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The devotion to the Sacred Heart
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
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
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 longsuffering 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
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,[1] and later, in the 19th century, from the mystical revelations of another Roman Catholic
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
Pope Leo XIII
consecrate the entire world to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus. Predecessors to the modern devotion arose unmistakably in the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
in various facets of Catholic mysticism, particularly with Saint Gertrude the Great.[2]

Contents

1 Description 2 History of the devotion

2.1 Early devotion

2.1.1 Saint Lutgarde 2.1.2 Saint Mechtilde 2.1.3 Saint Gertrude

2.2 Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque 2.3 Estelle Faguette 2.4 Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart

3 Papal approval

3.1 Worship
Worship
and devotion

4 Feast Day 5 Alliance with the Immaculate Heart 6 Names of institutions 7 Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
imagery

7.1 In Eastern Catholicism

8 Promises of the Sacred Heart

8.1 Promises made to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque 8.2 Promises made to Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart

9 Scapular
Scapular
of the Sacred Heart 10 Criticisms 11 Litany
Litany
of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus 12 See also 13 References 14 Sources 15 External links

Description[edit] The Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
is often depicted in Christian art
Christian art
as a flaming heart[3] shining with divine light, pierced by the lance-wound, encircled by the crown of thorns, surmounted by a cross, and bleeding. Sometimes the image is shown shining within the bosom of Christ with his wounded hands pointing at the heart. The wounds and crown of thorns allude to the manner of Jesus' death, while the fire represents the transformative power of divine love.

Catholic holy card depicting the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus, circa 1880. Auguste Martin collection, University of Dayton Libraries

History of the devotion[edit]

Image representing the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus
Jesus
in Saint Vincent de Paul Parish Church, Ermita, Manila, Philippines

Early devotion[edit] Historically the devotion to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
is an outgrowth of devotion to what is believed to be Christ's sacred humanity.[4] During the first ten centuries of Christianity, there is nothing to indicate that any worship was rendered to the wounded Heart of Jesus.[5] The revival of religious life and the zealous activity of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Bernard of Clairvaux
and Saint Francis of Assisi
Francis of Assisi
in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, together with the enthusiasm of the Crusaders returning from the Holy Land, gave a rise to devotion to the Passion of Jesus
Jesus
Christ and particularly to practices in honour of the Sacred Wounds.[6] Devotion to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
developed out of the devotion to the Holy Wounds, in particular to the Sacred Wound in the side of Jesus. The first indications of devotion to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
are found in the eleventh and twelfth centuries in the fervent atmosphere of the Benedictine or Cistercian monasteries, in the world of Bernardine thought. But it is impossible to say with certainty what were its first texts or who were its first devotees.

Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
at the centre of a rose window, Santa Ifigênia Church, São Paulo, Brazil

Saint Bernard (d. 1153) said that the piercing of Christ's side revealed his goodness and the charity of his heart for us. The earliest known hymn to the Sacred Heart, "Summi Regis Cor Aveto", is believed to have been written by the Norbertine Blessed herman Joseph (d.1241) of Cologne, Germany. The hymn begins: "I hail Thee kingly Heart most high." From the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries, the devotion was propagated but it did not seem to have been embellished. It was everywhere practised by individuals and by different religious congregations, such as the Franciscans, Dominicans, and Carthusians. Among the Franciscans the devotion to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus
Jesus
has its champions in Saint Bonaventure
Bonaventure
(d. 1274) in his Vitis Mystica ("Mystic Vine"), B. John de la Verna, and the Franciscan
Franciscan
Tertiary Saint Jean Eudes (1602–1680).[7] Bonaventure
Bonaventure
wrote: "Who is there who would not love this wounded heart? Who would not love in return Him, who loves so much?”[8] It was, nevertheless, a private, individual devotion of the mystical order. Nothing of a general movement had been inaugurated, except for similarities found in the devotion to the Five Holy Wounds
Holy Wounds
by the Franciscans, in which the wound in Jesus's heart figured most prominently.

Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus
Jesus
by Pompeo Batoni, 1767

In the sixteenth century, the devotion passed from the domain of mysticism into that of Christian asceticism. It was established as a devotion with prayers already formulated and special exercises, found in the writings of Lanspergius (d. 1539) of the Carthusians of Cologne, the Benedictine Louis de Blois (d. 1566) Abbot
Abbot
of Liessies
Liessies
in Hainaut, John of Avila
John of Avila
(d. 1569), and Francis de Sales
Francis de Sales
(d. 1622). The historical record from that time shows an early bringing to light of the devotion. Ascetic writers spoke of it, especially those of the Society of Jesus
Jesus
(Jesuits). The image of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus
Jesus
was everywhere in evidence, largely due to the Franciscan
Franciscan
devotion to the Five Wounds
Five Wounds
and to the Jesuits placing the image on the title-page of their books and on the walls of their churches. The first to establish the theological basis for the devotion was Polish Jesuit Kasper Drużbicki
Kasper Drużbicki
(1590-1662) in his book Meta cordium - Cor Jesu (The goal of hearts - Heart of Jesus). Not much later Jean Eudes wrote an Office, and promoted a feast for it. Père Eudes was the apostle of the Heart of Rayn, but in his devotion to the Immaculate Heart there was a share for the Heart of Jesus. Little by little, the devotion to the two Hearts became distinct, and on 31 August 1670 the first feast of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
was celebrated in the Grand Seminary of Rennes. Coutances
Coutances
followed suit on October 20, a day with which the Eudist feast was from then on to be connected. The feast soon spread to other dioceses, and the devotion was likewise adopted in various religious communities. It gradually came into contact with the devotion begun by Margaret Mary Alacoque
Margaret Mary Alacoque
at Paray-le-Monial, and the two merged. Saint Lutgarde[edit] According to Thomas Merton, Saint Lutgarde (d.1246), a Cistercian mystic of Aywieres, Belgium, was one of the great precursors of the devotion to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus. A contemporary of St. Francis, she "... entered upon the mystical life with a vision of the pierced Heart of the Saviour, and had concluded her mystical espousals with the Incarnate Word by an exchange of hearts with Him."[9] Sources say that Christ came in a visitation to Lutgarde, offering her whatever gift of grace she should desire; she asked for a better grasp of Latin, that she might better understand the word of God and sing God's praise. Christ granted her request and Lutgarde’s mind was flooded with the riches of psalms, antiphons, readings, and responsories. However, a painful emptiness persisted. She returned to Christ, asking to return his gift, and wondering if she might, just possibly, exchange it for another. “And for what would you exchange it?” Christ asked. “Lord, said Lutgarde, I would exchange it for your Heart.” Christ then reached into Lutgarde and, removing her heart, replaced it with his own, at the same time hiding her heart within his breast.[10] Saint Mechtilde[edit] Saint Mechtilde
Mechtilde
of Helfta (d.1298) became an ardent devotee and promoter of Jesus’ heart after it was the subject of many of her visions. The idea of hearing the heartbeat of God was very important to medieval saints who nurtured devotion to the Sacred Heart.[11] Mechtilde
Mechtilde
reported that Jesus
Jesus
appeared to her in a vision and commanded her to love Him ardently, and to honor his sacred heart in the Blessed Sacrament as much as possible. He gave her his heart as a pledge of his love, as a place of refuge during her life and as her consolation at the hour of her death. From this time Mechtilde
Mechtilde
had an extraordinary devotion for the Sacred Heart, and said that if she had to write down all the favors and all the blessings which she had received by means of this devotion, a large book would not contain them.[12] Saint Gertrude[edit] Saint Gertrude the Great
Gertrude the Great
was an early devotee of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus.[13] Book 2 of the herald of Divine Love vividly describes Gertrude's visions, which show a considerable elaboration on the hitherto ill-defined veneration of Christ's heart. St Bernard articulated this in his commentary on the Song of Songs. The women of Helfta—Gertrude foremost, who surely knew Bernard's commentary, and to a somewhat lesser extent the two Mechthildes—experienced this devotion centrally in their mystical visions.[14] Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque[edit] Main article: Margaret Mary Alacoque

Painting representing the apparitions of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque.

