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The First Friday Devotion was given to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque by Jesus who also gave her the Twelve Promises. We've always tried to make sure that we and our children who are able complete this devotion soon as we can after their First Communion. We can always improve in the future, yet it is neat to know that all of us have honored Jesus this way.
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Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us!
Because He loves us so much, Jesus chose St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a simple nun, to spread devotion to His Sacred Heart. Through several apparitions He taught her a devotion that was to become known as the Nine First Fridays and the Holy Hour of Reparation to His Sacred Heart. He also asked that the feast of the Sacred Heart be established. Eventually she received the support of Blessed Claude La Colombiere, the community's confessor for a time, who declared that the visions were genuine.
On top of trying to keep the First Friday devotion, we also have a family holy hour that we keep on a regular time. For years and years we've had the hour right after Saturday morning Mass. It's been a great way to try to be sure to remember the First Saturday devotion and it's helped all our children keep both devotions. As our older children have gotten their driver licenses, they've been able to help us cover that hour. Perhaps you can do the same? It's wonderful to have this as a family habit to remember the right weekend.
Jesus made these promises to those who consecrate themselves and make reparation to His Sacred Heart:
Go to Confession and Communion on the first Friday of each month for nine consecutive months and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father. As with most devotions that parishes practice, this First Friday devotion to the Sacred Heart should be made publicly. This is the Mass to attend if you are starting your nine First Fridays.
If there is no such public devotion, make the devotion privately; going to Confession and Communion and pray for the intentions of the reigning Pope. We post a reminder in our near monthly ezine. Would you like a reminder of upcoming First Fridays and Saturdays?
These should help warm our First Friday devotion to His Sacred Heart:
Consecrate yourself personally to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and recite the Consecration prayer daily for One Fold and One Shepherd.
Participate in the Holy Mass and receive Holy Communion daily if possible for with the intention to make Reparation.
Offer a Holy Hour once a week for Reparation; and encourage others to do the same.
Consider yourself encouraged. :-)
For more information see Isa's informative Sacred Heart Holy Hour website here.
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