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“𝐈𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨 𝐰𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐝𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 — 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐭𝐨𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐚𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐉𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐬 [𝐚𝐧𝐝] 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐲 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐉𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐬, 𝐚 𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐦 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐬 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞.”—𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐏𝐢𝐮𝐬 𝐗𝐈, 𝐌𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐦𝐮𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐨𝐫
𝗪𝗛𝗬 𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗘 𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗦𝗘𝗖𝗨𝗧𝗜𝗩𝗘 𝗠𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗛𝗦?
The number nine is traditionally associated with a novena and finds its origin in the nine days that the apostles spent in prayer before Pentecost. A novena provides an extended amount of time for preparation and interior renewal.
𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗪𝗘 𝗠𝗨𝗦𝗧 𝗗𝗢 𝗧𝗢 𝗙𝗨𝗟𝗙𝗜𝗟𝗟 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗦 𝗗𝗘𝗩𝗢𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗢𝗙 𝗥𝗘𝗣𝗔𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡?
To meet the requirements for the First Friday Devotion a person must, on each First Friday for nine consecutive months:
1. Attend Holy Mass
2. Receive Communion
3. Go to Confession
Those who are prevented from practicing this devotion on the first Friday can do so on any other day during the month. In the same manner they may offer the first Communion of each month for this intention, consecrating the whole day to the honor and glory of the Sacred Heart, and performing in the same spirit all the pious exercises they were unable to accomplish on the first Friday.
O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Victim for our sins, have mercy on us!