The most significant source for the devotion to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
in the form it is known today was Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647–1690), a nun of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, who claimed to have received apparitions of Jesus
Jesus
Christ in the Burgundian French village of Paray-le-Monial, the first on 27 December 1673, the feast of Saint John the Evangelist, and the final one 18 months later, revealing the form of the devotion, the chief features being reception of Holy Communion on the first Friday of each month, Eucharistic adoration during a "Holy hour" on Thursdays, and the celebration of the Feast of the Sacred Heart. She said that in her vision she was instructed to spend an hour every Thursday night to meditate on Jesus' Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.

In probably June or July 1674, Sister Margaret Mary claimed that Jesus requested to be honored under the figure of his heart, also saying that, when he appeared radiant with love, he asked for a devotion of expiatory love: frequent reception of Communion, especially on the first Friday of the month, and the observance of the Holy hour. During the octave of Corpus Christi in 1675, probably on June 16, the vision known as the "great apparition" reportedly took place, where Jesus
Jesus
said: "Behold the Heart that has so loved men. ...Instead of gratitude I receive from the greater part (of humankind) only ingratitude," and asked Margaret Mary for a feast of reparation of the Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi, bidding her consult her confessor Father Claude de la Colombière, then superior of the small Jesuit house at Paray le Monial.

Father de la Colombière directed Sister Margaret Mary to write an account of the apparition, which he discreetly circulated in France and England. After his death on 15 February 1682, his journal of spiritual retreats was found to contain a copy in his handwriting of the account that he had requested of Margaret Mary, together with a few reflections on the usefulness of the devotion. This journal, including the account – an "offering" to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
in which the devotion was explained – was published at Lyon in 1684. The little book was widely read, especially at Paray le Monial. Margaret Mary reported feeling "dreadful confusion" over the book's contents, but resolved to make the best of it, approving of the book for the spreading of her cherished devotion. Along with the Visitandines, priests, religious, and laymen espoused the devotion, particularly the Capuchins. The reported apparitions served as a catalyst for the promotion of the devotion to the Sacred Heart.[15] Jesuit Father Croiset wrote a book called The Devotion to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus, and Fr. Joseph de Gallifet, SJ, promoted the devotion. The mission of propagating the new devotion was especially confided to the religious of the Visitation and to the priests of the Society of Jesus. Estelle Faguette[edit]

Window detail, All Saints Catholic Church, St. Peters, Missouri

On the night of 14 February 1876 a domestic servant Estelle Faguette lay in Pellevoisin
Pellevoisin
dying of pulmonary tuberculosis, and reportedly saw the Virgin Mary. Four days later, during the fifth apparition, Estelle seemed to be healed instantaneously. Altogether she said she experienced fifteen apparitions in the course of 1876. On 9 September the apparition drew attention to a small piece of white cloth, a scapular resting over her chest. Faguette had seen it there before, as plain white cloth, but on this day it bore the red image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The following day the lady appeared again, saying she had come to encourage people to pray.[16] The final and culminating vision took place on Friday 8 December 1876, the Solemnity
Solemnity
of the Immaculate Conception:[16]

You will go yourself to the prelate and will present to him this copy that you have made. Tell him to do everything within his power to help you, and that nothing would be more pleasing to me than to see this livery on each of my children. They should all strive to make reparation for the outrages my Son is subjected to in the sacrament of his love. See the graces that will be poured forth on those who will wear it with confidence and help you to spread this devotion.[16]

Immediately following this last apparition, Estelle sought and was granted an audience with the Archbishop
Archbishop
of Bourges, Monsignor de La Tour d'Auvergne. By 12 December 1876 she had received his permission to make and distribute copies of the Scapular
Scapular
of the Sacred Heart.[17]:109 Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart[edit] Main article: Mary of the Divine Heart

Sister Mary of the Divine Heart

Another source for the devotion to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus
Jesus
was Sister Mary of the Divine Heart
Mary of the Divine Heart
(1863–1899), the former countess of Droste zu Vischering
Droste zu Vischering
and nun from the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, who reported to have received several interior locutions and visions of Jesus
Jesus
Christ. The first interior locution Maria Droste zu Vischering
Droste zu Vischering
reported was during her youth spent with the family in the Castle of Darfeld, near Münster, Germany, and the last vision and private revelation was reported during her presence as Mother Superior in the Convent of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Porto, Portugal. Based on the messages she said she received in her revelations of Christ, on 10 June 1898 her confessor at the Good Shepherd monastery wrote to Pope Leo XIII
Pope Leo XIII
stating that Sister Mary of the Divine Heart had received a message from Christ, requesting the pope to consecrate the entire world to the Sacred Heart. The pope initially attached no credence to it and took no action. However, on 6 January 1899 she sent another letter asking that in addition to the consecration, the first Fridays of the month be observed in honor of the Sacred Heart.

