First Fridays Devotion
To the Sacred Heart of Jesus
At the Cathedral Parish, Sacred Heart Devotions are held each First Friday of the month following the 5:15 p.m. Mass at Holy Redeemer Church. Recitation of the Rosary precedes Mass and a potluck supper is often held in the church hall following Devotions.
First Friday Devotions first came into practice in the 17th Century following a series of revelations to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French religious sister who promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart. In those revelations, Christ revealed to St. Margaret Mary several promises that would be bestowed upon those who practiced a devotion to the Sacred Heart:
- I will give them all of the graces necessary for their state of life.
- I will establish peace in their houses.
- I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
- I will be their strength during life and above all during death.
- I will bestow a large blessing upon all their undertakings.
- Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.
- Tepid souls shall grow fervent.
- Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
- I will bless every place where a picture of my heart shall be set up 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, never to be blotted out.
- I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant all to 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 their sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.
The twelfth promise is the foundation of the practice of First Friday Devotions. Those who attend Mass, receive Holy Communion in a state of grace, and recite the Sacred Heart Devotions on nine consecutive First Fridays may receive a plenary indulgence.
At the Cathedral Parish, First Friday Devotions include the Litany of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Act of Reparation, and the Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A special recitation of the Act of Reparation is held on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, nineteen days after Pentecost, through which a plenary indulgence may also be received.