Saturday, November 01, 2014

Act of Dedication of the Human race to Jesus Christ, King (Iesu dulcissime, Redemptor)

Pardon my "juvenile" enthusiasm, but this was just awesome! Last Sunday, on the Feast of Christ the King, our entire congregation, led by our Pastor, Fr. Perrone, recited this after Mass:

Catholic Prayer: Act of Dedication of the Human Race to Jesus Christ King (Iesu dulcissime, Redemptor)

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful, who piously recite the Act of Dedication of the Human Race to Jesus Christ King. A plenary indulgence is granted, if it is recited publicly on the feast of our Lord Jesus Christ King.


Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before you. We are yours, and yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united with you, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to your Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known you; many, too, despising your precepts, have rejected you. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to your Sacred Heart. Be King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken you, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned you; grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and the unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Grant, O Lord, to your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give tranquillity of order to all nations; make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor for ever. Amen.

Prayer Source: Enchiridion of Indulgences , June 29, 1968
As Fr. Perrone wrote beforehand in his "Pastor's Descant" column in the church bulletin: "I wonder what, if anything, will bring our country back to justice, our Church back to sanity, our people back to moral consciousness. I was reminded in my prayers of a single line from a psalm, 'Bring us back, O Lord.' In the Latin text this is Convertere nos, which text is translated 'Convert us!' I will be asking for this very thing when I recite the dedication prayer. I suppose it's an intention dear to all your hearts as well as mine.

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