June 5, 2015
Bishop David Choby will renew the consecration of the Diocese of Nashville to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary during a special Mass at 7 p.m. Friday, June 12, at the new Catholic Pastoral Center at 2800 McGavock Pike in Nashville.
The Mass will be celebrated with the Sagrado Corazon Hispanic Ministry, which has its regular Masses and offices at the Catholic Pastoral Center. Father David Ramirez, the diocesan director of Hispanic ministry, will concelebrate the Mass with Bishop Choby.
All the people from the diocese are invited to attend, said Kitty Gomez, who is helping to organize the Mass.
“When you consecrate a family or a diocese or a church or school or whatever it is, you put Jesus as the king,” Gomez said.
During the Mass, the bishop will lead the congregation in the prayer of consecration of the diocese’s clergy, religious, families and youth. Also in the prayer are consecrated members of the military, police, fire departments, all in service to the government, doctors, nurses, health care workers, those in prisons, rest homes, orphanages and institutions, the lonely, the shut-ins, the homeless, those abandoned by their relatives and friends, those who are materially and spiritually poor, those who rebel against God and society and all sinners.
The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is directed to the love of which His heart is the living and expressive symbol, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia available at www.newadvent.org.
Indications of the devotion to the Sacred Heart go as far back as the 11th and 12th centuries, where it was practiced in several monasteries. But the devotion is most associated with the visions of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French nun who lived in the 1600s, whom Christ asked to renew and spread the devotion.
During one visitation, Christ told St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, “Behold the Heart that has so loved men, instead of gratitude I receive from the greater part of mankind only ingratitude.” He asked her for a devotion of expiatory love, including frequent reception of the Eucharist on the first Friday of the month and the observance of the Holy Hour. He also asked for a feast of reparation, and in 1856 Pope Pius IX extended the feast to the universal Church.
The popularity of the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is the result of the work most prominently of St. John Eudes, a French priest who died in 1680. There were many requests for a feast dedicated to the Immaculate Heart over the centuries, and on Dec. 8, 1942, Pope Pius XII dedicated the church and the human race to the Immaculate Heart and in 1944 extended the feast to the universal church. The date was later changed from Aug. 22 to the day after the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Jesus Christ, in his appearances to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, promised these blessings to those who practice devotion to his Sacred Heart:
• I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
• I will give peace in their families.
• I will console them in all their troubles.
• I will be their refuge in life and especially in death.
• I will abundantly bless all their undertakings.
• Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
• Tepid souls shall become fervent.
• Fervent souls shall rise speedily to great perfection.
• I will bless those places wherein the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and venerated.
• I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
• Persons who propagate this devotion shall have their names eternally written in my Heart.
• 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.
Promises of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
These five promises of the Blessed Virgin Mary have traditionally been made to families consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
• I will see to the care of the family’s spiritual life.
• I will see to the material good of the families.
• I will see to the family’s work in a special way. The family will never lack in the assistance of divine providence.
• I will share in all the family’s pre-occupations.