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23 June 2006

Sacred Heart Chaplet: Make it, pray it! 

Since today's the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I figured I'd share a picture and info. about the Sacred Heart Chaplet I knotted awhile back.

Make It!

Sacred Heart Chaplet; click for larger image

I made this with Crimson Red variegated twine, and finished it with a San Damiano crucifix and Sacred Heart medal. As for the amount of twine used, I don't remember for sure 'cause it's been awhile. (Sorry!) I can say that it was significantly less than the usual 19-1/2 to 20 feet needed for a standard 5-decade Rosary, though.

Pray It!

One of my Franciscan sisters introduced me to this wonderful Chaplet, and I love it for its power-packed brevity. When I'm tired and cranky and don't have the energy for much else, I can pray this Chaplet, and I'm instantly immersed in Christ's all-encompassing love. It's kinda' like the spiritual equivalent of a pep pill, or caffeine rush.

The chaplet is composed of 39 beads (or knots, in this case) -- 6 of which are large, and 33 small -- a centerpiece, crucifix, and a Sacred Heart medal. The small beads represent the 33 years of the mortal life of our Lord. The first 30 call to mind the years of his private life and are divided into 5 groups of 6. The 3 near the crucifix recall his public life.

As with the Franciscan Crown, I've seen many slight variations on this Chaplet, so the following is just one way you can pray it.

  • To Start: On the crucifix, pray the Anima Christi:

    Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
    Body of Christ, save me.
    Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
    Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
    Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
    O good Jesus, hear me.
    Within Thy wounds hide me.
    Separated from Thee let me never be.
    From the malignant enemy, defend me.
    At the hour of death, call me.
    And close to Thee bid me.
    That with Thy saints I may be
    Praising Thee, forever and ever. Amen.
  • On the small beads say:

    Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.
  • On the large beads say:

    O Sweetest Heart of Jesus, I implore
    that I may ever love thee more and more.
  • After each grouping, say:

    Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.
  • To End: Finish on the centerpiece and pray:

    May the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the most Blessed Sacrament
    be praised and adored and loved with grateful affection,
    at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world,
    even to the end of time. Amen.
Learn More About It!

I did a quick search and found some resources on devotion to the Sacred Heart for further reading:



Blogger Bego said...

I like this one Lisa. It reminds me a bit of the Divine Mercy in its simplkicity. I might give it a try.

Maria (looking around, I know there's some twine around here somewhere)

24 June, 2006 07:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this! I never even knew that there was a chaplet to the Sacred Heart. I'm going to have to make me one now! Thank you for sharing!

24 June, 2006 13:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing! I love this chaplet!

23 November, 2008 17:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing. I did not know of this before. I am going to make it ... pray it ... and share it. Thank you, again.

02 July, 2011 13:45  
Anonymous Fernanda said...

Could tell me the history of this chaplet?

The prayers are beautiful but I would like to know how it started.

God bless!

08 April, 2013 18:54  
Blogger Rich said...

This is a really awesome chaplet that I was really not aware of, but I'm really looking forward to praying. I feel the love here. Thank you!

01 August, 2013 21:25  
Blogger Sonja said...

Thanks for this great post. I just found your blog and I am happy to find someone else who enjoys knotting. I started a few years ago and love it. I didn't know about this chaplet either and and am anxious to make one. Sonja

20 November, 2015 11:13  

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