June 28: Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 26, 2019

Here are some facts that you may not know about the devotion.


1. The Catechism, quoting Pope Pius XII’s beautiful encyclical on the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Haurietis Aquas (1956), states, “[Jesus] has loved us all with a human heart.  For this reason, 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 (#478).


To appreciate this rich symbolism of the heart, we must remember in Judaism that the word heart represented the core of the person.  While recognized as the principle life organ, the heart was also considered the center of all spiritual activity. 


2. The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus took centuries to become a universal celebration. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus goes back to the 11th century. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque had multiple visions of the Sacred Heart between 1673 and 1675. However, it wasn’t until 90 years later in 1765, that the feast was officially celebrated in France. In 1856, Pope Pius IX made the feast of the Sacred Heart into a universal celebration.


3. The first feast of the Sacred Heart was actually celebrated in 1670. Even before St. Margaret Mary Alacoque had her visions of the Sacred Heart there was a recorded celebration of this feast. St. Jean Eudes composed the first Office and Mass of the Sacred Heart. The first feast of the Sacred Heart was celebrated on Aug. 31, 1670 in Rennes, France.1. The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus took centuries to become a universal celebration


Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus goes back to the 11th century. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque had multiple visions of the Sacred Heart between 1673 and 1675. However, it wasn’t until 90 years later in 1765, that the feast was officially celebrated in France. In 1856, Pope Pius IX made the feast of the Sacred Heart into a universal celebration.


4. Jesus made 12 promises to those who honor the Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque:


1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life.


2. I will establish peace in their families.


3. I will comfort them in their trials.


4. I will be their secure refuge during life, and, above all, in death.


5. I will shed abundant blessings on all their undertakings.


6. Sinners will find in My Heart an infinite ocean of mercy.


7.  Lukewarm souls will become fervent.


8.  Fervent souls will rapidly grow in holiness and perfection.


9. I will bless every place where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.


10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.


11. The names of those who promote this devotion will be written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.


12. I promise thee, in the excessive mercy of My Heart, that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their Sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last.

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