1st Friday: Feast of the Sacred Heart – Note for NYC! Great spiritual opportunity!

Tomorrow, a First Friday, is the Feast of the Sacred Heart.  That doesn’t happen all that often!

The Feast of the Sacred Heart is, I believe, the only Feast that Our Lord Himself requested!

I hope your parish will have special Masses.

Those of you in NYC or environs will want to go to the Church of the Holy Innocents in Manhattan for Mass with the 1962 Missale Romanum.  The music will be Gregorian chant for the day and some motets.

The Mass is follow by their usual 1st Friday Vigil, for example:

  • 6 pm – Solemn Mass (TLM)
  • Exposition after Mass till 5 am
  • Recitation of Consecration to the Sacred Heart
  • Stations of the Cross
  • 9 pm – Vespers and Compline
  • through the night recitation of approved Litanies
  • through the night Scriptural Rosary
  • 3 am – Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 5 am – Sung Mass, Votive of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Holy Innocents in on 37th (between 7th Ave and Broadway – near Herald Square).


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  1. tjmurphy says:

    I may be wrong, but Did Our Lord not also request the Feast of Divine Mercy?

  2. acardnal says:

    Feast of the Sacred Heart, EF Mass at St. Norbert’s, Roxbury, WI at 6 PM. Celebrated by Fr. Alex, Society of Jesus Christ, the Priest.

    FYI, Please remember that since the Feast of the Sacred Heart is a Solemnity, the traditional Friday penance is not obligatory (meaning that it’s a meat-eating Friday, for those who keep this tradition). Celebrate!

  3. Imrahil says:

    Did not Our Lord also request Corpus Christi, in a vision to St. Juliana?

  4. acardnal says:

    I should have added the Mass at St. Norbert’s will be a missa contata.

  5. StWinefride says:

    The Divine Heart is an ocean full of all good things, wherein poor souls can cast all their needs; it is an ocean full of joy to drown all our sadness, an ocean of humility to drown our folly, an ocean of mercy to those in distress, an ocean of love in which to submerge our poverty.

    St Margaret Mary Alacoque

  6. North of the 44th Parallel (Canada), I will be serving with my main group for Solemn masses, the St. Patrick’s Gregorian Choir, for a 7pm Solemn TLM, in Toronto (in what was formerly Scarborough municipality). See the details here:


    Glad to be partaking in the EF this feast day as you will be Fr. Z. Pax.

  7. Unfortunately, here in good ol’ West Virginia, all the diocesan priests here in the diocese of Wheeling-Charleston are out on a priest retreat, so no celebrations of the Feast of the Sacred Heart to be found here (that I know of).

  8. StJude says:

    StWinefride.. thanks for posting that.. its beautiful.

  9. Laura R. says:

    tjmurphy and Imrahil, I thought the same thing. I don’t know as much as I should about the establishment of the Feast of the Sacred Heart, but wasn’t it done in a similar manner to Corpus Christi and Divine Mercy, through St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in this instance?

  10. APX says:

    Isn’t this Friday also A World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests?

  11. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Laura R. said, “I don’t know as much as I should about the establishment of the Feast of the Sacred Heart” – I did not, either, but have just read, and would recommend, Jean Bainvel’s 1910 Catholic Encyclopedia article, “Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus”, which in addition to St. Margaret Mary’s visions, recounts, “on 11 June, 1899, by order of Leo XIII, and with the formula prescribed by him, all mankind was solemnly consecrated to the Sacred Heart. The idea of this act, which Leo XIII called ‘the great act’ of his pontificate, had been proposed to him by a religious of the Good Shepherd from Oporto (Portugal) who said that she had received it from Christ Himself. She was a member of the Drost-zu-Vischering family, and known in religion as Sister Mary of the Divine Heart. She died on the feast of the Sacred Heart, two days before the consecration, which had been deferred to the following Sunday.”

  12. NoraLee9 says:

    This is probably my favorite Feast of the Church. Unfortunately I have been terribly ill and can’t attend, either here at the FSSP NJ, or at HI on West 37th. I just have to offer it up, and considering our recent topic, I will offer it up for the priesthood.

    I obtained a miracle through the 9 First Fridays years ago, and I have always tried to attend on First Friday, First Saturday in gratitude.
    To anyone attending the all-night vigil at HI, I recommend that you bring a pillow or a cushion. Those pews get very hard right around midnight, and those of us who are a certain age may need some cushioning.

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