Office of Readings - Solemnity for Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Office of Readings for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.


You are my Lord and my God
and I love you

Alone and rejected, His agony begins
He accepts the chalice of dying for my sins

Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus
Will you let me stay
Share a sip from your cup
Watch with you and pray

Betrayed and abandoned
Dragged into a hall
Though scourged by Roman Soldiers,
Our sins hurt you most of all

Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus
Defended by so few
So much blood from your wounds
How can I comfort you

You are my Lord and my God
And I love you

The crown of the thorns
is forced upon your head
I turn to face the guilty
I see my sins instead

Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus
In your suffering
In your tears, in your blood
You stand as Christ the King

Embracing your cross
You start towards Calvary
Crushed by so much evil
You turn to look at me

Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus
Did I hear you call
Asking me to stay by you
To help you if you fall

You are my Lord and my God
And I love you
You are my Lord and my God
And I love you

Raised on the hilltop
It seems though all has failed
For our salvation, Jesus,
For us you were nailed

Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus
I have come to stay
As you die upon your cross
Trembling you say

Love (me), why don't you love (me)
Please love (me)

Love me, I call out
Why don't you love me
I reach out
Please love me
Oh how I long for your love

Love me, I call out
Why don't you love me
I reach out these hands to you
Please love me
Oh how I long for your love

Love me, I call out
Why don't you love me
I reach out these hands to you
Please love me
Oh how I long for your love

You are my lord and my God
And I love you.

You are my lord and my God
And I love you.

𝄞"My Lord And My God" by Anthony Carnesi • Title: My Lord and My God; Text: Anthony Carnesi (1948-2005); Music: Anthony Carnesi; Artist: Anthony Carnesi; (c) Margaret J Van Nostrand; Used with permission.


Ant. 1 In you is the fountain of life; we drink from the streams of your goodness.

Psalm 36
The malice of sinners and God’s goodness

No follower of mine wanders in the dark; he shall have the light of life (John 8:12).

Sin speaks to the sinner
in the depths of his heart.
There is no fear of God
before his eyes.

He so flatters himself in his mind
that he knows not his guilt.
In his mouth are mischief and deceit.
All wisdom is gone.

He plots the defeat of goodness
as he lies on his bed.
He has set his foot on evil ways,
he clings to what is evil.

Your love, Lord, reaches to heaven;
your truth to the skies.
Your justice is like God’s mountain,
your judgments like the deep.

To both man and beast you give protection.
O Lord, how precious is your love.
My God, the sons of men
find refuge in the shelter of your wings.

They feast on the riches of your house;
they drink from the stream of your delight.
In you is the source of life
and in your light we see light.

Keep on loving those who know you,
doing justice for upright hearts.
Let the foot of the proud not crush me
nor the hand of the wicked cast me out.

See how the evil-doers fall!
Flung down, they shall never rise.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. In you is the fountain of life; we drink from the streams of your goodness.

Ant. 2 When my heart grew faint, you raised me up.

Psalm 61
Prayer of an exile

The prayer of the just man who places his hope in the things of heaven (Saint Hilary).

O God, hear my cry!
Listen to my prayer!
From the end of the earth I call:
my heart is faint.

On the rock too high for me to reach
set me on high,
O you who have been my refuge,
my tower against the foe.

Let me dwell in your tent for ever
and hide in the shelter of your wings.
For you, O God, hear my prayer,
grant me the heritage of those who fear you.

May you lengthen the life of the king:
may his years cover many generations.
May he sit ever enthroned before God:
bid love and truth be his protection.

So I will always praise your name
and day after day fulfill my vows.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. When my heart grew faint, you raised me up.

Ant. 3 All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Psalm 98
The Lord triumphs in his judgment

This psalm tells of the Lord’s first coming and that people of all nations will believe in him (Saint Athanasius).

Sing a new song to the Lord
for he has worked wonders.
His right hand and his holy arm
have brought salvation.

The Lord has made known his salvation;
has shown his justice to the nations.
He has remembered his truth and love
for the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
Shout to the Lord, all the earth,
ring out your joy.

Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp
with the sound of music.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
acclaim the King, the Lord.

Let the sea and all within it thunder;
the world, and all its peoples.
Let the rivers clap their hands
and the hills ring out their joy.

Rejoice at the presence of the Lord,
for he comes to rule the earth.
He will rule the world with justice
and the peoples with fairness.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell) A moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

I will remember the words of the Lord.
I will recall his wonders of old.


