Apostleship of Prayer

The Apostleship of Prayer is a devotion that allows one to offer the entire day for the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as he communicated to Saint Margaret Mary Alocoque; for the salvation of souls, the reparation of sin, the reunion of all Christians. Also included in this devotion is the Holy Father's monthly particular and missionary intention.

Through the Morning Offering one begins the day by giving to the Lord everything in that day: prayers, works, joys, and sufferings. The value in making this offering is that nothing of the day is left out. All is given to Jesus. The day becomes as Saint Paul recommends:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. (Rom.12:1)

Pope Pius XII called the Apostleship of Prayer “the sum total of Christian perfection”, and every pope since Pope Leo XIII in the 1880s has promoted the Daily Offering. Today there are millions who make this Daily Offering, which can also be found at www.apostleshipofprayer.org, along with the Holy Father's monthly intentions.

Daily Offering:

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and of all Apostles of Prayer, and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month.

Enthronement of the Sacred Heart

In the latter half of the 19th century the Daily Offering was taken to another level by the incorporation of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This occurred at about the time the celebration of the Sacred Heart became a universal feast in the Church. There is a logical and natural relationship between the Daily Offering and the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Christ offers his life in sacrifice, and conveys this love to us in his heart pierced with love. We respond to Christ by offering our heart in the sacrificial oblation of our day.

As Jesus communicated to Saint Margaret Mary Alocoque in showing her his own Sacred Heart; “See this heart which has loved so much and received so little love in return. Tell everyone to love my Sacred Heart and to make up for those people who don’t love me.”

Jesus made twelve promises to Saint Margaret Mary, one of which has specific relation to the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart: “I will bless every heart in which the picture of My Heart shall be exposed and honored."

For information about the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in your home, contact your pastor. More information about the Enthronement can be found at the National Enthronement Center.

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