SACRED HEART OF JESUS: BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEVOTION.
This devotion already existed in the Middle Ages as a private devotion; it appears as a liturgical feast in 1675 following the apparitions of Our Lord to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. In these revelations the saint was given to know with special depth the need to make reparation for her personal sins and for the sins of the whole world, and to respond to Christ’s love. Our Lord asked her to extend the practice of frequent Communion, especially on the first Friday of every month, in a spirit of reparation. He asked for the first Friday after the octave of the Most Holy Sacrament to be dedicated to a special feast to glorify his Heart. The feast was celebrated for the first time on the 21 June 1686. Pius IX extended it to the whole Church. In 1928 Pius Xl gave it the splendour it has today.
Beneath the symbol of the human Heart of Jesus we consider above all the infinite Love of Christ for each individual soul. This is why devotion to the Sacred Heart stems from the principles of Christian doctrine, as St. John Paul II has made dear in his abundant teaching about this consoling mystery.
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