A Prayer in Veneration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O Jesus, who in Thy bitter Passion

didst become "the most abject of men, a man of sorrows,"

I venerate Thy sacred Face

whereon there once did shine the beauty and sweetness of the Godhead;

but now It has become as it were the face of a leper!

Nevertheless under those disfigured features,

I recognize Thine infinite Love,

and I am consumed with desire to love Thee

and make Thee loved by all men.

The tears which well up so abundantly in Thy sacred eyes appear to me

as so many precious pearls that I love to gather up,

in order to purchase the souls of poor sinners

by means of their infinite value.

O Jesus, whose adorable Face ravishes my heart,

I implore Thee to fix deep within me Thy divine image

and to set me on fire with Thy love,

that so I may be found worthy

to come to the contemplation of Thy glorious Face in heaven.

Amen.

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