Book of the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart

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Enthronement of
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🔊 A Letter of Pope Pius XII (5:09) 005
🔊 The Twelve Promises of the
Sacred Heart of Jesus
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  1. I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
  2. I will establish peace in their families.
  3. I will bless every home where the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored.
  4. I will console them in all their difficulties
  5. I will be their refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.
  6. I will shed abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
  7. Sinners shall find in My Heart a fountain and boundless ocean of mercy.
  8. Tepid souls shall become more fervent.
  9. Fervent souls shall rise speedily to great perfection.
  10. I will give to priests the power of softening the hardest hearts.
  11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written on My Heart, never to be effaced.
  12. I promise you that in the excessive mercy of My Heart, My all-powerful love will grant to all who communicate on the First Friday of the month, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My displeasure, nor without their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment. I will reign through My Heart, despite Satan and his agents.

Flyer (handout), 12 Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

🔊 Foreword (9:20) 009

Part One

Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey, SS.CC.,
Founder and Apostle of the Enthronement

Chapter One 🔊 The Formation of an Apostle (36:51) 019
Chapter Two 🔊 World Crusader (37:52) 036

Part Two

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Chapter Three 🔊 The Doctrine of the Sacred Heart (41:42) 059
Chapter Four 🔊 The Promises of the Sacred Heart (52:36) 078

Part Three

The Social Reign of the Sacred Heart

Chapter Five 🔊 The Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the Home (1:20:29) 107

Two Page Enthronement Summary (handout, PDF)
Hymns for the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart (Click/Expand or Bypass)

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O Lord Sacred Heart
Please make our home Thy throne
Our humble service take to_ Thee
To spread Thy love’s renown
Until the whole world yields
All earth and heaven take
Thy sway o’er all hearts comforting
Thy right eternal reign.


(Pieter de Grebber – God Inviting Christ to Sit on the Throne at His Right Hand) Christ Jesus … Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man. He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross. For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names: That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth: And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father. — Philippians 2:5-11

Hymn for Enthronement – Postlude

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O, Sacred Heart, enthroned within our homes,
Thou art our Sovereign Lord and Master;
We want to please Thee every moment forward,
We want to be Thy faithful servants;
Thou add’st our pain and suf’fring to Thine own,
Limitless meritorious off’ring,
To God the Father, on His throne of Glory,
From where Thou reign’st over our homes every day.


Chapter Six 🔊 The Argument of Facts (36:16) 145
Chapter Seven 🔊 Night Adoration in the Home (49:32)

Night Adoration ⧉ is distinct from the work of the Enthronement, although a logical sequence of the former.

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Chapter Eight 🔊Tarcisians of the Sacred Heart (25:06) 187
Hymns for the Tarcisians of the Sacred Heart (Click/Expand or Bypass)

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Hymn of the Tarcisian League
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

(↑J.S. Bach, Liebster Immanuel↑ | ↓Felix Mendelssohn, Consolation↓)

1. We love Thee, Lord, and we will love Thee ever.
We long to see Thy Heart triumph and reign.
We long to help all souls to know and love Thee;
For this we give thee all our_ joy and pain.

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Yes, Thou must reign the Sovereign King of nations!
Thy love must be acknowledged and adored
Adveniat! must be our prayer unceasing,
Adveniat! O Heart of_ Christ Our Lord.

2. We promise Thee to fight against temptation
To offer Thee our prayer, our work, our play,
That Thou mayst reign in every home and country
That all men’s hearts may bend be_-neath Thy sway.
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3. Yes, we are Thine, Thine own, Thy child apostles,
And Thou didst love the little ones of yore,
So let us comfort Thee, O dearest Jesus,
This is the grace today We_ Thee implore.
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4. Bless us, dear Lord and bless all hearts that love Thee,
Bless Thou our homes, where Thou dost reign as King
Grant us the grace to win more hearts to love Thee
Grant us the grace more homes to_ Thee to bring.
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5. O King of Love, accept our weak endeavour,
See us Thy children gathered round Thee now.
We long to haste the coming of Thy Kingdom,
The day when all to Thy sweet_ yoke will bow.
Chorus

