A Novena to the Sacred Heart

(Recite for 9 days…)

O Sacred and adorable Heart of Jesus!.
Furnace of Eternal charity!.
Ocean of infinite mercy!.
Consolation of the afflicted!.
Refuge of sinners!.
and Hope of the whole world!.
I most fervently adore Thee,.
and unite my heart,.
my affections,.
and supplications,.
to the perpetual homage Thou Thyself renderest .
to the Divinity on our Altars..
Most amiable Heart,.
which hast loved us with an eternal love,.
supply Thyself for my insensibility,.
and receive my desire at least of loving Thee .
with all the ardour and sincerity Thou so justly meritest..
But remember, O adorable Heart!.
that Thou hast not disclosed Thyself to us .
only as an object of our adorations;.
Thou desirest much more to engage our love,.
and to become the ground .
and motive of our loving confidence..
For this end,.
Thou wert pierced through with a lance on the Cross;.
and for the same purpose Thou remainest .
a daily Victim of Thine own love on our Altars..
O infinitely compassionate Heart of Jesus!.
which was overwhelmed with sorrow in the Garden of Olives,.
at the view of our spiritual and corporal miseries,.
I recur of Thee now with all the confidence Thou desirest .
I should have in the extent of Thy power .
and the riches of Thy mercy..
Convinced that those things .
which are impossible to human beings .
are infinitely easy to Thee,.
and relying with an humble steadfast faith .
on the sacred words of Truth itself,.
that whatever we ask the Father .
in the Name of Jesus should be granted, .
I now most humbly implore in that adorable Name,.
in virtue of that promise,.
and through the abundant mercies of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,.
the particular favour I petition for in this Novena. .

O blessed saint Gertrude!.
and all you glorious servants of Christ;.
who while on earth were particularly devoted .
to the Sacred Heart of Jesus,.
join your prayers with mine,.
and implore from the Divine Object of all your devotion .
the obtaining of the petition which I now make,.
and specially offer up through your intercession..
Beg likewise, from this adorable Heart,.
which has dominion over all hearts,.
and could in a moment change the most obdurate,.
to have compassion on those who are .
in the dreadful state of mortal sin,.
and to open to us the treasure of its mercy .
at the hour of our death.

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