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Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

This year, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on Friday, June 28. The prayer below was written by Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Most Sacred, most loving Heart of Jesus,

You are concealed in the Holy Eucharist,

And You beat for us still.

Now, as then, You say: “With desire I have desired.”

I worship You with all my best love and awe,

With fervent affection,

With my most subdued, most resolved will.

For a while You take up Your abode within me.

O make my heart beat with Your Heart!

Purify it of all that is earthly,

All that is proud and sensual,

All that is hard and cruel,

Of all perversity,

Of all disorder,

Of all deadness.

So fill it with You,

That neither the events of the day,

Nor the circumstances of the time,

May have the power to ruffle it;

But that in Your love and Your fear,

It may have peace.