20 September 2016

Pope Leo XIII's Prayer for the Sacred Heart Consecration


The Blessed Maria of the Divine Heart Droste zu Vischering wrote two letters to Pope Leo XIII after receiving divine visions of the Lord Jesus. In her letters Blessed Maria of the Divine Heart entreated the Pope to consecrate the created world to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  

The Prayer of Consecration to the Sacred Heart was composed by Pope Leo XIII himself and was included in the 1899 encyclical Annum Sacrum — issued by Pope Leo XIII for the purpose of consecrating the entire world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  

As you will see below, the prayer is relevant for our very day, and I encourage you to pray it and share it with others: 

        Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thine altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy most Sacred Heart. 

        Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy sacred Heart. Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to Thy Father's house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. 

        Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbour of truth and unity of faith, so that there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. 

        Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy towards the children of the race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Saviour; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life. 

        Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: "Praise be to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor for ever." Amen.

Blessed Maria of the Divine Heart with the children
of the orphanage at the Good Shepherd Sisters'Convent
 in Oporto, Portugal