Prayers and Devotions from The Imitation of the Sacred Heart
All of the following prayers are found verbatim in the writings of Blessed Margaret Mary.
ADORATION AND THANKSGIVING
O MY GOD! with a
most lively faith and profound veneration I adore Thee, and thank Thee
for all the graces I have received from Thy bounty, especially for the
grace of my creation, redemption, and preservation, for the gift of the
true faith, and for having preserved me during the past night from
OFFERING AND INTENTION
O SACRED HEART! I
give and consecrate myself entirely to Thee: my heart, my memory, and
my will, in order that everything I shall do and suffer be done for Thy
honor and for love of Thee; that I may love Thee in all I see and hear;
that all my words may be so many acts of adoration, love, and praise of
Thy infinite Majesty; that every movement of my lips be an act of
contrition for the sins which I have committed, and for the omissions
of which I was guilty. Most amiable, Divine Heart, would that I could
draw me to Thee as often as I breathe; that I could offer Thee to the
Eternal Father as often as I respire, in thanksgiving for all Thy
Trusting in Thy infinite mercy, I also form the intention of gaining
all the holy indulgences to be gained today, and I implore Thee to let
them aid the salvation of my soul. I moreover unite in all the prayers,
good works, and holy intentions of the Church militant, suffering, and
triumphant. Thus submitting my whole being to the dispositions of Thy
most holy will, I implore Thee, O Lord, for Thy holy blessing.
PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
HAIL, most amiable Mistress, O holy Mother of my God! I venerate thee
with all my heart, and resign into thy hands my liberty, imploring thee
to be the guide of my steps, the mistress of my life, and the rule of
all my intentions, desires, and actions. Most holy Virgin, be thou my
star in the ocean of life, the secure haVen of my eternal salvation.
Obtain for me, together with thy protection and blessing, the grace to
live and die like thee.
TO THE GUARDIAN ANGEL AND HOLY PATRONS
HOLY Guardian Angel, and ye, my holy Patrons, hail! Grant me, I pray, your mighty protection and help. Amen.
DIVINE Heart of Jesus, living in the heart of Mary! I implore Thee to
live and reign in the hearts of all men, and to enkindle in them the
flames of Thy pure love.
ADORATION AND INVOCATION
MOST Sacred and Divine
Heart of Jesus! convinced of my unworthiness, I prostrate myself before
Thee to do Thee homage, to adore, love, and praise Thee as much as is
in my power. O Jesus, my most sincere Friend! I expose to Thee all my
wants, I discover to Thee all my miseries, my weakness, my tepidity and
sloth-----in a word, all the wounds of my soul, and
fervently implore Thee to let Thyself be moved to pity by them, and
that Thou wouldst come to my aid according to the magnitude of Thy
(Examine your conscience.)
ACT OF CONTRITION
O SACRED HEART of
my Jesus! by that ardent love which consumed thee on the Cross, a
Victim of love and of suffering, and induced Thee to continue this
sacrifice on our altars to the end of time, I, Thy miserable, sinful
child, beseech Thee to grant me pardon for all the sins and outrages
which I committed against Thee, for all ingratitude and infidelity of
which I was guilty, and for my forgetfulness of Thee. Pardon all the
sins of my life. I hate them, because Thou dost hate them; I detest
them, because Thou dost detest them. For love of Thee I am sorry for
having committed them, and should feel the greatest compunction for
them even if there were neither Heaven nor Hell, solely because they
offended Thee, Who art infinite goodness and worthy to be loved above
all things. I would rather die a thousand times than offend Thee again,
Whom I love above my life.
COMMENDATION TO THE SACRED HEART
O MOST amiable Heart of Jesus! let me, my relations, and friends, and
all that have commended themselves to my prayer, and for whom I am
bound to pray, experience Thy most powerful aid. Assist them
individually in their necessities. O Heart full of mercies! convert all
hardened hearts, console the Souls in Purgatory, be a refuge of the
dying, the consolation of all distressed and suffering. Above all, be
the refuge of my soul at the hour of death, and receive it into the
bosom of Thy mercy.
In it I sleep securely and rest in peace. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc.
MOST sacred Heart! I select Thee as my resting-place, that Thou mayst
be my strength in combat, my support in weakness, my light and guide in
darkness, the expiation of my faults, and the sanctification of my
intentions and actions, which I unite with Thine. Amen.
