First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Most sweet Jesus, redeemer of the human race, look down upon us, humbly prostrate before Thy altar. We are yours
and yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us
freely consecrates himself today
to Thy most Sacred Heart. Many, indeed, have never known Thee while many others, despising Thy precepts, have
rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart. Be King,
O Lord,
 not only
of the faithful who have never
forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they
may quickly return to their Father’s house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be King of those who are deceived by 
erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that
soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Be King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry
or of Islamism, a
nd refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy toward the
children of that race, once Thy chosen people. Of old they called down upon themselves the blood of the Savior; may it
now descend upon them, a layer of
 and of life. Grant,
Lord, to Thy Church, assurance of freedom and
immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth re
sound from pole to pole with one cry:
Praise to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to
it be glory and honor for ever. Amen.
(The Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart is taken from the encyclical of Pope Leo XIII of May 25, 1899 and
contains the additions made by the Sacred Congregation of Rites in October 1925).
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