A simple family devotion that you can start anytime is acknowledging the Blessed Sacrament when you pass a Catholic Church. You can do something as simple as having everyone make the sign of the cross. Or pray a simple prayer together: “O Sacrament Most Holy, O...
A simple family devotion that you can start anytime is acknowledging the Blessed Sacrament when you pass a Catholic Church.
You can do something as simple as having everyone make the sign of the cross.
Or pray a simple prayer together:
“O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.”
“O Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee, My God, My God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.”
Or make your own prayer, professing your love for the Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament.
We invite you to pray the 9 Days for Life Novena with us!
Prayers led by Bishop Robert J. Brennan of the Columbus Diocese, along with Mark Huddy and Jerry Freewalt.
Each audio is 2.5 minutes long. Prayers originate from USCCB’s 9-Days for Life Novena
With these guided prayers you are encouraged to also make an act of reparation through a sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance.
“The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessings.” -Blessed Alan de la Roche
The Rosary is powerful prayer. Not only does it teach one about Jesus through the contemplation of each one of its Mysteries but the repition can bring restfulness and peace.
It is perfect for individual reflection and also for praying as a family.
“The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.” -Pope Saint Pius X
If your family has never prayed the Rosary together, or you have young children, you might start simply by saying one each of the three basic prayers of the Rosary: the Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Glory Be.
Or you could start with just one decade of the Rosary: 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, & 1 Glory Be while thinking about one the Mysteries.
Finally, working up to saying the full prayer together.
Finding that special time for your family to say the Rosary is a sure way to make it a habit. For example, try saying it on the way to church on Sunday, or on the drive to school, after a Sunday meal, or every birthday.
Resources on praying the Rosary
From Dynamic Catholic: Rediscover the Rosary
From Welcome His Heart: How to Pray the Rosary
Bishop Robert Barron (3.5 min) “How to Pray the Rosary” Video
Messages of Hope Podcast: Pray Along with Fr. Stash Dailey
One of the easiest ways to start to praying together as a family is to pray at mealtime.
It could be just a simple:
“God bless this food and family. Amen”
Or use the traditional Catholic Grace Before Meals prayer:
“Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.”
Click here for more mealtime prayers.
Offer your family the greatest gift, the gift of Enthronement (or renewing your Enthronement) to the Sacred Heart. You can start at any time, the important part is picking a time that will work for your family.
WelcomeHisHeart.com recommends you do it in 5 easy steps…
1. CHOOSE A SUNDAY for the enthronement ceremony and attend Mass together.
2. SELECT A SACRED HEART IMAGE and invite your priest to bless the image.
3. ESTABLISH A PROMINENT PLACE in your home where you will display the image. Consider placing picures of family members and friends near the image.
4. PREPARE YOUR HEARTS beginning three days prior to the enthronement. Recite the prayers in the booklet.
5. ENTHRONEMENT SUNDAY Gather together and place Jesus on the throne of authority in your home.
Need enthronement materials? Get an Enthronement kit at welcomehisheart.com
Listen to The Sacred Heart Hour on St. Gabriel Radio, live at 8AM every First Friday of the month.
Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Amen.
Learn more about this devotion: Where Did Devotion to the Sacred Heart Come From?
The 12 Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
“I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life”.
“I will establish peace in their homes”.
“I will comfort them in all their afflictions”.
“I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death”.
“I will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings”.
“Sinners will find in my heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy”.
“Lukewarm souls shall become fervent”.
“Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection”.
“I will bless every place in which an image of my heart is exposed and honored”.
“I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts”.
“Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in my heart.”
“My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in the last moments”.
“There is pretext for discouragement, but no reason for it. We can become saints in the simple accomplishment of daily life, in the beaten track, the simple path of Nazareth, without adding anything but the great sense of faith and the flame of charity. Look at Mary in Nazareth–no halo, no pedestal, no miracle. Yet she is the Queen of Heaven.” – Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey, a great Apostle to the Sacred Heart.