DEVOTIONS FOR HOLY MASS
AT THE INTROIT
O MY GOD! I offer
Thee the infinite merits of this holy Sacrifice of the precious Body
and Blood of my Redeemer in satisfaction for my sins: to implore Thee
to cause Thy grace to become efficacious in me, and that. Thou mayest
make me persevere in good works; that thou mayest fulfill Thy holy will
in me, and grant me the grace to mortify my own will, together with a
lively faith, a steadfast hope, and an ardent love; and that at the end
of my life I may have true contrition and a happy death. Be pleased,
also, to accept this sacrifice in union with all the desires,
sentiments, affections, and beatings of the Sacred Heart. Again I
offer Thee, O my God, this holy Mass for the exaltation of holy Church,
for our holy Father, the Pope, for our country and its needs, for all
those in spiritual fellowship with me, for all ecclesiastical Orders,
and for this community, the care of whose spiritual and temporal
welfare I commend to Thee. Give us, O Lord, the spirit of true charity
I beseech Thee
also for the conversion of sinners and infidels, for the destruction of
heresies, and for the release of the Souls in Purgatory, the
consolation of the afflicted and suffering, and the assistance of the
dying. O my God! whilst I unite myself with all the holy intentions
Thou didst have when instituting this holy Sacrifice I implore Thee to
distribute the merits of this holy Mass, and of all the holy Masses
celebrated today according to these intentions; for I wish in all my
prayers only that Thy Divine will be fulfilled, and that the fulness of
Thy grace descend upon us.
FROM THE GLORIA TILL AFTER THE EPISTLE
ETERNAL FATHER, receive, I beseech Thee, the offering that I make of
the Heart of Jesus Christ, Thy well-beloved Son, as He offers Himself
to Thee in sacrifice. Be pleased to receive this offering for me, with
all the desires, all the sentiments, all the affections, all the
pulsations, all the actions of this sacred Heart. They are all mine,
since He immolates Himself for me; and I desire for the future never to
have any other intentions but His. Receive them in satisfaction for my
sins, and in thanksgiving for all Thy benefits. Receive, them and grant
me, through their merits, all the graces I stand in need of, and
particularly the grace of final perseverance. Receive them as so many
acts of love, adoration, and praise, which I offer to Thy Divine
Majesty, since it is by Him alone that Thou art worthily honored and
AT THE GOSPEL
My Jesus was obedient unto death, even unto the death of the Cross.
(Rising, and signing forehead, lips, and breast with the Sign of the
Cross:) O God! be Thou in my thoughts, on my lips, and in my heart,
that I may worthily receive Thy holy gospel!
O Sacred Heart of Jesus! to Thee I devote and offer up my life,
thoughts, words, actions, pains, and sufferings. My entire being shall
henceforward only be employed in loving, serving, honoring, and
glorifying Thee. Be Thou, O most sacred Heart, the sole object of my
love, the Protector of my life, the Pledge of my salvation, and my
secure refuge at the hour of death. Be Thou also, O most bountiful
heart, my justification at the throne of God, and screen me from His
anger, which I have so justly merited. In Thee I place all my
confidence, and, convinced as I am of my own weakness, I rely entirely
on Thy compassionate mercy. Annihilate in me all that is displeasing
and offensive to Thy pure eyes. Imprint Thyself like a Divine seal on
my heart, that I may ever remember my obligations and never be
separated from Thee. May my name also, I beseech Thee by Thy tender
goodness, ever be fixed and engraven on Thee, O Book of Life, and may I
be a victim consecrated to Thy glory ever burning with the flames of
Thy pure love, both in time and in eternity. In this I place all my
happiness; this is all my desire, to live and to die in no other
quality but that of Thy devoted servant. Amen.
FROM THE CREDO TO THE SANCTUS
O MOST sacred, most Divine, most adorable Heart of Jesus! I adore Thy
supreme Majesty with all the powers of my soul; and because of Thine
infinite goodness I will, through a feeling of fear and respect, keep
myself continually attentive not to offend Thee. O Heart most holy, I
love Thee, and I desire to love Thee supremely above all things,
detesting sin with my whole strength and power: and as I belong wholly
to Thee, having received life from Thee amidst such bitter sorrows on
the cross, I hope that Thou wilt have pity on my weakness and misery,
and wilt not permit me to be lost eternally. I otTer myself, then,
wholly to Thee, O Heart of love, and desire that my whole being, my
life, and my sufferings should all tend to love, honor, and glorify
Thee in time and eternity. O Heart most amiable, I love Thee as my
sovereign good; in Thee I find all my happiness and all my joy, for
Thou alone art worthy of the love of all hearts. Would that my heart
might be worthy to be consumed through the vehemence of that love which
causes me to renew with my whole heart all the promises I have ever
made unto Thee! Preserve me from offending Thee, and make me ever do
that which is most agreeable to Thee! O Heart, the source of pure love,
why am I not all heart with which to love Thee, and all spirit with
which to adore Thee! Grant me at least this grace, namely, that I may
love only Thee, and all else in Thee, through Thee, and for Thee; that
my memory may only be occupied by Thee; that I may henceforth have no
understanding but to know Thee, no will or affection but to love Thee,
no tongue but to make known Thy praises, no eyes but to see Thee, no
hands but to serve Thee, no feet but to seek Thee, so that one day I
may love Thee without the fear of ever losing Thee. Amen.
