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Seasonal Rose Challenge for the Month of the Sacred Heart!

In this month of the Sacred Heart, we’re suggesting a way in which you can give a rose to Our Lady specifically in honour of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. It’s very simple: Make a Novena!

This Novena may be made, and counted as a Rose, any time in the month of June. However it is suggested to make it at the traditional time – beginning on Thursday 3rd June (Corpus Christi or the Thursday preceding – depending on your local calendar) and ending on the Feast of the Sacred Heart – which this year is Friday 11th June*. And if you decide to recite both prayers each day for the whole month you may count the recitation as three Novenas and three Roses.

*N.B. If you are reading this post in a year after 2021 check the bottom to confirm dates!

The Novena consists of two prayers, an act of Reparation and a the Litany of the Sacred Heart. On the final day, you are also invited to make St. Margaret Mary’s Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart – but this is a personal decision, and not required for the purposes of the Rose.

Here are the prayers:

Act of Reparation (recite daily for 9 days)

Most sweet Jesus, whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before Thee, eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries to which Thy loving Heart is everywhere subject.

Mindful, alas! that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask Thy pardon and declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation, not only for our own personal offenses, but also for the sins of those, who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow Thee, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the promises of their baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Thy law.

We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against Thee; we are now determined to make amends for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holydays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee and Thy Saints.

We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Thy Vicar on earth and Thy priests are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of very the Sacrament of Thy Divine love; and lastly for the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which Thou hast founded.

Would that we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Thy divine honor, the satisfaction Thou once made to Thy Eternal Father on the cross and which Thou continuest to renew daily on our altars; we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Thy Virgin Mother and all the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of Thy grace, for all neglect of Thy great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the past.

Henceforth, we will live a life of unswerving faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the Gospel and especially that of charity. We promise to the best of our power to prevent others from offending Thee and to bring as many as possible to follow Thee.

O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mother, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to Thee, so that we may all one day come to that happy home, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit Thou livest and reignest, God, forever and ever. Amen.

Litany (recite daily for 9 days)

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven R./ 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 R./ Have Mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, formed in the womb of the Virgin Mother by the Holy Ghost
Heart of Jesus, united substantially with 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, glowing furnace of charity
Heart of Jesus, vessel 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 dwelleth all the fullness of the Divinity
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is 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 rich in mercy
Heart of Jesus, rich to all who invoke Thee
Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins
Heart of Jesus, saturated with revilings
Heart of Jesus, crushed for our iniquities
Heart of Jesus, made 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 our sins
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in Thee
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee
Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord
Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us

V. Jesus, meek and humble of Heart.
R. Make our hearts like unto Thine.

Let us pray
Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou, in Thy great goodness, grant pardon to them who seek Thy mercy, in the name of the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, world without end. Amen.

Act of Consecration – Optional, may be recited on the Feast or Final Day

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, to Thee I consecrate and offer up my person and my life, my actions, trials, and sufferings, that my entire being may henceforth only be employed in loving, honoring and glorifying Thee. This is my irrevocable will, to belong entirely to Thee, and to do all for Thy love, renouncing with my whole heart all that can displease Thee.

I take Thee, O Sacred Heart, for the sole object of my love, the protection of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my frailty and inconstancy, the reparation for all the defects of my life, and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be Thou, O Most Merciful Heart, my justification before God Thy Father, and screen me from His anger which I have so justly merited. I fear all from my own weakness and malice, but placing my entire confidence in Thee, O Heart of Love, I hope all from Thine infinite Goodness. Annihilate in me all that can displease or resist Thee. Imprint Thy pure love so deeply in my heart that I may never forget Thee or be separated from Thee.

I beseech Thee, through Thine infinite Goodness, grant that my name be engraved upon Thy Heart, for in this I place all my happiness and all my glory, to live and to die as one of Thy devoted servants.


Dates of the Feast of the Novena/Feast in other years:

2022 – Start Thursday 16th June, feast Friday 24th June
2023 – Start Thursday 8th June, feast Friday 16th June
2024 – Start Thursday 30th May, feast Friday 7th June
2025 – Start Thursday 19th June, feast Friday 27th June
2026 – Start Thursday 4th June, feast Friday 12th June
2027 – Start Thursday 27th May, feast Friday 4th June
2028 – Start Thursday 15th June, feast Friday 23rd June
2029 – Start Thursday 31st May, feast Friday 8th June
2030 – Start Thursday 20th June, feast Friday 28th June

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