Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

(Beginning the day before Corpus Christi)

[i. 300 Days, each day.
ii. Plenary, during the Novena or Octave. I, II, IV.
This Novena may be made for the Feast of the Sacred Heart, and once during the year as well, with any form of prayers approved by competent ecclesiastical authority.
—from the 1910 Raccolta.]


Divine Jesus, Who hast said: “Ask, and you shall receive; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you,” behold me prostrate at Thy feet, animated with a lively faith and confidence in these promises, dictated by Thy Sacred Heart and pronounced by Thy adorable lips. I come to ask [here mention the request]. To whom can I address myself if not to Thee, Whose Heart is an inexhaustible source of all graces and merits? Where should I seek for graces if not in the treasure which contains all the riches of Thy clemency and bounty? Where must I knock if it be not at the door through which God communicates Himself to us and through which we go to God? To thee, then, O Heart of Jesus, I have recourse; in thee I find consolation when afflicted, protection when persecuted, strength when overwhelmed with trials, and light in doubt and darkness.

Thou canst bestow on me the grace which I implore. Thou hast only to will it and my prayer is granted. I acknowledge that I am most unworthy of Thy favors, O Jesus! But Thou art the God of mercy, and Thou wilt not refuse a contrite heart. Cast upon me a look of mercy, I conjure Thee, and Thy compassionate Heart will find in my miseries and weakness a pressing motive for granting my petition. O Sacred Heart, whatever may be thy decision with regard to my request, I will never cease to adore, love, praise, and serve thee. Deign, my Jesus, to accept this, my act of perfect submission to the decrees of Thy Adorable Heart, which I sincerely desire may be fulfilled in and by me and all Thy creatures for ever and ever. Amen.

The Heart of Jesus the Source of All Happiness

There is one thing for which every heart craves, after its own manner. We all long for happiness—that is the one great desire that lives in every soul. Hast Thou not, sweet Jesus, given us that longing? And when Thou hast given so much, surely Thou wilt not refuse the accomplishment of this desire also. Tell us, dear Lord, what souls are happy, and we will learn from their example. Let us look at the faces of those who serve Thee, and we will see them growing brighter and brighter as they draw near Thee, and they will tell us: When we love Thee sincerely, then we shall be happy; when we make Thy will the center around which we move, then we shall be happy; when Thy sweet Heart, hidden under the sacramental species, is more beautiful in our sight than all else, when we shape and mould our lives according to the example of that Sacred Heart, then peace and joy and happiness will be ours. Teach us, sweet Heart of Jesus, from thy tabernacle, to serve thee as thou deservest, to love thee above all things, to work for thee bravely and generously, solely because of thy love and not for thy gifts. Oh, what happiness may I not promise myself if I but cling to Thy most generous Heart, and use my best endeavors to faithfully serve and love Thee. Inflame my heart with the love of Thee. With St. Ignatius I pray: “Lord Jesus, give me but Thy love and Thy grace; more than this I do not ask.” My Jesus, I love Thee with my whole heart and above all things. Let me live but for Thee; let me die in Thy grace.

Invocations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Love of the Heart of Jesus, inflame my heart.
Charity of the Heart of Jesus, flow into my heart.
Strength of the Heart of Jesus, support my heart.
Mercy of the Heart of Jesus, pardon my heart.
Patience of the Heart of Jesus, grow not weary of my heart.
Kingdom of the Heart of Jesus, be in my heart.
Wisdom of the Heart of Jesus, teach my heart.
Will of the Heart of Jesus, dispose of my heart.
Zeal of the Heart of Jesus, consume my heart.

Immaculate Virgin, pray for us to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Adorable Trinity, we thank Thee for all the favors Thou has conferred on Thy servant, Blessed Margaret Mary, and through her intercession we hope to obtain the graces we ask for in this novena.

