Enthronement to the Sacred Heart
I have had a devotion to the Sacred Heart for about 20 years now. It started when I traveled with a beautiful and vibrant ministry called NET Ministries (National Evangelization Team). I traveled with a group of 10 other people leading retreats for young people all over the United States. I was able to visit SO MANY PARISHES and pray with so many people. It truly shaped who I am today. We traveled to old parishes on the east coast, beautiful and ornate and breathtaking; as well as to parishes in the Midwest that were built in the 60s and 70s that showcased a different, and equally beautiful, perspective on how churches are built. Each parish was so different, in aesthetic, culture, and perspective. But something that the vast majority had in common was that they almost all had a statue, or stained glass window showing the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In those parishes across the country, my devotion was born. I was drawn to this beautiful image of Jesus’ heart enflamed with love for us with the crown of thorns that surrounded it. Suddenly I found myself wanting to know everything about this image, and wanting to have it with me at all times. I learned years later about the devotion of the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart and vowed that when I had my home and family, we would live this devotion in our home. Well, it took us a while, but we will be participating in this devotion this month, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart on June 28th.
I wanted to share some of the history of this beautiful devotion, as well as the basic directions for how to enthrone your home to the Sacred Heart. I highly encourage you and your family to enter into this devotion this month and share the images you chose with us!!
HISTORY OF THE DEVOTION
The history of the devotion to the Sacred Heart dates back to the late 1600-in roughly 1670 when Jesus appeared to a pious sister, Margaret Mary Alacoque. In the years that followed Jesus would permit Margaret to rest her head upon His heart, and experience such comfort, that she was called to then promote devotion to the Heart of Flesh of Jesus. Jesus asks us, through Margaret Mary, to receive the Eucharist on the first Friday of every month and pray a Holy Hour with Him, to honor His Sacred Heart. In May of 1873 Pope Pius IX approved this devotions. Years later, Pope Leo would delve deeper into this devotion and make approve indulgences for the practicing of this devotion.
There are many promises that Jesus has given us for this specific devotion, and these promises alone made me want to further develop my own devotion to Christ’s Sacred Heart.
Promises of the Sacred Heart
-I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
- I will give peace in their families.
-I will console them in all their troubles.
-I will be their refuge in life and especially in death.
-I will abundantly bless all their undertakings.
-Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
-Tepid souls shall become fervent.
-Fervent souls shall rise speedily to great perfection.
-I will bless those places wherein the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and venerated.
-I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
-Persons who propagate this devotion shall have their names eternally written in my Heart.
-In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.
WOW, RIGHT?! So naturally when I read more about the Enthronement to the Sacred Heart, I was ALL IN. Below are some basic instructions on the process, but I will also add a couple links to websites I found helpful!
DIRECTIONS TO ENTHRONE YOUR HOME TO THE SACRED HEART
Get Directions about how to enthrone your home, there are many prayers and you want to make sure you get all the information you will need.
Pick a date! A priest will be needed, so you may have to choose a date based on his availability!
Book the Priest! Be it your Pastor, or a family friend who is a Priest, talk to them in advance about dates! Discuss what will be needed for the ceremony so that you have everything on hand, i.e. Holy Water.
Get a framed image, or statue of the Sacred Heart and place it in a prominent place in your home.
Invite family and friends to the ceremony! You can have things like holy cards with the image of the Sacred Heart, to give to those who attend. THIS IS A BIG DEAL! So invite your loved ones to share in it with you!
Have a FEAST! Celebrate with your family and friends! This devotion is one of Love and JOY! Share it with others!
I also heard a wonderful podcast about this very devotion on Messy Family Project, episode 91 entitled King of the Home. Alicia and Mike Hernon are the hosts and SO AWESOME at explaining this devotion and so encouraging!
You can also approach your parish priest for guidance if you need more information!
Praying for your family as you go through this month, placing all your trust, fears, hopes, and prayers, before the loving Sacred Heart of Jesus. Enthroning the Sacred Heart of Jesus in your home gives Him authority and Lordship over your home, and all who live there! I will try to post some images from our enthronement on our Instagram!