Sacred Heart Pilgrimage

“In the Sacred Heart, every treasure of wisdom and knowledge is hidden. In that divine heart beats God’s infinite love for everyone and for each of us as individuals.” —Pope St. John Paul II

This year marks the 350th anniversary of the first apparition of the Sacred Heart to the young French nun, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, who belonged to the Order of the Visitation of Our Lady.

St. Margaret Mary reported a series of visions and apparitions of Jesus Christ between 1673 and 1675. During these encounters, Jesus revealed His Sacred Heart to her and conveyed His desire for devotion to His Sacred Heart.

The apparitions emphasized the love and compassion of Jesus for humanity. The image of the Sacred Heart symbolizes the love, mercy, and compassion of Christ for all people. He has a living, beating heart right now. His heart pours out love and grace you, and all people.

Read more about the Revelation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Diocesan Sacred Heart Pilgrimage Challenge

In honor of this special anniversary, Bishop Edward M. Rice has invited all parishioners of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau to participate in a pilgrimage to all 12 parishes named after the Sacred Heart. Limited Edition Sacred Heart “Passports” are available to be downloaded and printed off at home below, with each parish and location listed.

At each parish, you will find a Sacred Heart Station where you can stamp your passport, find a prayer guide to use during your visit, sign the guest book, and take home resources to grow your devotion to the Sacred Heart.

Participate in this fruitful (and fun!) pilgrimage across our beautiful diocese with your family, friends, classmates, or on your own!

The Sacred Heart Passport & Pilgrimage will be ongoing from December 27, 2023 – December 27, 2024. When you’ve completed the Pilgrimage by collecting all 12 stamps on your passport, simply mail it in to the diocese and receive a special gift, certificate of completion, and letter from Bishop Rice.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

“Behold this Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming itself, in order to testify its love.” — St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Here you will find a collection of prayers, selected by Bishop Rice, to help you grow in your devotion to the Sacred Heart.

12 Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Jesus made the following 12 promises to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in favor of those who consecrate themselves to the Sacred Heart, in a spirit of reparation, the First Friday of each month:

1.  I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
2. I will establish peace in their homes.
3. I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
4. I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death.
5. I will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.
6. Sinners will find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Lukewarm souls shall become fervent.
8. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
9. I will bless every place in which an image of My Heart is exposed and honored.
10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart.
12. I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in My disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

The Church grants a Plenary indulgence to those who attend Mass and receive Communion in honor of The Sacred Heart of Jesus on the First Friday of each month for nine (9) consecutive months.

Consecration of Families to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, as we consecrate our family to you, each day we wish to live Your life, to nurture in our home those virtues which brings us Your peace and to avoid the worldliness and selfishness which leads us away from You.

O Divine Heart of Jesus, be pleased to watch over our family, to bless all that we do, to dispel our troubles, to sanctify our joys, and to lighten our sufferings. If one of us should ever offend You by sin, remind us, O Merciful Jesus, of Your goodness and mercy shown to the repentant sinner. When the time of separation arrives within the family and death brings its grief into our midst, may those of us who go and those of us who stay be committed to Your Holy Will. May the hope of Your promise remind us that the day will come when our entire family, reunited in Heaven, will be able to sing forever of Your glory and mercy.

As we entrust our family to Your loving mercy, may the Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Joseph, her Beloved Spouse, present to You our Act of Consecration and keep us ever mindful of it all the days of our life. All glory to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, our King and our Redeemer!

Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O Jesus, divine saviour, deign to cast a look of mercy upon your children, who assemble in the same spirit of faith, reparation, and love, and come to deplore their own infidelities, and those of all poor sinners, their brethren.

May we touch your divine heart by the unanimous and solemn promises we are about to make and obtain mercy for ourselves, for the world, and for all who are so unhappy as not to love you. We all promise that for the future:

For the forgetfulness and ingratitude of men, we will console you, O Lord.
For the way you are deserted in your holy tabernacle, we will console you, O Lord.
For the crimes of sinners, we will console you, O Lord.
For the hatred of the impious, we will console you, O Lord.
For the blasphemies uttered against you, we will console you, O Lord.
For the sacrileges that profane your sacrament of love, we will console you, O Lord.
For the outrages against your divinity, we will console you, O Lord.
For the injuries of which you are the adorable victim, we will console you, O Lord.
For the coldness of the greater part of your children, we will console you, O Lord.
For the contempt of your loving invitation, we will console you, O Lord.
For the infidelity of those who called themselves your friends, we will console you, O Lord.
For the abuse of your grace, we will console you, O Lord.
For our own unfaithfulness, we will console you, O Lord.
For the incomprehensible hardness of our hearts, we will console you, O Lord.
For our long delay in loving you, we will console you, O Lord.
For our tepidity in your holy service, we will console you, O Lord.
For your bitter sadness at the loss of souls, we will console you, O Lord.
For your long waiting at the door of our hearts, we will console you, O Lord.
For the heartless scorn that grieves you, we will console you, O Lord.
For your loving sighs, we will console you, O Lord.
For your loving tears, we will console you, O Lord.
For your loving imprisonment, we will console you, O Lord.
For your loving death, we will console you, O Lord.

