Jun 11, About Today for Sacred Heart of Jesus

All Saints Catholic Church (St. Peters, Missouri) - stained glass, sacristy, Sacred Heart detail By Nheyob [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Friday After the Second Sunday After Pentecost

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Solemnity

“…an unending spring of life, giving hope to every person, has streamed precisely from the Heart of God’s Son, who died on the Cross. From the Heart of Christ crucified is born the new humanity redeemed from sin. The man of the year 2000 needs Christ’s Heart to know God and to know himself; he needs it to build the civilization of love.”[1]

Today is the solemnity of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The feast dates back to the 11th century, but prior to the 17th century the devotion was embraced mainly by mystics such as St. Bernard of Clairvaux and Gertrude of Helfta. In 1673, Margaret Mary Alacoque received a vision of Jesus’ compassionate heart, pierced by the sins of the world, which gave impetus to the devotion. In 1899, Pope Leo XIII consecrated humanity to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He explained the Sacred Heart as both, “a symbol and living image of the infinite love of Christ.” [2][3]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
[1] L’Osservatore Romano English edition, 15 June 1994, p. 3.
[2] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”
[3] John Paul II, 100th Anniversary of the Consecration of the Human Race to the Divine Heart of Jesus, 1999.

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Jun 11, Invitatory for Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Liturgy of the Hours for June 11