||Beads of the Sacred Heart
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 thirty-three years
Our Lord spent on earth.
Instead of the Creed the following prayer may be
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 our 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.
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 Saviour, 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 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
unity of the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen
from the book
Devotion To The Sacred Heart
by Fr. John Croiset, S.J.
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