First reading
From the letter of the apostle Paul to the Romans
The love of God is revealed in Christ

We know that God makes all things work together for the good of those who have been called according to his decree. Those whom he foreknew he predestined to share the image of his Son, that the Son might be the first-born of many brothers. Those he predestined he likewise called; those he called he also justified; and those he justified he in turn glorified.

What shall we say after that? If God is for us, who can be against us? Is it possible that he who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for the sake of us all will not grant us all things besides? Who shall bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? God, who justifies? Who shall condemn them? Christ Jesus, who died or rather was raised up, who is at the right hand of God and who intercedes for us?

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Trial, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword? As Scripture says: “For your sake we are being slain all the day long; we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.” Yet in all this we are more than conquerors because of him who has loved us.

For I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor powers, neither height nor depth nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

RESPONSORY Ephesians 2:5, 4, 7

When we were dead through sin, God brought us to life again in Christ,
because he loved us with so great a love.

That he might reveal for all ages to come the immeasurable riches of his grace.
Because he loved us with so great a love.

Second reading
From a work by Saint Bonaventure, bishop
With you is the source of life

Take thought now, redeemed man, and consider how great and worthy is he who hangs on the cross for you. His death brings the dead to life, but at his passing heaven and earth are plunged into mourning and hard rocks are split asunder.

It was a divine decree that permitted one of the soldiers to open his sacred side with a lance. This was done so that the Church might be formed from the side of Christ as he slept the sleep of death on the cross, and so that the Scripture might be fulfilled: They shall look on him whom they pierced. The blood and water which poured out at that moment were the price of our salvation. Flowing from the secret abyss of our Lord’s heart as from a fountain, this stream gave the sacraments of the Church the power to confer the life of grace, while for those already living in Christ it became a spring of living water welling up to life everlasting.

Arise, then, beloved of Christ! Imitate the dove that nests in a hole in the cliff, keeping watch at the entrance like the sparrow that finds a home. There like the turtledove hide your little ones, the fruit of your chaste love. Press your lips to the fountain, draw water from the wells of your Savior; for this is the spring flowing out of the middle of paradise, dividing into four rivers, inundating devout hearts, watering the whole earth and making it fertile.

Run with eager desire to this source of life and light, all you who are vowed to God’s service. Come, whoever you may be, and cry out to him with all the strength of your heart. “O indescribable beauty of the most high God and purest radiance of eternal light! Life that gives all life, light that is the source of every other light, preserving in everlasting splendor the myriad flames that have shone before the throne of your divinity from the dawn of time! Eternal and inaccessible fountain, clear and sweet stream flowing from a hidden spring, unseen by mortal eye! None can fathom your depths nor survey your boundaries, none can measure your breadth, nothing can sully your purity. From you flows the river which gladdens the city of God and makes us cry out with joy and thanksgiving in hymns of praise to you, for we know by our own experience that with you is the source of life, and in your light we see light.

RESPONSORY Psalm 103:2, 4; 34:9

Praise the Lord, my soul, and never forget all his benefits;
he saves your life from ruin and crowns you with mercy and compassion.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.
He saves your life from ruin and crowns you with mercy and compassion.


You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the King of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.

When you became man to set us free
you did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come, and be our judge.

Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.

Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance.
Govern and uphold them now and always.

Day by day we bless you.
We praise your name for ever.

Keep us today, Lord, from all sin.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

Lord, show us your love and mercy,
for we have put our trust in you.

In you, Lord, is our hope:
And we shall never hope in vain.


Grant, we pray,
almighty God, that we,
who glory in the Heart of your beloved Son
and recall the wonders of his love for us,
may be made worthy to receive
an overflowing measure of grace
from that fount of heavenly gifts.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.

ACCLAMATION (at least in the communal celebration)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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21 thoughts on “Office of Readings – Solemnity

  1. We take Thee, O Sacred Heart, for the sole object of our love, the protection of our lives, the pledge of our salvation, the remedy of our frailty and inconstancy, the reparation for all the defects of our lives, and our secure refuge at the hour of our death. Be Thou, O Most Merciful Heart, our justification before God Thy Father, and screen us from His anger which we have so justly merited. We fear all from our own weakness and malice, but placing our entire confidence in Thee, O Heart of Love, we hope all from Thine infinite Goodness. Annihilate in us all that can displease or resist Thee. Imprint Thy pure love so deeply in our hearts that we may never forget Thee or be separated from Thee.
    We beseech Thee, through Thine infinite Goodness, grant that our names be engraved upon Thy Heart, for in this we place all our happiness and all our glory, to live and to die asThy devoted servants. Help us make this day very very special for You, Dear Jesus; help us fulfill the intentions of Your Most Sacred Heart. Give us all the graces we need to make You totally happy and delighted with us today.

