Immaculate Conception Cleveland will offer low Mass for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart at 6:30pm on Friday, June 15.
A plenary indulgence can be gained by praying the Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart, Iesu dulcissime.
Act of Reparation
sweet Jesus, whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much
forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before you, eager to
repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries to which
your loving Heart is everywhere subject.
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 your 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 you, their Shepherd
and Leader, or, renouncing the promises of their baptism, have cast off the
sweet yoke of your law.
are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against
you; we are now 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 holy-days, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against you and your Saints.
We wish also to make amends for the insults to which your Vicar on earth and
your priests are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or
terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of your divine love, and
lastly for the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching
authority of the Church which you have founded.
that we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. We now offer,
in reparation for these violations of your divine honor, the satisfaction you
once made to your Eternal Father on the cross and which you continue to renew
daily on our altars; we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of your
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 your
grace, for all neglect of your great love and for the sins we and others have
committed in the past. Henceforth, we will live a life of unswerving 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
others from offending you and to bring as many as possible to follow
loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mother, 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 you, so that we may all one day come to
that happy home, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign,
God, forever and ever. Amen.
Iesu, mitis et humilis Corde, fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like unto Thine.
Another pious tradition practiced by Catholics is the Enthronement of Sacred Heart of Jesus. This ceremony takes place in the home, preferably presided over by a priest, and is meant to establish the Social Reign of Jesus Christ in society by way of the family.
And we cannot forget the promises from Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary which are granted to those who practice devotion to His Sacred Heart.
For Persons living in the World. "They will find by
means of this devotion all the helps necessary for their state, such as peace in
their families, refreshment in their labors, the blessing of heaven in all their
undertakings, consolation in their troubles, and it is truly in this Heart, that
they will find their refuge during life and above all at the hour of death. He
promised He would reunite families that are separated."
For Homes where the picture of the Sacred Heart shall be
Exposed and Honored. "Since He is the source of all blessings, He shall
shower them in abundance on every place where a picture of His Divine Heart
shall be set up and honored."
Promise of Salvation for All Who Have Been Devoted and
Consecrated to It. "He then confirmed His assurance that the pleasure He
takes in being loved, known and honored by His creatures is so great . . . that
all who will be devoted and consecrated to It shall never perish."
For Those Who work For the Salvation of Souls. "My
divine Savior has given me to understand that those who work for the salvation
of souls will have a gift of touching the most hardened hearts, and will labor
with marvelous success, if they themselves are penetrated with a tender devotion
to His Divine Heart."
Promise of a Happy Death for those Who Communicate on the
First Friday of Nine Consecutive Months. One Friday during Holy Communion,
He said these words to His unworthy slave if she is not mistaken, "I promise
thee in the excessive Mercy of My Divine Heart, that It's all-powerful will
grant the grace of final repentance to all who communicate on the First Friday
of nine consecutive months, that they shall not die under Its displeasure nor
without receiving the sacraments, for My Divine Heart will become their secure
refuge at that last moment."
Promise of the Reign of the Sacred Heart. "Yes, this
Divine Heart will reign in spite of those who would oppose it; Satan will be put
to confusion with all his followers."
For Those Who Promote Devotion to the Sacred Heart of
Jesus. "Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in
My Heart never to be blotted out." .
For Communities. "He has promised me . . . that He will
spread the sweet unction of His burning charity over all those communities who
honor It and place themselves under its special protection, that He will turn
away from them all the strokes of divine justice, in order to restore them to
grace when they have fallen from it."
The Thursday after Trinity Sunday is traditionally the day observed for the great feast of Corpus Christi. In continuing that tradition, St. Stephen's will offer High Mass on Thursday, June 7, at 6:30pm. A Eucharistic Procession inside the church will be part of the celebration.
Pope Urban IV, in 1264, instituted this feast in the Calendar. We can cite pious tradition for two inspiring events which lead to the declaration of the feast.
In 1263, a German priest, Peter of Prague, offered Holy Mass in the Church of St. Christina while on pilgrimage to Rome. Although a good and holy priest, Peter of Prague held doubts concerning Christ's Real Presence in the Blessed Eucharist. During that Mass in St. Christina's, the Host which he consecrated began to bleed. Immediately, he hurried to Pope Urban IV carrying the Blessed Sacrament, and the Pontiff declared the miracle. The Corporal on which the Host bled is still on display in the Cathedral of Orvieto.
St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon, an Augustinian nun (1193 - 1258) had a vision in which the Moon, full and beautiful, was marred by a single black spot, signifying the lack of a joyful feast day of the Eucharist at that time.