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Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the celebration of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are part of our longstanding tradition in the Church.

This year, during the month of June our schools are joining the Catholic education community in Ontario in praying together a Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as we come to the close of this most challenging school year. A novena is an ancient form of prayer in the Catholic tradition consisting of nine consecutive days of prayer leading up to a particular feast day where a particular blessing or grace is sought.

Organized by the Institute for Catholic Education (iceont.ca), all Niagara Catholic schools and sites are invited to join schools and partners in Catholic education across Ontario in praying the novena to the Sacred Heart beginning with a day of preparation on June 2nd followed by 9 consecutive days of prayer which culminates with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart on June 11th.

Prayers of the Novena will be posted on our Virtual Chapel daily and the complete package of prayers is also available on the Institute of Catholic Education website (iceont.ca).

NINTH DAY: FRIDAY, JUNE 11 | TO KNOW YOUR LOVE IS THE BEST KNOWING WE HAVE

For nine days we have prayed together, placing our trust in Jesus and the love and
compassion he has for us and for all people. This has not been an easy school year, but
we have made it through together. As we come to the end of our Novena, may we feel
the peace and comfort only God’s love can bring as we have drawn close to God in our
prayer. And may we feel especially close to one another, even if we are apart, because
our prayer can bring us together. On this, our final day of our Novena …
Let us pray +

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O my Jesus, I place my trust in you.
I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is
the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ
that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
(Ephesians 3.18-19)

(pause for a moment of silent reflection)

Encouraged by your words we now ask for the grace to know how deeply you love each
of us – all our friends and family, everyone in our community, in our country and in our
world. Let your love warm us, strengthen us, and help us to face the struggles in our
lives and to celebrate the happy times.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, full of compassion and love, have mercy on us.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

EIGHTH DAY: THURSDAY, JUNE 10 | YOU CALL US TO FORGIVE

Let us pray +
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O my Jesus, I place my trust in you.
Be merciful, therefore, as your heavenly Father is merciful.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:36, 37B)

(pause for a moment of silent reflection)

Encouraged by your words we now ask for the grace to be forgiving and loving to others.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, full of compassion and love, have mercy on us.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

SEVENTH DAY: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9 | YOU ARE HOLY, LORD

Let us pray +
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O my Jesus, I place my trust in you.
Let them praise your great and awesome name. Holy is he!
The Lord our God is holy. (Psalm 99.3,9)

(pause for a moment of silent reflection)

Encouraged by your words we now ask for the grace of gratitude for all the people who
have worked so hard to keep us safe in this difficult year, especially everyone in our
school community, in the buildings and classrooms and online.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, full of compassion and love, have mercy on us.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

SIXTH DAY: TUESDAY, JUNE 8 | LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE IN US

Let us pray +
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O my Jesus, I place my trust in you.
You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before others, so that they may
see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
(Matthew 5.14-16)

(pause for a moment of silent reflection)

Encouraged by your words we now ask for the grace to be a light for others.
Let them see your light through us.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, full of compassion and love, have mercy on us.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

FIFTH DAY: MONDAY, JUNE 7 | YOU COMFORT US SO WE MAY COMFORT OTHERS

Let us pray +
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O my Jesus, I place my trust in you. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies
and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we
may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with
which we ourselves are consoled by God. (2 Corinthians 1.3-4)

(pause for a moment of silent reflection)

Encouraged by your words we now ask for the grace of your comfort when we are sad,
frustrated, and worried. Help us to comfort others.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, full of compassion and love, have mercy on us.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

FOURTH DAY: SUNDAY, JUNE 6 |
YOU GIVE US YOUR VERY BODY AND BLOOD TO STRENGTHEN US

Let us pray +
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O my Jesus, I place my trust in you.
While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it,
gave it to them, and said, ‘Take; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and after
giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them,
‘This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. (Mark 14.22-24)

(pause for a moment of silent reflection)

Encouraged by your words we now ask for the grace of thankful hearts, especially for
the gift of your body and blood in the Eucharist. This year we have often been unable to
be together in Church. We miss being together in this way. We know you will bring us back together again soon.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, full of compassion and love, have mercy on us.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

THIRD DAY: SATURDAY, JUNE 5 |
WE OFFER YOU ALL WE HAVE AND ALL
WE ARE | (TOBIT 13.1, 6A)

Let us pray +
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O my Jesus, I place my trust in you.
Blessed be God who lives for ever. If you turn to him with all your heart and with all
your soul, to do what is true before him, then he will turn to you. (Tobit 13.1, 6A)

(pause for a moment of silent reflection)

Encouraged by your words we now ask for the grace of perseverance (not giving up hope).
It has been a hard school year but we know you are with us always.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, full of compassion and love, have mercy on us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

SECOND DAY: FRIDAY, JUNE 4 | BLESSED ARE YOU GOD FOR YOUR MERCY ON US

Let us pray +
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O my Jesus, I place my trust in you.
Blessed be God, and blessed be his great name, and blessed be all his holy angels. May his holy name be blessed throughout all the ages, for he has had mercy upon me. (Tobit 11.14-15)

(pause for a moment of silent reflection)

Encouraged by your words we now ask for the grace of your forgiveness for times we have been unloving.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, full of compassion and love, have mercy on us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

FIRST DAY: THURSDAY, JUNE 3 | WE LOVE YOU IN THE LOVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR NEIGHBOUR

Let us pray +
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
O my Jesus, I place my trust in you.

There is no greater commandment. Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength and Love your neighbour as yourself. (Mark 28.29-31)

(pause for a moment of silent reflection)

Encouraged by your words we now ask for the grace to love ourselves and others as you love.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, full of compassion and love, have mercy on us.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

IN PREPARATION: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2 | WE LOOK TO YOU, O LORD

On this day, before our Novena begins, we think of Psalm 25. Over the next nine days we will lift up our soul, lift up our hearts, lift up our prayers together knowing no matter what, the heart of Jesus is filled with love for us.

PRAYER
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long.

Prayer Requests

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you would like the Niagara Catholic Chaplaincy Team to pray for?
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