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Sacred Heart Triduum

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Just One Approach

This is a set of three days of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, based on the principles outlined in the supplement of our booklet, “Hebrew Catholic Celebrations”. Our intention is to provide one example of what a triduum may “look and feel like”. As always we invite you to modify it to meet your needs and circumstances — and, in fact, to replace it all together with some other format or selection of prayers, readings and so on, if you have reason to. We have deliberately chosen a traditional collection of formally approved prayers, with only slight modifications to suit use via the Internet.

A Recommendation

We strongly encourage some kind of visual centre in your home which links your household to the Tabernacle of our Lord’s Presence in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Our booklet on setting up an Oratory in your home offers a few suggestions by way of guidance.

Connection Between Commandments and the Heart

We offer a brief explanation for those less familiar with the Hebrew Catholic attraction to the Sacred Heart of our Messiah, the Lord Jesus. The absolute central core Scripture in the Tanach — the Old Testament — is what is usually called “the Shema”, i.e. the first word: “Listen” or “Hear”.

“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone!
                                                                                               (Deuteronomy 6: 4)

In Mark 12: 29 — 31, our Lord re-affirmed the highest importance of this Commandment, or more literally correct, this Word from God. What we often call the Commandments are, strictly, “the Words” from the Heart of God, in which He provides the Way we are to proceed in this world in order to reach the fullness of Life God has in store for us.

At the Transfiguration of Jesus, God said, “This is my chosen Son, Listen to Him!” Thus our Lord was presented by God the Father as the Anointed One who would henceforth be the embodiment of all God’s Love, Teaching and Truth. Jesus Himself was heard to teach: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life ….. ” and added that He was thus the way, the path to the Father. All this fufils the prophetic expectation of our Lord as the Son of David. God had described David as “a man after my own heart” (1 Samuel 13: 14 and Acts 13: 22). Now Jesus, Son of David, Son of God, is presented as the One having the heart of God and calling us to come to Him, to listen to and to follow Him in order to be fully restored to God’s Household and family.

So, the members of God’s Household are to love God first and foremost with all their heart. In Biblical understanding this is God’s call to His people to express their devotion in the first instance, in regular, passionate and intensely heart-to-heart personal prayer. This command is absolute, cannot be compromised and for which each individual member of the Household of God is accountable. But “the other side of the coin” in our Hebrew Catholic spirituality is that this is far more than a Commandment: it is a privilege of inestimable dignity granted to each member. There are many ways we can fulfil this “mitzvah”, this obligation combined with indescribable blessings. Our booklet, “Hebrew Catholic Celebrations” begins to “unpack” this great call to prayer and intimacy with God. Our example of a triduum of devotion to the Most Perfect Heart, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is just one such response. It is one model of heart-to-heart relationship with God.

For Our Non-Catholic Friends

The whole culture represented by the symbol of the Sacred Heart may be something quite unknown to you, perhaps puzzling, and possibly even offensive. We invite you to join us in our homes as we express our love for God, in the first instance, and for our neighbour in the second, and fulfil God’s call for us to “come into His Presence”. We want you to know you are always welcome. This is not about feeling pressed to change your own personal convictions but rather, our desire to help heal some of the tragic division of hearts among the whole spread of Christians.

Our Texts

The prayers and other texts used in this triduum are based very strictly on those approved from the time of Pope Leo XIII to Venerable Pius XII, and have been modified for educational reasons only.

   
 

Triduum of Devotion to the Heart of Jesus

Day One

For all people in our neighbourhood and their spiritual wellbeing.

A Personal Plea

•    O Lord, our sins and short comings darken our intellect, and
lead us to neglect the joy, the privilege and the obligation of
loving you, as You deserve. Clear our minds by a ray of Your
vivid light, and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

•    You are the Friend, the Redeemer, the Father of every person
who turns repentant to Your heart of Love. We now, turn to You,
utterly repentant.

•    Save us Lord Jesus, our Messiah ― Anointed One. Provide for
all of us out of Your infinite bounty, whatever we need to
persevere in daily life, in hardship, and in tragedy.

•    We place our hope in You because we know that out salvation
cost You Your cruel death upon the Cross; and because You
choose to remain encamped in our midst in the Most Holy
Sacrament; just as the Divine Presence remained manifest in
the tabernacle surrounded  by the Israelites at Sinai.

