Day 1 – Novena – Fountain of Life and Holiness

As prayed by the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Meditations by St. John Paul II Translated from “Heart of Hearts, Meditations for the Month of June,” Krakow, 1987

Introductory Prayers
Novena Day 1

Introductory Prayers for Each Day

Exhortation by St. John Paul II to contemplate the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Let us contemplate the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is the source of life, since by means of it victory over death was achieved. It is also the source of holiness, since in it, sin, the enemy of man’s spiritual development, is defeated. The Heart of the Lord Jesus is the starting-point of the holiness of each one of us. From the Heart of the Lord Jesus let us learn the love of God and understanding of the mystery of sin – mysterium iniquitatis.

Let us make acts of reparation to the Divine Heart for the sins committed by us and by our fellow men. Let us make reparation for rejecting God’s goodness and love.

Let us draw close each day to this fount from which flow springs of living water. Let us cry out with the Samaritan woman “Give us this water”, for it wells up to eternal life.

St. John Paul II • June 6, 1999.

SACRED HEART NOVENA PRAYER

O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I have asked You for many favors, but I plead for this one… Please take it, place it in Thine open, broken Heart, and when the Eternal Father looks upon it and sees it covered with the mantle of Your Most Precious Blood, He will not refuse it. It is no longer my prayer but Yours. O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You.

Litany of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lord, have mercy 
Christ, have mercy 
Lord, have mercy 
Christ, hear us 
Christ, graciously hear us. 

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, 
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, 
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mother,
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God, 
Heart of Jesus, of Infinite Majesty, 
Heart of Jesus, Sacred Temple of God, 
Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High,
Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven, 
Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity, 
Heart of Jesus, abode 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 are all treasures of wisdom and knowledge, 
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells the fullness of divinity, 
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 most merciful, 
Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke You,
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness, 
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins, 
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium,
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses, 
Heart of Jesus, obedient to 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 trust in You, 
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in You,
Heart of Jesus, delight of all the Saints, 


Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. 


 V. Jesus, meek and humble of heart.

R. Make our hearts like unto Thine.


Let us pray: Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Your most beloved Son and upon the praises and satisfaction which He offers You in the name of sinners; and to those who implore Your mercy, in Your great goodness, grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who live and reign with You forever and ever. Amen.

Day 1

Fountain of Life and Holiness

Let anyone who thirsts come to Me and drink.  Whoever believes in Me, as scripture says, ‘Rivers of water will flow from within him.  We all desire to draw near to this fountain of living water. We all desire to drink from the Divine Heart, which is the fountain of life and holiness.

In It, we are given the Holy Spirit, who is constantly given to all who draw near to Christ – to His Heart, with adoration and love.

To draw near to the fountain means to approach at the Source. There is no other place in the created world from which we can draw holiness in human life, other than in His Heart, which has loved so much.  Springs of living water have welled up in so many hearts and continue to do so today.  The saints of all ages bear witness to it.

A moment of reflection

Let us pray.  Our Mother and Queen, you were always the way for us to the Heart of your Son. On the Cross, this Heart, pierced by a lance, became for all the fountain of life and holiness. Draw people, families, and communities to the Divine Heart, since this Heart – obedient unto death, is the propitiation for our sins.

Through the intercession of Mary, our Mother, may the Heart of our Savior never cease to be King and center of all hearts, especially the King and center of His servants. Amen.

V/ Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness

R/ Have mercy on us.

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