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The Prayer of Consecration to the Sacred Heart is a Roman Catholic prayer composed by Pope Leo XIII. It was included in the 1899 encyclical Annum Sacrum issued by Leo XIII as he consecrated the entire world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The consecration was influenced by two letters written to the pope by Sister Mary of the Divine Heart who stated that in visions of Jesus Christ she had been told to request the consecration.[1][2][3]


Words of the prayer

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race,
look down upon us, humbly prostrate before Your altar.
We are Yours and Yours we wish to be;
but to be more surely united with You, behold each one of us
freely consecrates himself today to Your most Sacred Heart.
Many, indeed, have never known You;
many too, despising Your precepts, have rejected You.
Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus,
and draw them to Your Sacred Heart.
Be You King, O Lord,
not only of the faithful who have never forsaken You,
but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned You;
grant that they may quickly return to Your Father's house,
lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.
Be You King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions,
or whom discord keeps aloof,
and call them back to the harbour of truth and unity of faith,
so that soon there may be but one flock and one shepherd.
Be You King also of all those who sit
in the ancient superstition of the Gentiles,
and refuse not to deliver them out of darkness
into the light and kingdom of God.
Grant, O Lord, to Your Church,
assurance of freedom and immunity from harm;
give peace and order to all nations,
and make the Earth resound from pole to pole with one cry:
Praise to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation;
to it be glory and honour forever. Amen.

See also


  • Ann Ball, 2003 Encyclopedia of Catholic Devotions and Practices ISBN 087973910X page 166


  1. ^ Catholic encyclopedia [1]
  2. ^ Laurent Volken, 1963, Visions, Revelations and the Church P.J. Kenedy Publishers
  3. ^ Niels Christian Hvidt, 2007, Christian Prophecy: The Post-Biblical Tradition, OUP Press ISBN 0195314476 page 242


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