ur Lord appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) and requested this devotion to make reparation to His Sacred Heart. The devotion consists of the following practices:
- RECEIVING COMMUNION FREQUENTLY (may be 8 days before or after the Friday as long as one stays in a state of grace);
- NINE FIRST FRIDAYS: going to CONFESSION and receiving the Eucharist on the first Friday of each month for nine consecutive months in a spirit of making reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Many parishes offer public First Friday devotions; if they do, you must perform First Fridays publicly. If it isn't offered in your parish, you can do this privately, going to Confession, receiving the Eucharist, and offering prayers for the intention of the Holy Father.
See the Fisheaters' Website
for more information about the devotion, for the list of promises attached to this devotion for those who practice it, and for other devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.