Prayers and Devotions
Litany to the Sacred Heart - for First Friday Devotion. Recommended for all Fridays.
Prayer to the Sacred Heart - St. Gertrude
Invocations to the Sacred Heart - selections
Prayer before the Sacred Heart - St. Thomas Acquinas
Holy Hour of Reparation
All those who assist at the Holy Hour of Adoration gain a Plenary Indulgence under the conditions of Sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayers for the intention of the Holy Father. (Enchiridion of Indulgences, Vatican 1968)
Note: The Holy Hour must be in a chapel or church, where the Real Presence is there to adore. One can still say the Holy Hour prayers at home, without the indulgence applying: the prayers are still efficacious.
Prayer to the Sacred Heart - short
Hail! O Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and quickening source of eternal life, infinite treasure of the Divinity, and burning furnace of divine love. Thou art my refuge and my sanctuary, O my amiable Savior. Consume my heart with that burning fire with which Thine is ever inflamed. Pour down on my soul those graces which flow from Thy love, and let my heart be so united with Thine, that our wills may be one, and mine in all things, be conformed to Thine. May Thy divine will be equally the standard and rule of all my desires and of all my actions. Amen.
St. Gertrude the Great (1256-1302), Benedictine nun and mystic
Invocations to the Heart of Jesus - selections
Heart of Jesus in the Eucharist, I adore Thee.
Sweet Companion of our exile, I adore Thee.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, I adore Thee.
Heart solitary, Heart humiliated, I adore Thee.
Heart abandoned, Heart forgotten, I adore Thee.
Heart despised, Heart outraged, I adore Thee.
Heart ignored by men, I adore Thee.
Heart, Lover of our hearts, I adore Thee.
Heart pleading for love, I adore Thee.
Heart patient in waiting for us, I adore Thee.
Heart eager to hear our prayers, I adore Thee.
Heart desiring that we should pray to Thee, I adore Thee.
Heart, Source of fresh graces, I adore Thee.
Heart silent, desiring to speak to souls, I adore Thee.
Heart, sweet Refuge of the hidden life, I adore Thee.
Heart, Teacher of the secrets of union with God, I adore Thee.
Heart of Him Who sleeps, yet ever watches, I adore Thee.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Jesus Victim, I wish to comfort Thee; I unite myself to Thee; I offer myself in union with Thee. I count myself as nothing before Thee;I desire to forget myself in order to think of Thee, to be forgotten and despised for love of Thee, not to be understood, not to be loved, except by Thee. I will hold my peace that I may listen to Thee; I will forsake myself that I may lose myself in Thee.
Grant that I may quench Thy thirst for my salvation, Thy burning thirst for my sanctification, and that, being purified, I may bestow on Thee a pure and true love. I would no longer weary Thine expectations; take me, I give myself to Thee. I entrust to Thee all my actions---my mind that Thou mayest enlighten it, my heart that Thou mayest direct it, my will that Thou mayest establish it, my misery that Thou mayest relieve it, my soul and my body that Thou mayest feed them.
Eucharistic Heart of my Jesus, Whose Blood is the life of my soul, may it be no longer I who live, but Thou alone Who livest in me. Amen.
Lord our God, grant us the grace to desire You with our whole heart,
that so desiring, we may seek and find You; and so finding You, we may
love You; and so loving You, we may hate those sins from which You have