Painting representing the vision received by Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart Droste zu Vischering. Jesus
Jesus
had revealed to her: "By the brightness of this light, peoples and nations will be illumined, and they will be warmed by its ardour."

her second letter included:

One might find it strange that Our Lord should ask for this consecration of the entire world and not content Himself with [that of] the Catholic Church. But his desire to reign, to be loved and glorified, and to set ablaze all hearts with his love and his mercy is so ardent that he wants Your Holiness to offer Him the hearts of all those who belong to Him by Baptism to facilitate their return to the true Church, and the hearts of those who have not yet received spiritual life by Holy Baptism, but for whom he has given his life and his Blood, and who are equally called to be one day children of the Holy Church, to hasten by this means their spiritual birth.

In the letter she also referred to the recent illness of the pope and stated that Christ had assured her that Pope Leo XIII
Pope Leo XIII
would live until he had performed the consecration to the Sacred Heart. Theologian Laurent Volken states that this had an emotional impact on Leo XIII, despite the theological issues concerning the consecration of non-Christians.[18][19] Sister Mary of the Divine Heart
Mary of the Divine Heart
died in her monastery in Portugal
Portugal
when the Church was singing the first vespers of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus on 8 June 1899. The following day, Pope Leo XIII
Pope Leo XIII
consecrated the entire world to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus. Papal approval[edit] In 1353 Pope Innocent VI instituted a Mass honoring the mystery of the Sacred Heart.[15] After the death of Margaret Mary Alacoque
Margaret Mary Alacoque
on 17 October 1690, a short account of her life was published by Father Croiset in 1691 as an appendix to his book De la Dévotion au Sacré Cœur. In 1693 the Holy See imparted indulgences to the Confraternities of the Sacred Heart, and in 1697 granted the feast to the Visitandines with the Mass of the Five Wounds, but refused a feast common to all, with special Mass and Office. The devotion spread, particularly in religious communities. The Marseille plague in 1720 furnished perhaps the first occasion for a solemn consecration and public worship outside of religious communities. Other cities of southern Europe followed the example of Marseille. In 1726 Rome was again asked for a feast with a Mass and Office of its own; this was refused in 1729, but granted in 1765. In that year, at the request of the queen, the feast was received quasi-officially by the episcopate of France. In 1856, at the urgent entreaties of the French bishops, Pope Pius IX
Pope Pius IX
extended the feast to the Roman Catholic Church
Catholic Church
under the rite of double major. In 1889 it was raised by the Roman Catholic Church
Catholic Church
to the double rite of first class.

Jesus
Jesus
embracing all

After Pope Leo XIII
Pope Leo XIII
received several letters from Sister Mary of the Divine Heart asking him to consecrate the entire world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, he commissioned a group of theologians to examine the petition on the basis of revelation and sacred tradition. The outcome of this investigation was positive, and so in the encyclical letter Annum sacrum
Annum sacrum
(on 25 May 1899) he decreed that the consecration of the entire human race to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus
Jesus
should take place on 11 June 1899. The encyclical letter also encouraged the entire Roman Catholic episcopate to promote the First Friday Devotions, established June as the Month of the Sacred Heart, and included the Prayer of Consecration
Consecration
to the Sacred Heart.[20] Pope Pius X
Pope Pius X
decreed that the consecration of the human race performed by Leo XIII be renewed each year. Pius XI in his encyclical letter Miserentissimus Redemptor
Miserentissimus Redemptor
(on 8 May 1928) affirmed the Church's position with respect to Saint Margaret Mary's visions of Jesus
Jesus
Christ by stating that Jesus
Jesus
had "manifested Himself" to Saint Margaret and had "promised her that all those who rendered this honor to his Heart would be endowed with an abundance of heavenly graces." The encyclical refers several times to the conversation between Jesus
Jesus
and Saint Margaret Mary[21] and reaffirmed the importance of consecration and reparation to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus. Pope Pius XII, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Pius IX's institution of the Feast, instructed the entire Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
Church at length on the devotion to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
in his encyclical letter Haurietis aquas
Haurietis aquas
(on 15 May 1956). On 15 May 2006, Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter to Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, on the 50th Anniversary of the encyclical Haurietis aquas. In his letter to Father Kolvenbach, Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed the importance of the devotion to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus. Worship
Worship
and devotion[edit]

