It was in 1765 that the devotion to the Sacred Heart received formal approval by Rome. St John Paul would later declare, ‘I wish to express my approval and encouragement to all who in any way continue to foster, study and promote devotion to the Heart of Christ’.

Here is a prayer to the Sacred Heart: ‘O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Amen’.

May you know all the blessings of the Sacred Heart this glorious day.