We have been reflecting this month on the mystery and devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Today, in my last reflection, I want to explain and encourage you to attend First Fridays Devotion.
The pious practice of the first Fridays of the month which derives from the “great promises” made by Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.
In a letter written to her Mother Superior in May 1688, St. Margaret Mary set out what is called The Great Promise Our Lord made regarding the Nine First Fridays and what we must do to earn it:
On a Friday during Holy Communion, Our Lord said these words to His unworthy slave: ‘I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that Its all powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on nine first Fridays of the month consecutively the grace of final repentance, and they will not die under My displeasure or without receiving the Sacraments, My Divine Heart making Itself their assured refuge at the last moment.
The specific conditions to fulfill the Great Promise are, therefore, twofold:
- They must be made on nine consecutive First Fridays of the month. They must receive Holy Communion; this assumes that the person is in the state of grace.
- The communicant should have the intention, at least implicitly, of making reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for all the sinfulness and ingratitude of men.
Viva Cristo Rey!
Download: 2021-06-27 St Pats Bulletin