“Sacred Heart of Jesus”
On the evening of 27 DEC 1673, the Feast of St. John the Evangelist, an ordinary French nun, Sr. Margaret Mary Alacoque, was praying before the Blessed Sacrament, lingering a bit longer to remain near her beloved Jesus in the tabernacle.
However, something was different this time; as she later wrote in her recollections:
“The first special grace I think I received … was on the Feast of St. John the Evangelist. Our Lord made me rest for several hours on His sacred breast …
After that I saw this Divine Heart as on a throne of flames, more brilliant than the sun and transparent as crystal. It had its adorable wound and was encircled with a crown of thorns, which signified the pricks our sins caused Him.
It was surmounted by a cross which signified that, from the first moment of His Incarnation, that is, from the time this Sacred Heart was formed, the cross was planted in It; that It was filled, from the very first moment, with all the bitterness, humiliations, poverty, sorrow, and contempt His sacred humanity would have to suffer during the whole course of His life and during His holy Passion.
He made me understand that the ardent desire He had of being loved by men and of drawing them from the path of perdition into which Satan was hurrying them in great numbers, had caused Him to fix upon this plan of manifesting His Heart to men, together with all Its treasures of love, mercy, grace, sanctification and salvation … .
This devotion was a last resort of His love .… [He] wished to favour men in these last centuries with His loving redemption, in order to withdraw them from the empire of Satan, which He intended to destroy, and in order to put us under the sweet liberty of the empire of His love.”
Twice more over the next 18 months, Jesus appeared to her and unveiled to her the secrets and desires of His Heart, especially His plan to dethrone the prince of darkness by manifesting Christ’s love for all of humanity. Without a doubt, our Savior commissioned now-St. Margaret Mary Alacoque to spread devotion to His Heart, all aflame with love, as the healing remedy for a world full of cold hearts and broken hearts.
Lord Jesus made 12 promises to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque for those who would respond to the pleading of His Heart and make an effort to return to His love. These promises included the following:
- I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death.
- Sinners will find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of Mercy.
- I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in My disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.
The last promise listed above is the basis for the “First Fridays” devotion which is also known as “the Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”
I created this Rosary with the heartfelt desire that it will invoke within the prayer a sense of hope, trust, security and reassurance in Lord Jesus’ love for you. That it will comfort and affirm for you, the infinite and immeasurable Love of Jesus, held within and bursting forth from the abyss of His Most Sacred Heart.
I suggest, for your consideration; “That the vastness of Jesus’ Love for us was so great, that it could not be contained within His Sacred Heart, and therefore had to be pierced; so that all of humanity could be covered by the Precious Blood and Water which gushed forth from the wound within His Most Sacred Heart.”
This handcrafted Rosary was created using Dark Purple, Spotted-Jasper gemstone beads for the Ave Maria (Hail Mary) beads, intentionally chosen to remind the prayer of Lord Jesus’ royalty; and the cloak which was mockingly placed upon Him during His crowning with thorns, amidst His Sorrow-filled Passion of Love.
White, Glass Pearls are used for the Pater Noster (Our Father) beads and are intended to lead the prayer to reflect not only on the Purity of Our Lord, but to also remind the prayer of the parable Jesus shared when explaining the Kingdom of Heaven.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value; went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:45, RSV-CE)
The two-sided, Italian-made, Antique Gold centerpiece bears an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the front and an image of Mother Mary on the back.
The Royalty and Divinity of Our Savior is further highlighted within this Rosary by the use of Light Purple, Rondell-cut, spacer beads, Crystal accent beads; and Gold bead caps on the Ave Maria and Pater Noster beads; reflective of the gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh presented to the Infant Jesus at His Birth by the Magi.
The Rosary is “finished” (John 19:30) with an Antique Gold Flare Crucifix.
- Dark Purple, Spotted-Jasper gemstone, Ave Maria beads: 6mm
- White, Glass Pearl, Pater Noster beads: 8mm
- Light Purple, Rondell-cut, Crystal accent beads: 4mm
- Clear, Bicone-cut, Crystal, accent beads: 3mm
- Gold filigree bead caps on the Ave Maria beads and Gold Leaf bead caps on the Pater Noster beads
- Two-side, Italian-made, Antique Gold, Sacred Heart of Jesus Centerpiece: Approximately; 5/8” x 3/4”
- Antique Gold, Flare Crucifix: Approximately; 1 1/4″ x 1 3/4″
- Rosary Length: Approximately; 21 ½”