Friday 11th June – Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Traditionally we consecrate our families to the protection of the Sacred Heart of Jesus today.  Why not, wherever you are, and particularly if you are with your family, do so:

Sacred Heart of Jesus, you revealed to Blessed Margaret Mary your desire to reign over Christian families.  Behold us, therefore, assembled here today to proclaim your absolute dominion over ours.  We desire henceforth to shape our lives in accordance with your life, to cultivate at our hearth those virtues to which you have promised peace here below, and to allow no place to that worldly spirit which you have condemned.

Yours it will be to reign in our minds by the simplicity of our faith and in our hearts by love for you alone, a love whose flame we intend to keep burning by the frequent reception of the Eucharist.  Deign, O Divine Heart to preside over us when we are gathered here together, to bless our spiritual and temporal affairs, to banish our cares, to sanctify our joys, and to lighten our sorrows.  If any of us should ever offend you, remind him, O Divine Heart, that you have nothing but kindness and mercy for the repentant sinner.

And when  the hour of parting comes and death shall bring bereavement to our home, then both those who are to be called away and those who are to be left will be resigned to your eternal decrees.  One thought shall uphold us, that a day will come when our family, reunited in heaven, will extol your glories and your goodness for ever.  May the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the glorious Patriarch Saint Joseph, present to you this consecration, and keep us mindful of it all the days of our lives.  Amen.

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