NEW AND CURRENT MESSAGES FROM THE HOLY TRINITY AND THE BLESSED MOTHER MARY

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.




Friday, June 20, 2014

SACRED HEART DEVOTION: LIVING HEART OF JESUS IN THE EUCHARIST


 
June is dedicated to The Sacred Heart of Jesus. The following is a series of excerpts from Jesus, Mercy Incarnate, Marian Press, 2000 (currently out of print), by Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD, director of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy. The series explores the relationship between The Sacred Heart and The Divine Mercy.

According to the popes of the last 100 years, there is no devotion more important to the life of the Church than devotion to the Heart of Jesus. For example, in 1899 Pope Leo XIII, in what he called "the greatest act of my pontificate," consecrated the whole world to the Sacred Heart on the threshold of the new century, and he wrote of the Sacred Heart as "the symbol and sensible image of the infinite love of Jesus Christ." 

In 1928, in his encyclical "Miserentissimus Redemptor," Pope Pius XI taught that devotion to the Heart of Jesus is "the summary of our religion," which, if practiced, "will most surely lead us to know intimately Jesus Christ, and will cause our hearts to love Him more tenderly and to imitate Him more generously."

Then in 1956, in his famous encyclical on the Sacred Heart "Haurietis Aquas," Pope Pius XII was even more effusive than his predecessors in praise of this devotion: It is altogether impossible to enumerate the heavenly gifts which devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has poured out on the souls of the faithful, purifying them, offering them heavenly strength, rousing them to the attainment of all virtues ... 

Consequently, the honor paid to the Sacred Heart is such as to raise it to the rank — so far as external practice is concerned — of the highest expression of Christian piety. For this is the religion of Jesus, which is centered on the Mediator who is man and God, and in such a way that we cannot reach the Heart of God, save through the Heart of Christ ...

After the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI pleaded with the Church not to forget the devotion to the Sacred Heart. In his apostolic letter of 1965, "Investigabiles Divitias Christi," he wrote:

This, therefore, seems to us to be the most suitable ideal: that devotion to the Sacred Heart — which, we are grieved to say, has suffered somewhat in the estimation of some persons — now reflourish daily more and more. Let it be esteemed by all as an excellent and acceptable form of true piety ...

In a follow-up letter to the heads of the religious orders, Paul VI was even more emphatic:

Thus, it is absolutely necessary that the faithful venerate and honor this Heart, in the expression of their private piety as well as in the services of public cult, for of His fullness we have all received; and they must learn perfectly from Him how they are to live in order to answer the demands of our time.

Finally, in 1994, the new Catechism of the Catholic Church, promulgated by Pope John Paul II, contains the following remarkable statement about the importance of the symbol of the Heart of Jesus (no. 478):

The Sacred Heart of Jesus, pierced by our sins and for our salvation, "is quite rightly considered the chief sign and symbol of that ... love with which the Divine Redeemer continually loves the Eternal Father and all human beings" without exception.

We need not belabor the point. Suffice it to say that for more than a century now, the successors of St. Peter have repeatedly exhorted the faithful to honor the Heart of Jesus, and to practice this devotion with love and zeal.

The popes have good reason for this recommendation, for the devotion to the Heart of Jesus has an impressive pedigree. It is rooted in the gospels, in our Lord's call: "Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Mt 11: 28-29). Again, our Lord cried out on the feast of the tabernacles: "If anyone thirst, let him come to Me and drink ... as the scripture has said 'Out of His Heart shall flow rivers of living water' " (Jn 7:37-38). In the Heart of Jesus, therefore, we can find rest for our soul's weariness, and refreshment for our soul's thirst. All this was made manifest on the Cross, when His side was opened by the lance, and out of His Heart flowed streams of water and blood (Jn 19:34), symbolic of all the graces of Baptism and the Eucharist.

Many great saints have had a special devotion to the Heart of Jesus, including St Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Albert the Great, St. Bonaventure, St. Lutgard, St. Gertrude the Great, St. Peter Canisius, St. Francis De Sales, St. John Eudes, St. Claude De La Colombiere, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, and Bl. Dina Belanger. The greatest impetus toward the spread of this devotion, however, came from the apparitions of our Lord Jesus Himself to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in the 1670s. To her the glorified Jesus unveiled His tender, burning love for souls, and through her He asked for the establishment of the annual liturgical feast of the Sacred Heart, as well as devotional practices such as the Holy Hour, the First Friday Communions, and the veneration of the image of His loving Heart. By these means our Lord intended to rekindle the fire of love in the hearts of the faithful, in a modern world in which the hearts of many were growing cold.

Hence, rooted in scripture, the delight of many saints, and given the highest endorsement by the popes again and again, it is clear that the devotion to the Heart of Jesus — especially to the living Heart of Jesus in the Eucharist — is vital to the life and spiritual health of the Catholic Church. Simply put: A living body needs a living heart, and the Church, the Body of Christ, has its own living heart: we have been given the Heart of Jesus Christ, the Head of the Body, as our Heart, too, the living source of all our spiritual refreshment and peace.


