Thursday, June 14, 2012

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus by Salvador Dali

Friday, June 15, is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, celebrated each year 19 days after Pentecost Sunday.

Here's a brief history of devotion to the Sacred Heart and here are the scriptures for today's liturgy.

Christ's heart, meek and humble, is also deep and strong enough to hold within its chambers the burdens of all...

All are invited to come to the heart of Jesus to find rest, light and peace...

What burdens, what weariness will you bring to Jesus' heart this day?
Let us pray...
 

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

So loving
So humble
So gentle
So compassionate
So faithful
So wise
So patient
So steadfast
So tender
So spacious

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

God’s joy
God’s shalom
Harp of the Trinity
Wingbeat of the Spirit
Breath of God
Five-petaled rose

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

Womb of justice
Birthplace of peace
Our dearest hope
Longing of our lives

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

Freely flowing fountain
Spring of grace
Freshet of forgiveness
Merciful river
Mystical dew

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

Warmth of our hearts
Transforming fire
Cosmic furnace
Enflamer of hearts

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

Heart of evolution
Beginning and ending
Center of all

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

Garden of virtues
Mystical dew
Table and food

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

Our refuge
Our shelter
Our comfort
Our rest
Our welcoming breast

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

Wounded by love
Pierced by our cruelty
Broken by our hardness
Mystic winepress
Poured out as gift

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

Have mercy, gracious heart,
Give us gratefulness
Teach us tenderness
Let us learn to love.

Hear our prayer!

(Litany by Wendy Wright)

Let us pray...
Father,
we rejoice in the gifts of love
we have received from the heart of Jesus your Son.
Open our hearts to share his life
and continue to bless us with his love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 
     
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