Simple Ways to Celebrate the Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Dating back to the 16th century the Catholic church has assigned a special devotion for each month of the year. The monthly devotion for June is the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I cannot say that I have a strong devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, so I spent a little time learning about the devotion and searching for simple ways to celebrate it in June.

A Little History

The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus arose in the 1670s after Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French nun, in which he told her he wished to be honored with the symbol of the His heart. The devotion was later added to the Church calendar by Pope Pius IX in 1856.

You can learn more about this devotion HERE.

Celebrating the Feast of the Sacred Heart

The feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a moving feast day. It is the Friday after the Corpus Christi Octave. In 2024, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is on June 7th. Here are some simple ways that you can honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus in your home on the solemnity and all month long!

Pray the Novena to The Sacred Heart of Jesus

A novena is nine days of prayer, usually leading up to a feast day or celebration. If you want to complete the novena on the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus you need to start on May 29th, but anytime during the month (or year!) would be a great time to pray the novena. You can find the novena HERE. I must confess that I am not always great at following through with novenas, so when I saw a coloring page on Look To Him and Be Radiant to track your progress through a novena I thought it was genius! I created my own coloring page, you can grab it for free below!

Display an Image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

If you don’t have an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in your home, June would be a great time to find one. I love to check out ETSY for religious art that I can print and frame. It is easy to find images that speak to you, and they are usually budget friendly. I purchased THIS print to display. House of Joppa has some beautiful pieces that you could invest in that would look beautiful in any home!

You can learn more about the symbolism of the Sacred Heart image HERE. And if you want even more information you can learn about the history of the image in THIS article.

Learn more about St. Margret Mary Alacoque

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque’s feast day is October 16th, but she of course played a key role in the history of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Spend a little time this month learning more about this French Saint. You can get started HERE.

Pray the Litany to The Sacred Heart of Jesus

The litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a beautiful prayer and would be a wonderful way to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus. You can download a printable PDF HERE.

Commit to and start the First Friday Devotion

Jesus revealed to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque a desire for people to make respiration for sins by receiving communion on the first Friday of the month, for nine consecutive months. You can read about the First Friday devotion HERE. June would be a great month to start this devotion! A monthly devotion like this is always easier with a friend, so consider inviting a friend to join you in making this devotion. Even if you can’t attend Mass together you could help remind each other each month! If attending together is an option you could plan to go for coffee after Mass, or if you are going as a family invite another family to join you and then have a play date! Create a little “First Friday Club” to help encourage each other!

Have some Fun with Feast Day Food

Sacred Heart shaped food and treats are a fun way to celebrate and introduce children to the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. There is ton of inspiration on Pinterest for sacred heart inspired foods! I think THESE Fruit/Veggie platers would be easy and healthy! I really like the idea of sacred heart pizzas, like THESE. I my kids would enjoy THESE sacred heart shortcakes. Of course, armed with a heart cookie cutter or some strawberries you could create your own version of a sacred heart treat!

Love Others

The Sacred Heart of Jesus symbolizes His deep and burning love for humanity. You could spend some time imitating His love by serving or loving others in your community. may you could visit the elderly or homebound, volunteer at a shelter, or make a meal for a family going through a hard time.

I hope you found some inspiration for celebrating and honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus in your heart and your home! Do you have a favorite way to honor this devotion? I would love the hear!

Cheers & Prayers

Megan

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MEET MEG

Hey, I’m Megan, wife to Chad, mama to our three rambunctious boys, Grady, Marshall, Stafford and our sweet little girl, Ainsley Nell.  I have a passion for celebrating holidays, cherishing seasons, creating memories, collecting traditions, connecting hearts and chasing joy.   Thanks for coming along for our journey.

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