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Chapter Nine 🔊 Father Mateo, Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (13:44) 200
Chapter Ten 🔊 Wayside Shrines of the Sacred Heart (23:31) 207
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Part Four

Prayers 1 through 63 click out in a new window ⧉ Prayers and Devotions in Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary 223
1. Ejaculations and Invocations 2. The Litany of The Sacred Heart 3. Indulgenced Pious Practices
4. The Badge of the Sacred Heart 5. First Fridays 6. A Month Dedicated to The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
7. Act of Reparation 8. An Act of Reparation and Consecration 9. An Act of Consecration
10. An Act of Dedication of the Human Race 11. Prayers 12. Miscellaneous Prayers
13. Memorare to the Sacred Heart of Jesus 14. Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus 15. Prayer to the Sacred Heart
16. Daily Prayer to the Sacred Heart 17. For Forgiveness of Daily Neglects 18. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I Place My Trust in Thee
19. A Prayer For Nurses 20. Act of Consecration of Mothers and Babies to the Sacred Heart 21. Act of Thanksgiving and Consecration on the Birth of a New Baby
22. Offerings 23. Acts by which to Unite Oneself to the Heart of Jesus Praying in the Garden of Olives 24. Prayer to the Sacred Heart for Priests
25. Prayer for an Increase of Priests 26. Prayer for Students 27. Prayers to the Sacred Heart Not Generally Known
28. Prayer to the Eternal Father 29. Prayer of St. Ignatius 30. Example of St. Margaret Mary
31. Practice of St. Margaret Mary 32. Prayer through the Intercession of St. Margaret Mary 33. Prayer before an Image or Picture of the Sacred Heart
34. To Obtain a Conversion or any Spiritual Favor 35. Paraphrase of Te Deum, in honor of The Sacred Heart 36. Short Litany of Aspirations
37. Prayer 38. Prayer for the Agonizing 39. Prayer for Vocations
40. Easter Communion of Reparation 41. Daily Prayer to the Sacred Heart 42. A Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
43. Novena of Confidence to the Sacred Heart 44. Thirty-five Salutations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus 45. Prayer of love to the Sacred Heart
46. Beads in Honor of the Sacred Heart 47. Ejaculatory Prayers 48. Remember Thy Promises, O Divine Heart!
49. Prayer at the Hour of Death 50. Prayer to Obtain the Grace to Suffer 51. In Thanksgiving
52. Prayers in Honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary 53. Aspirations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary 54. Greetings to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
55. Invocations and Pious Practices 56. Devout Exercises 57. Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
58. Prayer to Our Lady, Queen of Peace 59. Novena to Our Lady Queen of Peace 60. Consecration to Our Lady of Peace
61. Prayers to Saints Joachim and Anne 62. To St. Joachim 63. To St. Anne

Appendix

I Ceremonials for the Enthronement 287
II Consecration of the Family to the Immaculate Heart of Mary 317
III Regulations and Indulgences 320
IV Some Suggestions for Priests 335
V Miserentissimus Redemptor– Encyclical of Pope Pius XI on Reparation to the Sacred Heart 351
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SacredHeart

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1. To Jesus’ Heart, all burning
With fervent love for men,
My heart with fondest yearning
Shall raise its joyful strain.
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While ages course along,
Blest be with loudest song
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
By ev’ry heart and tongue!
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
By ev’ry heart and tongue!
2. O Heart for me on fire
With love no man can speak;
My yet untold desire
God gives me for Thy sake.
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3. Too true I have forsaken
Thy love by willful sin;
Yet now let me be taken
Back to Thy fold again.
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4. As Thou art meek and lowly,
And ever pure of heart,
So may my heart be wholly
Of Thine the counterpart,
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5. O that to me were given
The pinions of a dove,
I’d speed aloft to heaven,
My Jesus’ love to prove.
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6. When life away is flying,
And earth’s false glare is done;
Still, Sacred heart, in dying
I’ll say I’m all Thine own.
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Amen.

