Parish devotionals :: First Friday
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The history of this devotion goes back to the year 1000 starting with St. Anselm and St. Bernard. It was practiced and promoted by numerous religious orders and many saints including St. Catherine of Siena (14th Century) and St. Francis de Sales (16th Century). Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament gained great popularity during the 17th Century. A young pious nun from France named Margaret Mary Alacoque at the age of 26 began receiving visions and messages from Jesus which lasted from 1673-1675.
The Lord said to Margaret Mary:
Look at this Heart which has loved people so much, and yet they do not want to love Me in return. Through you My divine Heart wishes to spread its love everywhere on earth.
Twelve Promises made by Jesus
After instructing her that she was His chosen instrument to spread devotion to his divine Heart, Jesus made twelve promises to Margaret Mary telling her how He would help those who honor His Sacred Heart.
The promises are as follows:
- I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
- I will establish peace in their families.
- I will console them in all their troubles.
- They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of their death.
- I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
- Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.
- .Tepid souls shall become fervent.
- Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
- I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
- I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.
- Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced.
- The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My Heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.
Margaret Mary is known as the Apostle of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
She died October 17, 1690. Pope Benedict XV canonized her in 1920