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This year, the Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated Friday, June 24. Though it is a solemnity, it is not a holy day of obligation. Although devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus goes back many centuries, it was not celebrated universally in the Church until 1856 when Pope Pius IX made it a solemnity. It is always celebrated during the octave of Corpus Christi or 19 days after Pentecost Sunday. The Sacred Heart of Jesus represents his divine love for humanity, demonstrated most tangibly by the sacrifice of his life for our sins. For more information, see "Sacred Heart of Jesus: 'God loved us first'" or pray this Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.