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The hymn “To Jesus’ Heart All Burning” was quite well known during World War II due to its inclusion in the “Song and Service Book for Ship and Field Army and Navy” as well as the parallel Chapel edition “The Hymnal Army and Navy” (1942).

Numerous millions were included in the duffel bags of sailors and soldiers.

The little, rugged and handsomely bound ship and field book contains the Stations of the Cross, used on this site, able to be used within an appropriately equipped chapel or indeed anywhere.

“To Jesus’ Heart All Burning” appears consciously to be a composition of the College Fight Song genre, though it would have been performed by servicemen themselves in a more reverential form.

With lack of privacy, and lack of the normal segregation between religious congregations the folks at home had always experienced— to get a sense of the times, in the 1921 Army-Navy Hymnal, while there were “Catholic” and “Jewish” sections, the Protestant section of the hymnal was listed as “Patriotic”, perhaps implying that the other, minority confessions were other than patriotic—servicemen deployed far throughout the world, in practice shared each others’ religious services. Thus, millions of non-Catholics received exposure to the message of the Sacred Heart which they would otherwise not have received.


Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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.

Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mother,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, abode of Justice and Love,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, full of Goodness and Love,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, King and Center of all hearts,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, in Whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, in Whom dwells all the fullness of the Divinity,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, in Whom the Father was well pleased,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, of Whose fullness we have all received,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke Thee,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, loaded down with reproaches,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, obedient unto death,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, Victim for sin,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust in Thee,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee,

Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, delight of all the saints,

Have mercy on 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.

Jesus, meek and humble of Heart,

Make our hearts like unto Thine.

Let us pray. O Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thy dearly beloved Son, and upon the praise and satisfaction which He offers Thee in the name of sinners and for those who seek Thy mercy; be Thou appeased, and grant us pardon in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.


Consecration of the Human Race
to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thee. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy Most Sacred Heart.

Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart.

Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.

Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof; call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.

Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism; refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy toward the children of that race, once Thy chosen people. Of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life.

Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and Honor forever. Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come!


Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Most sweet Jesus, whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before Thee, eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries to which Thy loving Heart is everywhere subject.

Mindful, alas! that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask Thy pardon and declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation, not only for our own personal offenses, but also for the sins of those, who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow Thee, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the promises of their baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Thy law.

We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against Thee; we are determined to make amends for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holydays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee and Thy Saints.

We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Thy Vicar on earth and Thy priests are subjected; for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege of the very Sacrament of Thy Divine Love; and lastly for the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which Thou hast founded.

Would, O Divine Jesus, that we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Thy divine honor, the satisfaction Thou didst once make to Thine Eternal Father on the cross and which Thou continuest to renew daily on our altars; we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Thy Virgin Mother and all the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of Thy grace, for all neglect of Thy great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the past.

Henceforth, we will live a life of unwavering faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the Gospel and especially that of charity. We promise to the best of our power to prevent others from offending Thee and to bring as many as possible to follow Thee.

O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to Thee, so that we may all one day come to that happy home, where with the Father and the Holy Ghost Thou livest and reignest, God, world without end. Amen.


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1. Sweet Lady of the Sacred Heart, Thy peerless Virgin charms;
Wooed Jesus from His heavenly throne To rest within Thy arms. (2×)

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Sweet Lady, Sweet Lady, Sweet Lady of the Sacred Heart.

2. Sweet Lady of the Sacred Heart, What joy Thy Bosom filled;
When close to Thine Thy Infant’s Heart, In gentle pulses thrilled. (2×)
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3. Sweet Lady of the Sacred Heart, From Jesus’ open side;
On Thee the Water and the Blood, Flowed as a saving tide. (2×)
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4. Sweet Lady of the Sacred Heart, Proclaim Thy pow’r above;
From Jesus’ wounds send piercing darts, Transfix our souls with love. (2×)
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5. Sweet Lady of the Sacred Heart, When death with icy hand;
Lays on our frightened hearts his touch, O! Mary near us stand. (2×)
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6. Sweet Lady of the Sacred Heart, If Thou wilt hover near;
Death’s deepest shades in Thy clear light, Will quickly disappear. (2×)
CHORUS