Let us pray: O Jesus!  divine savior, from whose heart comes forth this bitter complaint, “I looked for one that would comfort me, and I found none,” graciously accept the feeble consolation we offer you, and aid us so powerfully by your grace, that we may, for the time to come, shun more and more all that can displease you, and prove ourselves in everything, and everywhere, and forever your most faithful and devoted servants.  We ask it through your sacred heart, O Lord, who live and reign with the father and the Holy Spirit one God, world without end.  Amen.

John Paul II's Prayer of Consecration to the Sacred Heart

Lord Jesus Christ,
Redeemer of the human race,
to your most Sacred Heart
we turn with humility and trust,
with reverence and hope,
with a deep desire to give to you
glory and honor and praise.

Lord Jesus Christ,
Savior of the world,
we thank you for all that you are
and all that you do for the little flock.

Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of the Living God,
we praise you for the love
that you have revealed
through your Sacred Heart,
which was pierced for us
and which has become the fountain
of our joy, the source of our eternal life.

Gathered together in your Name,
which is above all other names,
we consecrate ourselves to your most Sacred Heart,
in which dwells the fullness of truth and charity.

Lord Jesus Christ,
King of love and Prince of peace,
reign in our hearts and in our homes.
Conquer all the powers of evil
and bring us to share in the victory of your Sacred Heart.
May all we say and do give glory
and praise to you and to the Father
and the Holy Spirit,
one God living
and reigning for ever and ever. Amen.

Litany of the Sacred Heart

(This litany offers thirty-three acclamations to the heart of Jesus in honor of his thirty-three years on earth.)

V/. Lord, have mercy.
R/. Lord, have mercy.
V/. Christ, have mercy.
R/. Christ, have mercy.
V/. Lord, have mercy.
R/. Lord, have mercy.

(After each acclamation, repeat ‘Have mercy on us.’)
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God, the Holy Ghost,
Holy Trinity, one God,

Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father,
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Ghost, 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, Holy 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 the 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 full of mercy,
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 reproaches,
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offences,
Heart of Jesus, obedient unto 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 reconciliation,
Heart of Jesus, Victim for sin,
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, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Jesus, gentle and humble of heart,

Touch our hearts and make them like your own.

Let us pray.

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 Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen.

Invocations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Heart of Jesus, Who has borne all our griefs, strengthen me.

Heart of Jesus, Who has weighed this sorrow before sending it to us, help me.

Heart of Jesus, ever touched by the sight of sorrows, pity me.

Heart of Jesus, beautiful in Thy sorrows, teach me to become holy be means of this affliction.

Heart of Jesus, spending Thyself for souls in the midst of Thy sorrows, make me unselfish in bearing mine.

Heart of Jesus, troubled at the grave of Lazarus, comfort those who mourn.

Heart of Jesus, touched with compassion at the widow’s tears, have pity on those who mourn.

Heart of Jesus, softened by the tears of Magdalen, pity the sorrowful.

Heart of Jesus, whose sorrow was ever before THee, teach us to unite our griefs to Thine.

Heart of Jesus, agonized in Gethsemani, strengthen us in all the sorrows of life.

Heart of Jesus, whose unknown agonies we shall know and love in Heaven, teach us to suffer alone with God for His glory.

Heart of Jesus, broken with love and sorrow on the cross, draw us to Thyself in our sorrows, and make us faithful in them to the end. Amen.

First Friday Devotion of Reparation

“I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that Its all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on nine first Fridays of consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they will not die under My displeasure or without receiving their sacraments, My divine Heart making Itself their assured refuge at the last moment.” —Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

First Friday Requirements:
To meet the requirements for the First Friday Devotion a person must, on each First Friday for nine consecutive months and approach this devotion with the desire to console and show love to Christ.

1. Attend Holy Mass

2. Receive Holy Communion in the state of Grace.

Reparation is the main characteristic element of the Sacred Heart devotion. Our Lord asks for reparation from His faithful friends: to console Him for the coldness and indifference of so many, they are to make Communions of reparation, especially of the First Fridays; to make the Holy Hour, but above all to strive to love Him more and more in order to make up for those who do not love Him.”

