The First Friday Devotion was given to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque by Jesus who also gave her the Twelve Promises.
We are fortunate that we and our children were able to complete this devotion at least once. We took the children after their First Communions. Even though we can always improve our devotion in the future, it is neat to know that all of us have been able to honor Jesus this way.
You can use this Sacred Heart coloring page for the Feast of the Sacred Heart on the second Friday after Trinity Sunday; or during June, which is the Month of the Sacred Heart.
This is also great for teaching how much Jesus loves children.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us!
Sacred Heart Activities
Every once in awhile it is good to refresh children's memory about the First Friday Devotion, especially when you've skipped a First Friday. Good Sacred Heart activities include:
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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, you can have a family holy hour that you keep at a regular time each week or month. For years and years we've had our holy 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 more easily. Perhaps you can do the same? It's wonderful to have this as a family habit to have help remembering the right weekend.
Prayer To The Sacred Heart
First Friday Devotion: Prayer To The Sacred Heart - New Marian Missal 1955.
Prayer To The Sacred Heart
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
V. Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
R. Make my heart like unto Thine.
V. O sweetest Heart of Jesus, we implore,
R. That we may love Thee ever more and more.
Let us pray. May Thy Holy Spirit, we beseech Thee, Lord,
enkindle in our hearts that fire which our Lord Jesus Christ came to cast on
earth and desired so earnestly to see enkindled.
More Prayers To the Sacred Heart - New Marian Missal 1955.
The Twelve Promises Of The Sacred Heart
Jesus made these promises to those who consecrate themselves and make reparation to His Sacred Heart:
I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
I will establish peace in their homes.
I will comfort them in their afflictions.
I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all in death.
I will bestow abundant blessing upon all their undertakings.
Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
Tepid souls shall grow fervent.
Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
I will bless every place where a picture of My Heart shall be set up and honored.
I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.
I promise the in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace, nor without receiving the sacraments; My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment." – Soul Assurance Prayer Plan, 1945
First Friday Devotion Obligations
1. Go to Confession and Communion
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
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?
2. Holy Hour of Reparation
Sacred Heart of Jesus First Friday Devotion
These should help warm our First Friday devotion to His Sacred Heart:
A related devotion is this: Eucharistic Adoration is to be made for one hour on Thursdays (this is also a time to keep a holy hour for priests). The Holy Hour can be made alone or as part of a group with formal prayers. Jesus said to his sleeping Apostles on Holy Thursday night, "Could you not watch one hour with me?" -Matthew 26:40 DRB
Celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart the Friday after Trinity Sunday, and make the Act of Reparation, and receive Communion on the Feast.
Be encouraged to make the Novena for the nine days ahead of the Feast of the Sacred Heart which begins on Thursday of the week before, the feast of Corpus Christi.
3. Be An Apostle Of The Sacred Heart
Holy Hour of Reparation
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. :-)
Soul Assurance Prayer Plan, 1945.
Feast Of The Sacred Heart
The Mass on the feast of the Sacred Heart is beautiful!
Feast of the Sacred Heart: Mass: Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi.
Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Mass: Epistle and Gospel.
Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Mass: Communion and Daily Thought.