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Prof. Plinio Correa de Oliveira)

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OUR POWERFUL ADVOCATE IN HEAVEN

June is the Month Dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

In this article written by Professor Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira in 1940, it expresses the thoughts of this illustrious Catholic thinker. These insights still remain astonishingly valid today. He stated, “If an impenitent humanity can expect every catastrophe, a repentant humanity can expect every mercy.” Since then, humanity has not shown “the least beginning of an efficacious, serious and profound repentance,” but instead has further aggravated its sinful state. Hence, it is no surprise that God is compelled to apply His justice, making Our Lady’s role as Advocate of Sinners only more urgent.

If there was ever an epoch whose only hope for a remedy can be the Sacred Heart of Jesus, it is our own. It would be useless to attenuate the enormity of the crimes committed by humanity everywhere. In one of his encyclicals, Pius XI said that the moral degradation of the contemporary world is such as to place it in the imminence of being cast into spiritual conditions even more miserable than those in which the world found itself when our Savior came.

In other words, the errors accumulated throughout the centuries that preceded us—the deliriums of the pseudo-Reformation, the diabolical audacities of the Encyclopedia movement, unbridled moral libertinism, the crimes of the French Revolution, the apostasy of German philosophers—created an ambience of universal corruption that culminated in the catastrophes, chaos and runaway lewdness that humanity witnesses in the twentieth century. And in the abyss into which we have plunged, iniquity is so profound that Pius XI feared that to a large majority of men, the infinite benefits of Redemption, which Our Lord brought to the world, might be canceled out.

Naturally, the sight of so many crimes suggests the idea of divine revenge. When we look at this sinful world, groaning amid the tortures of a thousand crises and a thousand anguishes and still remaining unrepentant; when we look at the horrifying advance of neo-paganism that is about to govern all mankind; finally, when we see cowardice, negligence and disunion among those who still have not joined the side of evil, our souls tremble at the thought of the catastrophes that the obstinate impiety of this generation accumulates upon it.

It would be somewhat liberal to imagine that such crimes do not deserve chastisement and that such an apostasy of the masses has taken place merely owing to an intellectual error not entailing the commission of a grave sin by humanity. This is not reality. God does not abandon His creatures, and if the latter fall away from Him, they only have themselves to blame.

God Wishes to Save Mankind from Catastrophe

Is there no other alternative for humanity today but to disappear in a deluge of mud and fire? Can we hope for no other future but an ignominious sunset in which final impenitence will be punished with the supreme scourges Scripture announces as the telltale signs of the world’s end?

The destruction of Sodom and Gomarrah

This would be the case undoubtedly if God were to set only His justice in motion, and we do not even know whether the world would have reached the twenty-first century of our era, but since God is not only just but also merciful, the gate of salvation has still not been closed for us.

A humanity that perseveres in impiety can expect God’s rigorous punishments. But God, Who is infinitely merciful, does not want the death of sinful mankind but that it “may be converted and live.” Thus, His grace seeks out insistently all men to have them give up their evil ways and return to the Good Shepherd’s fold.

If an impenitent humanity can expect every catastrophe, a repentant humanity can expect every mercy, and to obtain that, it is not necessary for repentance to have finished carrying out its work of restoration. It is enough for the sinner, though still in the bottom of the abyss, to turn to God with a simple but efficacious, serious and profound beginning of repentance, and he will immediately find God’s help, as God never forgets him.

The Holy Ghost says in Scripture: “Can a woman forget her infant, so as not to have pity on the son of her womb? and if she should forget, yet will not I forget thee” (Isaias 49:15). Even in extreme cases in which a paroxysm of evil would exhaust a mother’s forbearance, God does not tire. For God’s mercy benefits the sinner even when divine justice strikes him with a thousand scourges on his way of iniquity.

The Infinite Love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

These two essential images of divine justice and mercy should be raised constantly before contemporary man’s eyes.

