The Devotion to the
Fr. John Croiset, S. J.
Obstat and Imprimatur, 1959
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Honor of the Sacred Heart by St.
Gauthey's Edition, Paris, 1951).
for Holy Mass
of a Soul That
Desires Holy Communion
Prayer to Our
Lord in His Character as
King in the Blessed Sacrament
Our Lord as Victim
FOR HOLY MASS
Eternal Father, permit me to
offer to Thee the Heart of Jesus Christ,
Thy well-beloved Son, as He offers Himself to Thee in sacrifice.
receive this offering on my behalf and receive all the desires,
and affections, all the movements and acts of this Sacred Heart. They
all mine, since He immolates Himself for me, and since I intend to have
no other desires henceforth but His. Receive them in satisfaction for
sins, and in thanksgiving for all His benefits. Graciously receive
all the merits of the Sacred Heart of Thy Divine Son which I offer, and
grant me in return all the graces of which I stand in need, especially
the grace of final perseverance. Receive them as so many acts of love,
adoration and praise which O offer to Thy Divine Majesty, since it is
Thy Divine Son alone that Thou art worthily honored and
OF A SOUL THAT ARDENTLY DESIRES HOLY
God, Whom I adore veiled
under these frail appearances, is it
possible that Thou art reduced to this lowly form in order to come to
and dwell corporally within me? The heavens are all too unworthy to
Thee, and Thou dost content Thyself to remain under these poor species
in order to be always with me!
inconceivable Goodness, could I
believe this marvel if Thou Thyself
hadst not assured me of it! But still more, could I dare think that
wouldst come into my mouth! Thou wiliest, then, to repose on my tongue
and to descend into my bosom; and to induce me to receive Thee, Thou
promise me a thousand blessings!
O God of
Majesty, but also God of
love, would that I might be all understanding
to comprehend this Mystery, all heart to realize it well, all tongue to
announce it. It is then, Thou, O God of my heart, who hast created me
be the object of Thy love and the recipient of Thy ineffable goodness,
who art present under these lowly appearances. The angels are never
of looking at Thee; they desire the favor of Communion even while they
enjoy Thee. Should I, then, not desire to receive Thee? Since the
of Thee in Holy Communion is pleasing to Thee, O my amiable Savior, and
since my needs oblige me to desire to receive Thee, and since Thy
permits me to hope for this favor, I open to Thee my heart, I offer
my breast and my mouth to receive Thee, and my tongue to transport Thee
Come, come, O
my Divine Sun, I am
plunged in terrible darkness of ignorance
and sin; come and clear away my darkness, and make the divine lights of
Thy knowledge shine in my soul.
Come, O my
amiable Savior! On Calvary Thou didst give Thyself
to save me from Hell; I have fallen again miserably under the slavery
sin. Come again once more and loose my bonds; break my fetters and set
me at liberty.
Charitable Physician of
my soul! Thou hast washed me in the
bath of Thy Blood and by Baptism hast made me clean and holy, though I
deserved it not, but through my fault I have again contracted a
dangerous maladies which have brought loathing on my heart, weakness to
my courage and death to my soul. Come and cure me, O my Divine
I have greater need of it than the paralytic whom Thou didst ask if he
wished to be cured. Yes, my God, I really wish it, and Thou who knowest
the languor of this desire, increase it and render it more lively in me
by the ardors of Thy Sacred Heart.
Come, O most faithful,
tender, most sweet and most amiable of all
friends! Come into my heart! He whom Thou lovest is suffering from a
nay a mortal, infirmity and languor. Thou knowest it, Thou who readest
the depth of my heart. If hitherto I have been insensible to my
and imprudent in danger, now by Thy grace I realize my misfortune and
danger; I groan in spirit, I cry out and implore Thy help. I summon
by Thy incomparable friendship, by Thy promise to come and solace me.
Come, and do
not permit me ever
again to give Thee reason for leaving
me. Promise me, as Thou didst St. Elizabeth, that Thou wishest always
be with me.
Come, O Life
of my heart, O Soul
of my life, O only Support of my soul!
O Bread of Angels, incarnate for love of me, exposed on the Cross for
ransom and taken down for my nourishment! Come and satiate me
Come and sustain me strongly! Come and make me grow to great stature!
and make me live by Thee and in Thee, but in an efficacious manner, O
only Life and my only Good!
