"She [the Catholic Church] remains young and vigorous, always overflowing with that strength with which she sprang from the transpierced Heart of Christ in the death on the cross." Pope St. Pius X: Jucunda Sane
From the earliest days
of the Church, "Christ's open side and the mystery of blood and water were
meditated upon, and the Church was beheld issuing from the side of Jesus, as
Eve came forth from the side of Adam. It is in the eleventh and twelfth
centuries that we find the first unmistakable indications of devotion to the
Sacred Heart. Through the wound in the side, the wound Heart was gradually
reached, and the wound in the Heart symbolized the wound of love." (Catholic
Preparation: It is good if all can attend Mass that day and receive the
Eucharist. If a priest won't be present for the Enthronement Ceremony,
an image of the Sacred Heart will have already been blessed. The wall
will have already been prepared for hanging the image (if it's to be
hung on the wall), flowers and such should adorn the table or mantle
under where the picture will be placed/hung, the frame for the
Certificate and the Certificate itself should be ready, refreshements
will already have been prepared, Sacred Scripture will be handy, any
candles used should be lit, etc. If a priest will be attending the
ceremony, it is good to have him bless your home.
All are seated while the father explains what is about to happen. The priest or natural father may begin with a short talk on the meaning and importance of the Enthronement, and comment on various steps of the ritual.
Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, who dost approve the painting and sculpturing of the images of Thy Saints, so that as often as we gaze upon them we are reminded to imitate their deeds and sanctity; vouchsafe, we implore Thee, to bless and sanctify this image' made in honor and in memory of the Most Sacred Heart of Thy only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ; and grant, that whosoever in its presence, will suppliantly worship and honor the Most Sacred Heart of Thy only begotten Son, may obtain through His merits and intercession grace in this life and everlasting glory in the world to come. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
|The priest or natural father now sprinkles the image with holy water. Then the father, or in his absence, the mother or some other member of the family, enthrones the image in the place of honor prepared for it. This is the symbolic act of Enthronement. All stand.|
All sit and remain seated while the priest or natural father addresses a
few words to those present, reminding the members of the family of what
the Sacred Heart expects from families which have acknowledged Him as
King; recalling the magnificent promises of the Sacred Heart; urging the
family to live its Enthronement and frequently to renew the act of
consecration which they are about to make.
Then all kneel, while the priest and the father [or father alone, or his representative] recite the official Act of Consecration.
|O Sacred Heart of
Jesus, who didst make known to St. Margaret Mary Thine ardent desire to
reign over Christian families, behold us assembled here today to
proclaim Thine absolute dominion over our home.
Henceforth we purpose to lead a life like unto Thine, so that amongst us may flourish the virtues for which Thou didst promise peace on earth, and for this end * we will banish from our midst * the spirit of the world which Thou dost abhor so much.
Thou wilt reign over our understanding by the simplicity of our faith. Thou wilt reign over our hearts by an ardent love for Thee; and may the flame of this love be kept burning in our hearts by the frequent reception of the Holy Eucharist.
Deign, O Divine Heart, to preside over our meetings, to bless our undertakings, both spiritual and temporal, to banish all worry and care, to sanctify our joys and soothe our sorrows. If any of us should ever have the misfortune to grieve Thy Sacred Heart, remind him of Thy goodness and mercy toward the repentant sinner.
Lastly when the hour of separation will sound and death will plunge our home into mourning, then shall we all and everyone of us be resigned to Thy eternal decrees, and seek consolation in the thought that we shall one day be reunited in Heaven, where we shall sing the praises and blessings of Thy Sacred Heart * for all eternity.
May the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the glorious Patriarch St. Joseph offer Thee this our Consecration, and remind us of the same all the days of our life.
Glory to the Divine Heart of Jesus, our King and our Father!
Now all pray the one Pater, one Ave, and one Glory Be:
Now all pray a prayer of thanksgivng:
|Glory be to Thee, O
Sacred Heart of Jesus, for the infinite mercy Thou hast bestowed upon
the privileged members of this family. Thou hast chosen it from
thousands of others, as a recipient of Thy love and a sanctuary of
reparation wherein Thy most loving Heart shall find consolation for the
ingratitude of men.