DURING THE CANON
Thirty-three Salutations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Hail, Heart of Jesus-----Save me!
Hail, Heart of my Savior-----Deliver me!
Hail, Heart of my Judge-----Pardon me!
Hail, Heart of my Spouse-----Love me!
Hail, Heart of my Master-----Teach me!
Hail, Heart of my King-----Crown me!
Hail, Heart of my Benefactor-----Enrich me!
Hail, Heart of my Pastor-----Keep me!
Hail, Heart of my Friend-----Caress me!
Hail, Heart of my Infant Jesus-----Attract me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus, dying on the Cross-----Atone for me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus! in all its Condition-----Give Thyself to me!
Hail, Heart of my Brother-----Remain with me!
Hail, Heart of incomparable goodness-----Forgive me!
Hail, Magnificent Heart-----Shine forth in me!
Hail, Most amiable Heart-----Inflame me!
Hail, Charitable Heart-----Work in me!
Hail, Merciful Heart-----Answer for me!
Hail, Most Humble Heart-----Repose in me!
Hail, Most Patient Heart-----Bear with me!
Hail, Most Faithful Heart-----Make satisfaction for me!
Hail, Most Admirable and Most Worthy Heart-----Bless me!
Hail, Heart Most Peaceful -----Calm me!
Hail, Most Desirable and Most Beautiful-----Delight me!
Hail, Illustrious and Perfect Heart-----Ennoble me!
Hail, Sacred Heart Most Holy, and Balm Most Precious-----Preserve and sanctify me!
Hail, Heart Most Holy and Most Salutary-----Reform me!
Hail, Heart Most Blessed, True Physician and Remedy for all our ills-----Heal me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus, Consolation of the afflicted-----Comfort me!
Hail, Most loving Heart, burning Furnace-----Consume me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus, Model of perfection-----Enlighten me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus, Source of all happiness-----Strenghten me!
Hail, Heart of eternal benediction-----Call me to Thee!
AT THE ELEVATION OF THE SACRED HOST
O MY Saviour! with sincere humility I adore Thee, and offer Thee up, by
the hands of the priest, to Thy heavenly Father in reparation for my
sins and for the sins of the whole world.
AT THE ELEVATION OF THE CHALICE
Most precious Blood, flow on my soul and sanctify it! May the love
through which Thou wast shed for me be enkindled in my heart, and
AFTER THE CONSECRATION
O SWEETEST JESUS! I
unite my soul with Thine. I unite my heart, my spirit, my life, and my
intentions with Thy Heart, Thy Spirit, Thy Life, and Thy intentions,
and present them thus united to Thy heavenly Father.
Receive me, O Eternal
Father, through the merits of Thy Divine Son, which I offer up to Thee
with the priest and the entire Church. Hidden in His wounds, covered with His Blood, and adorned with His
merits I appear before
Thee. Cast me not away from Thy countenance, but receive me into the
arms of Thy paternal goodness, and grant me the grace of salvation. O
my God! I thank Thee for all Thy benefits, for Thy sacred Passion, and
for the institution of the holy sacraments, especially for the Most
(Say the Pater Noster.)
AFTER THE PATER NOSTER
Thee, O Sacred Heart, I adore Thee, I praise Thee, I bless Thee, and I
love Thee with all the strength and all the love of which my heart is
capable; but I beseech Thee to increase its capacity and augment my
love so that I may love Thee still more, and that this love may make me
forever all Thine. This favor I ask for all hearts that are capable of
loving Thee, but particularly for my own cold, rebellious, and
unfaithful heart which has so long abused Thy graces, and ever resists
and offends Thee. I am so lukewarm in Thy service that, were it not for
Thy infinite mercy Thou wouldst long since have vomited me forth and
cast me from Thee as an object of horror and disgust, deserving to
suffer eternally all the rigors' of Thy just anger. But I conjure Thee,
O Sacred Heart of my Jesus! by that burning charity which consumed Thee
as a Victim of Love and suffering upon the Cross, and which will retain
Thee as a Victim upon our altars until the end of time, to grant me, a
poor miserable sinner, the pardon of all the sins which I have
committed through ingratitude, forgetfulness, or want of fidelity, and
all the other injuries which I have heaped upon Thee, and for which I
repent from the bottom of my heart. I ask pardon for them with all the
grief and regret of which I am capable. I would that I could shed my
blood by means of all the torments imaginable, and thus satisfy Thy
Divine justice, and repair the outrages
which I have committed against Thee. I accept beforehand all the
sufferings with which Thou wilt be pleased to chastise me in this life,
with the exception of being abandoned to myself and to sin, and of
being thus deprived of Thy love. O most amiable Saviour, do not give me
over to such a dread shame as that of not loving Thee! Rather let me be
tormented by all the pains of Hell than be one moment without loving
Thee. O Divine Heart, source of all love and goodness! do not forget
Thy mercies and condemn to eternal privation of Thy love a heart which
desires to live only for Thee, and to breathe and aspire only for Thy
