Sacred Heart Of Jesus

SACRED HEART OF JESUS

Is an international meeting of young Catholics with the head of the Catholic Church, the Pope. This event takes place every two to three years, bringing together groups of young people from every corner of the globe, along with bishops, priests, religious, lay institutions / movements to pray and to celebrate. This event is also open to youth of other faiths.

The World Youth Day (WYD) is an event / pilgrimage that has an explicit Catholic identity and is under the direct guidance of the Pope. The Pope chooses the hosting country and hosting diocese and invites youth from all over the world, whether close to the church or not. All who feel drown to this pilgrimage are welcome to attend.

It is the Pope who chooses the theme of the World Youth Day, explains and develops the message to the young people. The Pope presides over the pilgrimage in the presence of the Bishops, priests, religious and all people of the world.

This event / pilgrimage is entrusted to the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life (DLFL), a Department in the Vatican in Rome with the responsibility of developing and organizing the World Youth Day. This task is shared with the local Church (Diocese & Country) hosting the event. 

HISTORY OF DEVOTION

During the first ten centuries of Christianity, there is nothing to indicate that any worship was rendered to the wounded Heart of Jesus. The first indications of devotion to the Sacred Heart are found in the eleventh and twelfth centuries in the fervent atmosphere of the Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries. Some of the other precursors were St. Gertrude, St. Mechtilde, and the author of the “Vitis mystica" (previously ascribed to St. Bernard, now attributed to St. Bonaventure).

From the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries, the devotion spread to different religious congregations, such as the Franciscans, Dominicans, Carthusians, etc. It was, nevertheless, a private, individual devotion of a mystical type. Nothing of a general movement had been inaugurated, except for similarities found in the devotion to the Five Wounds by the Franciscans, in which the wound in Jesus' Heart figured most prominently.

 

In the sixteenth century, the devotion passed from the domain of mysticism into that of Christian asceticism. Prayers and special exercises to the Sacred Heart are found in the writings of Lanspergius (d. 1539) of the Carthusians of Cologne, the Louis of Blois (Blosius; 1566), a Benedictine and Abbot of Liessies in Hainaut, John of Avila (d. 1569) and St. Francis de Sales, the latter belonging to the seventeenth century.

 

The historical record from that time shows a blossoming of the devotion. Ascetic writers spoke of it, especially those of the Society of Jesus, which commonly placed the image on the title-pages of their books and the walls of their churches.

Nevertheless, the devotion remained an individual, or at least a private, devotion. Jean Eudes (1602-1680 C.E.) made it public, gave it an Office, and established a feast for it. Père Eudes was the apostle of the “Heart of Mary"; but in his devotion to the Immaculate Heart there was a share for the Heart of Jesus. Little by little, the devotion to the Sacred Heart became a separate one, and on August 31, 1670, the first feast of the Sacred Heart was celebrated in the Grand Seminary of Rennes. Coutances followed suit on October 20, a day with which the Eudist feast was from then on to be connected. The feast soon spread to other dioceses, and the devotion was likewise adopted in various religious communities. It gradually came into contact with the devotion begun at Paray, and resulting in a fusion of the two.

 

THE PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART

Oh Lord Jesus Christ, to Your most Sacred Heart I confide this intention {name petition}.

Only look upon me, then do what Your love inspires. Let Your Sacred Heart decide.
I count on You. I trust in You. I throw myself on Your mercy. Lord Jesus, You will not fail me.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Your love for me.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Your kingdom come.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I have asked You for many favours, but I earnestly implore this one.
Take it, place it in Your open Heart.

When the Eternal Father looks upon it, He will see it covered with Your Precious Blood.
It will be no longer my prayer, but Yours, Jesus. Sacred Heart of Jesus,
I place all my trust in You. Let me not be disappointed. Amen.

Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

 

Lord, have mercy

Lord, have mercy

Christ, have mercy

Christ, have mercy

Lord, have mercy

Lord, have mercy

   

God our Father in 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, one with the eternal Word

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, infinite in 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, aflame with love for us

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, source of justice and love

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, well-spring of all virtue

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, worthy of all praise

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, treasure-house of wisdom

 

and knowledge

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, in whom there dwells the

 

fullness of God

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is

 

Well pleased

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, from whose fullness we

 

have all received

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, desire of the eternal hills

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, patient and full of mercy

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, generous to all who turn

 

to you

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, atonement for our sins

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, overwhelmed with insults

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, broken for our sins

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, obedient even to death

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, pierced by 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 of our sins

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, salvation of all who trust

 

in you

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, hope of all who die in you

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, delight of all the saints

have mercy on us

   

Lamb of God, you take away

 

the sins of the world

have mercy on us

Lamb of God, you take away

 

the sins of the world

have mercy on us

Lamb of God, you take away

 

the sins of the world

have mercy on us

   

Jesus, gentle and humble of heart.

Touch our hearts

 

and make them like your own.

 

Let us pray.
Father, we rejoice in the gifts of love we have received from the heart of Jesus your Son. Open our hearts to share his life and continue to bless us with his love. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

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