What is the First Fridays Devotion?

The First Fridays devotion arises from the private revelations of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690). One of the promises Jesus made to St. Margaret Mary is as follows:

I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to 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.

Director of the John Paul II Institute for Divine Mercy Dr. Robert Stackpole makes clear that we can't simply make the devotion once and presume that we'll get to Heaven when we die without any further conversion or repentance.

"Christ promises to pour out the grace of final perseverance on those who perform this devotion with the proper dispositions of faith and love - but the soul must still cooperate with that grace at the time of death, for God's grace will never compel anyone to surrender to His love," Dr. Stackpole explains.

So make this devotion a part of your life of prayer, frequent reception of the Sacraments, and works of mercy. Receive Holy Communion on nine consecutive First Fridays with the intention of honoring the Sacred Heart and obtaining the graces Jesus promised. It's easy, with extraordinary rewards!


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