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OLSS Youth & Young Adult Ministries
First Friday Adoration Hour

Friday, July 2

Welcome! Please be seated, and please silence or turn off your cell phones.

Thank you for joining our Youth & Young Adult Ministry this First Friday to adore Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. You will find the program below, as well as the promises Our Lord gave St. Margaret Mary Alacoque for those who complete 9 consecutive First Fridays.  

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When the Blessed Sacrament is placed in the Monstrance, PLEASE KNEEL.

O salutaris Hostia,                                O saving Victim, open wide,
Quae caeli pandis ostium:                  The gate of heaven to us below!
Bella premunt hostilia,                        Our foes press on from every side;
Da robur, fer auxilium.                        Thine aid supply, thy strength bestow.

Uni trinoque Domino                           To Thy great name by endless praise,
Sit sempiterna gloria,                           Immortal Godhead, one in Three;
Qui vitam sine termino                       Oh, grant us endless length of days,
Nobis donet in patria.                           In our true native land with Thee. 
Amen.                                                         Amen.

Reader 1: Let us begin, as we do all things: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Let us pray together:  

 

My Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You are really here in this Sacrament. Night and day You remain here compassionate and loving. You call, You wait for, You welcome everyone who comes to visit You. I thank You, Jesus my Divine Redeemer for coming upon the earth for our sake and for instituting the Adorable Sacrament of the Holy
Eucharist in order to remain with us until the end of the world. I thank You for hiding beneath the Eucharistic species
Your infinite majesty and beauty, which Your Angels delight to behold, so that I might have courage to approach the throne of Your mercy.

 

I thank You dear Jesus, for having become the priceless Victim, to merit for me the fullness of heavenly favors.
Awaken in me such confidence in You that their fullness may descend ever more fruitfully upon my soul.
I thank You for offering Yourself in thanksgiving to God for all His benefits, spiritual and temporal which He has bestowed on me. Grant me grace and perseverance in your faithful service.

 

Amen.

You are now invited to kneel or sit as you feel comfortable during this time of meditation and prayer.

Nothing But the Blood 

1 What can wash away my sin?                                3 Nothing can for sin atone: 
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.                                nothing but the blood of Jesus. 
What can make me whole again?                            Naught of good that I have done: 
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.                                nothing but the blood of Jesus. [Refrain]

Refrain:                                                                             4 This is all my hope and peace: 
O precious is the flow                                                  nothing but the blood of Jesus. 
that makes me white as snow;                                  This is all my righteousness: 
no other fount I know;                                                 nothing but the blood of Jesus. [Refrain]
nothing but the blood of Jesus.  

2 For my pardon this I see: 
nothing but the blood of Jesus. 
For my cleansing this my plea: 
nothing but the blood of Jesus. [Refrain]

Silent Adoration

Take this time to open your heart to Jesus. Share with him your joys and trials, ask him to hold you close to his Sacred Heart. Ask him to heal whatever in your life needs healing, ask him to open your heart even further to His will for your life. Ask the Blessed Mother to intercede for you, pray to your favorite saints. Surrendering ourselves to Jesus brings a fulfillment and happiness we cannot find anywhere else in our lives.

Psalm 56

 

1. Be gracious                                                                                      [Repeat Verse 1]

My enemies are all surrounding

Be gracious

You are the One that keeps my feet from falling                   [Repeat Chorus]

 

2. When I'm afraid

I put my trust in You                                                                        Bridge: I will give thanks to You, my Lord

Your word I praise                                                                             For You have saved me for kingdom come

I will not fear what man can do                                                    I will perform my vows to You

                                                                                                                 That I may walk in the light of Your Son

Chorus:                                                                                                  Oh, I will give thanks to You, my Lord

You are keeping count of all my tears                                        For You have saved me for kingdom come

I am confident that You are for me                                             Oh, I will perform my vows to You

Now until the end, You're what I praise                                    That I may walk in the light of Your Son.

I am confident that You are for me

I won't be afraid

I won't be afraid

Prayer for Vocations

Reader #2: Let us pray together for vocations to the priesthood & religious life.

God of Life, You speak to us and nourish us through the life of our Church community. In the name of Jesus, we ask you to send your Spirit so that all men and women among us will respond to your call to service and leadership in our Church as priests, deacons, brothers, and sisters. May those who open their hearts and minds to this call be encouraged and strengthened through Our enthusiasm and support. We make this prayer through Jesus your Son.

Amen.

How Can I Keep from Singing?

1. My life flows on in endless song;                                   4. I lift my eyes, the cloud grows thin

Above earth's lamentation,                                                   I see the blue above it

I hear the sweet, though far-off hymn                             And day by day this pathway smooths,

That hails a new creation                                                      Since first I learned to love it,

 

2. Through all the tumult and the strife,                         5. The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart

I hear that music ringing                                                      A fountain ever springing 

It finds an echo in my soul                                                   For all things are mine since I am his

How can I keep from singing?                                             How can I keep from singing?

 

3. What though my joys and comforts die?                    Refrain: No storm can shake my inmost calm

I know my Savior liveth                                                        While to that refuge clinging

What though the darkness gather round?                      Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth

Songs in the night he giveth                                                How can I keep from singing?

 

Refrain: No storm can shake my inmost calm

While to that refuge clinging

Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth

How can I keep from singing?

Closing Prayers

Reader #3:  Please stand.  Together let us pray:

 

Our Father . . .

Hail Mary . . . 

Glory Be . . .

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

You are welcome to show reverence to the Blessed Sacrament at the altar and Exit in Silence. 

Thank you for spending this hour with Jesus in prayer!
 

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12 Promises of First Friday Devotion 

History

At the end of the 17th century Our Lord appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alocoque (1647-1690) and asked her to spread devotion to His Most Sacred Heart. In a letter written to her Mother Superior in May 1688, St. Margaret Mary set out what is called The Great Promise Our Lord made regarding the Nine First Fridays and what we must do to earn it.

She wrote: “On Friday during Holy Communion, He said these words to His unworthy slave, if I mistake not: ‘I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that Its all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on nine first Fridays of consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they will not die under My displeasure or without receiving their sacraments, My divine Heart making Itself their assured refuge at the last moment.'”

Promises

If you complete the 9 First Fridays, the promises which the Lord said he would bestow are listed below.

  1. I will give them all of the graces necessary for their state of life.

  2. I will establish peace in their homes.

  3. I will comfort them in all their afflictions.

  4. I will be their strength during life and above all during death.

  5. I will bestow a large blessing upon all their undertakings.

  6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.

  7. Tepid souls shall grow fervent.

  8. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.

  9. I will bless every place where a picture of my heart shall be set up and honored.

  10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.

  11. Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.

  12. I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant all to those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

Requirements

In order to meet the requirements for this devotion, you must complete the following EACH First Friday in addition to an hour of adoration for 9 consecutive months: 

1. Go to Mass

2. Go to Confession

3. Receive Holy Communion

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Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Have Mercy on Us.