By Christina Hermoso
Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani, Jr. will preside over a concelebrated high mass at 12:15 p.m. Friday at the National Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in San Antonio Village, Makati City in celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The imposition of scapulars will be held at 10 a.m. A grand procession bearing the venerated image of the Sacred Heart was held last night after the 6 p.m. holy mass.
The Act of Reparation, Eucharistic Adoration, and the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be observed in many churches on Friday.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart is the most beautiful sign of gratitude for Jesus’ redeeming love and mercy. To this day, this devotion continues to grow and deepen among pious Filipino Catholics.
Jesus, Himself, gave instructions to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, the Apostle of the Sacred Heart, on how the faithful can offer sacrifices in reparation for the offenses inflicted on His Sacred Heart.
These include receiving Holy Communion every first Friday of the month, an hour vigil every Thursday night in memory of His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, and by celebrating the Feast of the Sacred Heart every year on the Friday after the Feast of Corpus Christi.
Meanwhile, Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos urged the faithful “to have a heart like the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”
“Let us open and offer our hearts to faithful love and a fruitful life. Imitating the heart of Jesus is to avoid selfishness and sins which ruin our life. To make our heart holy and healthy, avoid vices and cravings of the flesh. Let us nourish our hearts with prayers and good deeds,” he said.
“The heart is hurt with infidelity. The heart is destroyed by greed. To pattern our heart with Jesus is to resist and reject corruptions, lies, and violence,” Santos said.