Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Since the time of Pius XI’s Quas primas in 1925, the following was to be recited on the Feast of Christ the King, which in the traditional calendar falls on the last Sunday of October.   In the new-fangled calendar it is the last Sunday of the liturgical year.

There’s nothing wrong with saying this prayer on other days!

Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Most Sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thine altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but to be more surely united to Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates ourselves today to Thy Most Sacred Heart.

Many indeed have never known Thee; Many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart. Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful children, who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children, who have abandoned Thee; Grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.

Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.

Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy towards the children of the race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life.

Grant, O Lord, to Thy 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 honor forever.

R. Amen.

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  1. SophiaGrace says:


  2. gsk says:

    Just saying it was such a faith-building consolation, thanks! Will put it on the short list and pray regularly.

  3. lmgilbert says:

    Over the years (66 yrs since my first confession) I have found that a priest with a strong to devotion to the Sacred Heart is typically an excellent confessor.

    His confessional is redolent of grace and one senses it immediately, for on entering one finds himself more penitent. Christ is present and listening with sympathy. He is not prolix and his manly counsel is full of grace. The absolution he gives is felt and one leaves his confessional both with a light heart and tears, both walking on air and full to the brim with remorse.

    But since such priests are rare, so are such confessions.

  4. the little brother says:

    I say this prayer every morning, & in between each part
    add the Holy Father’s prayer for this year of Mercy:

    Lord, we are sinners.
    Come with Your Mercy.

    then the 3 Hail Marys that Pope Francis asked for from us on his behalf.

    A Blessed Thanksgiving to all!

  5. We prayed this prayer publically (together with our priest and parishioners) after Mass Sunday. We are blessed to be able to do this every year.

  6. Rich says:

    Way to respond to the Pope Emeritus Benedict’s blessing to the cardinals: “May you have the grace to always be together!”

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