Friday, April 3, 2015

NOVENA PRAYERS TO THE DIVINE MERCY


PRAYERS FOR THE NOVENA TO THE DIVINE MERCY
(Diary, 1209-1229)


It is greatly recommended that the following novena intentions and prayers be said together with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, since our Lord specifically asked for a novena of Chaplets especially before the Feast of Mercy.


First Day (Good Friday)

Today bring to Me ALL MANKIND ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS

and immerse them in the ocean of My Mercy. In this way, you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunge Me.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from it. We beg this of You by Your Love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your Mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your Mercy for ever and ever. Amen.

Second Day (Holy Saturday)

Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF PRIEST AND RELIGIOUS,

and immerse them in My unfathomable Mercy. It was they who gave Me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My Mercy flows out upon mankind.

Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service, that hey may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard-upon the souls of priest and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless Mercy for ages without end. Amen.

Third Day (Easter Sunday)

Today bring to me ALL DEVOUT AND FAITHFUL SOULS,

and immerse them in the ocean of My Mercy. These souls brought Me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness.

Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your Mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from it. We beg this grace of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless Mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Fourth Day (Easter Monday)

Today bring to Me THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD AND THOSE WHO DO NOT YET KNOW ME,

I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforter My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My Mercy.

Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful Mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your Mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Fifth Day (Easter Tuesday)

Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SEPARATED THEMSELVES FROM MY CHURCH,

and immerse them in the ocean of My Mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion.

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness  itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your Light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your Mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son's Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Sixth Day (Easter Wednesday)

Today being to Me THE MEEK AND HUMBLE SOULS AND THE SOULS OF LITTLE CHILDREN,

and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My Altars, I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the humble soul is capable of receiving My grace. I favor humbles souls with My confidence.

Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, "Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart." Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father's favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of Mercy and of all Goodness, I neg you by the love Your bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your Mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Seventh Day (Easter Thursday)

Today bring to Me THE SOULS WHO ESPECIALLY VENERATE AND GLORIFY MY MERCY,

and immerse them in My Mercy. These souls sorrowed most over My Passion and entered most deeply into My Spirit. They are loving images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your Mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your Mercy, and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your Mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless Mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus, These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overwhelming with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg you O God: Show them Your Mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless Mercy of His, He Himself will defend as His glory. Amen.

Eight Day (Easter Friday)

Today bring to Me THE SOULS WHO ARE DETAINED IN PURGATORY,

and immerse them in the abyss of My Mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My Justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My Justice.

Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire Mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet must make retribution to Your Justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your Mercy may be celebrated.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His Most Sacred Soul was flooded: manifest Your Mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in now other way but only through the Wound of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.

Ninth Day (Easter Saturday)

Today bring to Me SOULS WHO HAVE BECOME LUKEWARM,

and immerse them in the abyss of My Mercy. These souls wound my Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: "Father take this cup away from me, if it be Your Will." For them the last hope of salvation is to run to My Mercy.

Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure Love let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your Mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your Love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your Mercy. Amen.





Sunday, March 29, 2015

NSSH HOLY WEEK 2015 SCHEDULE



For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. 
[John 3:16]

NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE SACRED HEART
SCHEDULE OF CELEBRATIONS
HOLY WEEK 2015

Date/Day Time/Celebration

2015

March 29 PALM SUNDAY

PALM SUNDAY PROCESSION

5:00 AM - ASSEMBLY at Sta. Cruz Chapel for 1st Blessing of Palms
5:30 AM - PROCESSION from Sta. Cruz Chapel to Shrine
6:00 AM - MASS at the Shrine

PALM SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULES:

SHRINE: Regular Sunday Mass Schedule
AM: 6:00, 7:30, 9:00, AND 10:30
PM: 12:00, 3:00 4:00, 5:30 7:00 and 8:30

STA. CRUZ CHAPEL: 6:30 PM only (No 7:30 AM Mass)

March 31 HOLY TUESDAY

Mass Schedule:  6:00 AM, 6:45 AM, 7:30 AM, 12:15 NN and 6:00 PM

After 6:00 PM Mass
General Rehearsal of Church Servants for Holy Thursday and Good Friday

April 1 HOLY WEDNESDAY

Mass Schedule:  6:00 AM, 6:45 AM, 7:30 AM, 12:15 NN and 6:00 PM

April 2 HOLY THURSDAY

No Morning Masses at the Shrine
7:00 AM - CHRISM MASS at Paco Catholic School
6:00 PM - MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER and Washing of the Feet 
inside the Church, followed by VIGIL of Parish Organizations 
until 12:00 midnight

April 3 GOOD FRIDAY

6:00-8:00 AM - COMMUNITY-WIDE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
(7 Stations at Barangay San Antonio, 6 Stations at Barangay Sta. Cruz, 
Last Station at the Church).

