NOVENA to the
Wed 10 June > Fri 18 June
Please join us in our St Mary’s Novena.
True devotion to the Sacred Heart means devotion to the Divine Heart of Jesus our Christ. His Heart represents and recalls His love for us.
In honouring the Sacred Heart of Jesus, our prayerful homage looks toward the Person of Jesus in the fullness of His love.
This love for us was the compassionate force of all that He did whether in Galilee, Judah, Jerusalem,wherever and when He suffered for us — on the Cross at Calvary.
Jesus gives Himself to us in His teaching and healing, in His praying and working, and in the Blessed Sacrament of His Sacred Body and Precious Blood.
When we think of the Sacred Heart, we come close to Jesus in our own hearts sensing that Jesus is full love for us and that He draws us to Himself. He is always lovable, when ‘Heart speaks to Heart’
Jesus Christ is the Incarnation of God’s infinite love. The Human Nature which the Son of God took upon Himself was filled with such love and kindness that He has no equal.
Jesus is the perfect model of love of God and neighbour.
A Novena is Nine Days of Dedicated Prayer, with a long tradition in our Catholic life of faith and practice. There is usually a Special Intention, in which during the nine days of personal and communal prayer we are seeking special graces.
It is probably significant that the period between Ascension and Pentecost was nine days of waiting in prayer and was so marvellously rewarded by the gift of the Holy Spirit. The energetic awakening of the Church, a new community alive with Spiritual gifts followed that ‘novena’.
We will for the most part be praying the Novena privately, but some may do so in their homes with the family, others may manage in gardens where that is possible, even for two households to gather, keeping all the social distance requirements and with an upper limit of eight people. Step by step but let us keep close to Jesus in his Most Sacred Heart.
You will recall the motto of St John Henry Newman, ‘Cor ad cor loquitor’ [Heart speaks to Heart]. Yes, that is what we aim for in our relationship with Jesus, hearts speaking to the Heart of Jesus, all of us bound together by cords of affection and prayer.
The Novena of the Sacred Heart has space within it for our personal intentions, our private prayers and petitions, yet also it seems appropriate to bring to the Compassionate Heart of Jesus everyone who is suffering as a consequence of Covid19, and praying that we may find a way forward in Christ to give Glory to God and to serve all our brothers and sisters, alive in God’s world. May our hearts be ardent and our wills resolute. Thanks be to God.