In Germany

The Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
acts of consecration, reparation, and devotion were introduced when the feast of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
was declared. In his papal bull Auctorem fidei, Pope Pius VI
Pius VI
praised devotion to the Sacred Heart. Finally, Leo XIII in his encyclical Annum sacrum
Annum sacrum
(25 May 1899), as well as on June 11, consecrated every human to the Sacred Heart. The idea of this act, which Leo XIII called "the great act" of his pontificate, had been proposed to him by a nun of the Good Shepherd from Oporto (Portugal) who said that she had supernaturally received it from Jesus. Since c. 1850, groups, congregations, and countries have consecrated themselves to the Sacred Heart. In 1873, by petition of president Gabriel García Moreno, Ecuador
Ecuador
was the first country in the world to be consecrated to the Sacred Heart. Peter Coudrin
Peter Coudrin
of France
France
founded the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus
Jesus
and Mary on 24 December 1800. A religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, the order carried out missionary work in Hawaii. Mother Clelia Merloni from Forlì
Forlì
(Italy) founded the Congregation of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus
Jesus
in Viareggio, Italy, on 30 May 1894. Worship
Worship
of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
mainly consists of several hymns, the Salutation of the Sacred Heart, and the Litany
Litany
of the Sacred Heart. It is common in Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
services and occasionally is to be found in Anglican services. The Feast of the Sacred Heart, in the Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
liturgical calendar since 1856, is now a solemnity and is celebrated 19 days after Pentecost, which is always a Friday. The Enthronement
Enthronement
of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
is a Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
ceremony in which a priest or head of a household consecrates the members of the household to the Sacred Heart. An image of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
that has been blessed, either a statue or a picture, is then placed in the home as a reminder. The practice of the Enthronement
Enthronement
is based upon Pius XII's declaration that devotion to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus
Jesus
is "the foundation on which to build the kingdom of God in the hearts of individuals, families, and nations."[22] In the Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
tradition, the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
has been closely associated with Acts of Reparation to Jesus
Jesus
Christ. In his encyclical Miserentissimus Redemptor, Pope Pius XI
Pope Pius XI
stated: "The spirit of expiation or reparation has always had the first and foremost place in the worship given to the Most Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus."[21] The Golden Arrow Prayer directly refers to the Sacred Heart. Devotion to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
is sometimes seen in the Eastern Catholic Churches, where it remains a point of controversy and is seen as an example of liturgical Latinisation. Feast Day[edit]

Dates for the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Year Date (Ordinary form of the Roman rite)

2015 12 June

2016 3 June

2017 23 June

2018 8 June

2019 28 June

2020 19 June

2021 11 June

2022 24 June

2023 16 June

2024 7 June

2025 27 June

2026 12 June

2027 4 June

2028 23 June

2029 8 June

2030 28 June

The Feast of the Sacred Heart
Feast of the Sacred Heart
is a solemnity in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
Church. It falls 19 days after Pentecost, on a Friday.[23] 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
Sacred Heart
is one of the most widely practiced and well-known Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
devotions, taking Jesus Christ's physical heart as the representation of his divine love for humanity. Alliance with the Immaculate Heart[edit]

Saint John Eudes
John Eudes
defended the mystical unity of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus
Jesus
and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
Church, Hamilton, MO, USA