12:00 NN-03:00 PM - SEVEN LAST WORDS
04:00 pm - COMMEMORATION OF THE LORD'S PASSION:

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES inside the Church.
Community-wide PROCESSION of STO. ENTIERRO and MATER DOLOROSA,
followed by VENERATION OF THE CROSS in the Church until midnight.

April 4 HOLY SATURDAY

9:00 AM - General Rehearsal of Church Servants for Easter Vigil
8:00 PM - EASTER VIGIL MASS inside the Church

April 5 EASTER SUNDAY

4:00 AM - Start of PROCESSION of 2 Images for SALUBONG.
Men - from the Shrine with Image of the Risen Christ
Women - from Zapote corner Yague St. at Barangay Sta. Cruz 
with Image of Mater Dolorosa

5:00 AM - EASTER MASS at Barangay St. Cruz - (Yague corner Visita Street) 
in front of Sta. Cruz Chapel

EASTER MASS SCHEDULES

SHRINE: Regular Sunday Mass Schedules

AM:  6:00, 7:30, 9:00, and 10:30
PM: 12:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:30, 7:00 and 8:30

STA. CRUZ CHAPEL: 6:30 PM only (No 7:30 AM Mass)

April 9-11 Thursday-Saturday

TRIDUUM PRAYERS to the DIVINE MERCY after the 6:00 PM Mass

April 12 DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY




"I want to grant complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My Mercy." (Diary of Saint Faustina 1109)

On one occasion, I heard these words: "My daughter, tell the whole world about My Inconceivable Mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. 

On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy." (Diary of Saint Faustina 699)





Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ASH WEDNESDAY 2015 GOSPEL / MASS SCHEDULE



ASH WEDNESDAY
February 18, 2015
Schedule of Masses

Morning
5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 AM

Afternoon / Evening
12:15, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 PM



GOSPEL [Mt 6:1-6, 16-18]

Jesus said to his disciples:

“Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order 
that people may see them; 

Otherwise, you will have no recompense from your Heavenly Father.

When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, 
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets 
to win the praise of others.

Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.

But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know 
what your right is doing, so that your alms-giving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, 
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues 
and on street corners so that others may see them.

Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. 

But when you pray, go to your inner room, 
close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.

They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear 
to others to be fasting.

Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.

But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 
so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father 
who is hidden.

And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”




LENTEN 2015 MESSAGE: WE ARE WHAT WE LOVE


WE ARE WHAT WE LOVE

Are you hungry for God and do you thirst for his holiness? God wants to set our hearts ablaze with the fire of his Holy Spirit that we may share in his holiness and radiate the joy of the gospel to those around us. St. Augustine of Hippo tells us that there are two kinds of people and two kinds of love: "One is holy, the other is selfish. One is subject to God; the other endeavors to equal Him." WE ARE WHAT WE LOVE. God wants to free our hearts from all that would keep us captive to selfishness and sin. "Rend your hearts and not your garments" says the prophet Joel (Joel 2:12). The Holy Spirit is ever ready to transform our hearts and to lead us further in God's way of truth and holiness.

Why did Jesus single out prayer, fasting, and alms-giving for his disciples? The Jews considered these three as the cardinal works of the religious life. These were seen as the key signs of a pious person, the three great pillars on which the good life was based. Jesus pointed to the heart of the matter. Why do you pray, fast, and give alms? To draw attention to yourself so that others may notice and think highly of you? Or to give glory to God? The Lord warns his disciples of self-seeking glory - the preoccupation with looking good and seeking praise from others. True piety is something more than feeling good or looking holy. True piety is loving devotion to God. It is an attitude of awe, reverence, worship and obedience. It is a gift and working of the Holy Spirit that enables us to devote our lives to God with a holy desire to please him in all things (Isaiah 11:1-2).

What is the sure reward which Jesus points out to his disciples? It is communion with God our Father. In him alone we find the fulness of life, happiness, and truth. May the prayer of Augustine of Hippo, recorded in his Confessions, be our prayer this Lent: When I am completely united to you, there will be no more sorrows or trials; entirely full of you, my life will be complete. The Lord wants to renew us each day and give us new hearts of love and compassion. Do you want to grow in your love for God and for your neighbor? Seek him expectantly in prayer, with fasting, and in generous giving to those in need.

