Consecration of the Family to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Sacred Heart of Jesus, You made clear to Saint Margaret Mary Your desire of being King
in Christian families. We today wish to proclaim Your most complete kingly dominion over
our own family. We want to live in the future with Your life. We want to cause to flourish
in our midst those virtues to which You have promised peace here below. We want to banish
far from us the spirit of the world which You have cursed. You shall be King over our
minds in the simplicity of our faith, and over our hearts by the wholehearted love with
which they shall burn for You, the flame of which we will keep alive by the frequent
reception of Your divine Eucharist. Be so kind, O divine Heart, as to preside over our
assemblings, to bless our enterprises, both spiritual and temporal, to dispel our cares,
to sanctify our joys, and to alleviate our sufferings. If ever one or other of us should
have the misfortune to afflict You, remind him, O Heart of Jesus, that You are good and
merciful to the penitent sinner. And when the hour of separation strikes, when death shall
come to cast mourning into our midst, we will all, both those who go and those who stay,
be submissive to Your eternal decrees. We shall console ourselves with the thought that a
day will come when the entire family, reunited in heaven, can sing forever Your glories
and Your mercies. May the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the glorious patriarch Saint Joseph
present this consecration to You, and keep it in our minds all the days of our life. All
glory to the Heart of Jesus, our King and our Father!
A Short Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart of Jesus, filled with infinite love, broken by my ingratitude, pierced by
my sins, yet loving me still, accept the consecration that I make to You, of all that I am
and all that I have. Take every faculty of my soul and body, and draw me, day by day,
nearer and nearer to Your Sacred Side, and there, as I can bear the lesson, teach me Your
blessed ways. Amen.
A Novena Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Sacred Heart of Jesus, we know that there is but one thing impossible to You: to be
without pity for those who are in suffering or distress. Look down on us, we beg of You
and grant us the grace which we humbly and earnestly implore, through the Immaculate Heart
of Your most sorrowful Mother to whom You confided us as her children, and whose prayers
are all powerful with You. Amen.
(From "Heart Speaks to Heart," The Sacred Heart Program.)
Aspirations to the Sacred Heart
All for You, most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Your kingdom come.
Jesus, meek and humble of Heart, make my heart like unto Thine. My Jesus, mercy.
Taken from The Rural Life Prayerbook, written and compiled by Alban J.
Dachauer, S.J, in cooperation with the National Catholic Rural Life Conference. Drawings
by Tom Chouteau.
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