Main article: Alliance of the Hearts of Jesus
Jesus
and Mary The Alliance of the Hearts of Jesus
Jesus
and Mary is based on the historical, theological, and spiritual links in Catholic devotions between the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus
Jesus
and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.[24][25][26] The joint devotion to the hearts was first formalized in the seventeenth century by Saint John Eudes
John Eudes
who organized the scriptural, theological, and liturgical sources relating to the devotions and obtained the approbation of the Church, prior to the visions of Saint Marguerite Marie Alacoque.[27][28][29] In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the devotions grew, both jointly and individually, through the efforts of figures such as Saint Louis de Montfort
Louis de Montfort
who promoted Catholic Mariology
Mariology
and Saint Catherine Labouré's Miraculous Medal
Miraculous Medal
depicting the Heart of Jesus
Jesus
thorn-crowned and the Heart of Mary pierced with a sword.[30][31][32] The devotions and associated prayers grew into the twentieth century, e.g. in the Immaculata prayer
Immaculata prayer
of Saint Maximillian Kolbe
Maximillian Kolbe
and in the reported messages of Our Lady of Fatima
Our Lady of Fatima
saying that the Heart of Jesus
Jesus
wishes to be honored together with the Heart of Mary.[33][34] Popes supported the individual and joint devotions to the hearts through the centuries. In the 1956 encyclical Haurietis aquas, Pope Pius XII
Pius XII
encouraged the joint devotion to the hearts. In the 1979 encyclical Redemptor hominis, Pope John Paul II
John Paul II
explained the theme of unity of Mary's Immaculate Heart with the Sacred Heart.[35] In his Angelus address on 15 September 1985, John Paul II
John Paul II
coined the term The Alliance of the Hearts of Jesus
Jesus
and Mary, and in 1986 addressed the international conference on that topic held at Fátima, Portugal.[36][37][38][39] Names of institutions[edit]

For a list of institutions named Sacred Heart, see Sacred Heart (other)

Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
is a name used for many Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
institutions, including schools, colleges, and hospitals in many countries. It is also the name of many Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
parishes, religious orders, and stores selling Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
religious goods. Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
imagery[edit]

The Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
crowned with thorns, appearing on the Miraculous Medal

Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
patch of the French Catholic and Royal Army

USVA
USVA
headstone emblem 62

The Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
has also been involved in and depicted in apparitions such as those to Saint Catherine Labouré
Catherine Labouré
in 1830, and appears on the Miraculous Medal,[40] where the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
is crowned with thorns. The Immaculate Heart of Mary
Immaculate Heart of Mary
also appears on the medal, next to the Sacred Heart, but is pierced by a sword rather than being crowned with thorns. The M on the medal signifies the Blessed Virgin at the foot of the Cross when Jesus
Jesus
was being crucified. Religious imagery depicting the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
is frequently featured in Roman Catholic, and sometimes in Anglican and Lutheran, homes. Sometimes images display beneath them a list of family members, indicating that the entire family is entrusted to the protection of Jesus
Jesus
in the Sacred Heart, from whom blessings on the home and the family members are sought. The prayer "O Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee" is often used. One particular image has been used as part of a set, along with an image of the Virgin Mary. In that image, Mary too was shown pointing to her Immaculate Heart. The dual images reflect an eternal binding of the two hearts. The Scapular
Scapular
of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
and the Scapular
Scapular
of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus
Jesus
and Mary are worn by Roman Catholics.[41][42] In Eastern Catholicism[edit] Devotion to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
may be found in some Eastern Catholic Churches, but is a contentious issue. Those who favour purity of rite are opposed to the devotion, while those who are in favour of the devotion cite it as a point of commonality with their Latin Catholic brethren. Promises of the Sacred Heart[edit]

The Estrela Basilica
Estrela Basilica
situated in Lisbon, Portugal, was the first church in the world dedicated to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus.

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
in Paris, France.

The Sanctuary of Christ the King in Almada is a famous monument dedicated to the Sacred Heart.

Promises made to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque[edit] Margaret Mary Alacoque
Margaret Mary Alacoque
said that in her apparitions Jesus
Jesus
promised these blessings to those who practice devotion to his Sacred Heart. The list was tabulated in 1863. In 1882 an American businessman spread the tabular form of the twelve promises throughout the world, in 238 languages. In 1890 Cardinal Adolph Perraud deplored this circulation of the promises in tabular form, which he said were different from the words and the meaning of the expressions used by Saint Margaret Mary, and wanted the promises to be published in their original words.[43]

I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life. I will give peace in their families. I will console them in all their troubles. I will be their refuge in life and especially in death. I will abundantly bless all their undertakings. Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy. Tepid souls shall become fervent. Fervent souls shall rise speedily to great perfection. I will bless those places wherein the image of My Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
shall be exposed and venerated. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts. Persons who propagate this devotion shall have their names eternally written in my Heart. In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.

