Sunday, June 6, 2010

Novena to Sacred Heart of Jesus ~~ Day 4 ~~

The Heart of the Saviour broke during the course of the Passion.
The paschal moon that shone with fierce brilliance over the garden was like a searchlight beating upon the sins of the parading world.
Christ saw that world, knew its horror and vileness, and broke into a bloody sweat.
Yet that Heart held Him captive when the traitor came and made Him call the betrayer "friend."
Upon the loving Saviour, bound, not with cords and chains, but by His heartstrings, fell the blows of the scourging, the mockery of the mob, the spittle of the soldiers, the awful humiliation of public rejection.
It was His Heart rather than His Head that was crowned with thorns.
Upon the cross, it was His Heart that held Him fast.

He loved us and delivered Himself for us.
He bore our bruises and our infirmities.
Greater love than this no man hath, that He die for His executioners. And that the last drop of love might flow out and the lowest and meanest of His sinners might find safe entrance to His Heart.
He offers that Heart to the lance of the centurion.
In the cleft of His Heart, as in the cleft of a rock, the penitent world has found warmth, safety, and protection.
Before the suffering Christ of Love, we pray:

O God, Who in the Heart of Thy Son, wounded by our sins, dost deign mercifully to bestow upon us the infinite treasures of Thy Love, grant, we beseech Thee, that we who now pay Him the devout homage of our piety, may also perform the duty of worthy satisfaction. Through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Who livest and reignest with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

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Let us always remember the Poor Souls

Eternal Father, I offer You the most precious blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, for those in my own home and in my family. Amen

Prayer for the Conversion of Scandinavia

300 Days, once a day. (See Instructions.) 54 Leo XIII, April 18, 1885.

O good Jesus , prostrate at Thy feet, we humbly implore Thee, by thy most Sacred Wounds and by the Precious Blood which Thou didst shed for the salvation of the whole world, that Thou wouldst deign to cast a look of pity on the peoples of Scandinavia, seduced from the Faith for so many centuries, and plunged in the darkness of heresy, separated from thy Church, deprived of the participation of the adorable Sacrament of thy Body and Blood, and of the other sacraments instituted by Thee, as the refuge of souls in life and in death.

Remember, O Redeemer of the world, that for these souls too Thou didst suffer bitter death, with the loss of all thy blood. Bring back, O good Shepherd, these wandering sheep ofthine to the one fold and to the healthy pastures of thy Church, so that they may form with us one flock , tended by Thee, and by thy Vicar on earth, the supreme Pontiff, whom, in the person of the Apostle St Peter, Thou didst commission to feed thy sheep and thy lambs. Graciously hear, O good Jesus, the prayers which we offer Thee with the most lively trust in the love of thy Sacred Heart, and to thy most Holy Name be praise, glory, and honor, world without end. Amen.

The Raccolta ( Collection of Indulgenced Prayers and Good Works )


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