June 1, 2013

Liturgical Guide: Sacred Heart

The hymns selected from the Liturgy of the Hours for use on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus reflect the theme of God's merciful love for mankind. Although this feast day had been celebrated locally in France as far back as 1670, it was not made part of the liturgical calendar of the Universal Church until 1856. Over the next century popular Devotion to the Sacred Heart spread, but in recent decades it has declined. In the following video, Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B. of Salt+Light TV presents the case for a renewal of the devotion. Just as Devotion to the Sacred Heart in the 17th and 18th century had helped the Church see it's way through the crisis of Jansenism's severity and sectarianism; this practice of selfless love is needed now, more than ever to counter our individualistic and self-gratifiying modern world that gives little thought to eternity. This urgent need is best expressed in Christ's revelation given to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque: "Behold the Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing...and in return, I receive from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrilege."

40. Love Divine All Loves Excelling
136. O Christ, Redeemer of Mankind
137. Heart of Christ
138. To Christ, the Prince of Peace
139. Come to Me
140. Shepherd of Souls, in Love Come, Feed Us

All Ye Who Seek a Comfort Sure
The Love of God was Shown to Man

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