June is the Month of the Sacred Heart
Posted by kenneymg on 23 June 2017 06:00 AM
As May was the month of Mary, our Blessed Mother, and June is the Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, does it not follow that as May leads into June, Mary leads us to her the love of her Son, symbolized by His Heart?
History of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Devotion to the Sacred Heart is a form of devotion to the person Jesus, and especially to His Love.
The Catholic Encyclopedia details a history of this devotion. It observed that from the time of Saint John and Saint Paul there has always been in the Church something like devotion to the love of God, Who so loved the world as to give it His only-begotten Son, and to the love of Jesus, Who has so loved us as to deliver Himself up for us. But, accurately speaking, this is not the devotion to the Sacred Heart, as it pays no homage to the Heart of Jesus as the symbol of His love for us. From the earliest centuries, Christ’s open side and the mystery of blood and water were meditated upon, and the Church was beheld issuing from the side of Jesus, as Eve came forth from the side of Adam. But there is nothing to indicate that, during the first ten centuries, any worship was rendered the wounded Heart.
It is in the eleventh and twelfth centuries that we find the first unmistakable indications of devotion to the Sacred Heart. Through the wound in the side the wounded Heart was gradually reached , and the wound in the Heart symbolized the wound of Divine Love. In the Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries devotion arose, although it is impossible to say what where the first texts. Saint Gertrude (d. 1302) had a vision on the feast of John the Evangelist. She was resting her head near the wound in the Savior’s side and hearing the beating of the Divine Heart. She asked Saint John if on the night of the Last Supper, he had felt these delightful pulsations, why he had never spoken of the fact. Saint John replied that this revelation had been reserved for subsequent ages when the world, having grown cold, would have need of it to rekindle its love.
From the thirteenth to the sixteeenth century, the devotion was practiced as a private, individual devotion of the mystical order. In the sixteenth century, the devotion took an onward step and passed from the domain of mysticism into that of Christian asceticism. It was constituted an objective devotion with prayers already formulated and special exercises of which the value was extolled and practice commended.
The devotion to the Sacred Heart developed further during the seventeenth century. Ascetic writers spoke of it, especially those of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), Alvarez de Paz, Luis de la Puente, Saint-Jure and Nouet and Father Druzbicki, small work “Meta Cordium, Cor Jesu“.
The devotion was greatly increased by the visions Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), a French Visitandine nun at the convent of Paray-le-Monial. She had a vision of Christ’s Heart on the feast of Saint John that was similiar to that of Saint Gertrude. Jesus permitted her to rest her head upon His Heart, and then disclosed to her the wonders of His love, telling her that He desired to make this known to mankind and to diffuse the treasures of His goodness, and that He had chosen her for this work, (probably 1673, Dec. 27). In June or July o f 1674, Sister Margaret Mary said, Jesus asked to be honored under the figure of His Heart of Flesh and asked for a devotion of expiatory love — frequent Communion, Communion on the first Friday of each month and the observance of Holy Hours.
In another visioin, on the feast of Corpus Christi 1675, Sister Margaret Mary reported that Jesus told her, “Behold the Heart that has so loved men…instead of gratitude I receive from the greater part (of mankind) only ingratitude…” Jesus then asked for a feast of reparation on the Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi. bidding her to consult Father de la Colombiére, then superior of the small Jesuit house at Paray. He recognized the action of the Spirit of God and consecrated himself to the Sacred Heart and directed Sister Margaret Mary to write down her account and to circulate it throughout France and England. Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque was canonized in the 20th century.
(Principal source – Catholic Encyclopedia – 1913 edition, reproduced wf-f.org)
….Only the Heart of Christ who knows the depths of his Father’s love could reveal to us the abyss of his mercy in so simple and beautiful a way —-From the Catechism. P:1439
From the depth of my nothingness, I prostrate myself before Thee, O Most Sacred, Divine and Adorable Heart of Jesus, to pay Thee all the homage of love, praise and adoration in my power
The prayer of the Church venerates and honors the Heart of Jesus just as it invokes his most holy name. It adores the incarnate Word and his Heart which, out of love for men, he allowed to be pierced by our sins. Christian prayer loves to follow the way of the cross in the Savior’s steps.