Prayer of Blessed Margaret Mary

Eternal Father, permit me to offer Thee the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son, Jesus Christ, as He offers Himself to Thee in sacrifice. Receive this oblation for me, together with all the desires, sentiments, affections, movements, and acts of this Sacred Heart. They are all mine, since He immolates Himself for me, and henceforth I wish to have no desires but His. Receive them in satisfaction for my sins, and in thanksgiving for all Thy benefits. Receive them, that through His merits Thou mayst grant me all the graces necessary for me, especially the grace of final perseverance. Receive them as so many acts of love, adoration, and praise, which I offer Thy divine majesty, since it is by the Heart of Jesus Thou art worthily honored and glorified. Amen.

Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

(Issued with the Encyclical Letter of His Holiness, Leo XIII, dated May 25, 1899, on the consecration of mankind to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.)

Most sweet Jesus, redeemer of the human race look down upon us humbly prostrate before your altar. We are yours and yours we wish to be but to be more surely united with you behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to your most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known you, many too, despising your precepts have rejected you. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to your Sacred Heart. Be you king, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken you but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned you. Grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be you King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions or whom discord keeps aloof and call them back to the harbor of truth and the unity of faith so that soon there may be but one flock and one shepherd. Grant O Lord, to your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm. Give peace and order to all nations and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor forever. Amen.

Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for Promoters

(From Prayer-Book for Religious, by Fr. F.X. Lasance, 1914)

O Jesus, Saviour of mankind, Thou hast mercifully revealed to us the wonderful riches of Thy Heart; in thanksgiving for Thy benefits, especially for the institution of the Holy Eucharist, in reparation for the offenses against the Blessed Sacrament, in union with Thy mediation in heaven for us poor sinners, I consecrate myself entirely to Thee, for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. I promise to aid in spreading the worship and in promoting the interests of Thy sacred Heart.

Act of Consecration to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

(From My Prayer Book: Happiness in Goodness, by Fr. F.X. Lasance, 1908)

To Thee, most sacred Heart of Jesus, I devote my life. To Thee I consecrate all my thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings. My whole being shall be employed henceforth in loving, serving, and glorifying Thee. Be Thou, most blessed and adorable Heart, the sole object of my love, the protector of my life, the pledge of my salvation, and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be Thou my advocate at the throne of Divine Justice, and screen me from the wrath which my sins deserve.

I trust entirely in Thy mercy. I place all my confidence in Thee. Destroy in me all that is displeasing to Thee. Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine. Imprint Thyself like a seal upon my heart in order that I may never be separated from Thee. May I be a victim forever consecrated to Thy glory—ever burning with the flames of Thy pure love in time and for eternity. This is my whole desire—to live in Thee. This shall be my happiness, to live and die as Thy devoted servant. Sweet Heart of Jesus, I implore that I may love Thee more and more. Amen.

℣. Heart of Jesus, burning with love for us.

℟. Inflame our hearts with love of Thee.

Let us pray

Lord, we beseech Thee, let Thy Holy Spirit kindle in our hearts that fire of charity which Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, sent forth from His inmost heart upon this earth, and willed that it should burn with vehemence. Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Act of Consecration and Love Composed by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

(I. 300 Days, once a day.
ii. Plenary, once a month. I, II, III, IV.)

I, N. N., give and consecrate to the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ my person and my life, my actions, penances, and sufferings, not wishing to make use of any part of my being for the future except in honoring, loving, and glorifying that sacred Heart.

It is my irrevocable will to be entirely His, and to do everything for His love, renouncing with my whole heart whatever might displease Him.

I take Thee then, O most sacred Heart, as the sole object of my love, as the protector of my life, as the pledge of my salvation, as the remedy of my frailty and inconstancy, as the repairer of all the defects of my life, and as my secure refuge in the hour of death.

Be then, O Heart of goodness, my justification before God the Father, and remove far from me the thunderbolts of His just wrath. O Heart of love, I place my whole confidence in Thee. While I fear all things from my malice and frailty, I hope all things from Thy goodness.

Consume, then, in me whatever can displease or be opposed to Thee, and may Thy pure love be so deeply impressed upon my heart that it may be impossible that I should ever be separated from Thee, or forget Thee.

I implore Thee, by all Thy goodness, that my name may be written in Thee, for in Thee I wish to place all my happiness and all my glory, living and dying in very bondage to Thee. Amen.