We first find reference to the First Friday Devotion in the Second Great Apparition, where the Sacred Heart of Jesus appeared to St. Whilst in this Apparition, He spoke in detail of His wishes for the Holy Hour (see previous entry here).
I promise you, in the excessive mercy of My Heart, that Its all-powerful love will grant all those who communicate on nine consecutive first Fridays of the month the grace of final repentance. Unfortunately, there has been much theological dispute regarding this promise of the nine consecutive First Fridays. But if we consider the matter in greater depth, we will find that it is not something simplistic and automatic that Our Lord expects here, but rather something more. It therefore requires a depth of surrender of heart, a humility and participation in the practise and meaning of the Devotions as a whole. The object of this devotion is to make our Saviour Jesus Christ ardently and perfectly loved, and to make reparation for the outrages offered to Him in the past, as well as for those which He daily receives in the Blessed Eucharist. Father Croiset also points out, as I have noticed through my years of practise of this Devotion, that many people begin preparation for the First Friday, on the Thursday preceding it. On this first Thursday, the Holy Hour is more greatly emphasised and confession is often made, in order to worthily communicate on the First Friday – in a state of grace.
Thus, one may wish to seek out a suitable Priest, who practices the Devotion himself. Such a priest will likely offer a number of beautiful, devotional practices which have become associated with the First Friday over the last centuries.
These include: particular or special confession times prior to Holy Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction, recitation of the Litany of the Sacred Heart. Following Father Croiset’s direction,  it is important to spend the First Fridays (as also with the Feast of the Sacred Heart) contemplating the outrages and sacrileges, which have caused Our Lord so much distress.


Therefore, whilst Our Lord pleads with us to make amends, through Reparation to Him, we should remember that, whilst clearly pleasing Him, the effects of Communion and Reparation on the First Friday work to bring us back to Him. They work to bring us back to the source of all life, to the Heart of God, present in the person of Jesus Christ: the Sacred Heart.
As we prepare ourselves to worthily celebrate this First Friday, let us think of these things. My Divine Heart, is so inflamed with love for men … that, being unable any longer to contain within Itself the flames of Its burning Charity, It must needs spread them abroad … and manifest Itself to them (mankind) in order to enrich them with the precious treasures which I discover to thee, and which contain graces of sanctification and salvation necessary to withdraw them from the abyss of perdition. Let us not forget these words of burning love for us and worthily receive Holy Communion each First Friday, being fully aware of all that Our Lord is asking of us, in terms of reparation and gratitude. From Angelico Press: A most unusual dialogue about Catholic Tradition and Catholic Ireland by Roger Buck, co-creator of this site.
Twenty Books that have Helped us and Inspired our Website - most are featured in our Reviews section. Objection has been made to the seeming simplicity of the requirements requested by the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in that the “grace of final repentence” will automatically be granted to all those who communicate on these nine consecutive First Fridays. Margaret Mary, Our Lord asked that Father Croisset write a detailed manual on the new Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Margaret Mary His suffering on account of our ingratitude, it is we who suffer most at being separated from Our Divine Lord. They work to make amends that will bring us and our fellowmen, back into relationship with our means of salvation; Our loving Friend and God, Jesus Christ. Let us think of how much Our Lord has loved us – so much so that He gave up His life for us.


How do we acknowledge His coming to us, as the Priest utters the words of consecration and Our Lord becomes present on the altar?
Margaret Mary, speaking of the ingratitude we men offer Him, in return for His ardent and passionate love for us. Let us also be aware of the graces that are bestowed upon those who worthily receive Him in Holy Communion. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. It is we who remain in sin, when we are not bathed in the Divine love, issuing forth from the Heart of Our Lord and Saviour.
Let us recall how much He has given of Himself in the Sacrament of His Body and Blood, to renew us, refresh us and to bring us eternal life and nourishment. We have been ungrateful regarding His Sacred Heart, which is enflamed with passionate love.
With all this in mind, let us approach each and every First Friday, reverently, gratefully and with love. Mass and come at communion-time, it will be sufficient to only receive (one is of course in State of Grace).



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