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JESUS, give me grace to order my life towards my eternal welfare, heartily intending, and wisely designing, all the operations of my body and soul to obtain the reward of thine infinite bliss, and eternal felicity.
For what else is this world, but a school to breed up souls, and fit them for the other; and how are they fitted, but by an eager desire of enjoying God, their only end?
Break my froward spirit, O Jesus; make it humble and obedient; grant me grace to depart hence with contempt of this world, and a heart filled with joy at going to thee.
Let the memory of thy passion make me cheerfully undergo all temptations and sufferings here for thy love, whilst my soul thirsteth after that blissful life and immortal glory which thou hast prepared in heaven for thy servants.
O Jesus, let me frequently and attentively consider, that whatever I gain, if I lose thee, all is lost; and whatever I lose, if I gain thee, all is gained.
Have mercy on all sinners, as before.
"Our Lord Jesus Christ humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."-PHIL. ii. 8.
HEAR these my petitions, O my most merciful Saviour, and grant me thy grace so frequently to repeat and consider them, that they may prove easy steps, whereby my soul may ascend to the
knowledge, love, and performance of my duty to thee and my neighbour, through the whole course of my life. Amen.
Our Father. Hail Mary. I believe in God.
Devotions to the Sacred Heart.
Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
To thee, O sacred heart of Jesus! I devote and offer up my life, thoughts, words, actions, pains, and sufferings. May I be no longer employed, save only in loving, serving, honouring, and glorifying thee. Wherefore, O most sacred heart! be thou the sole object of my love, the protector of my life, the pledge of my salvation, and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be thou, O most bountiful heart, my justification at the throne of God, and screen me from his anger, which I have so justly merited. In thee I place all my confidence; and, convinced as I am of my own weakness, I rely entirely on thy bounty. Annihilate in me all that is displeasing and offensive to thee. Imprint thyself like a divine seal on my heart, that I may ever remember my obligation, never to be separated from thee. May my name also, I beseech thee by thy tender bounty, be written in the Book of Life! and may I be a victim consecrated to thy glory, ever burning with the flame of thy pure love, and entirely penetrated with it for eternity. In thee I place all my
happiness; this is all my desire, to live and die in no other condition than that of thy devoted servant. Amen.
The Litany of the Sacred Heart.
LORD, have mercy on us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
O God the Father of heaven,
O God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
O Holy Trinity, one God,
Heart of Jesus, hypostatically united to the
Heart of Jesus, Sanctuary of the Divinity,
Heart of Jesus, Temple of all Sanctity,
Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, model of all Virtues,
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a Lance,
Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Jesus!
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, hear us, O Jesus!
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Jesus!
V. O most sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on
R. That we may worthily love thee with our whole hearts.
Let us pray.
O GOD, who out of thy immense love hast given to the faithful the most sacred Heart of thy Son our Lord, as the object of thy tender affection; grant, we beseech thee, that we may so love and honour this pledge of thy love on earth, as by it to merit the love both of thee and of thy gift, and be
eternally loved by thee and this most blessed Heart in heaven. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
Through thy sacred Heart, O Jesus! overflowing with all sweetness, we recommend to thee ourselves and all our concerns, our parents, and relatives, friends, benefactors, our superiors, and enemies take under thy protection this house, city, and kingdom: extend this thy care to all such as are under any affliction; and to those who labour in the agony and pangs of death : cast an eye of compassion on the obstinate sinner, and more particularly on the poor, suffering souls in purgatory, as also on those who are engaged and united with us in the holy confraternity of honouring and worshipping thee. Bless these in particular, O bountiful Jesus! and bless them according to the extent of thy infinite goodness, mercy, and charity. Amen.
The Reparation of Honour to the Sacred Heart, to be made on the Feast itself, or at any other time, in presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
O MOST amiable and adorable Heart of Jesus! centre of all hearts, glowing with charity, and inflamed with zeal for the interest of thy Father, and the salvation of mankind! O Heart, ever sensible of our misery, and ever ready to afford us relief, the real victim of love in the Holy Eucharist, and a propitiatory sacrifice for sin on the altar of the cross! seeing that the generality of Christians make no other return for these thy mercies than contempt of thy favours,