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A DEVOTION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

Today is the first Friday of the month. It is a day of devotion to the Sacred Hear of Jesus. The six o’clock  early morning mass goers of Santuario Eucaristico, had already painted the town with their colored red attire. It became their devotion to attend the nine consecutive masses every first Friday of the month.

After the mass, the morning prayer (the lauds) follows and most stay even longer for a Holy Hour with the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Their face to face encounter with the Lord, during Adoration, enable them to reflect deeper about the Word of God that they heard during the mass. Most of the time, their intimate encounter with the Lord invites them to go for confession.

Santuario Eucaristico

A SOCIAL AFFAIR

Nearby schools also attended the first Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Last July 5, 2013, the eight o’clock am parish schedule was filled with students, faculty and staff of the Liceo de Cagayan University. Their president, Dr. Mariano Lerin was with them.

They prepared so much for the occasion. Imagine, the whole school’s population being mass-moved to the the parish! During the mass, servers—Altar Servers; a Psalmist and Readers; and the Choir– were all students of Liceo. The School’s Altar Servers are under the Campus Youth Ministry led by Teacher June Merriam S. Peliño. Modjeska Nique, the psalmist; and Kyla Ibarra and Christian Manabat, both readers were selected students from different department of the school. The entire congregation was led by the school’s G-Clef Choir under the baton of Sir Dan Broces who is a Baptist Christian. The mass was presided by Fr. Joel Lasutaz, SSS, parish priest of Sacred Heart Parish and rector of Santuario Eucaristico.

Angelicum School, which was presided by Fr. Marlon Reyes, SSS; Monark and J Builders, which were both presided by Fr. Kenny Joe Parlingayan– also celebrated the First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

UNDERSTANDING OUR CATHOLIC DEVOTION

In every first Friday Mass, we recognize the Sacred Heart of Jesus whom He offered for the reparation of our sins. The devotion started with St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in the 17th century where Our Lord appeared to her from December 27, 1673, through 1675, asking her to receive Him in Holy Communion on the first Friday of every month and to meditate on His passion from 11:00 PM to 12:00 midnight each Thursday.[1]

Jesus Christ told to St. Margaret, “In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.”[2] Moreover, there are 12 promises of Jesus for those who will devote themselves to His Sacred Heart:

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 their afflictions.”
4. “I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all in death.”
5. “I will bestow a large blessing upon all their undertakings.”
6. “Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.”
7. “Tepid souls shall grow fervent.”
8. “Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.”
9. “I will bless every place where a picture of My Heart shall be set up 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, never to be blotted out.”
12. “I promise thee in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving the Sacraments; My Divine heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.”[3]

According to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, “The sacred heart of Christ is an inexhaustible fountain and its sole desire is to pour itself out into the hearts of the humble so as to free them and prepare them to lead lives according to his good pleasure…from this divine heart three streams flow endlessly. The first is the stream of mercy for sinners; it pours into their hearts sentiments of contrition and repentance. The second is the stream of charity which helps all in need and especially aids those seeking perfection in order to find the means of surmounting their difficulties. From the third stream flow love and light for the benefit of his friends who have attained perfection; these he wishes to unit to himself so that they may share his knowledge and commandments and, in their individual ways, devote themselves wholly to advancing his glory.”[4]

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A CHANCE TO MEET OLD AND NEW FRIENDS

“When I am giving Holy Communion during this morning’s First Friday Mass, as an Acolyte, to Liceo University faculty, staff and students… from the long line of communicants, somebody, in Boy Scout uniform approached me silently to receive the Body of Christ.

Being one of the the Scouters, I felt a strange and a very awesome feeling… a feeling of brotherhood that always echo in the deepest part of my soul that instantly connects me to the heart of my fellow Brother-Scouts. This often lingers and always lead me to reflect and be silent… and most of the time, to stand in awe.

The Scout Oath unites us as brother-Scouts. Reverence, as one of our Scout Laws… brings us always to the source of all joy in whatever endeavor we commit ourselves. When we are connected, we will never be alone. God is always on our side. God is the reason of our ‘servanthood’– He is our inspiration, He is our guiding light.”

A VENUE OF RECONCILIATION

There were also some parishioners who took the occasion to be reconciled once again with the Parish Church. There were some misgivings from the past that has been reconciled by time itself. The Sacred Heart of Jesus touches the hearts of those who went astray and, thus, inviting each one of us to forgive and to be reconciled to one another.

The highlight of the devotion, which is the Mass, unites the entire people of God. Altogether, as one people of God, they sung the responses, they hear the word of the Lord side by side, most sing the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ by holding one another’s hand; and as one united Body of Christ, they partake with joyful hearts in the Holy Communion.

IT IS AN OCCASION TO OFFER OUR ‘WOUNDEDNESS’ TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist is the one who unites us all. Jesus Christ is our one true brother who transcends all existing human brotherhood. Our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus makes us realize how special we are in the eyes of God. With Jesus Christ, we are bonded by faith that we are loved by the compassionate heart of God. It is always a challenge for us Christians to follow Jesus’ Divine Mercy. Jesus Christ was wounded on the cross, yet, with Jesus’ Sacred Heart, he still becomes our healer.

All of us are wounded persons. If we just let Jesus Christ enter into our hearts, we let him heal all our life’s pain. Forgiveness is a gift that we should always pray to God. If we cannot forgive, ask God to teach us how. If we cannot do it alone, ask God to be with us.

By loving others and seeing Jesus in their eyes, we make ourselves true followers of Christ. Let us offer our life everyday to God. Let us ask Him to take us as His servant. By serving others and loving them, we become healers of this broken world… we become wounded-healers with the Sacred Heart of God.

O, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.

 

 

 

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