•    You love to dwell among us, and to invite us to receive You
in Holy Communion as often as we desire. For this we thank You
and implore Your Grace that we may yearn to receive You
sacramentally whenever we can ― or otherwise at least spiritually,
and to express our joy in praising You in Church or wherever we are.

•    Raise within us, Dear Lord a strong desire to help others
who may not know You. May we help them learn the joy of being
restored to Your household and to enjoy the warmth of Your
love in their lives as members of Your family.

•    Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

V.    Heart of Jesus:

•    Holy Temple of God;
•    Tabernacle of the Most High;
•    Fountain of Life and Holiness.

        In Your reside all the treasures of wisdom and Knowledge.
                                                               (Litany of the Sacred Heart)

R.    Every day we will bless You, and praise Your Name forever and ever.               
                                                                (King David Psalm 145: 2)

 

                              Hymn

             (Quicumque certum quaeritis. Tune: Lloyd)

1.    All you who seek a comfort sure
In trouble and distress,
Whatever sorrow vex the mind,
Or guilt the soul oppress:

2.    Jesus, who gave himself for you
Upon the Cross to die,
Opens to you his sacred heart, —
Oh, to that heart draw nigh.

3.    You hear how kindly he invites;-
You hear his words so blest;
All You that labour, come to me,
And I will  give you rest.

4.    What meeker than the Saviour’s heart?
As on the Cross he lay,
It did his murderers forgive,
And for their pardon pray.

5.    O Heart! O joy of saints on high!
O hope of sinners here!
Attracted by those loving words,
To You I lift my prayer.

6.    Lord wash my wounds in that dear blood
Which forth from You now flows:
 New grace, new hope inspire; a new
And better heart bestow.
                       (18th Cent. TR. E. Caswell, 1814 – 78)
                                  (with slight adaptations)

V.    Lord Jesus, King and centre of all hearts:

R.    By the coming of Your Kingdom, grant us peace.

 

                            For All Mankind

We hail You, Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and life-giving fountain
of eternal life, infinite treasure of divinity, glowing furnace of divine love;
You are our place of rest and our most sure refuge.
Dear Saviour, enkindle our hearts with that burning love for
all mankind with which Your own is on fire; pour into our hearts
the manifold graces, of which Your Heart is the source; let your
will be ours, and let ours be forever obedient to Yours.  
Amen.

 

Triduum of Devotion to the Heart of Jesus

Day Two

 For love, trust and healing of divisions among Christians.

A Personal Plea

•    O Lord, our sins and short comings darken our intellect, and
lead us to neglect the joy, the privilege and the obligation of
loving you, as You deserve. Clear our minds by a ray of Your
vivid light, and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

•    You are the Friend, the Redeemer, the Father of every person
who turns repentant to Your heart of Love. We now, turn to You,
utterly repentant.

•    Save us Lord Jesus, our Messiah ― Anointed One. Provide for
all of us out of Your infinite bounty, whatever we need to
persevere in daily life, in hardship, and in tragedy.

•    We place our hope in You because we know that out salvation
cost You Your cruel death upon the Cross; and because You
choose to remain encamped in our midst in the Most Holy
Sacrament; just as the Divine Presence remained manifest in
the tabernacle surrounded  by the Israelites at Sinai.

•    You love to dwell among us, and to invite us to receive You
in Holy Communion as often as we desire. For this we thank You
and implore Your Grace that we may yearn to receive You
sacramentally whenever we can ― or otherwise at least spiritually,
and to express our joy in praising You in Church or wherever we are.

•    Raise within us, Dear Lord a strong desire to help others
who may not know You. May we help them learn the joy of being
restored to Your household and to enjoy the warmth of Your
love in their lives as members of Your family.

•    Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

V.    Heart of Jesus:

•    Holy Temple of God;
•    Tabernacle of the Most High;
•    Fountain of Life and Holiness.

          In Your reside all the treasures of wisdom and Knowledge.
                                                               (Litany of the Sacred Heart)

R.      Every day we will bless You, and praise Your Name forever and ever.               
                                                                (King David Psalm 145: 2)

                        Hymn

1.    Jesu, grant me this, I pray,
Ever in your heart to stay;
Let me evermore abide
Hidden in your wounded side.

2.    If the evil one prepare,
Or the world, a tempting snare,
I am safe when I abide
In your heart and wounded side.

3.    If the flesh, more dangerous still,
Tempt my soul to deeds of ill,
Naught I fear when I abide
In your heart and wounded side.

