On the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Arturo Sosa SJ, announced that on July 31, 2022, with the Closing of the Ignatian Year, he will renew the Consecration of the Society to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
This renewal recalls the Jesuit’s long history of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
On January 1, 1872, Father General Pieter Jan Beckx consecrated the Society to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In 1883 the Fathers of the 23rd General Congregation approved Decree 46:
“We declare that the Society of Jesus accepts and receives with a spirit overflowing with joy and gratitude, the gentle burden (munus suavissimum) that our Lord Jesus Christ has entrusted to it, to practice, promote and propagate devotion to His most divine Heart”.
On June 9th, 1972, Fr. Pedro Arrupe SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus (1907-1991), one hundred years after Fr. Beckx SJ, consecrated the Society to the Heart of Christ.
Fr. Arturo Sosa SJ will renew this consecration on July 31, 2022, feast of St. Ignatius Loyola.
Jesuit schools may wish to make this consecration at an “all school Mass” in August or September.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, we entrust ourselves to you. We surrender to you our day, hopes, dreams, prayers, conversations, and work. As we join Father Arturo Sosa in the consecration of the Jesuit Order to the Sacred Heart we ask for the intercession of St. Ignatius Loyola to pray for the Jesuits and my own special intentions.
Consecration Prayer by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
I consecrate and surrender to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my person, my life, my difficulties and my sufferings, that I may henceforth live only for his love and glory. It is my firm and unwavering purpose to be his entirely, to do everything for his love and renounce wholeheartedly everything that could displease his divine Heart.
O Sacred Heart, I choose You as the sole object of my love, the protector of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the support of my weakness and the atoner for all the sins of my whole life. O mild and bountiful Heart, be likewise my refuge at the hour of death, my justification before God, and ward off from me the penalty of his just wrath. O loving Heart, I place my trust entirely in You. While I fear everything from my own malice, I hope everything from Your goodness. Destroy in me whatever may displease You or be opposed to You, and let Your pure love imprint You so deeply upon my heart that it will be impossible for me ever to forget You or be separated from You.
O Sacred Heart, by Your goodness, I implore You, let my name be deeply engraved in You, for in Your service and in Your love I will live and die.
Below are several resources for individuals and groups to participate in this renewal
- – Consecration Prayer Service for July 31, 2022
- – Prayer Card to be printed and distributed for July 31, 2022
- – Proposals from Fr. Frederic Fornos SJ, International Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network
- – The Way of the Heart
- – Novena (July 22 – 31)
- – Painting of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Leslie Langille Benson