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



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

2014 NOVENA MASSES IN HONOR OF THE SACRED HEART



NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE SACRED HEART
NOVENA MASSES IN HONOR OF SACRED HEART
SCHEDULE OF CELEBRATIONS JUNE 2014


Date/Day/Theme

2014

June 18 Wed  For the Particular Mission of the Laity

12:15 NN - H. E. Bishop Broderick Pabilio
Sponsor: AP Vicariate of Saints Peter and Paul

June 19 Thu For an Awakening to the Danger of Consumerism

12:15 NN - Rev. Fr. Manny Flores
Sponsor: AP National Office

June 20 Fri  For the Poor and Exploited

12:15 NN - Rev. Fr. Max Ocampo / Rev. Fr. Vic Apacible

Sponsor: Religious Communities / Senior Citizens / Third Order Carmelite
06:00 PM - Rev. Fr. Dave Concepcion
Sponsor: Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) / SSDM Vicariate
Recollection after the 6:00 PM Mass

June 21 Sat  For the Poor and Exploited Children and Youth

10:30 AM  Recollection
12:15 NN - Rev. Fr. Douglas D. Badong
Sponsor: Catholic Women's League (CWL) / Archdiocese of Manila

June 22 Sun For a more Discerning and Responsible Voting

12:00 NN - Rev. Fr. Ogie Orpiada
Sponsor: Couples For Christ (CFC)

June 23 Mon  For Business with Honor and Compassion

12:15 NN - Rev. Fr. Gerard Reyes
Sponsor: Business Community / Mother Butler's Guild (MBG)

June 24 Tue  For Exploited and Excluded People

12:15NN - Rev. Fr. Joey Tuazon
Sponsor: Educational Institutions / Catechetical Ministry / Legions of Mary

June 25 Wed  For Christian Married Couples

12:15 NN - Rev. Fr. Wilmer Rosario
Sponsors: Daughters of Mary Immcaulate (DMI) / Knights of Columbus (K of C)
06:00 PM - Rev. Fr. Gigi Yabut
Sponsor:  Barangay Sta. Cruz and Residents

June 26 Thu  For Knowledge and Practice of the Faith

12:15 NN - Msgr. Romy Violeta
Sponsor: Makati Central Police / MAPSA / MAPA
06:00 PM - H. E. Bishop Teodoro Bacani
Sponsor: Ministry of Greeters and Collectors (MGC)

PROCESSION after the 6:00 PM Mass

June 27 Fri  For Courage to Stand and Speak for the Faith

SOLEMNITY OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

05:30 AM 06:30 AM 07:30 AM

08:30 AM Mass Sponsor: Rustans

10:00 AM Imposition of Scapulars

12:15 NN H.E. Bishop Bernardino Cortez
Sponsor: City of Makati

05:00 PM

06:15 PM H.E. Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales / Concelebrated
Sponsor: Barangay San Antonio Council, Neighborhood Associations/Residents

07:30 PM


    

LITURGICAL NOVENA IN HONOR OF THE SACRED HEART

 PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
(During Novena Masses on June 18-June 26)

Priest: We have come together in the power of the Holy Spirit to offer the Eucharistic Sacrifice to our Heavenly Father in thanksgiving for the great love He has shown us by giving us His Son, He revealed the depth of His Love through the symbol of the Heart. As we prepare to unite our hearts with His in offering this sacrifice to the Eucharist, let us pray to Him, for our needs and needs of the People of God.

Lord Jesus Christ, You promised that wherever two or three are gathered together in Your name, You will be present among them, come to us who have assembled here to honor You in Your most Sacred Heart. Fill our hearts with Your blessings and grace and enkindle them with the fire of Your Love.

People: O Divine Jesus, hear and grant our petitions.

Priest: Lord Jesus Christ, You said "Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you." Obtain for us an increase of faith, hope and love so that we may remain faithful to our baptismal promises until death.

People: O Loving Jesus, hear and grant our petitions.

Priest: Lord Jesus Christ, You said: "Come to me all who labor and are burdened and I will refresh you." We come to You confident that Your Merciful Love will lighten all our burdens of soul and body.

People: O Kind Jesus, hear and grant our petitions.

Priest: Let us now pray for the intentions of the Church and the People of God.

Lector: For the Holy Father in Rome, for the Bishops and Priests of the world and all the People of God, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Lector: For the world You came to save, that every man and woman may learn to know You and open their hearts to Your Love, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Lector: For the Church, sprung from Your side as You died upon the Cross, that it may bring all men to the Way, the Truth and the Life, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Lector: For all who are in any way afflicted, that they may find comfort for their spirits in the tender love that wells from Your Sacred Heart, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Lector: For all those who are present here, and who are seeking Your Divine Assistance in their material and spiritual needs, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Priest and People: Lord Jesus Christ, You have called us to share Your saving mission. Sinners though we are, we accept this mission and we renew today our baptismal promises. We renew our consecration of ourselves to Your Sacred Heart; we offer to You ourselves, our loved ones, all that we have, all that we do and all that we suffer, to be united with Your Eucharistic Offering to Our Father in heaven.

