ICC NEWSLETTER - The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Today is the
Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
. This devotion is one of the most well known and beautiful in the Catholic Church. (In truth, they are all beautiful.) This year it occurs at the beginning of summer, which may just make it possible for some of you to dedicate a little extra free time to attend Mass, pray, and to even consecrate your family to the Sacred Heart.
If you are in town today, stop by the church. If you are driving your children somewhere, bring them, too.
They will remember this out-of-the-ordinary trip to church with you. Then head up to the front, right hand side of the church where you will see
our very own statue of the Sacred Heart
. Spend some time there in prayer. If you would like to pray the traditional "
Jesu dulcissime", the
Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus associated with this Feast, you can find it below.
Don't let this day go by without remembering Him who always has us in His Sacred Heart. Keep Him in yours.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
O Jesu Dulcissime
"Most 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 subjected.
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 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 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.
We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against you; we are determined to make amends for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in indecent dress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holydays, and for 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.
Would 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 the 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 offended you and to bring as many as possible to follow you.
O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mother, our model of 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 to our duty and the allegiance we owe to you, that we may all one day come to that happy home, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, for ever and ever. Amen."
Immaculate Conception Church (Irvington-on-Hudson)
on Friday, June 28 at 6:00AM