How great, O Lord Jesus, is the confusion of this portion of Thy faithful flock as we accept the unmerited honor of seeing Thee preside over our family! Silently we adore Thee, overjoyed to see Thee sharing under the same roof the toils, cares and joys of Thy children! It is true, we are not worthy that Thou shouldst enter our humble abode, but Thou hast already reassured us, when Thou didst reveal Thy Sacred Heart to us, teaching us to find in the wound of Thy Sacred Side the source of grace and life everlasting. In this loving and trusting spirit we give ourselves to Thee, Thou who art unchanging Life.
Remain with us, Most Sacred Heart, for we feel an irresistible desire to love Thee and make Thee loved. May our home be for Thee a haven as sweet as that of Bethany, where Thou canst find rest in the midst of loving friends, who like Mary have chosen the better part in the loving intimacy of Thy Heart!
May this home be for Thee, O be. loved Savior, a humble but hospitable refuge during the exile imposed on Thee by Thine enemies.
Come, then, Lord Jesus, come, for here as at Nazareth, we have a tender love for the Virgin Mary, Thy sweet Mother whom Thou hast given us to be our Mother. Come, to fill with Thy sweet presence the vacancies which misfortune and death have wrought in our midst.
O most faithful
Friend, hadst Thou been here in the midst of sorrow, our tears would
have been less bitter; the comforting balm of peace would then have
soothed these hidden wounds, which are known to Thee alone.
All stand and thank the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the grace of the Enthronement, and to proclaim this loving Mother as the Queen of the home, all recite the Hail Holy Queen.
Optional: If so desired, an Act of Consecration to the Heart of Mary may be added, and her image installed near the Sacred Heart.
Mary , I come to thy most lovable and sweet Heart, refuge of sinners. I
offer myself to thee and consecrate my entire life to thine Immaculate
Heart. In this consecration of my total person, I offer thee my body and
soul with all its miseries and weaknesses. I offer thee my heart with
all its affections and desires, my prayers, works, joys and sufferings.
I offer thee every temptation that comes to me so that my every thought
and desire may be purified through thy holy intercession.
My Queen, my Mother, I offer thee in consecration all sufferings which come into my life, both physical and spiritual. I offer thee especially my death with all that will accompany it. I offer thee my last agony. Accept all this, my Mother, and take all into thy Immaculate Heart as I give to thee irrevocably all that I am and all that I have, together with all property and possessions. I offer thee my family and all who are near and dear to me. Take them all into thine Immaculate Heart and keep us ever one in thy Son Jesus Christ.
I renew today the vows of my Baptism and Confirmation. Keep me ever faithful to God and to Holy Church, and loyal in obedience to the Holy Father, the Pope. I desire to pray the Rosary properly, meditating on its mysteries. I desire to participate in the Sacrifice of thy Son perpetuated at Holy Mass and receive Him frequently, even daily in Holy Communion. I attach special importance to the first Saturday of the month in reparation to thine Immaculate Heart and I will work for the conversion of sinners. I will strive to live daily the spirit of Eucharistic reparation.
O Queen of the Angels, my Queen and my Mother, I humbly prostrate myself before thee as I approach thee with my Guardian Angel. I desire all the holy Angels, and especially my Guardian, to venerate thee always as Queen of Heaven and Earth. Command my Guardian and all holy Angels to keep me always in thy love and in the union of grace with thy Divine Son. Send forth thy Angels to assist me in spreading devotion to thine Immaculate Heart so that through thine intercession there may be peace in the world and in the Church, and the Kingdom of Christ may come on earth as it is in Heaven. Amen.
The ceremony ends with a short litany:
The priest gives his blessing in the name of the Church, or the natural
father gives a paternal blessing:
Then the members of the family and the priest sign the Certificate of the Enthronement, which should be framed and hung near the image of the Sacred Heart or kept in the family vault. After the ceremony, send in name and address of family to a Local Center or to the National Center. Give date of ceremony, name of officiating priest, if any, and parish.