That we may serve You with greater fidelity, we ask You, our Divine Mediator to obtain the favors we seek in this Novena (request to be made in silence).

If what we ask is not for God's greater glory or for the good of our souls, grant us what is most pleasing to Your Divine Goodness.

Deepen our faith and touch fire to our hearts, that we may respond with love to that burning love for us and for all men that fills Your Sacred Heart. O Heart of Love, we place all our trust in You. We fear all things from our own weakness, but we hope for things from Your Goodness, Amen.




PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING 
(After Communion)


Priest and People: Lord Jesus Christ, we thank You for being with us today. We thank You for the graces we have received from You. For the grace of Your Divine Life in our souls. For the Love of God our Father and the abiding gift of the Holy Spirit. For the wonderful gift of Your Presence in the Holy Eucharist, and most especially for the Love in Your Heart which makes us more one with You and with each other in the depths of Your Sacred Heart.

Lector: Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of Charity.

People: Teach us to love one another as You have loved us!

Lector: Heart of Jesus, pierced by a lance, Victim of Sin.

People: Forgive us for all our ingratitude and our negligence!

Lector: Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful to those who trust in You.

People: Be our refuge and our strength in the trials and temptations of life!

Lector: Heart of Jesus, Fountain of Life and Holiness.
 

People: Draw us closer to You and sanctify our lives with Your Grace!

Lector: Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection.
 

People: Obtain for us at the hour of death, the grace to share in the glory of Your Resurrection by a new life of unending happiness in heaven.

Let us Pray.

ALL: O Divine Savior, You love every man and woman with such profound intensity that You had to reveal it through the symbol of Your Wounded Heart. Many of us live as though You did not exist.

Many others ignore You, or despise You, or reject Your precepts. In our parish, in our country, throughout the entire world, there are many Christians who are indifferent to Your Love.

Perhaps in our own families and in our communities, You are not loved as You deserve. Lord, we want to make up with You. Because You have given us the grace to know and to love You, we will love You inwardly as You wish.

In the midst of a sinful world, we will be healthy members of Your Mystical Body, overflowing with Love. Through prayer and sacrifice, we will make reparation according to our abilities, for the evil in the world and for the ingratitude of men and women,

We will contribute our part so that You can offer to the Father in heaven a glorious human race. We can do it because we are united inwardly with You and share in Your Life's work and in Your task of Redemption.

Heart of Jesus, Heart of Love, inflame our hearts with Your Love, Amen.





 

Friday, April 4, 2014

KUMPISALANG BAYAN 2014 AT NSSH



Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.  You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. [MICAH 7:18-19]

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. [1JOHN 1:9]

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, [ACTS 3:19]

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; [DANIEL 9:9]

"Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. [ISAIAH 1:18]

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace [EPHESIANS 1:7]
 
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. [MARK 11:25]


Come to the KUMPISALANG BAYAN (NATIONAL CONFESSION) on April 4 and April 11, 2014 at the NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE SACRED HEART at Makati City, Philippines and experience the graciousness of God's Divine Mercy. 

Confession starts at 5:30 PM. Lenten Recollection after the 6:00 PM Mass.

The Act of Contrition Prayer is recited during Confession right after the enumeration of sins and before the Absolution of sins is performed.



AN ACT OF CONTRITION

O my God, 
I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee
and I detest my sins
because I dread the loss of heaven
and the pains of hell.

But most of all, because they offend thee,
my God, Who are all good 
and deserving of all my love.

I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy Grace
to confess my sins, to do Penance,
and to amend my life.
Amen. 





Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HOLY WEEK 2014: NSSH SCHEDULE OF CELEBRATIONS




This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many 
for the forgiveness of sins. [MATTHEW 26:28]


NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE SACRED HEART
SCHEDULE OF CELEBRATIONS
HOLY WEEK 2014

Date/Day Time/Celebration

2014

April 13 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)

April 15 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 16 HOLY WEDNESDAY


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

April 17 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 18 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 19 HOLY SATURDAY

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

April 20 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 Sta. Cruz chapel with Image of Mater Dolorosa

5:00 AM - EASTER MASS at Barangay St. Cruz - at 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 24-26 Thursday-Saturday

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

April 27 DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY



"This Feast emerged from My most tender Pity and it is confirmed in the depths of My Mercy. I desire that it be celebrated with great solemnity on the First Sunday after Easter.

I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. The very depths of My tender Mercy are open on that day. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon souls who will approach the fount of My Mercy."

"The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on that day, shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet."

More details on the Feast of the Divine Mercy here.



REV. FR. VICTOR Y. APACIBLE
Rector and Parish Priest
NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE SACRED HEART
Makati City, Philippines