From the Blessed Sacrament Prayerbook, a method of the Holy Hour, third quarter:
“Contemplate Jesus as He stands before His sleeping disciples and meekly complains:
‘I looked for one that would grieve together with Me, but there was none: and for one that would comfort Me, but there was none.’ (Ps. 69:21).
“Meditate for a moment on this complaint of Our Lord and then recite the ‘Litany of the Sacred Heart,’….
The proper act of the devotion
This act is required by the very object of the devotion, since devotion to the love of Jesus for us should be pre-eminently a devotion of love for Jesus. It is characterized by a reciprocation of love; its aim is to love Jesus who has so loved us, to return love for love. Since, moreover, the love of Jesus manifests itself to the devout soul as a love despised and outraged, especially in the Eucharist, the love expressed in the devotion naturally assumes a character of reparation, and hence the importance of acts of atonement, the Communion of reparation, and compassion for Jesus suffering. But no special act, no practice whatever, can exhaust the riches of the devotion to the Sacred Heart. The love which is its soul embraces all and, the better one understands it, the more firmly is he convinced that nothing can vie with it for making Jesus live in us and for bringing him who lives by it to love God, in union with Jesus, with all his heart, all his soul, all his strength.
During Lent devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus takes on even greater significance. Hence, the inclusion of the Litany of the Sacred Heart as part of a suggested method of observing the Holy Hour. I would encourage you to read the rest of the article in the Catholic Encyclopedia. Thanks to sacredheart.com for this version of the litany.
|Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Lord, have mercy.
Let us pray
Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou, in Thy great goodness, grant pardon to them who seek Thy mercy, in the name of the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, world without end.”