The forty days of Lent is the annual retreat of the people of God in imitation of Jesus' forty days in the wilderness. Forty is a significant number in the scriptures. Moses went to the mountain to seek the face of God for forty days in prayer and fasting. The people of Israel were in the wilderness for forty years in preparation for their entry into the promised land. Elijah fasted for forty days as he journeyed in the wilderness to the mountain of God. We are called to journey with the Lord in a special season of prayer, fasting, alms-giving, and penitence as we prepare to celebrate the feast of Easter, the Christian Passover. 

The Lord gives us spiritual food and supernatural strength to seek his face and to prepare ourselves for spiritual combat and testing. We, too, must follow in the way of the cross in order to share in the victory of Christ's death and resurrection. As we begin this holy season of testing and preparation, let's ask the Lord for a fresh outpouring of his Holy Spirit that we may grow in faith, hope, and love and embrace his will more fully in our lives.

"Lord Jesus, give me a lively faith, a firm hope, a fervent charity, and a great love of you. Take from me all lukewarmness in the meditation of your word, and dullness in prayer. Give me fervor and delight in thinking of you and your grace, and fill me with compassion for others, especially those in need, that I may respond with generosity."

A meaningful and sincere Lenten Season to you


Rev. Fr. Victor Y. Apacible
Parish Priest / Rector
NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE SACRED HEART



Friday, February 13, 2015

NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE SACRED HEART: 39TH FOUNDATION ANNIVERSARY PRAYER



39th Foundation Anniversary Prayer
NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE SACRED HEART
Makati, Philippines
February 14, 2015


Loving God,
We bring You our praise today, 
for the 39th Anniversary of the 
National Shrine of the Sacred Heart:

We praise You for Your Goodness
For the Gift of this Shrine: 
its faithfulness in adversity, its fellowship in the Gospel, 
its fearless witness in every generation,
we lift up our hearts in joy.

We praise You for Your Goodness
For the gift of its people: the splendid variety
and infinite possibility of its parishioners and the community,
we lift up our hearts in joy.

We praise You for sending us Your priests:
They who bring us Your Sacraments, who guide us
to Your way and keep us in Your love,
we lift up our hearts in joy.

We praise You for Your Goodness
For the gift of Jesus and His Most Sacred Heart:

Savior of the world, Friend of all people, 
Our True Love and Lord of the church,
We lift up our hearts in joy

We praise You for Your Goodness 
Ever hopeful that You will continue to bless this shrine, 
its parishioners and servants, the pilgrims, the clergy, the community 
and all generations who will come and adore You in this shrine.

Together with the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 
All this we ask You through Your Son, Jesus Christ.

Amen.






Sunday, November 30, 2014

NSSH SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES DECEMBER 2014


NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE SACRED HEART
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
DECEMBER 2014



Nov 30-Dec 07 Fri.-Sat.

NOVENA MASSES TO THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Monday-Friday 6:00 PM; Saturday 6:30 PM; Sunday 5:30 PM
              

30-Sun. First Sunday of Advent  

5-Fri. FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTIONS

NOVENA to the Sacred Heart of Jesus at all Masses
Whole Day / Night Vigil and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
7:00 PM Additional Mass
8:00 PM to 12:00 MN – Continuation of Vigil and Adoration
12:00 MN – MIDNIGHT MASS, followed by continuation of  
Vigil and Adoration until 5:00 AM
                       
6-Sat.

No Dawn Procession in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary
After the 5:00 PM Mass, Community-wide Procession in honor 
of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

7:30 AM Mass for the Elderly (Shrine and Sta. Cruz Chapel)
5:30 PM Mass for the Youth

7- Sun. Second Sunday of Advent

8- Mon. 

SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION 
OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
        
Schedule of Masses:
6:00 AM, 6:45 AM, 7:30 AM 12:15 PM, 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM
Procession after the 6:00 PM Mass

11-Thu.

After 6: 00 PM Mass 

Recollection Talk by Rev. Fr. Manuel 'Manoling' Francisco, S.J.
Well-known Composer of Liturgical and Religious Music 
like "Tanging Yaman", "Ikaw Lamang", "Sayo Lamang".
Moving Spirit behind JesCom, Media Arm of the Philippine Jesuits
Bukas Palad and Tanging Yaman Foundation.

