The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a moving way to express devotion to Our Lord by making reparation through adoration for the offenses committed against His Sacred Heart. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, a 17th century nun, made devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus best known after He revealed His desire to her in visions that we all acknowledge His tremendous love for us.
The symbolic image of
Christ’s heart burning with love for us, even while pierced with the thorns of
our indifference and ingratitude, as in the painting above, is also associated
with this devotion.
around the world show Jesus their love in prayers such as the Litany of the
Sacred Heart. Many also visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament in this devotion and
receive Communion at Mass on the First Friday of each month in a spirit of
reparation for the hostility and indifference he suffers from unrepentant
The Litany of the
Sacred Heart is one of six litanies approved for public use by the Church and
is often prayed during First Friday services. When prayed publicly, the
congregation’s lines are in italics.