Periodic Renewal of the Consecration
Periodically, the family might want to renew the Consecration, especially on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, at the Feast of Christ the King (the last Sunday in October), at births, deaths, major life events, such as First Communions, Confirmations, a child leaving for College, etc. The following prayers are for this purpose:
|Renewal of the
Consecration of the Family
Most sweet Jesus, humbly kneeling at Thy feet, we renew the consecration of our family to Thy Divine Heart. Be Thou our King forever! In Thee we have full and entire confidence. May Thy spirit penetrate our thoughts, our desires, our words and our works. Bless our undertakings, share in our joys, in our trials and in our labors. Grant us to know Thee better, to love Thee more, to serve Thee without faltering.
By the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Peace, set up Thy kingdom in our country. Enter closely into the midst of our families and make them Thine own through the solemn enthronement of Thy Sacred Heart, so that soon one cry may resound from home to home: "May the triumphant Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved, blessed and glorified forever!" Honor and glory to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary!
A Prayer for the Christian Family
O God of goodness and mercy, to Thy fatherly protection we commend our family, our household and all that belongs to us. We commit all to Thy love and keeping; do Thou fill this house with Thy blessings even as Thou didst fill the holy house of Nazareth with Thy presence. Keep far from us, above all things, the taint of sin, and do Thou alone reign in our midst by Thy law, by Thy most holy love and by the exercise of every Christian virtue. Let each one of us obey Thee, love Thee and set himself to imitate in his own life Thine example, that of Mary, Thy Mother and our Mother most loving, and that of Thy blameless guardian, Saint Joseph.
Preserve us and our house from all evils and misfortunes, but grant that we may be ever resigned to Thy Divine will even in the sorrows which it shall please Thee to send us. Finally give us all the grace to live in perfect harmony and in the fulness of love toward our neighbor. Grant that every one of us may deserve by a holy life the comfort of Thy holy Sacraments at the hour of death. O Jesus, bless us and protect us.
O Mary, Mother of grace and of mercy, defend us against the wicked spirit, reconcile us with Thy Son, commit us to His keeping, that so we may be made worthy of His promises. St. Joseph, foster father of our Savior, guardian of His holy Mother, head of the Holy Family, intercede for us, bless us and defend our home at all times. Amen.
2:19: But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart.
Devotion to the Sacred
Heart of Jesus focuses mostly on His divine love for mankind and encourages
our humility, gratitude, obedience, and adoration; devotion to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary focuses on Mary's love for God and encourages our
emulating her humility, gratitude, obedience, and adoration. Mary as
loving Mother of Jesus Who suffered for us; Mary as Mother of the Church;
Mary as obedient daughter, Mary as our Gevirah (Queen Mother of Israel) --
we ponder her interior life in each of these roles, consecrate ourselves to
Jesus through her, make reparations for offending her as our Mother, ask her
intercession for us, and emulate her as the model of Christian perfection.
appeared to St. Catherine Labouré standing on a globe, rays of light
streaming from her fingers, enframed in an oval frame inscribed with the
words, "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to
thee." The whole vision "turned" showing the back of the oval inscribed with
the letter "M" entwined with a Cross, and the hearts of Jesus and Mary, the
former surrounded with thorns, the latter pierced with a sword. 12 stars
circled this oval frame. Mary told her to strike a medal in this form -- a
medal now known as the "Miraculous Medal" -- and that all who wore it
properly after having it blessed would receive graces. The wearing of the
Miraculous Medal has become one of the most common devotions to the
A Sure Means of Salvation
Our Lady communicated with Lucia, the oldest of the three children, in her six monthly appearances. She asked the Blessed Virgin Mary to take them to Heaven. "Yes," Our Lady answered, "I will take Jacinta and Francisco soon. You, however, are to stay here a longer time. Jesus wants to use you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish the devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world. I promise salvation to those who embrace it and their souls will be loved by God as flowers placed by myself to adorn His throne".
There are three principal practices of devotion which Our Lady has requested in honor of her Immaculate Heart: the First Saturday of the month, the Five First Saturdays, and the Consecration of Russia. They bear a marked similarity to the devotions in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Text Courtesy of Fisheaters & Our Lady of the Rosary Library