Jesus and the adulterous woman

That of justice, so he does not harshly presume he will be saved without merits; that of mercy, so he does not despair of salvation as long as he wishes to amend himself. And if the hecatombs of our days speak so clearly of God’s justice, what better image would there be to complete this picture than the Sun of Mercy, which is the Sacred Heart of Jesus?

God is charity, and hence the mere enunciation of the Most Holy Name of Jesus recalls the idea of love: The unfathomable and infinite love that led the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity to become incarnate!

This love is expressed in the incomprehensible humiliation of a God who manifests Himself to men as a poor boy born in a manger.

This love transpired throughout the thirty years of a recollected life in humble and strict poverty and in the incessant toils of three years of evangelization in which the Son of Man sowed love and reaped ingratitude.

This love was demonstrated at that Last Supper that was preceded by Our Lord’s generosity in washing His disciples’ feet and crowned with the institution of the Eucharist.

This love appeared in that last kiss given to Judas, the supreme gaze on Saint Peter, the affronts suffered in patience and meekness, the sufferings born until all His strength was spent; and it appeared on His pardon by which Dimas stole Heaven and in the extreme donation of His heavenly Mother to miserable humanity.

Each of those episodes has been studied meticulously by scholars, piously meditated by saints, marvelously depicted by artists, and above all, incomparably celebrated by the Church’s liturgy. There is only one way to speak about the Sacred Heart of Jesus: It is to recall every one of those instances appropriately and in detail.

The Holy Church, by venerating the Sacred Heart, wants nothing more than to render special praise to the infinite love that Our Lord Jesus Christ gave men. Since the heart symbolizes love, by venerating His Heart, the Church celebrates Love.

Our Lady: God’s Most Beloved

Not one of the varied and beautiful invocations with which the Church refers to Our Lady fails to show a relationship between her and God’s love. These invocations either celebrate a gift of God to which Our Lady was perfectly faithful or a special power that she has upon her divine Son.

Now then, what do God’s gifts prove if not a special love of the Creator, and what does Our Lady’s power with God prove, but that same love? God loved Our Lady so much that He concentrated in her all the perfections that a mere creature can possess. Thus, while she could be appropriately called “Mirror of Justice” she can also be called “Imploring Omnipotence” as no grace is obtained without Our Lady, and there is no grace that she could fail in obtaining for us.

Therefore, to invoke Our Lady under the title of the Sacred Heart is to make a most beautiful synthesis of all other invocations; it is to recall the most pure and beautiful reflection of Divine Motherhood; it is to resonate all the chords of love and enunciate the various invocations of the Hail Holy Queen.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

SINFUL HUMANITY’S ADVOCATE

But there is an invocation that I would especially like to recall. It is Advocate of Sinners. Our Lord is Judge; and however great His mercy may be, He cannot fail to exert that function.

The two hearts of Jesus and Mary

In no other creature is Our Lord more perfectly reflected than in His holy Mother Mary. Stained glass of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Saint Mugo’s Church, Scotland.
However, Our Lady is only an advocate, and no one ignores that the advocate’s function is to defend the accused.

So, to say that Our Lady of the Sacred Heart is our advocate is to recognize that we have in Heaven an intercessor whose hands hold the key to an infinite ocean of mercy.

What better solution for a humanity that ignoring justice falls deeper into sin, but when faced with it, despairs of salvation? Let us show Justice, since to do so is a duty whose omission has produced most lamentable fruits.

But alongside Justice, which strikes the unrepentant, let us never forget Mercy, which helps seriously repentant sinners to abandon sin and be saved.


Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, animated with a desire to repair the outrages unceasingly offered to Thee, we prostrate before Thy throne of mercy, and in the name of all mankind, pledge our love and fidelity to Thee!

The more Thy mysteries are blasphemed, the more firmly we shall believe them, O Sacred Heart of Jesus!

The more impiety endeavors to extinguish our hopes of immortality, the more we shall trust in Thy Heart, sole hope of mankind!

