As Prayed by the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Translated from “Heart of Hearts, Meditations for the Month of June,” by Pope John Paul II, Krakow, 1987
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.
Meek and Humble of Heart
Learn of Me, for I am meek and humble of heart. This is most likely the only time in which Jesus referred to His Heart. Only one thing did He emphasize and underline: meekness and humility; as if He would like to say that only in this way does He desire to conquer men. By meekness and humility He would be the King of Hearts. The whole mystery of His reign is expressed by these words.
Meekness and humility veil all the riches of the Heart of the Savior, the riches of which St. Paul wrote to the Ephesians. In a way, only meekness and humility most fully reveal these riches, permitting us to know and to accept them, making these riches an object of admiration, admiration for the riches of the Heart of Christ.
A moment of reflection
Let us pray. Lord Jesus Christ, we turn to Your Most Sacred Heart with humility and trust, with adoration and hope, and with a deep desire to honor you and to proclaim your glory. King of Love, Prince of Peace, be the Lord of our hearts! Conquer all the powers of evil and give us a share in the victory of Your Most Sacred Heart. May all our words and actions proclaim your glory and the glory of the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, who lives forever and ever. Amen.
V/ Heart of Jesus, King and Center of all hearts
R/ Have mercy on us.