A NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART
O Sacred and adorable Heart of Jesus!
Furnace of Eternal charity!
Ocean of infinite mercy!
Consolation of the afflicted!
Refuge of sinners!
and Hope of the whole world!
I most fervently adore Thee,
and unite my heart,
to the perpetual homage Thou Thyself renderest
to the Divinity on our Altars.
Most amiable Heart,
which hast loved us with an eternal love,
supply Thyself for my insensibility,
and receive my desire at least of loving Thee
with all the ardour and sincerity Thou so justly meritest.
But remember, O adorable Heart!
that Thou hast not disclosed Thyself to us
only as an object of our adorations;
Thou desirest much more to engage our love,
and to become the ground
and motive of our loving confidence.
For this end,
Thou wert pierced through with a lance on the Cross;
and for the same purpose Thou remainest
a daily Victim of Thine own love on our Altars.
O infinitely compassionate Heart of Jesus!
which was overwhelmed with sorrow in the Garden of Olives,
at the view of our spiritual and corporal miseries,
I recur of Thee now with all the confidence Thou desirest
I should have in the extent of Thy power
and the riches of Thy mercy.
Convinced that those things
which are impossible to human beings
are infinitely easy to Thee,
and relying with an humble steadfast faith
on the sacred words of Truth itself,
that whatever we ask the Father
in the Name of Jesus should be granted,
I now most humbly implore in that adorable Name,
in virtue of that promise,
and through the abundant mercies of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
the particular favour I petition for in this Novena.
O blessed saint Gertrude!
and all you glorious servants of Christ;
who while on earth were particularly devoted
to the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
join your prayers with mine,
and implore from the Divine Object of all your devotion
the obtaining of the petition which I now make,
and specially offer up through your intercession.
Beg likewise, from this adorable Heart,
which has dominion over all hearts,
and could in a moment change the most obdurate,
to have compassion on those who are
in the dreadful state of mortal sin,
and to open to us the treasure of its mercy
at the hour of our death.