Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The priest or
father of the family 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.
Preparation: It is good if all can attend Mass that day and receive Holy
Communion. 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, refreshments 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 if this has not been done previously.
All are seated while the father explains what is about to happen. The priest
or father of the family may begin with a short talk on the meaning and
importance of the Enthronement, and comment on various steps of the ritual.
Blessing of the Image of the Sacred Heart
is in the Name of the Lord.
Who made Heaven and earth.
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
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 Thine 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
I believe in
God, the Father almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ,
His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the
Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was
buried. He descended into Hell. On the third day He rose again. He ascended
into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. He
will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy
Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of
sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
All sit and remain seated while the priest or father of the family 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 Saint 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
Most Blessed Sacrament.
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 Saint Joseph
offer Thee this, our Consecration, and remind us of the same all the days of
Glory to the Divine Heart of Jesus, our King and our Father!
Now all pray the
one Pater, one Ave, and one Glory Be:
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy
will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among
women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of
God, pray for us sinners, now and in the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in
the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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 joy 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
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
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.
Come, for even now perhaps, there is drawing near for us the twilight of
tribulation, and the decline of the passing days of our youth and our
Stay with us, for already it is late, and a perverted world seeks to envelop
us in the darkness of its denials while we wish to adhere to Thee who alone
art the Way the Truth and the Life.
Repeat for us those words Thou didst utter of old: “This day I must abide in
Yes, dear Lord, take up Thy abode with us, so that we may live in Thy love
and in Thy presence, we who proclaim Thee as our King and wish no other!
May Thy triumphant Heart, O Jesus, be forever loved, blessed, and glorified
in this home! Thy Kingdom Come! Amen!
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
Hail holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To
thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our
sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most
gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us. And after this our exile
show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O
sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.
desired, an Act of Consecration to the Heart of Mary may be added, and her
image installed near the Sacred Heart.
Heavenly Mother 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
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.
The ceremony ends with a short litany:
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Have mercy on us!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. C: Have mercy on
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus C: Have mercy on
Immaculate Heart of Mary C: Pray for us.
St. Joseph C: Pray for us.
St. Margaret Mary C: Pray for us.
Glory to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus forever and ever! Amen.
The priest gives
his blessing in the name of the Church, or the father of the family gives a
May the blessing of Almighty God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, descend upon you and remain forever. Amen.
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.
Periodic Renewal of
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
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 fullness 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.