love in time and eternity! O most loving heart of my Lord Jesus Christ,
graciously hear my humble petition, and grant me the grace I most
earnestly ask of Thee, namely, that of my true conversion. I have such
a detestation and horror for the past, that I would rather be plunged
into the abyss of Hell than return and continue as before; but, my
Jesus, if Thou wilt condemn me to the flames, let them be those of Thy
pure love. Yes, cast me into this burning furnace, to remove every
vestige of my past offences. And if the excess of Thy goodness prompt
Thee to accord me still another grace, I ask of Thee nothing less than
the most sweet torment of love. Grant, I beseech Thee, that I may be
consumed thereby and entirely transformed into Thee. In revenge for my
not having loved Thee, and for my inordinate self-love, pierce, O
Jesus, my ungrateful heart through and through with the dart of Thy
pure love, in such a manner that henceforth it may be incapable of
containing any earthly or human affection, but solely the plenitude of
Thy pure love, which shall leave me no other liberty but that of loving
Thee in suffering and in the accomplishment of Thy most holy will in
These, then, most sacred Heart, are the graces which I humbly beseech
Thee to grant unto me, and to all those hearts which are capable of
loving Thee; and I ask for them and for myself the grace of living and
dying in this same holy love. Amen.
ETERNAL FATHER! I offer up to Thee my intellect, that it may learn to know Thee alone.
Sweetest Jesus! I offer up to Thee my memory, that it may remember Thee alone.
Holy Ghost, Spirit of charity! I offer up to Thee my will, that Thou mayest enkindle and warm it by Thy Divine love.
Adorn my soul with Thy seven gifts, and let me become Thy pure temple.
Fill me with Thy grace, and prepare my heart to receive spiritually my
Jesus, my God! as my sins render me unworthy to receive Thee into my
heart, do Thou receive me into Thine, and unite me so perfectly with It
that nothing may ever be able to separate me even for a moment from
Thee. Engulf my misery and my nothingness in the abyss of Thy mercy,
that I, changed into Thee, may henceforth live only for Thee, by Thee,
and in Thee. Come, therefore, Thou, my only satisfaction, come to take
possession of this heart, which belongs to Thee, and cannot live one
moment without Thee.
I THANK Thee, O my Saviour, that Thou wast pleased to unite Thyself
spiritually with me. I offer up myself totally and without reserve to
Thee, that it may please Thee to fulfill in me all Thou dost desire to
accomplish. Destroy in me the spirit of self-love, humble in me
whatever proudly asserts itself, and destroy whatever is opposed to
Consecration to the Sacred Heart
LORD JESUS, holy and sweet Love of our souls, Who didst promise that
where two or three are gathered together in Thy name there wilt Thou be
in their midst: behold our hearts united with one accord to adore,
praise, love, and please Thy most holy and Sacred Heart, to which we
dedicate and consecrate ours for time and eternity, renouncing forever
all love and affection which are not in the love and dependence of Thy
adorable Heart, desiring that all the wishes, aspirations, and
affections of our hearts may be always conformable to the good pleasure
of Thine, which we wish to satisfy as much as we are able. But as we
can do no good of ourselves, we beseech Thee, O most adorable Jesus, by
the infinite goodness and sweetness of Thy most sacred Heart, to
support ours by confirming them in the resolution we have made to love
and serve Thee, so that nothing may ever separate or detach us from
Thee, but that we may be faithful and constant in this resolution,
sacrificing to the love of Thy sacred Heart whatever may give vain
pleasure to our hearts, or amuse them idly with the things of this
world. We confess that all is vanity and affliction of spirit, except
loving and serving Thee, our God and Saviour; we desire henceforth no
other glory than that of belonging to Thee, as slaves of Thy pure love;
no other aim or motive than that of pleasing and satisfying Thee in
everything, even at the expense of our own lives. And since, O holy
Mary, thou art all-powerful with this Sacred Heart, obtain for us that
Jesus may receive and accept this consecration that we now make of
ourselves in thy presence and through thy hands, protesting that we
will be faithful to His sacred Heart, being assisted by His grace and
thy prayers, which we entreat thee never to deny us. Amen.
DEVOTIONS FOR CONFESSION
MOST merciful Father, behold me, Thy prodigal child, who sinned against
Thee by squandering away the spiritual goods with which Thou hadst
enriched me. Reject me not, but remember Thy mercy, and exercise it
towards my soul, unworthy as it is. Permit it not to perish before Thy
eyes after Thy sacred Heart has suffered so great pain to bring it to
Grant, O Sacred Heart, that I know and avoid everything that might
offend Thee. Remove from me, I beseech Thee, everything that might be
an obstacle to Thy love; for I detest and abhor whatever prevents me
from loving and serving Thee perfectly.