– Fr. Larkin, Enthronement of the Sacred Heart

Pray the Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Time of Trouble

O Sacred Heart of Jesus! make us remember, when the world is cold and dreary, and we know not where to turn for comfort, that there is always one spot bright and cheerful— the Sanctuary. When we are in desolation of spirit, when all who are dear to us have passed away like summer flowers, and none are left to us or care for us, whisper to our troubled souls that there is one Friend Who dies not, One Whose love never changes, the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Altar.

When sorrows thicken and crush us with their burden, when we look in vain for comfort, let Thy dear words come forth with full force from the Tabernacle: “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will refresh you.”

Would that we could realize the pure happiness of possessing Thy sympathy. Would that we could feel— when we are crushed and humbled, when the hope we have lived for has withered, when sorrows and trials that we dare not reveal to any make our souls sink well nigh unto death, when we look in vain for someone to understand us, one who will enter into our miseries, make us remember that there is One on the Altar Who knows every fibre of our hearts, every sorrow, every pain special to our peculiar natures, and Who deeply sympathizes with us.

Compassionate Heart of Jesus! our hearts crave for sympathy, and to suffer seems nothing to the bitterness of suffering alone.

Center of Our Hearts

O God, what will you do to conquer
the fearful hardness of our hearts?
Lord, you must give us new hearts,
to replace hearts that are made of marble and of bronze.
You must give us your own Heart, Jesus.
Come, lovable Heart of Jesus.
Place your Heart deep in the center of our hearts
and enkindle in each heart a flame of love
as strong, as great, as the sum of all the reasons
that I have for loving You, my God.
O holy Heart of Jesus, dwell in my heart,
So that I may live only in you and for you,
So that, in the end, I may live with you eternally in Heaven. Amen.

– St. Claude de La Colombiere, SJ (1641-1682), known as the Apostle of the Sacred Heart

Protestations of Loyalty to God

God the son, Redeemer of the world.
God the Holy Ghost.
Holy Trinity, one God.
Thou, Who art Infinite Love.
Thou, Who didst first love me.
Thou, Who commandest me to love Thee.
With all my heart.
With all my soul.
With all my mind.
With all my strength.
Above all possessions and honors.
Above all pleasures and enjoyments.
More than myself.
More than anything belonging to me.
More than all my relatives and friends.
More than all men and angels.
Above all created things in heaven and on earth.
Only for Thyself.
Because Thou art the Sovereign Good.
Because Thou art infinitely worthy of being loved.
Even hadst Thou not promised me heaven.
Even hadst Thou not menaces me with hell.
In wealth and in poverty.
In prosperity and adversity.
In health and in sickness.
In time and in eternity.
In union with that love wherewith the saints love Thee.
In union with that love wherewith all the angels love Thee in heaven.
In union with that love wherewith the Blessed Virgin loves Thee.
In union with that love wherewith Thou lovest Thyself eternally.

Indulgenced Aspirations

Short formalized prayer of about a dozen words offered daily over a course of time (30 days; 100 days, etc) through which an indulgence is granted. It is expressed in choice language, sometimes poetic, its purpose being to help one maintain a spirit of recollection in God’s presence during the day. Such prayers are generally indulgenced by the Church. (Etym. Latin aspirare), literally, to breathe upon.

*Blessed and praised every moment be the most holy and divine Sacrament.

*O Jesus in the most holy Sacrament, have mercy on us.

*Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, burning with love of us, enkindle in our hearts the love of Thee.

*Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

*Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, furnace of divine Charity, give peace to the world.

*Blessed and praised be the Sacred Heart and Precious Blood of Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

*Praise, adoration, love and thanksgiving be every moment given to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, in all the tabernacles of the world, and unto the end of time. Amen.

Morning Offering

O Jesus, 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, for the salvation of souls, the reparation of sins, the reunion of all Christians, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month. Amen.

(Written in 1844 by Fr. François-Xavier Gautrelet; found in Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, pg. 48)

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Permit me not to be separated from Thee
From the wicked foe defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come to Thee
That with Thy angels and saints
I may praise Thee
Forever and ever. Amen.

Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
— St. Alphonsus Liguori

Enthronement to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Jesus promised St. Margaret Mary Alacoque that He “will bless the home in which the image of my Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored.” When we enthrone (display) the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in a prominent place and signify that Jesus is the King, friend and brother of the family, we are responding to the invitation of the Church to make our homes “Domestic Churches”, wherein Jesus is the center and source of love for all.

As the sanctuary church lamp reminds us of Christ’s presence in the tabernacle, the enthroned image of the Sacred Heart reminds us that Jesus is among us and with us. By this covenant we make our homes and hearts His tabernacle. Continue reading HERE.

To access complete instructions on how to do a Sacred Heart Home Enthronement, visit this webpage.

All components are free and include a manual, an image, a certificate, and a prayer card. (Your email address will be requested.)