Friday, June 15, 2007

The Sacred and Immaculate Hearts

Today is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and tomorrow is the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Before Vatican II, the Immaculate Heart of Mary was celebrated on August 22nd. While I lament some of the changes in the Church calendar, this is one of the changes of which I heartily approve. (No pun intended.) First of all, pairing them together seems appropriate because often devotions are aimed toward both and they are frequently depicted together. Secondly, moving the feast frees August 22nd. Now upon that day we celebrate the Queenship of Mary. This is appropriate because we believe that she was crowned Queen of Heaven following her assumption, which we celebrate just a week earlier, on August 15th.

Here is a prayer that our family says nightly to the Sacred Heart:

Dear Sacred Heart of Jesus, we renew
our pledge of love and loyalty to You.
Keep us always close to Your loving
Heart and to the most pure Heart of
Your Mother.

May we love one another more and
more each day, forgiving each other's
faults as You forgive our sins. Teach us
how to see You in those we meet outside
our home. Please help us keep our love
for You always strong by frequent Mass
and Communion.

Thank You, dear Jesus, King and
of today. Protect us during this night.
Help us all to get to heaven. Amen

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy
Kingdom come!

Immaculate heart of Mary, pray for
our family!

St Joseph, friend of the Sacred
Heart, pray for us!

Our Patron saints and guardian angels,
pray for us! Amen.

Here is more information on prayers to the Sacred Heart and Enthronement of one's home.

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