(Examination of conscience.)
ACT OF CONTRITION
MOST sacred and adorable Heart of Jesus! humbly and with contrite heart
I prostrate myself before Thee, bitterly bewailing that I was remiss in
Thy love and have offended Thee by my ingratitude and unfaithfulness,
thereby becoming unworthy of the manifestations of Thy love. Filled
with confusion and fear, I can but say, "I have sinned against Thee, I
Most amiable and Divine Heart, have mercy on me, though I do not
deserve mercy. Reject me not, but reveal, rather, I beseech Thee, the
excess of Thy mercy by granting me, a poor sinner, who appears before
Thee in the abyss of his nothingness and misery, pardon for my sins.
PRAYER FOR PARDON AND GRACE
O DIVINE REDEEMER! humbly prostrate at the foot of Thy Cross, I call upon Thee to incline Thy Sacred Heart to pardon me.
Jesus, misjudged and despised-----have mercy on me!
Jesus, calumniated and persecuted-----have mercy on me!
Jesus, abandoned by men and tempted in the desert-----have mercy on me!
Jesus, betrayed and sold-----have mercy on me!
Jesus, insulted, accused, and unjustly condemned-----have mercy on me!
Jesus, clothed in a robe of ignominy and contempt-----have mercy on me!
Jesus, mocked and scoffed at-----have mercy on me!
Jesus, bound with cords and led through the streets-----have mercy on me!
Jesus, treated as a fool and classed with malefactors-----have mercy on me!
Jesus, cruelly scourged-----have mercy on me!
Jesus, held inferior to Barabbas-----have mercy on me!
Jesus, despoiled of Thy garments-----have mercy on me!
Jesus, crowned with thorns and reviled-----have mercy on me!
Jesus, bearing the Cross amid the maledictions of the people-----have mercy on me!
Jesus, bowed down by ignominies, pain, and humiliations-----have mercy on me!
Jesus, crucified between thieves-----have mercy on me!
Jesus, dying for my sins amid all kinds of suffering-----have mercy on me!
LET US PRAY!
SACRED HEART of Jesus, my Redeemer! exercise, I beseech Thee, Thy
office of mediator with me, and permit not that Thy sufferings and
cruel death be in vain for my salvation, but let them bring forth, for
Thy glory, fruits of salvation in me, that my heart may love, praise,
and glorify Thee for ever and ever. Amen.
IMMEDIATELY BEFORE CONFESSION
GRANT pardon, O Sacred Heart, grant pardon to this my sorrowful heart,
that places all its confidence and hope in Thee. Do Thou now take my
case in hand, and absolve me of my sins and of the punishment due to
them. Do Thou, my true Friend, defend me and satisfy the judgment
O Sacred Heart, be my refuge and help now and at the hour of my death.
O HEART most mild! how thankful must I be to Thee for having borne with
my ingratitude so long! At an auspicious moment has my poor, inconstant
heart experienced Thy merciful pardon. O Sacred Heart of Jesus! I now
give and bequeath to Thee irrevocably, but filled with confusion for
having so long withheld from Thee Thine Own, my heart and my love. O
Sacred Heart! Thou didst deign to give me a proof of Thine infinite
love by giving me opportunity to serve Thee, but how little did I
improve it! What confusion for me! Amend my faithless heart, O Heart of
Jesus, and grant that henceforth it join its love to Thine, and draw
near to Thee in future as in the past it withdrew from Thee. And as
Thou hast given it its being, I fervently implore Thee to call it one
day to life everlasting. Amen.
(Now perform your penance, if possible. )
COMMENDATION TO THE SACRED HEART
O LORD, I elect Thy Sacred Heart my abiding-place. May it be my
strength in combat, my support in weakness, my light and guide in
darkness; may it supply for my defects and sanctify all my intentions
and actions. In union with Thine Own I offer them up that I may be
prepared to receive Thee.
Strengthen and support, O most sacred Heart, the purpose and desire of
loving and serving Thee with which Thou didst inspire me, and grant
that I perform all the good that according to Thy will I should.
Be Thou, O God, my strength; do Thou support and defend me, for I am and intend to be forever Thine.
DEVOTIONS FOR HOLY COMMUNION
ACT OF ADORATION AND HUMILITY
O GREAT GOD, Whom I adore in these humble species, is it possible that
Thou didst thus conceal Thyself in order to come and remain
substantially with me? Though the heavens are the throne of Thy
Majesty, Thou art satisfied with these humble species to be with me
O incomprehensible bounty! could I believe such a miracle if Thou didst
not Thyself assure me of it? And how would I dare to think that Thou
shouldst humble Thyself to pass my lips, to rest on my tongue, and to
dwell in my heart? Nevertheless, it is Thy will, and to incite me Thou
dost promise innumerable graces if I heed Thy invitation.
