Index - Devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary

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queenofworld.gif (30221 bytes) Tell everyone that God grants His Graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is to her that we must ask for them. The Sacred Heart of Jesus wants us to Venerate the Immaculate Heart of Mary together with His.

-- Jacinta of Fatima on her deathbed

 

 Index - Devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary

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Doctrinal Explanation

The Nature of this Question is Complex, and frequently becomes more Complicated because of the Difficulties arising from Terminology.

The Word Heart awakens, first of all, the Idea of a Material Heart, of the Vital Organ that throbs within our Bosom, and which we vaguely realize as Intimately Connected, not only with our own Physical, but with our Emotional and Moral Life. Now, this Heart of Flesh is currently accepted as the Emblem of the Emotion and Moral Life with which we associate it, and hence the Place assigned to the Word Heart in Symbolic Language, as also the use of the same word to designate those things Symbolized by the Heart.

sacheart_ani.gif (8256 bytes) Devotion to the Sacred Heart may be defined as Devotion to the Adorable Heart of Jesus Christ in so far as this Heart Represents and Recalls His Love; or, what amounts to the same thing, Devotion to the Love of Jesus Christ in so far as this Love is Recalled and Symbolically Represented to us by His Heart of Flesh.

Hence the Devotion is based entirely upon the Symbolism of the Heart. It is this Symbolism that imparts to its Meaning and its Unity, and this Symbolism is admirably completed by the Representation of the Heart as Wounded. Since the Heart of Jesus appears to us as the Sensible Sign of His Love, the Visible Wound in the Heart will Naturally Recall the Invisible Wound of this Love.

The Heart is, above all, the Emblem of Love, and by this Characteristic, the Devotion to the Sacred Heart is Naturally Defined. When we designate Jesus as the Sacred Heart, we mean Jesus manifesting His Heart, Jesus all Loving and Amiable. Jesus entire is thus Recapitulated in the Sacred Heart as all is Recapitulated in Jesus.

In thus Devoting oneself to Jesus, all Loving and Lovable, one cannot fail to observe that His Love is Rejected. God is Constantly Lamenting that in Holy Writ, and the Saints have always Heard within their Hearts the Plaint of Unrequited Love. Indeed one of the Essential Phases of the Devotion is that it considers the Love of Jesus for us as a Despised, Ignored love. He Himself revealed this when He Complained so Bitterly to Saint Margaret Mary.

This Love is everywhere Manifest in Jesus and in His Life, and it alone can explain Him, together with His Words and His Acts. Nevertheless, it Shines Forth more Resplendently in certain Mysteries from which Great Good Accrues to us, and in which Jesus is more Lavish of His Loving Benefactions and more Complete in His Gift of Self, namely, in the Incarnation, in the Passion, and in the Eucharist. Moreover, these Mysteries have a place apart in the Devotion which, everywhere seeking Jesus and the Signs of His Love and Favors, finds them here to an even Greater Extent than in Particular Acts.

We have already seen that Devotion to the Sacred Heart, being Directed to the Heart of Jesus as the Emblem of Love, has mainly in view His Love for Men. This is obviously not that it excludes His Love for God, for this included in His Love for Men, but it is above all the devotion to "the Heart that has so loved men", according to the Words Quoted by Saint Margaret Mary.

Finally, the Question arises as to whether the Love which we Honor in this Devotion is that with which Jesus Loves us as Man or that with which He Loves us as God; whether it is Created or Uncreated, His Human or His Divine Love. Undoubtedly it is the Love of God made Man, the Love of the Incarnate Word.

 

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An Offering of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary
Two Hearts Novena

 

O Jesus, only Son of God, only Son of Mary,
I offer Thee the most Loving Heart of Thy Divine Mother
which is more Precious and Pleasing to Thee than all Hearts.

O Mary, Mother of Jesus,
I offer Thee the most Adorable Heart of Thy Well-Beloved Son,
Who is the Life and Love and Joy of Thy Heart.

Blessed be the Most Loving Heart
and Sweet Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ
and the Most Glorious
Virgin Mary, His Mother,
in Eternity and Forever.
Amen.

---Saint John Eudes

 

 

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Sacred Heart of Jesus

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

(Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Trust in the Sacred Heart of Jesus

(Prayers of Trust in the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Acts of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

(Contains several Acts of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Acts of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

(Prayers by Saint Alphonsus Marie Liguori)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Immaculate Heart of Mary

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) The Sacred Heart of Jesus & Immaculate Heart of Mary

(Includes Prayers of Consecration)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Heroic Act of Charity

(Offering for the Faithful Departed in Purgatory, all of your Works in this Life, to be put in the Hands of the Virgin Mary. Gives Great Honor to Mary.)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

(Approved by Pope Leo XIII)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

(by Cardinal John Henry Newman)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Reparation to the Immaculate Heart

(by Father William G. Most)

Prayers of Reparation and Consecration to the IHM

(Act of Thanksgiving to the Blessed Trinity and Consecration to Mary Immaculate, Patroness of the United States. Plus, An Act of Reparation for Blasphemies Against the Blessed Virgin Mary.)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Reparation for Sin

(by Father Paul A. Duffner O.P.)

Fatima and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

(by Father Paul A. Duffner O.P.)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Consecration to Mary

(by Father William G. Most)

Consecration to Jesus, through the Hands of Mary

(from The Love of Eternal Wisdom - by Saint Louis de Montfort)

 

Consecration to the Immaculate and Sacred Hearts
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two_small_hearts.gif (9223 bytes) O Mary, Virgin most powerful and Mother of Mercy, Queen of Heaven and Refuge of Sinners, we Consecrate ourselves to your Immaculate Heart.

We Consecrate to you our Very Being and our Whole Life; all that we have, all that we Love, all that we are. To you we give our Bodies, our Hearts and our Souls; to you we give our Homes, our Families, our Country.

We desire that all that is in us and around us may belong to you, and may share in the Benefits of your Motherly Benediction. And that this Act of Consecration may be truly Efficacious and Lasting, we renew this day at your feet the Promises of our Baptism and our First Holy Communion.

We Pledge ourselves to Profess Courageously and at all times the Truths of our Holy Faith, and to live as befits Catholics who are Duly Submissive to all the Directions of the Pope and the Bishops in Communion with him.

We Pledge ourselves to keep the Commandments of God and His Church, in particular to Keep Holy the Lord's Day. We likewise Pledge ourselves to make the Consoling Practices of the Christian Religion, and above all, Holy Communion, an Integral Part of our lives, in so far as we shall be able so to do.

Finally, we Promise you, O Glorious Mother of God and Loving Mother of Men, to Devote ourselves Whole-Heartedly to the Service of your Blessed Cult, in order to Hasten and Assure, through the Sovereignty of your Immaculate Heart, the Coming of the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart of your Adorable Son, in our own Hearts and in those of all Men, in our Country and in all the World, as in Heaven, so on Earth.

Amen

 

 

 

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