June: The Sacred Heart of Jesus Month
Having attended parochial school for 8 years, we were taught that May is the Month of Mary to be celebrated with May Altars and prayers to the Blessed Mother.
June, however, gives us even more to celebrate when we venerate the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As much as I love my statue to the Immaculate Conception, I confess that I would love to have one in my garden depicting the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In my bedroom I have very old fashioned pictures of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart hung where I can look over and offer up a couple of prayers to be heard by either Jesus or Mary.
As a Eucharistic Minister, I have come to a greater appreciation for all of the teachings that came directly from Christ. His love for us abounds in the sacrament as he invites us to eat the bread which signifies his body and drink the wine, his blood. What is wonderful is that he taught us that this is a way to eternal life through him.
Feast of Corpus Christi & Sacred Heart
June 7th is the feast of Corpus Christi and I remember the many processions that were held in our church as I was growing up. This was a time of excitement as children that I admit I never really knew the significance of the celebration until well into my older years. It was a time to dress up in our beautiful First Communion dresses and veils as we walked the aisles of the church singing praises to Jesus name.
This feast celebrates the sacrament of the Eucharist and the embodiment of Christ in our lives. When I was growing up the Eucharist was placed on the altar in a beautiful gold Monstrance after the procession for all to pray to Jesus for his guidance and to venerate the sacrament that he created in a way for us to continue to live in him. As we eat the bread of life, Christ fills us with his abundance of love for us as continuing remembrance of our belief that he is the risen Lord.
On June 12th we celebrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We were taught in school that Christ appeared to St. Margaret Mary in a series of visits in which he asked that his wounded heart be venerated as a remembrance of his divine mercy and love, We can help show our love and dedication to Jesus by frequently receiving the sacraments of Holy Communion and Reconciliation.
Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
I. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you." Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of...... (here name your request)
Our Father....Hail Mary....Glory Be to the Father....Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
II. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of.......(here name your request) Our Father...Hail Mary....Glory Be To the Father....Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
III. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away." Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of.....(here name your request) Our Father....Hail Mary....Glory Be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.
Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add: St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.
-- St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
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