O God of infinite majesty and ineffable love! why am I not all
intelligence to conceive such mercy, all heart to be sensible of it,
and all tongue to proclaim it? Thou, O God of my heart, hast created me
to be the object of Thy love and ineffable bounty. The Angels weary not
beholding Thee; they long for Thee even whilst enjoying Thy presence;
and could I be able to withstand the desire of possessing Thee;
Therefore, because it is Thy wish, most amiable Saviour, and because my
necessities compel whilst Thy goodness permits me to desire Thee, I
open my lips and heart to receive Thee.
ACT OF DESIRE AND PETITION
COME, O Divine Sun! For, behold, I dwell in the horrible darkness of
sin and ignorance. Come and dispel this darkness, and enlighten my
intellect with a ray of Divine light!
Come, most amiable Saviour! Thou hast given Thyself to save me from
Hell, but I relapsed into the servitude of sin: come and disrupt the
bonds that bind me, and liberate me!
Come, amiable Physician of my soul! Thou hast prepared for me a bath in
Thy Blood, and hast given me in Baptism more salvation and welfare than
I deserved; but through my own fault I fell into countless mortal
illnesses, that weaken my courage, corrupt my heart, and bring death to
my soul. Come, then, O Divine Physician! for I have more need of Thy
help than the paralytic whom Thou didst ask if he wished to be healed.
Indeed, O my God! I wish it from all my heart. But as Thou knowest how
tepid this my desire is, do Thou animate it by enkindling in me the
flames of Thy love.
Come, most faithful, most kind, most amiable and most sweet of all
friends, come into my heart! The soul Thou lovest languishes in fatal
infirmity; and if hitherto I was insensible of my misfortune and
reckless in danger, Thou, O Searcher of hearts! knowest that with the
help of Thy grace I have reformed, and sorrowfully call on Thee for
help. By Thy incomparable friendship, by Thy word, I conjure Thee to
assist me. Come, then, and do not permit that I ever cause Thee to
depart from me.
Come, O life of my heart, soul of my life, and only support of my
being, Bread of Angels made Man for love of me, given in ransom for me
and become the food of my soul! Come, to nourish me, to support me, to
give me increase, and to let me live by and in Thee, my sole good and
my life! Were a body bereft of its soul, how would it seek and call for
it! Do I know Thee and myself so little that I should not know what I
am without Thee? Come, then, O my God and my all, impart life to my
soul languishing for Him Who is the crown of its beauty, the source of
its power, and the fountain of its life.
Most bountiful Jesus! grant that my heart rest not until it has found Thee, its centre, its love, and its happiness.
ACTS OF ADORATION AND THANKSGIVING
O DIVINE and most amiable Heart of Jesus! humbly prostrate before Thee,
I adore, praise, honor, and glorify Thee; I proclaim Thee my supreme
Ruler, to Whose service I am bound forever, and Whose right to my love
and fidelity I openly acknowledge. Sustain me, O Sacred Heart, because
I belong entirely to Thee, despite all attacks of my enemies. Reject me
not, but acknowledge that I am Thine, sustain and defend me as Thy
possession. Support my weakness, and grant me the graces necessary to
accomplish fully the desire of my heart to love and please Thee, and to
pray, labor, and suffer in the purity of Thy love.
O JESUS, my sole love, I beseech Thee to draw all my thoughts to Thee.
Through the power of Thy love, which is more effective than fire and
sweeter than honey, disengage my heart from all created things. Let me
die for love of Thee, as Thou didst die for love of me. O Lord, wound
my heart in such a manner, and transfix it so thoroughly, that
henceforth it may no longer affect things merely human.
O loving Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who art able to soften a heart
of stone and melt a heart of ice, Who transformest the innermost
recesses of the soul, change my heart, and wound it with the wounds of
Thy most holy Body, and inebriate my soul in the chalice of Thy most
precious Blood, that, wherever I turn I see nothing but my crucified
God, and whatever I see appears to me bathed in Thy Blood.
O Divine Heart of the Friend of my heart! behold, the soul Thou lovest
is ill: visit me and heal me. Because Thou dost love me, Thou canst not
possibly let me perish in my misery.
ACT OF CONSECRATION
O HEART of love! I consecrate myself entirely to Thee. I offer Thee my
life, my sufferings, and my whole being in order to honor, love, and
glorify Thee now and forever.
O most amiable Heart! I love Thee because Thou art my Supreme Good, my
happiness, and my only joy, alone worthy of the love of every heart.
Oh, that my heart were reduced to ashes by the intensity of the flame
of this love, with which I now renew all consecrations of myself I ever
made. Permit not that I ever become an object of Thy displeasure, but
let me ever accomplish what is most pleasing to Thee.
