4 Ways to Celebrate the Month of the Sacred Heart

The great Solemnities of Corpus Christi and the Sacred Heart of Jesus are celebrated in the month of June. These two special days are closely linked, says Timmerie. Originally the theme for the month was the Holy Eucharist and then we adopted the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

As we make our way out of the first several months of the liturgical year which are packed full with Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost—you might find yourself taking a step back during this Ordinary Time or even looking forward to the next big liturgical season. But Timmerie encourages us to enter into the season we are in now and live out the Month of the Sacred Heart. She provided four ways to make it happen.

  1. Focus on our devotion to the Eucharist.

How can we do this? Pay close attention to observing the one-hour fast prior to receiving the Holy Eucharist. Make sure you are receiving the Body and Blood of Christ worthily—in a state of grace. Set aside quiet time to pray before Mass so you can better enter into the mysteries. Find time for Eucharistic Adoration.

  1. Ask the Sacred Heart for love of the Eucharist.

Timmerie suggests that you turn to the Sacred Heart to help you to deepen your devotion to the Eucharist. “He’s all-loving, He’s perfect charity, He’s divine, He’s all-merciful—come to Him with our fears and our discomforts and our confusion about the Eucharist,” she said.

  1. Pray for those struggling to believe in the Eucharist.

Even some Catholics struggle to believe in the True Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist—that it’s not a symbol, but is Christ’s Body and Blood truly present. Timmerie mentions that so many people carelessly receive the Eucharist and fail to show the proper reverence to the Blessed Sacrament. This month, pray that we might all treat the Eucharist reverently and with proper devotion.

  1. Pray this ancient prayer for the month of June.

HAIL, Thou source of our being!

Hail, Thou cause of our redemption!

Hail, most pure Flesh of Christ the Son of God.

Take pity on me, and grant to Thine unworthy servant that at the close of my life I may truly acknowledge Thy holy Body which hath been consecrated for me at the Mass,

that in full faith I may adore Thee and receive Thee into my heart.

Be to me a pledge of life in the lifelessness of death.

O sweet, O loving Jesus,

Son of Mary, have mercy upon me.

Amen.


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Lindsey Kettner serves as a Digital Media Producer at Relevant Radio®. She is a wife, mother, and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she studied journalism and advertising. She writes daily at relevantradio.com and on the free Relevant Radio mobile app.