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The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Solemnity - Friday in the week following Corpus Christi
(followed the day after by the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Pope Leo XIII wrote an encyclical in 1899 on Consecration to the Sacred Heart: Annum Sacrum. Pope Pius XI wrote two encyclicals on the Sacred Heart: Miserentissimus Redemptor (on reparation to the Sacred Heart in 1928) & Caritate Christi Compulsi (in 1932). Pope Pius XII also wrote an encyclical, Haurietis Aquas, on devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (in 1956). St John Paul II wrote a letter on the 100th anniversary of the Consecration of the Human Race to the Divine Heart of Jesus (in Warsaw on Feast of Sacred Heart 1999).

Totus2us has 2 Novenas to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Both include the Litany of the Sacred Heart, the 1st includes JPII quotes & is with music by Fr Stan Fortuna CFR, the 2nd is with music by Fr Rob Galea. You can subscribe to this Totus2us podcast here from the RSS feed or here on iTunes. To download the free mp3 Totus2us audio recordings individually, right/double click on the play buttons.

3 2us by Father Stan Fortuna CFR      

"Pope Benedict said the first thing we need to learn from
St John Mary Vianney is the complete identification of the man with his ministry, and this ministry is nothing less than love. So on this great Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus it's really all about love. That's why St Margaret Mary Alacoque said "Set up your heart in this loving heart of Jesus. Place in this heart all your suffering and difficulties. He changes everything into love." That's the key - He changes everything into love." (recorded in 2010 - the Year of the Priest)

Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of 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, wonderfully united to the eternal word, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of infinite 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, burning furnace of charity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, never-ending source of all virtues, 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, in which are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in which dwell all the fullness of the Divinity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in which the Father is well pleased, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, deepest desire of the human heart, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, patient and abounding in mercy, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, generous to all who call upon you, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, atonement for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, which suffered rejection for our sake, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, made obedient unto death, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, pierced with 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 those who hope in you, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in you, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord,
Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like unto yours.

Let us pray, Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of your well-beloved Son and the praises and sacrifice He offers you in the name of sinners; being pleased with His holy obedience, pardon those who implore your mercy and give us a share in His resurrection, in the name of the same Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

St Margaret Mary Alacoque received revelations of the Sacred Heart: reception of Holy Communion on the First Friday Devotions of each month, Eucharistic adoration during the Holy Hour on Thursdays, and the celebration of the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Her spiritual director was St Claude de la Colombière

3 2us on St Margaret Mary Alacoque by Fr John Edwards SJ       
"It's 1673 in France. A nun aged 26 has been 2 years in the convent, she's pale, she's thin, she's ill, big eyes, nervous, it's dark, she's praying. What's she doing? She's talking to Jesus who will reveal to her in 4 visions over the next 2 years the mystery of His Sacred Heart. This woman, St Margaret Mary Alacoque, is terribly important, massively important. What she sees and hears will alter nearly every Catholic church to be built and the devotional life of every good Catholic. It will restore the Church after the blight of Jansenism, it will give rise to religious orders and devotional practices. Until the devotion to the Divine Mercy in the late 20th century, it will do more than anything else to assure us that God loves us - loves us humanly as well as divinely, that God thinks we're worth dying for."

3 2us on Saint Claude de la Colombière by Fr John Edwards SJ       
"Two major external events in his life, one was St Margaret Mary Alacoque. Now she was the mystic, suffering, most loving and devoted apostle of the Sacred Heart, to whom Our Lord gave the major revelations of the Sacred Heart. Claude it was who was for some time her director. A second major event was that for some years he was sent to England as the chaplain to the virtuous and delightful Mary of Modena, who was the wife of the Duke of York, who subsequently became James II, and he was there in the time of the Titus Oats plot against the Catholics, and was imprisoned for a while before being banished."