Words Of The Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary:
Establishing the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
“Behold this Heart, which has so loved men, as that It spared nothing, even to the exhausting and wearing Itself out, in order to show them Its love; and instead of acknowledgment, I receive, from the greater number, nothing but ingratitude, by their irreverences and sacrileges, and by the coldness and contempt wherewith they treat Me in the Sacrament of love. But what I feel most deeply is that they are hearts consecrated to Me which thus treat Me. It is on this account that I make this demand: the first Friday after Corpus Christi shall be devoted to Me, and you will receive Communion on this day, and give it as a reparation of honor, by an act of amendment to repair the insults during the time of It being exposed on the altar. I promise that My Heart will pour forth, with abundance, the influences of Its divine love upon all those who thus honor It, and shall do their best to have such honor paid to It.”
Promises of the Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary
In the Seventeenth Century, Our Lord appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alocoque, a Sister of the Visitation, saying these words:
“I promise, in the excess of the mercy of My Heart, that its all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Communion on the First Friday of every month for nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence, and that they shall not die under My displeasure, nor without the Sacraments, and that My Heart shall be their secure refuge at that last hour.”
PROMISES FOR PROMOTING DEVOTION TO THE SACRED HEART
O sweetest Jesus, Thou dost pour forth Thy love abundantly on men, while they repay Thee most ungratefully with neglect, indifference and contempt. Behold us humbly kneeling before Thine altar; we would fain repair this heartless ingratitude on the part of men, and the manifold injuries that are everywhere done to Thy most loving Heart, by a special act of homage.
Yet we are not unmindful that we, too, have had our part in this unworthy behavior; therefore are we moved to deep contrition, and, above all, we beg Thy mercy for ourselves; we are ready to atone, by this voluntary act of expiation, for the crimes which we ourselves have committed, as also for the sins of those who, straying far from the way of salvation, either refuse, in the blindness of their unbelief, to follow Thee, the Shepherd and Guide of their souls, or who trample upon the vows of their Baptism and shake off the sweet yoke of Thy law.
Not only are we anxious to expiate all these deplorable crimes, but in an especial manner do we purpose to make reparation for these following: immodesty and shameful excesses in life and dress; the many snares of corruption laid for the souls of the innocent; the neglect of holydays; the hateful blasphemies that are hurled against Thee and Thy Saints; the reproaches uttered against Thy Vicar on earth and all the priestly order; the neglect, also, of the very Sacrament of Thy love, as well as its profanation by horrifying sacrilege; and finally the public sins of hte nation in rebellion against the just rights and the teaching authority of the Church established by Thee.
Would that we were able to atone for all these outrages even to the shedding of our blood! Meanwhile, in order to atone for the violations of the honor due to Thee, we offer to Thee that selfsame satisfaction which of old Thou didst offer to the Father upon the holy Cross and which from day to day Thou dost continually renew upon the altars of Thy Church. To this we add the expiatory merits of Thy Virgin Mother, of all Thy Saints and of the devout faithful upon earth. With al our hearst we promise to atone, Thy grace assisting us, for our own past sins and those of all other men, as also for our coldness towards Tine exceeding great love, by a firm faith, spotless purity of life and the perfect fulfillment, so far as in us lies, of the law of the Gospel, and in particular of the precept of charity.
We likewise pledge ourselves in accordance with our strength to prevent such injuries from being done to Thee, and to invite as many as we can to follow Thee. Accept, we pray Theee, most gracious Jesus, through the intercession of Our Lady of Reparation, this our free-will offering of reparation, and be Thou pleased to keep us, by the great gift of final perseverance, faithful even unto death in our dutiful service of Thee, so that in the end we may all come to that our true native land, there Thou, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.
An indulgence of 5 years. A plenary indulgence once a month for the daily devout recitation of this prayer, on condition of confession, Communion and a visit to come church for public oratory.
The faithful, moreover, who, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, assist at this same act of reparation, adding thereto the Litany of the Sacred Heart, in any church or oratory, even semi-public (for those wo lawfully frequent it), in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament solemnly exposed may gain:
An indulgence of 7 years; A plenary indulgence, provided that they atone for their sins in Sacramental Confession and partake of the Eucharistic Table (S.P. Apos., June 1, 1928 and March 18, 1932)
Plenary Indulgences for the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The faithful who devoutly visit a church where the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is being celebrated may gain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions (Secret me., July 7, 1815; S.P. Apos. Nov. 4, 1934).