The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart is a celebration of divine love expressed in the incarnate person of Jesus. That divine love in human form is a call to each of us to be touched and transformed by this love. Devotion to the Sacred Heat developed in the middle ages and became so strong that it evoked several papal encyclicals in support and explanation of this devotion. Beginning as a special devotion in a French seminary, a liturgical celebration of the Sacred Heart spread in the eighteenth century through France and other European nations, and it became a feast in the universal calendar in 1856.

Deuteronomy 7:6–11. With echoes of language from Exodus, this text encourages recognition of Israel’s uniqueness which has come only as a result of God’s grace.

Psalm of the Day: Ps. (102) 103
This is an individual thanksgiving, perhaps giving thanks for recovery from illness. Thought of recovery from illness also evokes a thanksgiving for forgiveness from sin.

El Señor Es Compasivo (Castillo) FYC 248
El Señor Es Compasivo (Cortés) FYC 247
El Señor Es Compasivo (Kolar) Cantos 70
El Señor Es Compasivo (Martínez) FYC 246
El Señor Es Compasivo (Sandante) GP 249
El Señor Es Compasivo/The Lord Is Kind and Merciful (Cortez) JS 82
The Lord Is Compassion (Warner) WC 427
The Lord Is Kind and Merciful (Cotter) GC 99/GC2 58
The Lord Is Kind and Merciful (Dufford) GP 250/JS 84
The Lord Is Kind and Merciful (Haugen) GC 100/GC2 59/LMGM 535
The Lord Is Kind and Merciful (Roberts) LMGM 534
The Lord Is Kind and Merciful (Willcock) JS 83
The Lord Is Rich in Kindness/El Señor Es Compasivo (Kolar) PMB 163/WC 428
The Lord’s Kindness Is Everlasting (Black) CBW 217

1 John 4:7–16. Love distinguishes the person who “knows God” from the one without this knowledge. God’s love was shown to us in the person and ministry of the Son. Because God has loved us, we must love one another.

Matthew 11:25–30. Through Christ, we are invited into the intimate life of the Godhead.

Songs for the Liturgy

A Spendthrift Lover Is the Lord WOR 597
All You Who Seek a Comfort Sure (G) CH 503/WOR 490*
Beautiful Savior GP 669/JS 859/WC 970
God Is Love (Haas) GC 629/GC2 608/RS 744
God Is Love (Rees/Abbot’s Leigh) JS 749
God of Love (Schutte) GP 647
He Came Down GC 370/GC2 364/RS 519
Heart of Christ WC 971
Heart of Jesus JS 476
I Cannot Tell It All GP 390
I Have Loved You GC 504/GC2 504/GP 710/JS 649
Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring JS 669/LMGM 269
Jesus, the Very Thought of You JS 474/WC 969
Joyfully Singing GC 548/RS 682
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (2) CH 454/GC 622/GC2 613/GP 640/JS 746/RS 743/WC 808/WOR 588
Love Is His Word RS 750/WC 621
Near to the Heart of God LMGM 151
No Greater Love GC 628/GC2 607/GP 362/RS 753
O Sacred Heart All Holy CH 511
Our God Is Rich in Love GC 652/GC2 620
Rock of Ages LMGM 51
Tell Jesus All LMGM 176
There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy CH 535/GC 626/GC2 603/GP 639/JS 748/RS 742/WC 650/WOR 596
To Christ the Prince of Peace (G) CH 526/WOR 491*
What Wondrous Love Is This CH 530/GC 627/GC2 614/GP 642/JS 755/RS 749/WC 709/WOR 600

* This hymn is an English translation of a traditional hymn for the liturgy of the hours on this solemnity.