Feasts and Seasonal Schedule

Vicariate of Amman, Patriarchate of Jerusalem

JUNE – DEDICATED TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

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O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Amen.

 NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART

Meditation

Devotion to the Sacred Heart, as we know it, began about the year 1672. On repeated occasions, Jesus appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation nun, in France, and during these apparitions He explained to her the devotion to His Sacred Heart as He wanted people to practice it. he asked to be honored in the symbol of His Heart of flesh; he asked for acts of reparation, for frequent Communion, Communion on the First Friday of the month, and the keeping of the Holy Hour.

When the Catholic Church approved the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she did not base her action only on the visions of Saint Margaret Mary. The Church approved the devotion on its own merits. There is only one Person in Jesus, and that Person was at the same time God and Man. His Heart, too, is Divine — it is the Heart of God.

There are two things that must always be found together in the devotion to the Sacred Heart: Christ’s Heart of flesh and Christ’s love for us. True devotion to the Sacred Heart means devotion to the Divine Heart of Christ insofar as His Heart represents and recalls His love for us.

In honoring the Heart of Christ, our homage lingers on the Person of Jesus in the fullness of His love. This love of Christ for us was the moving force of all he did and suffered for us — in Nazareth, on the Cross, in giving Himself in the Blessed Sacrament, in His teaching and healing, in His praying and working. When we speak of the Sacred Heart, we mean Jesus showing us His Heart, Jesus all love for us and all lovable.

Jesus Christ is the incarnation of God’s infinite love. The Human Nature which the Son of God took upon Himself was filled with love and kindness that has never found an equal. He is the perfect model of love of God and neighbor.

Every day of His life was filled with repeated proofs of “Christ’s love that surpasses all knowledge” (Eph 3:19). Jesus handed down for all time the fundamental feature of His character: “Take My yoke upon your shoulders and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of Heart” (Mt 11:29). He invited all, refusing none, surprising friends and rivals by His unconditional generosity.

The meaning of love in the life of Jesus was especially evident in His sufferings. Out of love for His Father He willed to undergo the death of the Cross. “The world must know that I love the Father and do just as the Father has commanded Me” (Jn 14:31).

The love that Jesus bore toward us also urged Him to undergo the death of the Cross. At the Last Supper, He said, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15:13)

The Heart of Jesus never ceases to love us in heaven. He sanctifies us through the Sacraments. These are inexhaustible fountains of grace and holiness which have their source in the boundless ocean of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Novena Prayer

Divine Jesus, You have said, “Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.” Behold me kneeling at Your feet, filled with a lively faith and confidence in the promises dictated by Your Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary. I come to ask this favor: Mention your request).

To whom can I turn if not to You, Whose Heart is the source of all graces and merits? Where should I seek if not in the treasure which contains all the riches of Your kindness and mercy? Where should I knock if not at the door through which God gives Himself to us and through which we go to God? I have recourse to You, Heart of Jesus. In You I find consolation when afflicted, protection when persecuted, strength when burdened with trials, and light in doubt and darkness.

Dear Jesus, I firmly believe that You can grant me the grace I implore, even though it should require a miracle. You have only to will it and my prayer will be granted. I admit that I am most unworthy of Your favors, but this is not a reason for me to be discouraged. You are the God of mercy, and You will not refuse a contrite heart. Cast upon me a look of mercy, I beg of You, and Your kind Heart will find in my miseries and weakness a reason for granting my prayer.

Sacred Heart, whatever may be Your decision with regard to my request, I will never stop adoring, loving, praising, and serving You. My Jesus, be pleased to accept this my act of perfect resignation to the decrees of Your adorable Heart, which I sincerely desire may be fulfilled in and by me and all Your creatures forever.

Grant me the grace for which I humbly implore You through the Immaculate Heart of Your most sorrowful Mother. You entrusted me to her as her child, and her prayers are all-powerful with You. Amen.

Offering

My God, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for the intentions for which He pleads and offers Himself in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in thanksgiving for Your favors, in reparation for my sins, and in humble supplication for my temporal and eternal welfare, for the needs of our holy Mother the Church, for the conversion of sinners, and for the relief of the poor souls in purgatory.

GENERAL FEASTS DURING THE YEAR

1.Holy Days of Obligation:   Christmas (25 December),  Epiphany (6 January),  Ascension  (a Thursday 40 Days after Easter), and Assumption (15 August).

2.Special Feast Days – Attendance at Mass is recommended highly: Mary, Mother of God (1 January), Joseph (19 March), Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi (Thursday after Trinity Sunday), Sts. Peter and Paul (29 June), All Saints (1 November), and Immaculate Conception (8 December).

The Catholics of Amman also celebrate their patron, John the Baptist, each year by a Pilgrimage to the site of the Baptism of Jesus.     This normally takes place on the Friday after the Second Sunday following Christmas; thus, on a Friday during the first half of January.

3.Catholics worldwide participate in the Eucharist, the Sunday Mass, weekly as their norm and obligation. Also, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is done, at minimum, once per year during the Lent/Easter Seasons.

4.Locally important saints include both Christians and Old Testament saints: Moses, Elijah, Abraham, John the Baptist, Miriam of Egypt, Charbel the Monk.

5.The “Patronal Feast” of our parish is Sacred Heart (always a Friday, 19 days after Pentecost – in 2017, June 23).

6. July 31 – the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus

7. The “Patronal Feast” of the Amman Vicariate is the Death of John the Baptist, 29 August.

Please check the online tab, “Mass Readings” on this Website for exact dates of Holy Days and Feasts in the “Universal Roman Calendar.” Some are moved to the nearest Sunday by the local churches.

Kindly recall that the Catholic Church in Amman will follow the calendar of the Orthodox Churches for the Lent and Easter Seasons. Thus, the dates for Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Corpus Christi, and Trinity Sunday will usually vary by one or more weeks from the “Universal Roman Calendar.”

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SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: 

Trinity Sunday, 10/11 June: Masses as scheduled normally for the Parish. 

Corpus Christi – the Body and Blood of Christ, June 17/18

12th Sunday of Ordinary Time – June 24/25

 

FEASTS DEPENDENT ON EASTER:

Corpus Christi, 15 June, Thursday: Mass at 8:30 AM, Jesuit Center.

Sacred Heart, 23 June, Friday:Mass at 8:30 AM, Jesuit Center . (Patronal Feast of Sacred Heart Parish)              

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