Today, June 11, is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, celebrated each year on the second Friday after Pentecost.
The Sacred Heart devotion is at least as old as the 11th century. The Sacred Heart, with the crown of thorns surrounding Jesus’ heart, drops of blood falling from the wounds in His heart, and fire emanating from His heart, is a symbol of the love of Christ for all humanity – a love that would take Him to the cross for the sake of our salvation.
It is a tradition for Catholics to consecrate their families to the Sacred Heart and to place in a prominent place in their homes a picture of the Sacred Heart. Here is a prayer of consecration to the Sacred Heart:
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, Who didst make known to St. Margaret Mary Thine ardent desire to reign over Christian families, behold us assembled here today to proclaim Thine absolute dominion over our home.
Henceforth we purpose to lead a life like unto Thine, so that amongst us may flourish the virtues for which Thou didst promise peace on earth, and for this end we will banish from our midst the spirit of the world which Thou dost abhor so much.
Thou wilt reign over our understanding by the simplicity of our faith. Thou wilt reign over our hearts by an ardent love for Thee; and may the flame of this love be ever kept burning in our hearts by the frequent reception of the Holy Eucharist.
Deign, O Divine Heart, to preside over our meetings, to bless our undertakings, both spiritual and temporal, to banish all worry and care, to sanctify our joys, and soothe our sorrows. If any of us should ever have the misfortune to grieve Thy Sacred Heart, remind him of Thy goodness and mercy towards the repentant sinner.
Lastly, when the hour of separation will sound, and death will plunge our home into mourning, then shall we all, and every one of us, be resigned to Thy eternal decrees, and seek consolation in the thought that we shall one day be reunited in Heaven, where we shall sing the praises and blessings of Thy Sacred Heart for all eternity.
May the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the glorious Patriarch St. Joseph, offer Thee this our Consecration, and remind us of the same all the days of our life. Glory to the Divine Heart of Jesus, our King and our Father. Amen.
A Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus can be found here.
Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.