Petrusville - Sacred Heart
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Petrusville – Sacred Heart
A bit of history
The Patronal Feast: on the Friday after the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
About the Patron of the parish
The cult of the physical Heart of Jesus as a symbol of the love that Christ has for humankind. The real object of this devotion is the Divine Person, the Incarnate Word, as directed to His Heart that symbolizes His love, both human and Divine, for humankind. In the Biblical sense, the heart is the center of affection, and it also signifies the love of the Father and the Holy Spirit for the Church and the world.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart develops from the devotion to Christ’s Sacred Humanity, since His human nature forms one person with the Divine Nature. Many Saints have aided in the spread of this devotion, starting in the 11th century with strong emphasis by St. John Eudes and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Claude de la Colombiere, her spiritual director, led the Society of Jesus to promote the devotion, particularly by means of the Apostleship of Prayer.
Three papal encyclicas are dedicated to the Sacred Heart: Annum Sacrum by Leo XIII in 1899 on consecration to the Sacred Heart; Miserentissimus Redemptor by Pius XI in 1928 on reparation to the Sacred Heart; and Haurietis Aquas by Pius XII in 1956 on devotion to the Sacred Heart and an apostolic epistle: Investigabiles Divitias Christi by Paul VI in 1965 on the liturgical cult of the Sacred Heart. These deal, among other things, with the various forms of its cult, such as vigils of reparation, First Friday devotions, and enthronement of the Sacred Heart.
Sacred Heart Feast
Solemnity honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus that occurs on the Friday after the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost. The institution of the feast was approved by Clement XIII in 1765, extended to the Universal Church by Pius IX in 1856, and given new texts and the highest ranking by Pius XI in 1928. In the new liturgical books, the texts of the Divine Office and the Eucharist have been revised in accord with the Scriptural and liturgical emphases set forth by Pius XII in his 1956 encyclical on devotion to the Sacred Heart (Haurietis Aquas).
This feast, unlike most of the major liturgical Solemnities, does not celebrate a particular event in the History of Salvation. It commemorates this salvation itself. It celebrates the truth that God is love and He desires all generations to discover Him through Christ and respond to His love. We can elicit such a response more readily by contemplating the sufferings of Christ for us. The pierced Heart on the Cross is a symbol of this suffering. From it flowed “blood and water” the fountain of sacramental life in the Church”(Preface).
There is also a Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart, which is celebrated on the First Friday of each month when allowed by the rubrics.
(taken from: Dictionary of the Liturgy by Rev. Jovian P. Lang, OFM)
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