In the 13th century St. Mechtilde (1241-1298) a nun & mystic, had visions of Jesus, in which he said, “When you awake in the morning, let your first act be to salute My Heart.” Thus began the morning offering.
The morning offering is meant to help us focus the very beginning of the day on God and to turn our hearts to Him offering up our day as a prayer & sacrifice for His greater glory. Upon waking we pray to Our heavenly father:
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer You my prayers, works,
joys and sufferings
of this day for all the intentions
of Your Sacred Heart,
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
throughout the world,
in reparation for my sins,
for the intentions of all my relatives and friends,
and in particular
for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen.
It began as a practice over many centuries and was formalized as a prayer written as an offering to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Jesuit Father Francois Xavier Gaulrelet in 1844. He reflects the beautiful unity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is also an act of reparation.
The Morning offering is prayed first thing & meant to be renewed throughout the day offering up our joys and struggles as sacrifices to Jesus, uniting everything to His sufferings and merits, so that we, too, may share in those graces. The Morning Offering should be renewed throughout the day using simple short prayers, or aspirations. “I offer this up to you, Jesus.” “My Jesus, mercy.” “From all sin deliver me, O God.”
Pope John Paul II said that the Morning Offering is “of fundamental importance in the life of each and every one of the faithful.”
St. John Vianney exhorted, “All that we do without offering it to God is wasted.” Wow!
So today, let’s waste nothing! If you haven’t already done so, offer your day to God, making a morning offering, & renew it throughout the day. Make this a new habit. I find if I am mindful of Him first thing, it sets the tone for the day.
Let us pray for one another, Anne
btw, I found a terrific video explanation of the morning offering from the Apostleship of Prayer. Check it out.