Day 1: Novena to the Sacred Heart

Day 1: Novena to the Sacred Heart

Let us pray to the Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, who revealed His love by coming to the world for our salvation. 

God of Love and Mercy, You sent Your only son into the world for our redemption. From the day He came to existence, He loved us with a human heart and manifested Your love for us. We thank You, we glorify You for this gift, and we ask You to lead us further into the mystery of love. 

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

From the letter of Paul to Titus (3: 4-8)

‘But when the kindness and generous love of God our Savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we have done but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit whom he richly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.'

Meditation:

 "If you knew the gift of God" (John 4,10).

If only humans could see this face which is more present within us than any other thing: the face edifies us, it changes us into its image. We recreate its features. This face is the inner heart, the face unveils the heart. The face is the revelation of the heart: and it is always His face! [...]

The mystery of His Face is also one of His absence: it is the capacity to unveil in our hearts the total presence of His face. Your face... is the graceful face of the Lord! What truly matters is seeing His face in all things. Your life goes from glory to glory, and your face becomes more and more like the Lord's. It is true unity, because it is the same face. The incarnation is the face revealed by the heart, the Spirit. 

The Lord needed to take the form He did [...] This face signifies a retreat from worldly things such as love. The world is needed, but love is revealed only through the eyes of the heart. [...] The face reveals the heart: love is gazing at the face to see the heart. How many wonders did the Lord create! Everything is a wonder as soon as you look at it through the heart. This is the true meaning of the devotion to the Heart of Christ.

Closing Prayer

Father of Mercy, look upon the Heart of your Son, and the love he showed mankind by making Himself flesh. By virtue of that love, receive our prayer and help us love him back, He who lives and reigns with You forever and ever. Amen.

Pray the Sacred Heart Chaplet. Here's how to proceed:

  • Begin with the following prayer on the Crucifix (written by St. Ignatius of Loyola, or St. Thomas of Aquinas): 

'Soul of Christ, sanctify me/Body of Christ, save me/Blood of Christ, inebriate me/Water from the side of Christ, wash me/Passion of Christ, strengthen me/O Good Jesus, hear me/Within your wounds, hide me/Permit me not to be separated from you/From the wicked foe, defend me/At the hour of my death, call me and bid me come to you/That with your saints I may praise you forever and ever. Amen.

  • On the large beads say:

'O sweetest Heart of Jesus, I implore that I may ever love you more and more.'

  • On the small beads say:

'Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.'

  • At the end of each decade, say:

'Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation'. 

  • Upon completing the chaplet, say:

'May the Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be blessed, adored and praised with grateful affection, at every moment in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time.'

Take a moment to treasure up all these things and ponder them in your heart (cf Luke 2,19)

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Col 4:6

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Novena to the Sacred Heart