Love for the Eucharist
Christ’s Sacred Heart of love is expressed most profoundly in the Blessed Sacrament. The Eucharist, God’s giving of Himself, is celebrated joyously the Feast of Corpus Christi, which typically falls within the month of June. How appropriate this is! Devotion to the Eucharist and to the Sacred Heart are as inseparable as devotion is to the mystery of Christ’s human and divine love. In the Sacred Host dwells the God-man, Jesus; in His Person pulses His Heart through which we are loved with the perfection of His humanity, the fullness of His Godhead, one Person who not only loves but is Love.
Use the month of June to get acquainted or re-acquainted with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. You’ll be glad you did!
Devotion to the Sacred Heart is a wonderful historical expression of the Church’s piety for Christ, her Spouse and Lord: it calls for a fundamental attitude of conversion and reparation, of love and gratitude, apostolic commitment and dedication to Christ and His saving work.
There are two things that must always be found together in the devotion to the Sacred Heart: Christ’s Heart of flesh and Christ’s love for us. True devotion to the Sacred Heart means devotion to the Divine Heart of Christ insofar as His Heart represents and recalls His love for us.
There are several different novenas to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. You can begin the 9-day devotion today and end it on the Solemnity.
Here, we offer links to the various ones:
Are you interested in increasing your devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus? You can discover Sacred Heart prayercards, medals and medallions, statues, rosaries, scapulars, and chaplets, and even artwork.
Love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is wonderful. Did you know that there are 12 promises of the Sacred Heart for those who are faithfully devoted?
1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
Of course, you can pray the Novena any nine days of the year, but if you start today, you will end on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
V. Lord, have mercy on us.
V. God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
V. Jesus, meek and humble of Heart,
Let us pray.
Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou, in Thy great goodness, grant pardon to them who seek Thy mercy, in the name of the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, world without end.
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How to choose a First Communion Dress
Posted by Ian on 17 March 2017 10:30 AM
Selecting a First Communion Dress for your daughter’s First Holy Communion can be time consuming task. Here are some tips to make sure you save time and get the perfect dress for such a wonderful occasion.
Look at the different styles available.
First Communion dresses come in a wide variety of styles and materials. Sleeves can be short, long or none at all and some dresses have a cute bolero vest.
Dresses also can be floor length or shorter and your daughter will probably have an opinion about what she likes best.
Dresses can range in price from around $50 to over $300. Are you planning on having this dress available for multiple daughters? Will your daughter wear this dress more than once? First Communion dresses usually make good Easter dresses later. Just add a pastel sash!
If this is a one time shot consider spending less. Department stores typically have inexpensive dresses that are perfectly suitable for a one time use.
If the dress is going to be worn more, consider spending a little more from a company like Lito Children’s Wear. The dresses are good quality and all the ones carried by Aquinas and More are made in the United States. These dresses range in price from $80 up to $120.
If you are looking for heirloom quality to pass on for generations, go with Embroidered Heirlooms. These dresses are gorgeous and have those classic details like piping and smocking that you won’t find in many places anymore. You will pay for the quality. These dresses are typically over $300 and you have to order early since the company is small.
Consider where the dress is made
Unfortunately, most First Communion dresses are made in China. These dresses are typically less expensive but if you have an option, why not get a dress made in a country that doesn’t have a policy of state-forced human rights abuses?
Fortunately, it is possible to buy dresses at reasonable prices made in the United States.
If you can’t walk into a store to buy a dress, make sure you measure your daughter carefully so that you get the right size dress.
Some stores may not let you exchange a dress if you make a mistake but at Aquinas and More we will be happy to make an exchange for you if the dress isn’t the right size.
Remember that tea length dresses are higher than ankle but lower than knee height.
Measurements are taken from the shoulder to the bottom hem of the dress.
Does your daughter’s doll want to share in the special day?
What girl wouldn’t want to dress up her American Girl-size doll just like her? Lito makes matching doll First Communion dresses for several of their First Communion dress styles. What a great gift for your daughter!
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