Prayers to Our Lord

Sacred Heart of Jesus holding His Heart

Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thy altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart.

Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; 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 keeps aloof; call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.

Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism; refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy toward the children of that race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life.

Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and Honor forever. Amen.


Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Adorable Heart of Jesus, glowing with love for us and inflamed with zeal for our salvation, O Heart ever sensible of our misery and the wretchedness to which our sins have reduced us, infinitely rich in mercy to heal the wounds of our souls, behold us humbly prostrate before Thee to express the sorrow that fills our hearts for the coldness and indifference with which we have so long requited the numberless benefits Thou hast conferred upon us. With a deep sense of the outrages heaped upon Thee by our sins and the sins of others, we come to make a solemn reparation of honor to Thy most Sacred Majesty. It was our sins that overwhelmed Thy Heart with bitterness; it was the weight of our iniquities that pressed down Thy face to the earth in the Garden of Olives and caused Thee to expire in anguish and agony on the Cross. But now repenting and sorrowful, we cast ourselves at Thy Feet and implore forgiveness. Adorable Heart of Jesus, source of true contrition and ever merciful to the penitent sinner, impart to our hearts the spirit of penance, and give to our eyes a fountain of tears, that we may sincerely bewail our sins now and for the rest of our days. O would that we could blot them out even with our blood. Pardon them, O Lord, in Thy mercy, and pardon and convert to Thee all that have committed irreverences and sacrileges against Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love, and thus give another proof that Thy mercy is above all Thy works. Divine Jesus, with Thee there is mercy and plentiful redemption. Deliver us from our sins. Accept the sincere desire we now entertain and our holy resolution, relying on the assistance of Thy grace, henceforth to be faithful to Thee. And in order to repair the sins and ingratitude by which we have grieved Thy most tender and loving Heart, we are resolved in the future ever to love and honor Thee in the most adorable Sacrament of the Altar, where Thou art ever present to hear and grant our petitions and to be the food and life of our souls. Be Thou, O compassionate Jesus, our Mediator with Thy heavenly Father, Whom we have so grievously offended. Strengthen our weakness; confirm our resolutions of amendment. And as Thy Sacred Heart is our refuge and our hope when we have sinned, so may It be the strength and support of our repentance, that nothing in life or death may ever again separate us from Thee. Amen.


Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Pope Pius XI)

O sweet Jesus, Whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before Thy altar eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries, to which Thy loving Heart is everywhere subject.

Mindful alas! that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask Thy pardon and declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation not only for our own personal offenses, but also for the sins of those, who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow Thee, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the vows of their baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Thy Law.

We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against Thee; we are determined to make amends for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holidays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee and Thy Saints.

We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Thy (Vicar on earth and) Thy priests are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of Thy Divine Love; and lastly for the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which Thou hast founded.

Would, O divine Jesus, we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Thy divine honor, the satisfaction Thou didst once make to Thy eternal Father on the cross and which Thou dost continue to renews daily on our altars; we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Thy Virgin Mother and all the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of Thy grace, for all neglect of Thy great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the past. Henceforth we will live a life of unwavering faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the gospel and especially that of charity. We promise to the best of our power to prevent other from offending Thee and to bring as many as possible to follow Thee.

O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to Thee, so that we may one day come to that happy home, where Thou with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen.


The Litany of the Sacred Heart

Lord, have mercy on us.
   Christ, 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 Ghost in the womb of the Virgin Mother,
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God,
Heart of Jesus, of Infinite Majesty,
Heart of Jesus, Holy Temple of God,
Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High,
Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven,
Heart of Jesus, Burning Furnace of charity,
Heart of Jesus, Vessel of Justice and love,
Heart of Jesus, Full of goodness and love,
Heart of Jesus, Abyss of all virtues,
Heart of Jesus, Most worthy of all praises,
Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts,
Heart of Jesus, in Whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,
Heart of Jesus, in Whom dwelleth all the fulness of the Divinity,
Heart of Jesus, in Whom the Father is well pleased,
Heart of Jesus, of Whose fullness we have all received,
Heart of Jesus, Desire of the everlasting hills,
Heart of Jesus, Patient and abounding in mercy,
Heart of Jesus, Rich unto all who call upon Thee,
Heart of Jesus, Fountain of life and holiness,
Heart of Jesus, Atonement for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, Filled with reproaches,
Heart of Jesus, Bruised for our offenses,
Heart of Jesus, Made obedient unto death,
Heart of Jesus, Pierced with a lance,
Heart of Jesus, Source of all consolation,
Heart of Jesus, Our Life and Resurrection,
Heart of Jesus, Our Peace and Reconciliation,
Heart of Jesus, Victim for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, Salvation of those who hope in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, Hope of those who die in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, Delight of all the Saints,

Lamb of God Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
   Make our hearts like unto Thine.

Let us pray. Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thine most-beloved Son, and upon the praises and satisfaction He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and appeased by worthy homage, pardon those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy Great Goodness in the name of the same Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.


Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thee to adore Thee, to praise Thee, to thank Thee, to repair our past offenses and to consecrate ourselves to Thy Love. Remembering Thy Divine promises and those of Thy most Immaculate Mother, we say to Thee with the utmost confidence:

Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, give us all the graces necessary in our state of life.
Lord, Thou hast made us this promise.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, establish peace in our homes.
Lord, Thou hast made us this promise.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, comfort us in all our afflictions.
Lord, Thou hast made us this promise.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, be our secure refuge during life, and above all in death.
Lord, Thou hast made us this promise.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, bestow abundant blessings upon all our undertakings.
Lord, Thou hast made us this promise.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, may sinners find in Thy Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.
Lord, Thou hast made us this promise.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, may tepid souls become fervent.
Lord, Thou hast made us this promise.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, may fervent souls quickly mount to high perfection.
Lord, Thou hast made us this promise.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, bless every place in which an image of Thy Sacred Heart is exposed and honored.
Lord, Thou hast made us this promise.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
Lord, Thou hast made us this promise.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, write in Thy Heart, never to be effaced, the names of those who promote devotion to Thy Sacred Heart.
Lord, Thou hast made us this promise.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, grant to those who go to Communion on the first Friday in nine consecutive months, and to those who make the five first Saturdays, the grace of final penitence; grant that they shall not die in Thy disgrace nor without receiving the Sacraments.
Lord, Thou hast made us this promise.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, reign in spite of Satan and of all the efforts of Thy enemies.
Lord, Thou hast made us this promise.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place in Thee all our confidence, fearing all things of our weakness and hoping all things in Thy kindness. Through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, be the sole Object of our love, the Protector of our life, the Support of our weakness, the Remedy of our inconsistency, the Repairer of all our sins, the Assurance of our salvation and our sure Refuge at the hour of death. Amen.

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