6:30 PM onward KUMPISALANG BAYAN

12-Fri.  FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

After 6:00 PM Mass

Recollection Talk by Rev. Fr. Manuel 'Manny' Flores, S.J.
Director General of Apostleship of Prayer, Asia and the Pacific.
Spiritual Director, Trans-Parochial Communities, Adoracion Nocturna
and Bukas Loob Sa Diyos Community.

6:30 PM onward KUMPISALANG BAYAN

13-Sat. 

9:00 AM-11:00 AM – Free Legal Consultation and Marriage
SSS, NSO, and City Civil Registration Assistance Desk 
After 6:30 PM Mass, On-Going Parish Formation inside the Church

7:30 AM - Mass for the Elderly (Shrine and Sta. Cruz Chapel)
5:30 PM – Mass for the Youth

 
15-24 Mon.-Wed.

SIMBANG GABI (Dec. 15-23) 
Shrine at 8:00 PM / Sunday at 10:00 PM
Sta. Cruz Chapel at 9:00 PM
        
DAWN MASSES / MISA DE GALLO (Dec. 16-24)  
Shrine at 4:00 AM / 5:30 AM

14-Sun. Third Sunday of Advent

17-Wed.

After 6: 00 PM Mass 

Recollection Talk by Rev. Fr. Matthieu Dauchez
Executive Director of TULAY NG KABATAAN
Assistant Parish Priest of EDSA Shrine
A French National who deeply loves and cares 
for our forgotten and neglected street children.

6:30 PM onward KUMPISALANG BAYAN

21-Sun. Fourth Sunday of Advent


24-Mon.  

CHRISTMAS EVE MASSES 
Shrine at 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM
Sta.Cruz Chapel at 9:00 PM                                             

25-Thu. CHRISTMAS DAY

A BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO ALL! 
 
Sunday Mass Schedules at the Shrine, without 6:00 AM Mass                         
Sta. Cruz Chapel - No 7:30 AM Mass / 6:30 PM Mass only
 
28-Sun. FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY

Special Blessing of Families at all Masses 
Pondo ng Pinoy Sunday in the Parish

31-Wed. 

New Year's Eve Mass at 8:30 PM  

Jan.1, 2015-Thu. NEW YEAR'S DAY

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

SOLEMNITY OF MARY,  MOTHER OF GOD

Sunday Mass Schedules at the Shrine, except no 6:00 AM Mass
Sta. Cruz Chapel – No 7:30 AM Mass / 6:30 PM Mass only




Friday, June 27, 2014

NOVENA PRAYER TO SACRED HEART: AN INSIGHTFUL ANALYSIS




NOVENA PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

This powerful Novena Prayer of Petition recited every First Fridays is characterized by its "Christ-centeredness" and the petitioner's absolute trust and confidence in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Its main purpose is obviously to obtain some important favor from the Lord.

The specific favors/graces requested may vary, depending on the petitioner's intentions, for this is the prayer of anyone in need. But what is common to all petitioners must be the basic attitude of being rooted in a strong faith, sincere humility, and total trust and resignation in the Sacred Heart.

The five paragraphs of the Novena Prayer itself are highlighted in bold prints followed with a brief commentary providing an insightful analysis to reflect on the meaning and detailed content of the entire prayer.

1. Divine Jesus, you have said, "Ask, and you shall receive; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." Behold me kneeling at your feet, filled with a lively faith and confidence in the promises dictated by your Sacred Heart and pronounced by your adorable lips, I come to ask this favor: (Silently mention your petitions.)

The first paragraph is introductory in nature and expresses synthetically the two main reasons that have brought the petitioner to approach Jesus.

The first reason is the fact that Jesus himself invited His followers to ask favors from Him. The quotation from Mt. 7:7 is very appropriate and most encouraging in its threefold invitation to ask, seek, and knock.

The second reason is even more compelling: it is based on the fact that Jesus Himself made many valuable promises to the devotees of His Heart. What the petitioner has in mind here are the Twelve Promises made by Jesus Himself through St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, and the main one of which is the twelfth which amounts to an assurance of eternal salvation for those who fulfill certain conditions.

Emboldened by such promises, the petitioner finds himself/herself "filled with a lively faith and confidence," and therefore has the courage to present his/her specific request. The One who has promised such precious graces will surely grant the minor ones that the petitioner needs.

