4/01/2011

Meatless Friday: First Friday

 Around 1673, Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque had a vision of Christ's heart,  and He allowed her to rest her head upon His Sacred Heart.  His message:  frequent Communion, Communion on the First Friday of the Month, and Adoration (Holy Hours).
Saint Margaret Mary was French, and, as a child, was sickly.  Once she made a vow to the Blessed Virgin to become a nun, she was healed.  According to an article from Aquinas Goods, she was not surprised when she received the visions; she assumed everyone had them.  She was assigned the task of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 
Saint Margaret Mary lived in a time when going to Communion wasn't a weekly occurrence, as it is now for Catholics.  So, going to Communion frequently was huge.
In order to be endowed with the below promises, one must, for 9 consecutive First Fridays, attend Mass and receive Communion.


The Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
1. "I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life." 
2. "I will establish peace in their homes." 
3. "I will comfort them in their afflictions." 
4. "I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all in death."
5. "I will bestow a large blessing upon all their undertakings."
6. "Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy." 
7. "Tepid souls shall grow fervent." 
8. "Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection." 
9. "I will bless every place where a picture of My Heart shall be set up and honored." 
10. "I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts." 
11. "Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out." 
12. "I promise thee in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving the Sacraments; My Divine heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment."

5 comments:

  1. This is one of so many beautiful pieces of history in our Catholic faith. The kids and I (and David if he has the time in his schedule) always attend First Friday mass and then head out for a donut breakfast afterward. Just getting ready right now in fact. Have a blessed weekend!

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  2. Mary, thanks for this lovely article--a good reminder!

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  3. Mary, that is very beautiful. Thank you for sharing your faith!

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