O Source of pure love! why am I not all heart to love, not all spirit
to adore Thee? Grant that I love Thee alone, and all else in Thee,
through Thee, and for Thy sake; that my memory recollect, my intellect
contemplate, Thy love; that my will and desire!. aspire to it; that my
tongue praise Thee, my eyes behold Thee, my hands serve Thee, my feet
follow Thee alone; so that lone day may love Thee in the glory of
Heaven without fear of ever losing Thee. Amen.
O GOOD SHEPHERD! withdraw me from all earthly things and from myself, that I may become more and more united with Thee.
Let Thy voice, O Lord, be heard in my heart, and draw it to Thy love in
such a manner that it may no longer be able to resist Thee.
My heart belongs to Thee, O Lord! Permit it not to attach itself to
anything but Thee, Who Thyself art the reward of all my victories, and
the sole support of my misery.
PRAYER TO THE HEAVENLY FATHER
O MY GOD! I offer up to Thee Thy well-beloved Son, in return for all
Thou dost desire of me. Receive Him as my adoration and gift-offering,
as my love, my petition and purpose of amendment, my thanksgiving for
all Thy benefits. Accept Him, Eternal Father, for I have nothing worthy
of Thee except Him Whom Thou permittest me so affectionately to
VISIT TO THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
ACT OF REPARATION
O DIVINE Heart of Jesus, boundless source of love and goodness! how
much do I regret that I have forgotten Thee so often and loved Thee so
little! O Sacred Heart! Thou dost merit the love and devotion of all
those hearts which Thou hast infinitely loved and cherished, and Thou
dost receive nothing but coldness and ingratitude from them, and
particularly from my own ungrateful heart, which justly deserves Thy
indignation. But since Thou art a Heart of love, Thou art also a Heart
of infinite goodness. from which I hope pardon and reconciliation.
Alas, O Divine Heart! it is with profound grief that I acknowledge
myself guilty of so much tepidity, and that I consider the unjust
proceedings of my wicked heart, which has so unworthily deprived Thee
of the love which was Thy due, and has applied it to itself or to some
other transitory object. O Heart most gentle, if the grief and shame of
a heart which sees its error is capable of satisfying Thee, pardon my
poor heart; for this is the state into which its want of love and
fidelity has plunged it. Alas! what could it expect but hatred and
punishment. if it did not hope all from Thy mercy? O Heart of my God,
Heart most holy, Heart to which alone belongs the pardon of sinners,
have mercy, I beseech Thee, upon this miserable heart of mine. All its
powers are united to make Thee, in all humility, a reparation of honor
for all its wanderings and infidelities. Ah, how could I have refused
so long to give my heart to Thee, since Thou alone art its rightful
possessor! I regret from the bottom of my heart that I have wandered so
far from Thee and Thy love, from the source of all good, in a word,
from the Heart of my Jesus, Who, without having any need of me, sought
me and loved me first. O most adorable Heart, how could I have treated
Thee thus,-----Thee on Whose love and goodness I am
entirely dependent; and if Thou wert to withdraw but for one instant
either the one or the other I should be reduced to the most abject
misery or utterly annihilated. How infinite has been Thy goodness, O
Heart of love! to have supported my ingratitude so long; it remains
only for Thy mercy to pardon my poor inconstant heart. O Heart of my
Jesus! I now consecrate and give to Thee all my love and my heart; I
give Thee both irrevocably, although with a deep feeling of confusion
for having so long refused Thee that which was Thine Own. O Divine
Heart! Thou wouldst testify to me the excess of Thy love, by rendering
me capable of loving Thee, and, alas! I have profited so ill by this
opportunity of meriting Thy favors! I am truly grieved, and I most
humbly beseech Thee, O Heart of my Jesus, to renew my heart, which was
hitherto so faithless.
Grant that henceforth it may be bound to Thee by the bonds of love, and
that it approach so much nearer to Thee as it has hitherto wandered far
from Thee; and since Thou art my Creator, be also, I beseech Thee, my
eternal reward. Amen.
