After Vespers I for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus we had a community holy hour focusing on this great truth of our Faith. We renewed our individual consecrations to the Sacred Heart and found, like the Litany the USCCB is asking us to pray in reparation for blasphemies on display at this time, that the consecration’s wording, though chosen long ago, is fitting and timeless. Why? Because two things never change. We have always been fallen and prone to sin and in need of redemption and the Father is always coming after us to save us. He gave us the Sacred Heart of Jesus to show us that quite graphically…a human heart, a divine heart, pierced, crowned with thorns yet aflame with love for us sinful, fallen creatures so desperately in need of him. How he loves us all!
Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
“Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us, humbly prostrate before your altar. We are yours, and yours we wish to be; but, to be more surely united to you, behold each one of us freely consecrates herself today to your most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known you; many, too, despising your precepts, have rejected you. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to your Sacred Heart.
Be thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken you, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned you; grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keep aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.
Grant, O Lord, to your Church, assurance of freedom and immunity from hard; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise be to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor forever. Amen.”