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and homage to the most Blessed Trinity, and dost supply for our poor and miserable adorations. Pater.
VIII. I thank thee, O my Saviour, because, renewing in this daily sacrifice the very sacrifice of the cross offered on Calvary, thou dost satisfy the divine justice for us miserable sinners. Pater.
IX. I thank thee, dear Jesus, that thou hast become the priceless Victim, to merit for me the fulness of celestial favours. Awaken in me such trust that their abundance may ever more and more descend upon my soul. Pater.
X. I thank thee, my loving Saviour, that thou art immolated in thanksgiving to God for all his benefits, spiritual and temporal, which he has bestowed upon me, and which I yet hope to receive. Gloria Patri.
Three final Aspirations (Pater at end of each).
I. Jesus, invisible and divine Head of thy spouse the Church, who, with thy blood, hast purified her from all stain, have mercy upon her visible head, N., upon all bishops and pastors (especially N. our own Bishop), and shed upon them thy holy Spirit, wherewith thy apostles and disciples were filled, that they may maintain thy holy faith pure and untouched, and may spread over the whole world the light of thy Gospel and of thy Catholic truth.
II. O Jesus, King of kings, Lord of governors, by whom monarchs do reign, and from whom all earthly power comes, mercifully behold our princes, and those in authority: infuse into them the spirit of thy divine wisdom, clemency, and justice, so that they may be great with thee rather than on earth, and may enter with thee into thy heavenly kingdom.
III. O Jesus, all merciful, who didst not will the death of a sinner, but that he should be converted, and rise to a spiritual life; triumph, I beseech thee, over all those who obstinately offend thee, so that, acquiring thy grace in this world, they may become worthy of the glory of thy heavenly Paradise for all eternity.
Demotions to tljt Batwo fnm of 31 tans."
An Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
0 amiable Jesus, only Son of the living God, who, by an incomprehensible effect of thy love, wast pleased to be made man, to be born in a stable, to live amidst labours, to die upon a cross, and to leave us, as a perpetual pledge of thy tenderness, thy own body and blood for the nourishment of our souls, in the ineffable Sacrament of the Eucharist; thou beholdest at thy feet a criminal covered with confusion, who comes, in the spirit of union with all the associates in the adoration of thy divine Heart, humbly to confess his ingratitude, his iniquities, and those of all other men, that he may make reparation for them as far as in him lies.
Alas, O most amiable Jesus, we have sinned against Heaven, and before thee. What hath thy most Sacred Heart not suffered on our part in the course of thy sacred life, in thy bitter Passion, and from the moment that thou hast dwelt amongst us in the Sacrament of thy love! Oh, with how much bitterness, opprobrium, and grief have we deluged thy divine Heart! Pardon! mercy! O adorable Heart of Jesus; mercy for me 1 mercy for all men, and for England in particular 1
I detest, with all the sincerity of my soul, and with the most profound and bitter grief, every thing which hath ever offended thee in myself or in others; I detest it for the love thou deservest, and which is supremely due unto thee. Oh, that I could efface with my tears, and wash away with all my blood, the injuries which we have done unto thee. Oh, that I could repay thee, by my repentance, by my works, and by my love, all the glory, honour, and satisfaction of which thou hast been robbed, by the injuries and outrages that have been com
1 For the use of members of the Confraternity of the Sacred Heart, and others.
mitted against thee! Accept at least the earnest desire with which thou inspirest me.
Vouchsafe, O Heart infinitely rich in mercy, to light again in my heart and that of all men, the sacred fire which thou eamest to kindle upon the earth. Let it purify them, let it inflame them, let it make of them one heart with thy Heart. Pour down, I beseech thee, thy most precious and abundant benedictions on thy holy Church, and those who govern it; on this diocese, on this town, and on all those who are united with us by the bonds of this association. O Heart of Jesus, live, reign in all hearts, for time and for eternity. Amen.
An Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
To thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, do I devote and offer up my life, my thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings. May my whole being be no longer employed but in loving, serving, and glorifying thee. O Sacred Heart, be thou henceforth the sole object of my love, the protector of my life, the pledge of my salvation, and my refuge at the hour of my death. Justify me, O blessed and adorable Heart, at the bar of divine justice, and screen me from the anger which my sins deserve. Imprint thyself like a divine seal on my heart, that I may never be separated from thee. May my name also be ever engraven upon thee, and may I ever be consecrated to thy glory, ever burning with the flames of thy love, and entirely penetrated with it for all eternity. This is all my desire, to live in thee. One thing have I sought of the Lord, and this will I seek, that I may dwell in the Heart of my Lord all the days of my life. Amen.
A short Act of Consecration.
I engage myself with all my heart, for all my life, to the confederation of love and of reparation formed in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I renew the sacred alliance which I contracted with him in holy baptism, and renouncing Satan anew, his pomps, and all his works, I devote to the adorable Heart of my divine Master, and of his most holy Mother, all that I am, and all that I have, for time and for eternity. Amen.
A Prayer to the Eternal Father.
O eternal Father, let me offer up unto thy mercy the Sacred Heart of thy well-beloved Son, even as he offered himself up a sacrifice to thy justice.
Accept, on my behalf, all the thoughts, sentiments, affections, motions, and all the actions of this Sacred Heart; they are mine, because it was immolated for me; they are mine, because for the future I am resolved to admit nothing into my heart but what hath place in thine. Receive, then, O God, the merits of this Sacred Heart in satisfaction for my sins, and in thanksgiving for all the benefits conferred upon me. Receive them, O Lord, as so many motives for granting my petitions. Give me, O Lord, for their sake, all the graces I need, but especially the gift of final perseverance. Receive them as so many acts of love, adoration, and praise, which I now offer to thy divine majesty. This Sacred Heart, this Heart alone, can love, honour, and glorify thee as thou deservest. Amen.
Prayer of St. Gertrude to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus! living and life-giving fountain of eternal life, infinite treasure of the divinity, glowing furnace of love! thou art my refuge and my sanetuary. O my adorable and lovely Saviour! consume my heart with that burning fire wherewith 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 conformed to thine. May thy will be the rule alike of my desires and of my actions. Amen. P
A Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in the blessed Sacrament of the Altar.
How great, O my Jesus, is the extent of thy excessive charity! Thou hast prepared for me, of thy most precious Body and Blood, a divine banquet, where thou givest me thyself without reserve. What hath urged thee to this excess of love 1 nothing but thy own most loving Heart. O adorable Heart of my Jesus, furnace of divine love, receive my soul into the wounds of thy most sacred passion, that in this school of charity I may learn to make a return of love to that God who has given me such wonderful proofs of his love.
The faithful are invited to make, at fixed times in the day, according to their opportunities, one or more of the following aspirations of love to the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I love thee, and desire to love thee more and more!
O Heart of Jesus, burning with love of us, inflame our hearts with the love of thee!
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, mayest thou be known, loved, and adored throughout all the world.
O Heart of my dear Redeemer, may the love of thy friends supply all the injuries and neglects which thou sustainest! The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be found p. 3S5.
LITTLE ROSARY IN HONOUR OF THE SACRED
1. O my most beloved Jesus, when I think upon thy loving Heart, so full of compassion and sweetness towards sinners, my soul rejoices, and is filled with hope that thou wilt also receive me into thy merciful arms, and fill me with thy blessings. Have mercy on me, O Lord Jesus, and save my soul. Forgive my sins, as thou