Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, 1904



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 and humility.

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.


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 glorified. Amen.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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 purify it!


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 Holy Eucharist.

(Say the Pater Noster.)


HUMBLY prostrate before 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 all things.

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 God.

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 Thee.


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.