The Devotion to the Sacred Heart
Fr. John Croiset, S. J.

Originally published in1691;
Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, 1959
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Prayers by Fr. Croiset and Pope Pius XII

Beads of the Sacred Heart by Fr. Croiset
Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by Pope Pius XII

Beads of the Sacred Heart
by Fr. Croiset, S.J.

As there is nothing so ingenious as love, several great Saints in their great eagerness to make, each day, numerous acts of their favorite virtues according to the various inspirations of grace, have invented several kinds of chaplets composed of acts of these virtues. After their example, the beads of the Sacred Heart has been formed. It is composed of five large beads and thirty-three small ones in honor of the thirty-three years Our Lord spent on earth.

Instead of the Creed, the following prayer may be said:

Soul of Jesus Christ, sanctify me.
Heart of Jesus, inflame me with love.
Body of Jesus Christ, save me.
Blood of Jesus Christ, inebriate me.
Water out of the Side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy Wounds, hide me.
Let me not be separated from Thee.
Defend me from the malignant enemy.
At the hour of death, call me
And bid me to come unto Thee
That with the Saints, I may praise Thee
For all eternity. Amen.

Before each large bead say:

Jesus most meek, make my heart like unto Thine.

On each large bead say:

We adore Thee, O Jesus, Who hast been afflicted in the Garden of Gethsemani and Who still in our time art outraged in the Blessed Sacrament by the impious conduct of men. O most amiable Savior, we recognize that Thou alone art Holy, Thou alone art Lord, Thou alone art Most High.

On each small bead say:

I adore Thee, O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, inflame my heart with the Divine love with which Thine Own is all on fire.

At the end of the beads say an Our Father and a Hail Mary, and the following prayer:

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who by an ineffable miracle of love, hast deigned to give Thy Heart to men to serve as their nourishment, in order thereby to gain their hearts, graciously hear our humble prayers, and pardon us for the sins of which we confess ourselves guilty before Thee. Cast an eye of compassion and mercy upon those towards whom Thou dost condescend to direct the affections of Thine amiable Heart. And since we desire to honor Thee in the adorable Mystery of the Altar to the utmost of our power and to render Thee most pleasing homage, and for that intention, weep for and detest from the bottom of our hearts all the outrages, contempt, mockery, sacrileges, and other acts of impiety which ungrateful men in every part of the world have committed against Thee, enkindle therefore in our hearts this Divine love with which Thine Own is inflamed, and inspire us with sentiments like unto Thine, in order that we may be able worthily to praise for all eternity the love with which this Sacred Heart burns for us. This is our prayer to Thee Who livest and reignest with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, in this tragic hour of the world's history, we entrust and consecrate ourselves to thine Immaculate Heart, our only refuge, our hope, our salvation. Have pity on this world, torn by the most terrible conflicts, burning with the fires of hate, victim of its own sins. May thy Heart be moved at the sight of so much ruin, pain and sorrow.

We consecrate to thy maternal heart our persons, our families, our country  ----- the whole of humanity. Protect and save us!

O Heart of Mary, source of true love, fill our selfish hearts with Divine charity and with that true brotherly love without which there can never be peace. Grant that men and nations may understand and fulfill the precept of thy Divine Son, LOVE ONE ANOTHER, in order that true peace may be firmly established in the Justice and Truth of Christ.

----- Pope Pius XII