The more hearts resist Thy Divine attractions, the more we shall love Thee, O infinitely amiable heart of Jesus!

The more unbelief attacks Thy Divinity, the more humbly and profoundly we shall adore It, O Divine Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy holy laws are transgressed and ignored, the more we shall delight to observe them, O most holy Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy Sacraments are despised and abandoned, the more frequently we shall receive them with love and reverence, O most liberal Heart of Jesus!

The more the imitation of Thy virtues is neglected and forgotten, the more we shall endeavor to practice them, O Heart, model of every virtue!

The more the devil labors to destroy souls, the more we shall be inflamed with desire to save them, O Heart of Jesus, zealous Lover of souls!

The more sin and impurity destroy the image of God in man, the more we shall try by purity of life to be a living temple of the Holy Spirit, O Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy Holy Church is despised, the more we shall endeavor to be her faithful children, O Sweet Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy Vicar on earth is persecuted, the more we will honor him as the infallible head of Thy Holy Church, show our fidelity and pray for him, O kingly Heart of Jesus!

O Sacred Heart, through Thy powerful grace, may we become Thy apostles in the midst of a corrupted world, and be Thy crown in the kingdom of heaven.

Amen.

Praise and adoration ever more be given to the most holy Sacrament!


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O Sacred Heart, What Shall I Render Thee?
Sunday School Hymn Book,
page 56
Sisters of Notre Dame
Boston, 1907
1. O Sacred Heart, what shall I render Thee,
For all the gifts Thou hast bestowed on me?
O Heart of God, Thou seem’st but to implore,
That I should love Thee daily more and more.
CHORUS
CHORUS
Then I will love Thee,
Then I will love Thee,
Then I will love Thee
Daily more and more.
2. O Heart of Jesus, come and live in me,
That with thy love my heart consumed may be;
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I implore,
That I may love Thee daily more and more.
CHORUS
3. O Sacred Heart, the sunshine of our days,
Be Thine the songs of everlasting praise,
Whose strains shall break, on the eternal shore,
Where we shall love and praise Thee evermore.
CHORUS
4. Dear Sacred Heart in life’s last, awful hour,
Oh! let us feel Thy love’s Almighty pow’r,
Oh! Then o’er all this grace we Thee implore,
That we may love and trust Thee more and more.
CHORUS
5. O Sacred Heart, be this our life’s one aim,
To labor for the glory of Thy name;
O dearest Heart, this grace we Thee implore,
That all the world may know and love Thee more.
CHORUS


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Anonymous The Sodalist’s Hymnal (1887)
1. Thy life, O Lord, is ebbing fast,
Thine eyes are growing dim at last;
How near to death Thou art!
I hear Thou heave one heavy sigh:
It is the last, the loudest cry
That broke Thy Sacred Heart,
That broke Thy Sacred Heart.
2. The scene, the dreadful scene is o’er–
The wicked men can do no more,
Thy head is on Thy breast;
The thorns, the nails Thou dost not fear,
The cruel scoff, the bitter jeer–
Thy Heart is now at rest,
Thy Heart is now at rest.
3. Thy voice, that made the demons flee,
That waked the dead and calmed the sea,
Itself in death is hushed;
But O, we have this comfort sweet,
Our foes lie prostrate at Thy feet,
The serpent’s head is crushed,
The serpent’s head is crushed.
4. Thy corpse is hanging on the tree,
While mocking crowds in impious glee
The murd’rous act applaud;
But quiv’ring earth and darkened skies,
The crumbling rocks, the dead that rise,
Proclaim Thee to be God,
Proclaim Thee to be God.
5. Yes, Jesus, bruised and marked with blood,
And fastened to the dripping wood,
To me Thou art the same,
As throned on Thabor’s shining mount,
Or in the heav’ns, of bliss the Fount,
In glory and in shame,
In glory and in shame.
6. O, may Thy last, Thy piercing cry,
The Blood that pleaded loud on high,
For me be not in vain!
O, make me treat the world as dross,
And glory only in the Cross,
On which Thou wouldst be slain,
On which Thou wouldst be slain!
Amen.

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