Promises made to Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart[edit]

The Church of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus
Jesus
in Ermesinde, Portugal.

Blessed Sister Mary of the Divine Heart
Mary of the Divine Heart
Droste zu Vischering
Droste zu Vischering
said that in her mystical experiences Jesus
Jesus
Christ inspired her to build a shrine dedicated to his Sacred Heart. The imposing Church of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus
Jesus
(also referred as Church of the Good Shepherd or Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus) was built between 14 July 1957 and 21 April 1966, in the civil parish of Ermesinde
Ermesinde
in north Portugal, and consecrated to the Heart of Christ in fulfillment of the vow made by the nun. According to the writings of Sister Mary of the Divine Heart, Jesus
Jesus
had made this promise: "I will make it a place of graces. I will distribute copiously graces to all who live in this house [the Convent], those who live here now, those who will live here after, and even to their relatives."[44] Jesus
Jesus
also promised her: "Know this, My daughter, that by the charity of My Heart I desire to pour out floods of graces through your heart over the hearts of others. This is why people will come to you with confidence; it will not be your personal qualities which will attract them, but Me. No one, even the most hardened sinner, will leave your presence without having received, in one way or another, consolation, relief, or a special grace."[45] The body of Blessed Sister Mary of the Divine Heart, entombed for public veneration in the Church-Shrine of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus
Jesus
in Ermesinde, was found incorrupt at its first exhumation. Scapular
Scapular
of the Sacred Heart[edit] The devotions to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus
Jesus
also involve the Scapular of the Sacred Heart. Prior to the existence of a formal Roman Catholic devotional scapular, Margaret Mary Alacoque
Margaret Mary Alacoque
made and distributed badges bearing an image of the Heart of Jesus.[46] In 1872 Pope Pius IX granted an indulgence for the badge. Following the claims by Estelle Faguette that the Virgin Mary had appeared to her in 1876 and requested a scapular of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a scapular of the proposed design was approved by the Congregation of Rites in 1900. It bears the representation of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus
Jesus
on one side and that of the Virgin Mary under the title of Mother of Mercy on the other side. Criticisms[edit]

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Eastern Orthodox Christians disapprove of the actual worship of the physical heart of Jesus
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as being a form of naturalism and Nestorianism; the Feast of the Sacred Heart
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Sacred Heart
is venerated as belonging to the Divine Person of the Eternal Word and as "a symbolic image of his love and a witness of our redemption." Litany
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Sacred Heart
of Jesus[edit]

Dates for the Feast of the Sacred Heart, 2017-2020

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2017 June 23

2018 June 8

2019 June 28

2020 June 19

V. Lord, have mercy on us. R. Christ, have mercy on us. V. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. R. Christ, graciously hear us. V. God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us. God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us. God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us. Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, have mercy on us. Heart of Jesus, formed in the womb of the Virgin Mother by the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us. Heart of Jesus, united substantially to the Word of God. Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty. Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God. Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High. Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven. Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity. Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love. Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love. Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues. Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise. Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts. Heart of Jesus, in whom art all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Heart of Jesus, in whom dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead. Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased. Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received. Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills. Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy. Heart of Jesus, rich to all who call upon Thee. Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness. Heart of Jesus, expiation for our offenses. Heart of Jesus, overwhelmed with reproaches. Heart of Jesus, bruised for our iniquities. Heart of Jesus, obedient even unto death. Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance. Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation. Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection. Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation. Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins. Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in Thee. Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee. Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints.

V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, R. spare us, O Lord. V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, R. graciously hear us, O Lord. V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, R. have mercy on us.

V. Jesus, meek and humble of Heart, R. Make our hearts like unto Thine.

Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which he renders unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou, in Thy great goodness, grant pardon to those who seek Thy mercy, in the name of the same Thy Son, Jesus
Jesus
Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, world without end. See also[edit]

Act of Consecration
Consecration
to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus Alliance of the Hearts of Jesus
Jesus
and Mary Annum sacrum Apostles of the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus Divine Mercy Immaculate Heart of Mary

References[edit]

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Mary of the Divine Heart
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Mary of the Divine Heart
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Sacred Heart
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