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The First Friday Devotion in the Catholic Church [Catholic Caucus]
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Posted on 11/05/2010 1:54:49 AM PDT by Salvation

 

The First Friday Devotion in the Catholic Church


History of First Friday

First Friday devotions among Catholics are related to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Christ. First Friday practices date to the last decades of the 17th century, when Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary and spoke to her of His Sacred Heart. Among the promises Our Lord revealed to St. Margaret Mary, the 12th specifically referenced practices for Fridays:

In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart, as given to St. Margaret by Jesus, began to grow in popularity as soon as the saintly woman had died, but was officially recognized 75 years later. Though the devotion dictated to Margaret referred to 9 consecutive first Fridays, it does not need to end there. Many of the Catholic faithful continue to make the First Friday devotion beyond the nine consecutive months.


First Friday Mass

Holy Mass on Friday is devoted to the Sacred Heart and to the Precious Blood of Jesus. Due in part to the promise revealed by Christ to St. Margaret Mary, attending Mass on the First Friday of the month is popular among many Catholics, even if they are unable to attend daily mass regularly throughout the week. Reception of the Holy Eucharist on such Fridays was popular even in years when frequent Communion was not. Fridays, particularly the first Friday of the month, are the popular day in many parishes for the Blessed Sacrament to be taken to the sick and homebound.


Other Friday Devotions

Devotion on Fridays have long existed among the faithful, even if they were not directly connected to the First Friday devotions to the Sacred Heart or were not relegated to the first Friday of a month. This is because, as each Sunday is a reminder and anniversary of Christ’s Resurrection, each Friday is a reminder and anniversary of His Sacrifice.

For example, Pope John XXIII, whose papacy lasted from 1959-1963, practiced a Friday devotion to the Precious Blood of Christ shed on the first Good Friday. Additionally, Friday is and had long been a day of penance for the faithful, not only during Lent but year-round. And some pray the Novena to the Sacred Heart over the nine consecutive First Fridays that they attend Mass.

 

You can read more about St. Margaret Mary here, or by reading her autobiography, and read about Pope John XXIII in Meet John XXIII. Click to view our selection of books on Devotion to the Precious Blood or books on the Devotion to the Sacred Heart.


This article incorporated information from the New Catholic Encyclopedia and Catholic Customs and Traditions.



TOPICS: Catholic; General Discusssion; History; Prayer; Worship
KEYWORDS: adoration; catholic; devotion; first; firstfriday; firstfridays; friday; fridays; heart; sacred; sacredheart
Today is the First Friday of November.
1 posted on 11/05/2010 1:54:56 AM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 11/05/2010 1:57:13 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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First Friday Ping!


3 posted on 11/05/2010 8:25:23 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Ioannes Paulus PP.II 16.X.1978 - 2.IV.2005

Ioannes Paulus PP. II
Karol Wojtyla
16.X.1978 - 2.IV.2005

The best, the surest , and the most effective way of establishing everlasting peace on the face of the earth is through the great power of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament." -- Pope John Paul II

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"Could you not watch one hour?" -- Mark 14:37

I am happy to testify that many young people are discovering the beauty of adoration, whether personal or in community. I invite priests to encourage youth groups in this, but also to accompany them to ensure that the forms of adoration are appropriate and dignified, with sufficient times for silence and listening to the word of God. In life today, which is often noisy and scattered, it is more important than ever to recover the capacity for interior silence and recollection: Eucharistic adoration permits one to do this not only within one's "I" but rather in the company of that "You" full of love who is Jesus Christ, "the God who is near us."
 
~Pope Benedict XVI


4 posted on 11/05/2010 8:26:10 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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First Fridays are an excellent opportunity to stop in at the Adoration Chapel.

 
 

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5 posted on 11/05/2010 8:27:16 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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7 posted on 06/02/2011 7:05:28 PM PDT by Coleus (Adult Stem Cells Work, there is NO Need to Harvest Babies for Their Body Parts!)
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Thanks for the bump.

And don’t forget the First Saturdays either!


8 posted on 06/02/2011 7:12:07 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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