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An Act Of Dedication Of The Human Race To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus

Most sweet Jesus,

Redeemer of the human race,

look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thine Altar (outside a church or oratory say:in Thy presence‘).

We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be;

but to be more surely united to Thee, behold, each one of us this day freely dedicates himself to Thy Most Sacred Heart.

Many, indeed, have never known Thee;

many, too, despising Thy precepts have rejected Thee.

Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart.

Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal sons who have abandoned Thee;

grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house, lest they perish of wretchedness and hunger.

Be Thou King of those whom heresy holds in error or discord keeps aloof;

call them back to the harbor of truth and the unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one fold and one Shepherd.

Be Thou King of all those who even now sit in the shadow of idolatry or islamism,

and refuse not Thou to bring them into the light of Thy kingdom.

Look, finally, with eyes of pity upon the children of that race, which was for so long a time Thy chosen people;

and let Thy Blood, which was once invoked upon them in vengeance[1], now descend upon them also in a cleansing flood of redemption and eternal life.

Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm;

unto all nations give an ordered tranquillity; bring it to pass that from pole to pole the earth may resound with one cry:

‘Praise to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be honor and glory for ever and ever.’ Amen!

[1] According to the Holy Gospel Of St. Matthew Chapter 27 Verse 25: “And the whole people answering, said: His blood be upon us and upon our children (et respondens universus populus dixit sanguis eius super nos et super filios nostros).”