SACRED HEART The Sacred Heart (also known as Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the most widely practiced and well-known devotions, taking Jesus physical heart as the representation of his divine love for humanity. The image of Sacred Heart has traditionally been understood as a symbol of God’s love for humanity in the Christ, and also to symbolize the heart of Jesus wounded by sin.
The Sacred Heart is oftenrepresent in Christian art as aflaming heart shining with divinelight, pierced by thewound, encircled by the crown ofthorns. The wounds and crown ofthorns allude to the manner ofJesus death, while the firerepresents the transformativepower of divine love.
• The love of the heart of Jesus is essentially merciful.• His role on earth was not to condemn but to forgive, not to avoid those who suffer but to comfort them.• The love of the heart of Jesus is the exact opposite to the spirit of the evils of our times.
QUICK FACTS: The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus falls on June 7, 2013. Other Names for the Feast: The Solemnity of the Most SacredHeart of Jesus. Readings: Hosea 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9; Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6;Ephesians 3:8-12; John 19:31-37 The Feast of the Sacred Heart reminds us that we are called tothe fullness of life through the love of Jesus. It is celebrated 19 days after Pentecost Sunday, which falls onthe 50th day of Easter.
HISTORY OF THE FEAST The feast of the Sacred Heart was celebrated on August 31, 1670, inRennes, France, through the efforts of Fr. Jean Eudes (1602-1680). FromRennes, the devotion spread, but it took the visions of St. MargaretMary Alacoque (1647-1690) for the devotion to become universal. >St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) • Experienced visions in which Jesus asked for a special devotion to his Sacred Heart. • He was chosen by Christ to reveal the desires of his heart and to confide the task of inspiring new life to the devotion.
>After she received the Vision of the Sacred Heart, whichpopularized the devotion, she was scorned by her mothersuperior who thought her to be delusional. . Under the guidance of her spiritual director, St. Claude Colombiere. St. Margaret was able to promote the devotion. Several books have been published on her extensive letters, sayings and the revelations given to her by Our Lord. The Devotion became quite popular after St. Margaret Mary’s death in 1690 because the Church initially had doubts about the validity of St. Margaret Mary’s vision. It wasn’t until 1765 that the feast was celebrated officially in France. The feast is celebrated on the day requested by our Lord-the Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi, or 19 days after Pentecost Sunday
GOD’S PROMISES IN RESPONSE TO THOSE WHO C O N S E C R AT E T H E M S E LV E S A N D M A K E R E PA R AT I O N S T O H I S S A C R E D H E A R T: He will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life. He will establish peace in their homes. He will comfort them in all their afflictions. He will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death. He will bestow abundant blessings upon all undertakings. Sinners will find in His heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
Lukewarm souls shall become fervent.Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.He will bless every place in which an image of HisHeart is exposed and honored.He will give to priests the gift of touching the mosthardened hearts.Those who shall promote this devotion shall havetheir names written in his Heart.
THE DEVOTIONS ATTACHED TO THESE PROMISES ARE: Receiving Communion frequently First Fridays: going to CONFESSION and receiving theEucharist on the first Friday of each month for nineconsecutive months. Holy Hour: Eucharistic Adoration for one hour onThursdays. Holy Hour can be made alone or as part of agroup with formal prayers.