Make Devotion to Sacred Heart a Family Affair, Laity in Ghana Urge

Members of the National Sacred Heart Confraternity during their 9th National Congress in the Konongo-Mampong Diocese in 2016.

On the occasion of Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus marked amid the heat of COVID-19, devotees across Ghana have been called to rededicate their lives to God through prayers and to make their devotion a family affair.

In his address to mark the Solemnity Friday, June 19, Togbe Atsuvi Srem, National President of the Ghana’s Sacred Heart Enthronement Centre encouraged the devotees Sacred Heart of Jesus not to lose hope over the current world-wide CIOVID-19 pandemic but instead to seek forgiveness of sins for themselves and for the whole world.

“We must rededicate ourselves to God through the Sacred Heart of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ by praying fervently, asking for the forgiveness of our sins and those of the whole world, with the promise to change for the better to try to fulfill the wish of God,” Mr. Togbe Srem said.

He added, “Only then shall we expect mercy from the Father in heaven. All hope is not lost; He is a forgiving Father. He listens to His children. Mother Mary continues to plead on our behalf.”

The retired Educationist further said that the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was obligatory to all Christians but membership of the Sacred Heart Confraternity, though recommended, is not obligatory and that “the obligatory nature of the devotion was derived from the fact of its inseparable link to the Holy Spirit of God, which is the font of divine love.”


Associated with St. Margaret Mary Alacoque who saw multiple visions of the Sacred Heart between 1673 and 1675, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus has been celebrated all over the world since 1856 during the time of Pius IX where devotees honor the heart of Jesus as a symbol of “God's boundless and passionate love for humankind.” 

The Solemnity is celebrated on the Friday after the octave (eighth day) of the feast of Corpus Christi. 

In Ghana, the Sacred Heart Confraternity has over 20,000 members who are drawn from the 20 dioceses of the West African country.

During the celebration of the Solemnity, the country is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through a prayer, which is also recommended to be said at the first Friday devotions of every month.

Part of the Prayer has the words, “O Sacred Heart of Jesus, our King, behold we come to acknowledge your supreme dominion over us. In proof thereof, we desire to consecrate ourselves today entirely to you forever, as loyal citizens of our beloved country, Ghana. We dedicate to You our individual homes and families.”

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According to Mr. Togbe Srem who previously headed St. Martin’s Senior high school in the Koforidua diocese, devotion to the Sacred Heart is one of the aspects of Christianity that are not left to the private inclination of individual Christians.

“You cannot equate Sacred Heart Devotion with devotion to any of the Saints of the Catholic Church,” he said, and added, “The Sacred Heart devotion is not the prerogative of members of the Sacred Heart Confraternity but rather, a devotion that leads us unfailingly to the Eucharist as Sacrament and Sacrifice and finds the best seed-ground in the natural family.”

The retired head teacher expressed gratitude to the Catholic Bishops in Ghana for encouraging all Catholics to indulge in the devotion and “to enthrone the Sacred Heart of Jesus in their homes and make the devotion a family one, hence their support for the National Sacred Heart of Jesus Congress, held once every five years.”

 “We continue to pray for the continuous growth and support for the devotion as a way of serious commitment to the Word of God through Christ for the Church as we change our ways of life to be Christ-centered,” he said.       

He further urged Catholics to devote the month of June “to pray and offer their spiritual, material and financial support for the welfare of Priests, noting that the day is celebrated world over as the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests.”


The Sacred Heart devotion has made a significant impact on Catholics in Ghana, he said, noting that “several Catholics who took the devotion seriously (have) testified as to the spiritual benefits they (have) received from it.”

He added that the leadership of the Confraternity would focus on strengthening the Young Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, also referred to as Tarcisians, to stand up for the truth as well as help members to understand more and appreciate the teachings of the Catholic Church and devotions.

“Another area the leadership would look at is the intensification of the Sacred Heart Devotions and enthronement of the Sacred Heart in homes,” he announced.