Little Office of the
Sacred Heart

Compline

Introduction

℣ O Heart of Jesus, burning with love of me, inflame my heart with the love of thee.

℟ Amen.

℣ Lord open my lips.

℟ And my mouth shall declare thy praise.

℣ O God, ✠ hasten to mine aid.

℟ O Lord, make haste to help me.

℣ Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.

℟ As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. (outside Lent:) Alleluia. (from Septuagesima to Holy Saturday:) Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of glory everlasting.

Hymn

The Mother to her Son
Inclines with chaste desire.
And fane with constant sighs the fire,
Which makes the couple one.

When mutually they burn,
Two hearts are but the same-
Both with each others fire do flame,
Both equal flames return.

Thy Father’s only One,
Chaste Spouse of lovers pure,
Who canst no rival-love endure,
Possess our hearts alone.

Amen.

Anthem

O sacred Heart of Jesus, a most liberal rewarder to all that love thee, let our hearts and substance be wholly consumed in thee. Be thou, my Jesus, the God of our hearts, and our portion for ever.

℣ O God of my heart, my heart is ready to do thy will.

℟ My God, I desire it, and to carry thy law in the midst of my heart.

Let us pray.

Look, we beseech thee, O God of Mercy! on the heart of thy most beloved Son, in whom thou hast been well pleased: behold the bitter afflictions he has endured for us, and the worthy satisfactions he has made to thee in our behalf; that, being thus appeased, we may obtain of thee pardon for our sins, seeing we ask it with contrite hearts. Kindle in our hearts so ardent a love of Christ, that, being all inflamed with the affections of his divine heart, we may also merit to be found according to thy heart, through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

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