will refresh you. – Christ and St. Bernard

And let no one say that a mortified life is a painful and sad one: “The yoke of Jesus Christ is always sweet, and his burden light.” Were the saints deceived when they said, “I super abound with joy in my tribulations?” “I am in a country,” says St Francis Xavier, in one of his letters, “where I want all the comforts of life; yet I feel such interior consolation, that by force of tears I am in danger of losing my sight.” ‘Let us have a little courage; it is the first step which is the most painful. Try—the thing is worth little which does not value our searching for it. If after fifteen days’ perfect and continual mortification we taste not those sweets which others experience, said a great servant of God, we may say the yoke of the Lord is heavy.

Say thrice: Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.