Let us pray to the Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ
Good Pastor, abounding with love and gentleness.
O Lord, our Shepherd, in your kindness and wisdom, keep us carefully and lead our lives. Your Heart only aspires to lead us to your Father. May we always listen to your voice and follow you closely each day of our life. We ask you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.
'I myself will pasture my sheep; I myself will give them rest, says the Lord. The lost I will search out, the strays I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, and the sick I will heal; the sleek and the strong I will preserve. I will shepherd them in judgment.' Ez 34, 15-16
Chaplet of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Here's how to proceed for the Chaplet:
- 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