Friday, August 5, 2016
366 Project - Day 218 - "First Fridays (Sacred Heart of Jesus)"
August 05, 2016 - "First Fridays (Sacred Heart of Jesus)"
Today is the "First Friday" for the month of August. In the Catholic Church the first Friday of each month is part of a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Catholics who participate in this devotion will attend Mass and receive Communion on the first Friday of the month for nine consecutive months - specifically for the intentions of honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus. If you're not in a state of grace you must go to Confession first, in order to be able to receive Communion for the First Fridays Devotion.
Why do we do this? In 1673 Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and instructed her with the following words:
"In the excess of the mercy of my heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour."
What does this mean? Basically, if you faithfully follow the First Fridays Devotion - Jesus promises you extra graces at the time of your death. He promises that you will have the chance to repent of your sins, receive Last Rites, and die in a state of grace.
I have a special devotion to both the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. So - being that this is the First Friday of the month, I will be at Mass this morning... and again tomorrow morning for the "First Saturdays Devotion"...
... but we'll save that for tomorrow.
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