ACT OF CONFIDENCE
IT is out of the abyss of my nothingness that I prostrate myself before
Thee, O most sacred and Divine Heart of Jesus, in order to render Thee
all the homage of love, adoration, and praise of which I am capable; to
lay before Thee all my wants, by revealing to Thee, as to my best
friend, all my miseries, my poverty, and my lukewarmness, in a word,
all the wounds of my soul: beseeching Thee to have pity and compassion
on me, and to help me according to the greatness of Thy mercies. O
Heart of charity, I beseech Thee, by all that is capable of moving
Thee, to accord me this grace, that I may save my soul, and that the
souls of all those who, like myself, are in danger of being lost
eternally, may be saved. O Heart most merciful, let me not perish in
the deluge of my iniquities. Do with me what Thou wilt, provided only
that I love Thee for all eternity. In Thee I have placed all my trust;
reject me not forever. I call upon Thee, I invoke Thee as the sovereign
remedy of all my ills, of which the greatest is sin. I beseech Thee to
destroy it in me, and to grant me pardon for all the sins which I have
committed in my life, and of which I repent from the bottom of my
heart. O Sacred Heart, make me and all those hearts which are capable
of loving Thee to feel and experience Thy sovereign power; I ask this
grace for my parents, friends, and for all those who have been
recommended to my prayers, or who pray for me, and for whom I have a
special obligation to pray. I beseech thee to help them according to
their several necessities. O most loving Heart! soften hardened
sinners, and relieve the Souls in Purgatory; be the sure refuge of the
agonizing and the consolation of the afflicted and of those who are in
need. Finally, O Heart of love! be my All in all; but particularly at
the hour of my death be the haven of rest for my longing soul, and
receive me at that moment into the bosom of Thy mercy. Amen.
THE FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH
IT was the
special desire of our Lord Jesus Christ, revealed to Blessed Margaret
Mary, that the first Friday of each month be consecrated to the
devotion to and adoration of His most sacred Heart. In order to better
prepare for it, it would be well to read, the evening before, some book
treating of this devotion, or of the Passion of Our Lord, and to make a
short visit to the Blessed Sacrament. On the day itself we should, on
awaking, offer and consecrate ourselves, with all our thoughts, words,
and actions, to Jesus, that His sacred Heart may be thereby honored and
glorified. We should visit some church as early as possible; and as we
kneel before Jesus, truly present in the tabernacle, let us endeavor to
awaken in our soul a deep sorrow at the thought of the innumerable
offences continually heaped upon His most sacred Heart in this
Sacrament of His love; and surely we cannot find this difficult if we
have the least degree of love for Jesus. Should we, however, find our
love to be cold or lukewarm, let us consider earnestly the many reasons
we have for giving our hearts to Jesus. After this we must acknowledge
with sorrow the faults of which we have been guilty through our want of
respect in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament, or through our
negligence in visiting and receiving Our Lord in holy Communion.
The Communion of this day should be offered by the adorers of the
Sacred Heart with the intention of making some satisfaction for all the
ingratitude which Jesus receives in the Most Holy Sacrament, and the
same spirit should animate all our actions during the day.
As the object of this devotion is to inflame our hearts with an ardent
love for Jesus, and to repair thereby, as far as lies in our power, all
the outrages which are daily committed against the Most Holy Sacrament
of the Altar, it is evident that these exercises are not confined to
any particular day. Jesus is equally deserving of our love at all
times; and as this most loving Saviour is daily and hourly loaded with
insults and cruelly treated by His creatures, it is but just that we
should strive each day to make all the reparation in our power. Those,
therefore, who are prevented from practising this devotion on the first
Friday can do so on any other day during the month. In the same manner
they may offer the first Communion of each month for this intention,
consecrating the whole day to the honor and glory of the Sacred Heart,
and performing in the same spirit all the pious exercises they were
unable to accomplish on the first Friday.
Moreover, Our Lord suggested another feature in this consoling devotion
of the first Friday, by the faithful practice of which he led Blessed
Margaret Mary to expect the grace of final perseverance, and that of
receiving the Sacraments of the Church before dying, in favor of those
who should observe it. This was to make a novena of Communions in honor
of the Sacred Heart on the first Friday of the month for nine
THE MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART
I. AT the beginning of this month examine yourself, and see
what is your predominant passion, or the fault which you most
frequently commit, and the best means of overcoming it. Having
discovered this fault, make a firm purpose to use the means to overcome
it, commending your resolution with a childlike confidence to the
Sacred Heart. Choose some short ejaculatory prayer which you will
repeat often each day during the month, in order to remind you of your
resolution, and to implore the grace of God to help you to fulfill it.
2. Each morning, offer all the actions of the day to the Sacred Heart
of Jesus, and renew the resolution you took at the beginning of the
month, humbly praying for grace to keep it during the day.
3. Take for your subject of meditation the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for
which end the consideration of Its many virtues and attributes is
4. Make the resolution made at the beginning of the month the subject
of your particular examination of conscience morning and evening,
thanking the Sacred Heart for the good you may have done, and begging
pardon for the faults you have committed.
I. IN a convenient situation, place a PICTURE
or statue, suitably adorned, of the Sacred Heart; for ought to be
entirely consecrated, in silence and recollection, to the love of your
Saviour. Strive to perform all your actions in the spirit which should
animate this Feast. Let your visits to the Blessed Sacrament be
frequent, and remain in conversation with Jesus as long as your health
and the duties of your state of life permit you. Prepare your heart
with diligent care to receive Jesus worthily in holy Communion, and
offer your Communion to God the Father in satisfaction for the unworthy
Communions of so many Christians, testifying at the same time your
gratitude and love to Jesus.