If a body were deprived
soul, how could it call it back, how
could it seek it? Have I so little idea of Thee and of myself that I do
not know what I am without Thee? Come, O my God and my All. Come and
more animate my soul which is languishing after Him who constitutes all
its ornament and beauty, and is the Principle of its movement and the
of its life.
beseech Thee, O Jesus,
my only love, all my thoughts, and
draw my heart away from everything under the heavens by the force of
love, more ardent than fire and sweeter than honey. Grant that I may
of love of Thy love as Thou didst die of love of my love. Ah! Lord, so
wound this heart which belongs to Thee and pierce it through so
that it can no longer contain anything earthly or human.
O loving Heart
of Our Lord Jesus
Christ, O Heart which woundest hearts
harder than stone, which warmest souls colder than ice and softenest
more impenetrable than diamond, wound my heart by Thy sacred wounds, O
my amiable Savior, and inebriate my soul with Thy Blood, so that
side I may turn, I may see nothing but my Divine Crucified Savior, and
that everything I look upon may appear stained with Thy Blood. O my
Jesus, grant that my soul may not repose until it has found Thee, who
its center, its love and its happiness.
Jesus, by the Sacred
Wound of Thy Heart, pardon me all the
sins I have committed through malice or through impure intentions. Put
my wicked heart in Thy Divine Heart, in order that being continually
Thy protection and direction, I may persevere constantly in doing good
and avoiding evil until I breathe my last sigh.
I find in the
Sacred Heart of
Jesus all that is wanting to my poverty,
because It is filled with mercy. I have found no remedy so efficacious
in all my afflictions as the Sacred Heart of my adorable Jesus. In It I
sleep without care and repose without anxiety. There is nothing hard or
grievous which is not softened by the amiable Heart of Jesus. The sick
and sinners find in It an assured refuge and dwell there in peace. This
divine and loving Heart is all my hope; It is my refuge. Its merits are
my safety, my life and my resurrection. So long as Its mercy does not
I am well provided with merits, for the more powerful It is to save me,
the more assured I am against all danger.
Heart, Which on the
Cross didst show forth the excess of Thy
love and mercy by allowing Itself to be opened to give entrance to our
hearts, receive them, then, drawing them by the bonds of Thy ardent
and consume them by the vehemence of Thy love.
O most liberal
Heart, be Thou all
our treasure and all our sufficiency.
O Heart most amiable and desirable, teach us to love Thee and to desire
O Heart most
generous, which dost
take so much pleasure in doing good,
grant me the grace of paying my debt towards Divine justice! I am
pay for me. Repair the evils that I have done by the good that Thou
done. And in order that I may owe everything to Thee, receive me, O
Heart, at the dread hour of my death. Hide my soul from the Divine
which I have often aroused against myself Appear and answer for me, for
I have done nothing but what would merit my condemnation to eternal
if Thou dost not justify me. Oh! suffer not that I be deprived of
Thee eternally. I languish with desire to be united to Thee, to possess
Thee and to be lost in Thee, in order henceforth to live only by Thee
art my dwelling forever. In Thee, O most amiable Heart, I wish to love,
act and suffer. Consume, then, in me all that is of myself; put in
of it all that is of Thee, and transform me into Thee. May I live only
by Thee and for Thee. Be Thou, then, my life, my love and my all. Amen.
TO OUR LORD IN HIS CHARACTER
KING IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
I adore Thee, O Jesus,
King, on Thy throne of love and mercy.
Receive me as Thy slave and Thy subject, and in Thy mercy pardon me for
my resistance and rebellion against Thy sovereign rule over my soul.
King, remember that
Thou couldst not be merciful if Thou
hadst not miserable subjects. Stretch out, therefore, Thy liberal Hand,
and satisfy my extreme want with the precious treasure of Thy holy
which is nothing else than Thyself; empty me of all miserable love of
and of all vain human respect, which keeps me bound and chained. Come,
O my sovereign King, break my bonds, deliver me from this wretched
and establish Thy empire over my heart. I wish to reign in Thine by
charity towards my neighbor, speaking of him only with charity, bearing
with him, excusing him, doing to him only what I would wish to be done
unto me, never sullying my heart or my tongue by any slander or
and I will not allow anything to trouble me in order that my King may
in me an empire of peace.
TO OUR LORD AS VICTIM
to offer myself to Thee in
the quality of victim, to honor Thy
state of Victim in this Sacrament of love, beseeching Thee to deign to
be my Sacrificer, to immolate me on the altar of Thy amiable Heart. As
this victim is in every respect a criminal, I beseech Thee O my Divine
Sacrificer, to deign to purify and consume me in the ardors of Thy
Heart, as a perfect holocaust of love and grace, and to give me a new
so that I may be able to say with truth: I have no longer anything of
or mine, whether I live or die, my Jesus is myself, mine is to be His.