4.    Death will come to me one day;
Jesu, cast me not away:
Dying, let me still abide
In your heart and wounded side.
(17th Cent. TR. Sir H. W. Baker 1821 — 77)
(with slight adaptations)

V.    Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,

R.     We put our trust in You: have mercy upon us all.

       

    Prayer for Healing of Divisions

Grant, we implore You, Almighty God,
That we who glory in the Most Sacred
Heart of Your dear Son and call to mind the
endless benefits of His love towards us,
all of His people may find equal joy in
their achievement and in their healing effect.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Triduum of Devotion to the Heart of Jesus

Day Three

For all members of God’s Household,
that we will support one another in prayer and good deeds.

A Personal Plea

•    O Lord, our sins and short comings darken our intellect, and
lead us to neglect the joy, the privilege and the obligation of
loving you, as You deserve. Clear our minds by a ray of Your
vivid light, and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

•    You are the Friend, the Redeemer, the Father of every person
who turns repentant to Your heart of Love. We now, turn to You,
utterly repentant.

•    Save us Lord Jesus, our Messiah ― Anointed One. Provide for
all of us out of Your infinite bounty, whatever we need to
persevere in daily life, in hardship, and in tragedy.

•    We place our hope in You because we know that out salvation
cost You Your cruel death upon the Cross; and because You
choose to remain encamped in our midst in the Most Holy
Sacrament; just as the Divine Presence remained manifest in
the tabernacle surrounded  by the Israelites at Sinai.

•    You love to dwell among us, and to invite us to receive You
in Holy Communion as often as we desire. For this we thank You
and implore Your Grace that we may yearn to receive You
sacramentally whenever we can ― or otherwise at least spiritually,
and to express our joy in praising You in Church or wherever we are.

•    Raise within us, Dear Lord a strong desire to help others
who may not know You. May we help them learn the joy of being
restored to Your household and to enjoy the warmth of Your
love in their lives as members of Your family.

•    Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 V.    Heart of Jesus:

•    Holy Temple of God;
•    Tabernacle of the Most High;
•    Fountain of Life and Holiness.

          In Your reside all the treasures of wisdom and Knowledge.
                                                               (Litany of the Sacred Heart)

R.     Every day we will bless You, and praise Your Name forever and ever.               
                                                                (King David Psalm 145: 2)

                        Hymn

                                Dem Herzen Jesu singe.

 1.    To Jesus’ heart, all burning
With fervent love for us,
My heart with fondest yearning
Shall raise its joyful strain.
While ages course along,
Blest be with loudest song
The sacred heart of Jesus
By every heart and tongue.

2.    O heart for me on fire
With love no one can speak,
My yet untold desire
God gives me for your sake,
While ages course along,
Blest be with loudest song
The sacred heart of Jesus
By every heart and tongue.

3.    Too true, I have forsaken
Your love for wilful sin;
Yet now let me be taken
Back by your grace again.
While ages course along,
Blest be with loudest song
The sacred heart of Jesus
By every heart and tongue.

4.    As you are meek and lowly,
And ever pure of heart,
So may my heart be wholly
Of yours the counterpart.
While ages course along,
Blest be with loudest song
The sacred heart of Jesus
By every heart and tongue.

5.    When life away is flying,
And earth’s false glare is done;
Still, sacred Heart, in dying
I’ll say I’m all your own.
While ages course along,
Blest be with loudest song
The sacred heart of Jesus
By every heart and tongue.
(Aloys Schlor, 1805 — 52. TR. A. J. Christie, S.J., 1817 — 91)
(with slight adaptations)
 

V.    Heart of Jesus, burning with love for us,

R.    Inflame our hearts to burn with love for You.

              

                          A Family Prayer

Reveal your Sacred Heart to us your family, Lord Jesus,
and show us its unfathomable depths. Unite us to it forever.
Grant that our aspirations and all the beats of our hearts,
which cease not even while we sleep, may be a testimonial
to You of our love for You and may say to You: Yes, Lord,
we are all Yours; the pledge of our allegiance to You rests
ever in our hearts and will never cease to be there. Accept
the small amount of good that we do and be graciously
pleased to repair all our wrong-doing; so that we may be
able to bless You, today and for all eternity.

Amen.

 

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