Little Office of the
Sacred Heart

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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

O may we ne’er provoke
This meek, this tender heart,
Where love for us has fix’d his dart,
And struck the killing stroke.

When sin for vengeance calls,
This heart, with pow’rful charm,
Glancing withholds th’ Almighty’s arm
And straight his anger falls

The Father's only One,
Chaste Spouse of lovers pure,
Who const no rival-love endure,
Possess our hearts alone.

Amen.

Anthem

O sacred Heart of Jesus, full of meekness towards thy enemies, let thy peace triumph in our hearts, that, from the bottom of them, we may pardon all those who do or shall persecute and calumniate us.

℣ 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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