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Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Feast of the Sacred Heart (properly the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus), Latin: Sollemnitas Sacratissimi Cordis Iesu) is a solemnity in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. It falls 19 days after Pentecost, on a Friday. The earliest possible date is 29 May, as in 1818 and 2285. The latest possible date is 2 July, as in 1943 and 2038. The devotion to the Sacred Heart is one of the most widely practiced and well-known Roman Catholic devotions, taking Jesus Christ's physical heart as the representation of his divine love for humanity.
The devotion to the Sacred Heart (also known as the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sacratissimum Cor Iesu in Latin) is one of the most widely practiced and well-known Roman Catholic devotions, taking Jesus Christ′s physical heart as the representation of his divine love for humanity.
This devotion is predominantly used in the Roman Catholic Church and in a modified way among some high-church Anglicans, Lutherans and Eastern Catholics. The devotion is especially concerned with what the Church deems to be the long suffering love and compassion of the heart of Christ towards humanity. The popularization of this devotion in its modern form is derived from a Roman Catholic nun from France, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, who said she learned the devotion from Jesus during a series of apparitions to her between 1673 and 1675, and later, in the 19th century, from the mystical revelations of another Roman Catholic nun in Portugal, Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart, a religious of the Good Shepherd, who requested in the name of Christ that Pope Leo XIII consecrate the entire world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Predecessors to the modern devotion arose unmistakably in the Middle Ages in various facets of Catholic mysticism, particularly with Saint Gertrude the Great.
In the Catholic Church, the month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This great feast in the Church is always celebrated on the octave day of Corpus Christi, the feast which celebrates the Body and Blood of Christ. Corpus Christi falls on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday (which itself falls on the Sunday after Pentecost), which means the feast of the Sacred Heart falls nineteen days after Pentecost Sunday. The following day is the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so these two devotions to the hearts of Jesus and Mary are side-by-side on the liturgical calendar.
Devotion to Jesus’ Sacred Heart is perhaps the most popular in the Church today, and it had its beginning in 17th century France. In 1672, Christ appeared to a French Visitation nun, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Over a series of visits, Our Lord revealed to St. Margaret Mary the importance of devotion to His Sacred Heart. He asked that His heart, wounded on the cross and continually wounded by ingratitude of men for his sacrifice for them, be venerated and adored as an embodiment of His Divine mercy and love.
For the home
12 PROMISES OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS:
1. I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
2. I will establish peace in their homes.
3. I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
4. I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death.
5. I will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.
6. Sinners will find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Lukewarm souls shall become fervent.
8. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
9. I will bless every place in which an image of my Heart is exposed and honored.
10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in my Heart.
12. I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.
NOVENA PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART
To be prayed on nine consecutive days
Divine Jesus, You have said, “Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.” Behold me kneeling at Your feet, filled with a lively faith and confidence in the promises dictated by Your Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary. I come to ask this favor: (Mention your request).
To whom can I turn if not to You, Whose Heart is the source of all graces and merits? Where should I seek if not in the treasure which contains all the riches of Your kindness and mercy? Where should I knock if not at the door through which God gives Himself to us and through which we go to God? I have recourse to You, Heart of Jesus. In You I find consolation when afflicted, protection when persecuted, strength when burdened with trials, and light in doubt and darkness.
Dear Jesus, I firmly believe that You can grant me the grace I implore, even though it should require a miracle. You have only to will it and my prayer will be granted. I admit that I am most unworthy of Your favors, but this is not a reason for me to be discouraged. You are the God of mercy, and You will not refuse a contrite heart. Cast upon me a look of mercy, I beg of You, and Your kind Heart will find in my miseries and weakness a reason for granting my prayer.
Heart Shaped Pizza
Fun Activity with the kids!
Pizza of love
Start with dough triangles rolled thin
Form around a heart shaped cookie cutter
Top with layers of sauce, cheese, and meat
Finish the pizza off with slices of bell peppers at the top for the fire
Add a different color of pepper for the cross
Brush with olive oil, cook, and enjoy
Make Mexican Tin Art
for Most Sacred Heart of Jesus & The Immaculate Heart of Mary
What you will need:
Galvanized Steel Sheet (Amazon or Hobby shop)
Scissors (not your best fabric ones)
Ball tipped burnishing tool (I’ve used a nail art dotting tool, but an old ballpoint pen will work too)
Pencil and Paper for your design sketch
Porcelain & Glass Markers (Sharpies will work also) or
Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paints with paint brushes
Let's get started
With cardboard as a work surface, trace your design onto your metal sheet with the ball tipped tool.
You should be able to faintly see the design embossed in the metal.
On the top side of the metal, emboss the lines with the ball tool.
On the reverse, rub the center of the heart in little circular motions.
You should start to see some the shapes really popping out, it takes time so be patient.
Next work on the wings and crown area until you are happy with the over all effect.
(This part is optional but I think it adds to the authenticity)
With the hammer and blunt nail, gently punch a design around the heart shape, trying not to punch right through the metal if you can help it.
Just do your best, it doesn’t matter if it isn’t perfect.
Cut out shape with scissors leaving a 2-3mm edge.
With the ball tipped tool, press little ridges in the edges to add texture.
Paint your design with glass markers or sharpies. I found the glass marker gave a lovely translucent enamel like finish, but they took several hours to dry so be careful of colors bleeding.
Leave to dry if required. If you want to hang them you can punch a little nail hole in the top.
*If ball tipped burnishing tool is not available just use a nail and small hammer
Use what you have!