Posted by: liturgicalyear | February 4, 2011

Praying for peace

Today the Church celebrates First Friday, a day set aside to honor the Most merciful and Sacred Heart of Jesus.  I find my heart heavy today with the events going on the in Middle East – with the suffering of people who have been oppressed for a generation and with the nation of Israel whose very existence seems threatened.  I beg the Lord’s mercy.

In prayer I turn to the Psalm from today’s Mass, Psalm 27 and to the litany of the Sacred Heart.  Would you join me today in praying for peace in the Middle East and for the protection of all people in this region? 

“Out of the depth I cry unto you, O Lord!  Lord, hear my voice in supplication.”  Anne

 

Psalm 27
A Psalm of David

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom do I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom am I afraid?
When evildoers come at me to devour my flesh,
These my enemies and foes themselves stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me, my heart does not fear;
Though war be waged against me, even then do I trust.
One thing I ask of the LORD; this I seek:
To dwell in the LORD’S house all the days of my life,
To gaze on the LORD’S beauty, to visit his temple.
For God will hide me in his shelter in time of trouble,
Will conceal me in the cover of his tent; and set me high upon a rock.
Even now my head is held high above my enemies on every side!
I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and chant praise to the LORD.
Hear my voice, LORD, when I call; have mercy on me and answer me.
“Come,” says my heart, “seek God’s face”; your face, LORD, do I seek!
Do not hide your face from me; do not repel your servant in anger.
You are my help; do not cast me off; do not forsake me, God my savior!
Even if my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will take me in.
LORD, show me your way; lead me on a level path because of my enemies.
Do not abandon me to the will of my foes;
malicious and lying witnesses have risen against me.
But I believe I shall enjoy the LORD’S goodness in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the LORD!

 

Litany of the Sacred Heart

Lord, have mercy 
Christ, have mercy 
Lord, have mercy 

Christ, hear us 
Christ, graciously hear us. 

God the Father of Heaven, 
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, 
God, the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, One God, 
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, 
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mother,
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God, 
Heart of Jesus, of Infinite Majesty, 
Heart of Jesus, Sacred Temple of God, 
Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High,
Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven, 
Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity, 
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love, 
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, 
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues, 
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, 
Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts,
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all treasures of wisdom and knowledge, 
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells the fullness of divinity, 
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased, 
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received, 
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,
Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful, 
Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke Thee,
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness, 
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins, 
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium,
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses, 
Heart of Jesus, obedient to death, 
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance, 
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation, 
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection, 
Heart of Jesus, our peace and our reconciliation,
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins 
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust in Thee, 
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, delight of all the Saints, 

Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, 
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, 
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, 

V. Jesus, meek and humble of heart.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
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have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.

spare us, O Lord.

graciously hear us, O Lord.

have mercy on us, O Lord.

R. Make our hearts like to Thine.

Let us pray;

Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thy most beloved Son and upon the praises and satisfaction which He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and to those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy great goodness, grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who livest and reignest with Thee forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

In 1899 Pope Leo XIII approved this Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for public use. This litany is actually a synthesis of several other litanies dating back to the 17th century. Father Croiset composed a litany in 1691 from which 17 invocations were used by Venerable Anne Madeleine Remuzat when she composed her litany in 1718 at Marseille. She joined an additional 10 invocations to those of Father Croiset, for a total of 27 invocations. Six more invocations written by Sister Madeleine Joly of Dijon in 1686 were added by the Sacred Congregation for Rites when it was approved for public use in 1899. This makes a total of 33 invocations, one for each year of life of our Lord Jesus Christ. A partial indulgence is attached to this litany.

 



 

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