2. To whom can I turn if not to you whose Heart is the source of all graces and merits? Where should I seek if not in the treasure which contains all the riches of your kindness and mercy? Where should I knock if not at the door through which God gives Himself to us. I have recourse to You, Heart of Jesus. In you I find consolation when afflicted, protection when persecuted, strength when burdened with trials, and light in doubt and darkness.

This second paragraph is totally devoted to mentioning the other reasons why the petitioner turns to Jesus and no one else. The result is a beautiful and breathtaking list of exceptional "titles/roles" attributed to Him. Jesus is the "Source of all merits and graces"; he is "the Treasure which contains all the riches of kindness and mercy"; He is "the Door through which God gives Himself to us and through which we go to God."

Jesus is the Consoler of those who are afflicted, the Protector of those who are persecuted; the Strength of those who are 'burdened with trials"' and the "Light to those who are in doubt and darkness." This portion of the prayer is a dense summary of the qualities and roles of the Redeemer which make Him lovable and absolutely reliable. He is the real "Tanging Yaman" (Natural Wealth) the only Mediator and Hope of all mankind. Who can compare with Jesus? What could be more encouraging? Jesus is everything. He can do everything!

3. Dear Jesus, I firmly believe that you can grant me the grace I implore, even though it should require a miracle. You have only to will it, and my prayer will be granted. I admit that I am most unworthy of your favors, but this is not a reason for me to be discouraged, You are the God of mercy and you will not refuse a contrite heart. Cast upon me a look of mercy, I beg of you, and your kind heart will find in my miseries and weaknesses a reason for granting my prayer.

These are the considerations that bring the petitioner to firmly believe that Jesus can, indeed grant any petition, no matter how difficult this may seem, After all, Jesus can even work miracles. He performed so many miracles during His Apostolic Ministry! He did so many things which, by human standards, seem impossible.

But at this stage, the petitioner is faced with a big difficulty which comes not from Jesus, but from himself/herself; the awareness of being unworthy to receive the favor requested. Yes, Jesus can do even what appears to be impossible because He is omnipotent. But why should He use His power and omnipotence to please a person who does not deserve to receive such favor?

The petitioner humbly and sincerely admits this. But this is not the end of everything. There is still a glimmer of hope - a hope rooted in a quality of Jesus which had already been mentioned in the second paragraph - His MERCY. The petitioner may be "unworthy" because of his/her sinfulness, but Jesus is merciful. And His Mercy is immensely more important than the unworthiness of the sinner.

This is why, at this stage, the petitioner's certainty that Jesus is "the God of Mercy" becomes for him/her a source of courage - a courage that overcomes any uncertainty that could derive from the awareness of one's own sinfulness. Now the petitioner knows for sure that the merciful Jesus "will not refuse a contrite heart."

But this is not all. A most unexpected sentence, at the end, of this third paragraph, strikes us like an incredible paradox: the very "miseries and weaknesses," which should lead to the refusal of the requested favor, become the very reason for granting his/her prayer! This is quite an unconventional logic which defies any human logic. But things are really so because of Jesus' mercy, because of His merciful Love!

4. O Sacred Heart, whatever may be Your decision with regard to my request, I will never stop adoring, loving, praising, and serving You. My Jesus, be pleased to accept this my act of perfect resignation to the decrees of Your adorable Heart which I sincerely desire may be fulfilled in and by me and by all Your creatures for ever.

In the light of these considerations, all difficulties appear to have been solved. And yet a cloud still seems to cast a shadow on the petitioner's horizon; the possibility that his/her petition may not be granted. These things happen. It has already happened many times, that a petitioner did not get his/her wish, no matter how good the intention was and the need pressing. 

After all, God is absolutely free. He may have His own reasons for denying a favor, or postponing it almost indefinitely, or for commuting it into something else that seems irrelevant.

This chilling prospect tests the faith of the petitioner. The unmentioned struggle ends with the heroic decisions to unconditionally accept Jesus' decision with complete resignation. No resentment. No arm-twisting. No threats of "retaliation" as some disgruntled petitioners sometimes harbor in their hearts. Just a simple, straight, humble acceptance of Jesus' decision.

Nor is this all. Even in the event of a negative answer, the petitioner declares, "I will never stop adoring, loving, praising, and serving You!" Such "perfect resignation," such a heroic acceptance of God's will definitely reveals a strong faith and an immense love for God that far outstrips any unworthiness deriving from human frailty and sinfulness.

What matters most is not what the petitioner wants or needs, but that God's will be done. This is what we proclaim in "The Lord's Prayer," the model of all prayers. This was the conclusion of Jesus' prayer in Gethsemane, Such should be the closing sentence of all our petitions.

5. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I know that there is but one thing impossible to You: to be without pity for those who are suffering or in distress. Look upon me, I beg of You dear Jesus, and grant me the grace for which I humbly implore You through the Immaculate heart of Your Most Sorrowful Mother. You have entrusted me to Her as Her child, and Her prayers are all-powerful with You. Amen!

The prayer could have ended that way, But it does not. The prospect that the grace requested my be denied inevitably hurts the sensitivity of the petitioner. He/she desperately needs help. For all his / her heroic readiness to accept a negative answer, he / she would be much happier to have the requested favor granted. That is why he / she makes one last appeal to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in a daring remark: "I know that there is one thing impossible to You: to be without pity for those who are suffering or in distress."

And the basis for such undying hope is in the Gospel of St. John, specifically in the episode of the wedding at Cana and the moving scene of the last moments of Jesus' earthly life on Calvary. At Cana there was a "crisis situation." It was solved thanks to Mary's intercession. Jesus granted Her request in spite of some objective difficulty.

That was not an isolated case. It established a precedent. It was meant to be a pattern that would be verified endlessly in the history of the Church and of each trusting human being. The powerful intercessory role of Mary, Jesus' Immaculate Mother, is clearly evident at Cana and was universalized on Calvary with that brief sentence of the dying Christ: "Woman, here is your son!"

That "son" was not just John, the disciple whom Jesus loved in a special manner. It was every human being, especially when in distress. A mother's heart cannot be insensitive when a child of hers is in need of help. Will a Mother's petition/intercession be ignored by the all-loving and omnipotent Elder Brother? The answer to this question is found in the episode of Cana and in Mary's instruction, "Do whatever He tells you." This is what ground the conclusion of the prayer to the Sacred Heart.


Jess P. Balon
THE MESSENGER OF DIVINE LOVE
Volume III Number 4
April - June 2009




SOLEMNITY OF THE SACRED HEART PRAYERS




  ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE 
SACRED HEART OF JESUS
(FEAST DAY PRAYER)

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, our Lord and Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before You. We are yours and we freely consecrate ourselves today to your most Sacred Heart. In our world today, many have offended You and despised Your precepts.

Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them all to Your Sacred Heart. Be compassionate, O Lord, not only to the faithful who have never forsaken You, but also to the prodigal children who have abandoned You. Grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house, to experience the fullness of life.

Be King of those who are led astray or those who have been hurt by our indifference. Call them back to Your church, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Grant, O Lord, to Your church assurance of freedom and rest in its hope in You. Give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from peoples of the world with one cry: Praise to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to Him be the honor and glory for ever. Amen.


LITANY OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS


Leader: Lord, have mercy on us,
All: Christ, have mercy on us.
 

Leader: Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us.
All: Christ, graciously hear us.
 

Leader: God the Father of Heaven,
All: Have mercy on us.

God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit
in the Womb of the Virgin Mary,

Heart of Jesus, united with God's Eternal Word,

Heart of Jesus, of Infinite Majesty,

Heart of Jesus, Holy Temple of God,

Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High,

Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven,

Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of Charity,

Heart of Jesus, abode of Justice and Love,

Heart of Jesus, full of Goodness and Love,

Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,

Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,

Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts,

Heart of Jesus, in Whom all are the treasures
of wisdom and knowledge,

Heart of Jesus, in Whom dwells the fullness of Divinity,

Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is well pleased,

Heart of Jesus, of Whose fullness we have all received,

Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,'

Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful,

Heart of Jesus, generous to all who turn to You,

Heart of Jesus, source of life and holiness,

Heart of Jesus, atonement for our sins,

Heart of Jesus, overwhelmed with reproaches,

Heart of Jesus, bruised for our sins,

Heart of Jesus, obedient to death,

Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,

Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,

Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,

Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation,

Heart of Jesus, sacrifice for sins,

Heart of Jesus, salvation of all who trust in You,

Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in You

Heart of Jesus, delight of all the Saints, have mercy on us.

Leader: Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
All: Spare us, O Lord.

Leader: Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
All: Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Leader: Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
All: Have mercy on us.

Leader: Jesus, meek and humble of Heart,
All: Make our hearts like yours.

Leader: Let us pray, O Almighty and Eternal God, look upon the Heart of Your dearly beloved Son, and upon the praises and satisfaction which He offers You in the name of sinners; and for those who implore Your mercy, in Your great goodness, grant us pardon in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever.
 
All: Amen.