Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Devotion to the Sacred Heart, as we know it, began
about the year 1672. On repeated occasions, Jesus
appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation
nun, in France, and during these apparitions He
explained to her the devotion to His Sacred Heart as He
wanted people to practice it. he asked to be honored in
the symbol of His Heart of flesh; he asked for acts of
reparation, for frequent Communion, Communion on the
First Friday of the month, and the keeping of the Holy
When the Catholic Church approved the devotion to the
Sacred Heart of Jesus, she did not base her action only
on the visions of Saint Margaret Mary. The Church
approved the devotion on its own merits.
There is only one Person in Jesus, and that Person was
at the same time God and Man. His Heart, too, is Divine
-- it is the Heart of God.
There are two things that must always be found together
in the devotion to the Sacred Heart: Christ's Heart of
flesh and Christ's love for us. True devotion to the
Sacred Heart means devotion to the Divine Heart of
Christ insofar as His Heart represents and recalls His
love for us.
In honoring the Heart of Christ, our homage lingers on
the Person of Jesus in the fullness of His love. This
love of Christ for us was the moving force of all he
did and suffered for us -- in Nazareth, on the Cross,
in giving Himself in the Blessed Sacrament, in His
teaching and healing, in His praying and working. When
we speak of the Sacred Heart, we mean Jesus showing us
His Heart, Jesus all love for us and all lovable.
Jesus Christ is the incarnation of God's infinite love.
The Human Nature which the Son of God took upon Himself
was filled with love and kindness that has never found
an equal. He is the perfect model of love of God and
Every day of His life was filled with repeated proofs
of "Christ's love that surpasses all knowledge" (Eph
3:19). Jesus handed down for all time the fundamental
feature of His character: "Take My yoke upon your
shoulders and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble
of Heart" (Mt 11:29). He invited all, refusing none,
surprising friends and rivals by His unconditional
The meaning of love in the life of Jesus was especially
evident in His sufferings. Out of love for His Father
He willed to undergo the death of the Cross. "The world
must know that I love the Father and do just as the
Father has commanded Me" (Jn 14:31).
The love that Jesus bore toward us also urged Him to
undergo the death of the Cross. At the Last Supper, He
said, "There is no greater love than to lay down one's
life for one's friends" (Jn 15:13)
The Heart of Jesus never ceases to love us in heaven.
He sanctifies us through the Sacraments. These are
inexhaustible fountains of grace and holiness which
have their source in the boundless ocean of the Sacred
Heart of Jesus.
Divine Jesus, You have said, "Ask and you shall
receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be
opened to you." Behold me kneeling at Your feet, filled
with a lively faith and confidence in the promises
dictated by Your Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary. I
come to ask this favor: Mention your request).
To whom can I turn if not to You, Whose Heart is the
source of all graces and merits? Where should I seek if
not in the treasure which contains all the riches of
Your kindness and mercy? Where should I knock if not at
the door through which God gives Himself to us and
through which we go to God? I have recourse to You,
Heart of Jesus. In You I find consolation when
afflicted, protection when persecuted, strength when
burdened with trials, and light in doubt and darkness.
Dear Jesus, I firmly believe that You can grant me the
grace I implore, even though it should require a
miracle. You have only to will it and my prayer will be
granted. I admit that I am most unworthy of Your
favors, but this is not a reason for me to be
discouraged. You are the God of mercy, and You will not
refuse a contrite heart. Cast upon me a look of mercy,
I beg of You, and Your kind Heart will find in my
miseries and weakness a reason for granting my prayer.
Sacred Heart, whatever may be Your decision with regard
to my request, I will never stop adoring, loving,
praising, and serving You. My Jesus, be pleased to
accept this my act of perfect resignation to the
decrees of Your adorable Heart, which I sincerely
desire may be fulfilled in and by me and all Your
Grant me the grace for which I humbly implore You
through the Immaculate Heart of Your most sorrowful
Mother. You entrusted me to her as her child, and her
prayers are all-powerful with You. Amen.
My God, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys, and
sufferings in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for
the intentions for which He pleads and offers Himself
in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in thanksgiving for
Your favors, in reparation for my sins, and in humble
supplication for my temporal and eternal welfare, for
the needs of our holy Mother the Church, for the
conversion of sinners, and for the relief of the poor
souls in purgatory.
(Taken from the Treasury of Novenas Page on the World
Wide Web, http:www.ned.edu:80/~mary/Novena.html)