This prayer expresses love and adoration for Jesus and his most Sacred Heart.
The Devotion/ Prayer to the Sacred Heart on first fridays started years ago. In addition, The First Friday of each month is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a devotion specifically promoted by Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque.
One of the many ways to honor this day is to pray a prayer in adoration and love of the Sacred Heart.
Below is a traditional prayer prayed on First Fridays.
I adore Thee, I love Thee, I praise Thee, I cry to Thee for mercy;
I return Thee thanks, I invoke Thee and confide myself entirely to Thee;
O most holy and adorable Heart of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ;
Who for the salvation of us all didst submit Thyself to the rigors of Divine Justice;
and didst voluntarily accept a birth accompanied with poverty;
sorrow and contempt, a life of labor and contradictions, but of kindness for all;
and death full of opprobrium, confusion and sorrow, and who, in fine;
for the love of those who wish to be saved through Thy divine charity;
dost remain in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar to the end of time. Accomplish;
O most adorable Heart, Thy wishes in my poor and miserable heart;
which I dedicate and consecrate to Thee forever. Grant that it may live in the sentiments of love;
and gratitude which it owes Thee, that it may at all times breathe only Thy honor and glory;
in order that it may expire in the waters of perfect contrition.