with thorns . . .
Ever bleeding . . .
Exposed for all to see . . .
If you dare to say, Make my heart like unto Thine,
You had better mean it.
Learning How to Pray |
Spiritual Counsels |
Afflicted by the outrages of
indifference, ingratitude, and contempt that the Sacred Heart of Jesus receives
from this world, say this prayer, in the spirit of reparation, on the First
Friday of each month. (This prayer was originally prescribed by Pope Pius
XI to be recited on the feast of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.)
Jesus, whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much
forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before Thy altar
eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries,
to which Thy loving Heart is everywhere subject.
Mindful alas! that we ourselves
have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the
depths of our hearts, we humbly ask Thy pardon and declare our readiness
to atone by voluntary expiation not only for our own personal offenses, but
also for the sins of those, who straying far from the path of
salvation, refuse in their
obstinate infidelity to follow Thee, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing
the vows of their
baptism, have cast
off the sweet yoke of Thy
We are now resolved
to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against Thee; we are
determined to make amends for the manifold offenses against Christian
modesty in unbecoming
dress and behavior, for all the foul
to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent
violation of Sundays
and holidays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee and Thy
We wish also to make
amends for the insults to which Thy Vicar on earth and Thy priests are subjected,
for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege,
of the very Sacrament of
Thy divine love; and lastly for the public crimes of
nations who resist the
rights and the teaching
authority of the Church which Thou hast founded.
Would, O divine Jesus,
we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood! We now offer,
in reparation for these violations of Thy divine honor, the satisfaction
Thou didst once make to Thy eternal Father on the cross and which Thou dost
continue to renew daily on our altars; we offer it in union with the acts
of atonement of Thy Virgin Mother and all the Saints and of the pious faithful
on earth; and we sincerely promise to make reparation, as far as we can with
the help of Thy grace, for all neglect of Thy great love and for the sins
we and others have committed in the past.
Henceforth we will live
a life of unwavering faith,
of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the gospel
and especially that of charity.
We promise to the best
of our power to prevent others from offending Thee and to bring as many as
possible to follow Thee.
O loving Jesus, through
the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary our model in reparation, deign
to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by
the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty
and the allegiance we owe to Thee, so that we may all one day come to that
happy home, where Thou with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest
God, world without end. Amen.