    Mother Mary, St. Joseph, all ye angels and saints in heaven, we join in your feasting and heavenly banquet, we sing with you unceasing hymns of adoration, love and thanksgiving. Holy Souls in Purgatory, we yearn and long for Jesus as you all do. Thank You God for the Church and the Communion of Saints. Everybody and everything give praise to Your Most Sacred Heart, O Jesus, all Creation worships You!


  2. Dear Lord I pray that you be love and trust always. You are my Lord and my God I love you. I offer my work, words, mercy. Help me to be in prayerful spirit to conso,e your sorrowful heart. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us.

  3. Today, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, let us pray for Priests who in this present climate, are besieged with all sorts of difficulties.

    Lord Jesus, You have chosen Your priests among us
    and have sent them to proclaim Your Word and to act in Your Name.

    For such a great gift to Your Church, we praise You and we thank You.

    We ask that You fill them with the fire of Your love,
    that their ministry may reveal Your presence in the Church.
    Since they are earthen vessels, we pray
    that Your power may work in their weakness.
    In their afflictions do not let them be crushed;
    in their doubts, do not let them despair;
    in temptation, do not let them be destroyed.
    Inspire them through prayer to live each day
    the mystery of Your death and Resurrection.
    In times of weakness, send them Your Spirit
    and help them to praise Your heavenly Father and to pray for poor sinners.
    With the same Holy Spirit place Your word on their lips and your love in their hearts,
    that they may bring the Good News to the poor and revive the broken-hearted.
    Lastly, may the gift of Mary, your mother,
    to the disciple whom You loved, be Your gift to every priest.
    Grant that she, who formed You in your human image,
    may form each priest in Your divine image,
    through the power of Your Spirit, to the glory of God the Father.

    O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.

    Joseph, with Mary, you raised Jesus the High Priest.
    You know our need for priests.
    Please raise up good and holy priests from our families to
    serve the people of our diocese.
    May our children and grandchildren hear and say “yes” to
    the call of Jesus, just as you and Mary did.

    Pray the Rosary unite with your country and help encircle the world in prayer.
    Today is
    The Annual Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This will be its twelfth year, involving more prayer locations than ever, having grown from 24 single prayer locations in June 2003 its first year to 2,600 in 2020.

    With the coming of midnight on 11 June 2021, the entire world will by then have been encircled yet again in prayer on this The Worldpriest Annual Rosary Relay Day.

    It was the great Irish priest Fr. Patrick Peyton who never tired of saying that: ‘The Family that prays together stays together.’ As part of the family of the Church, you are invited to join your prayers to the prayers of millions throughout the world. It is an opportunity for us to raise our hearts to God for all priests in the exercise of their ministry; that they will be blessed, through our prayers, with God’s grace for their priesthood; that in this worldwide community of prayer for them, they may experience our gratitude and support; and finally that they will persevere in unity with Christ and His Church and shepherd the Lord’s flock to the safe pastures of His Kingdom.

    Rev. Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, Ireland (Episcopal Adviser to Worldpriest)

  4. “Make our hearts like unto thine.” “They shall look on him whom they pierced”, and look upon the face of my suffering, Jesus, the Christ.

  5. O Bountiful Jesus, O Merciful Jesus, May your Most Holy Sacred Heart bring a calling to our hearts so that we may abound in Your Graces now and forever. Amen+

  6. Everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life. —-Jn 6:40
    Reflection. The father made God visible to human beings through numerous mysteries to prevent them from losing everything—-Even their very lives.
    For the glory of God is the living person, and the life of a person is the vision of God. —-St. Irenaeus
    Prayer. Heavenly Father, let me keep alive both the natural and the supernatural life You have given me in Christ. Help me to live my earthly life to the full so that I may attain eternal life through Him.

  7. When my wife and I Enthroned the Sacred Heart of Jesus in our home 25 years ago, our spiritual life began to deepen. Blessings received since then exceed the difficulties and frustrations encountered since then. I am retiring from work today. Thank you Jesus and draw me ever closer to you.

  8. Thanks and praise be the most holy Heart of Jesus! We thank you Jesus for Your many graces! We you our priceless Jesus!

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