My family and I went through the process of the Sacred Heart Enthronement and formal Consecration back in the 1990’s when I was a little kid growing up in the Midwest. I remember, at the time, the consecration process was a bit arduous for our family. For nine months we attended First Friday Mass at 6 am before school (which is a hardship for kids and caretakers of kids with chronic health conditions), received the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and completed specific prayers.
It took two attempts to successfully complete the consecration to the Sacred Heart. At the end of the nine months, we prepared the house for the Sacred Heart Enthronement. Our parish priest came over to the house and presided over the Enthronement ritual. We set up an altar in our formal living room honoring the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Afterwards, we celebrated with a meal.
At the time, I knew the Consecration and Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was profound and important. I knew certain graces and promises were associated with those that venerated the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Not until adolescence and adulthood did the impact of the Consecration and Enthronement hit home.
Promise 3. “I will comfort them in all their afflictions.”
Promise 4. “I will be their secure refuge during life and, above all, in death.”
Promise 12. “I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in my disgrace nor without receiving their sacraments; my divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.”
My family and I brush with mortality on a somewhat regular basis due to life circumstances and health complexities. In these moments, all of us had an opportunity to receive either the Sacrament of the Sick or Last Rights/Viaticum depending on the gravity. All of us experienced profound peace and calm during those potential last moments of our earthly existence. Furthermore, in two different states and regions of the country, we received services in challenging and life threatening situations at . . . SACRED HEART HOSPITAL or SACRED HEART MEDICAL CENTER (not exactly subtle.) I understand not all health care will be through facilities named after His Most Sacred Heart, but the truth of His promises remains certain.
To this day, the image of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus remains prominent in my parent’s home and will someday hang in my own home. The promises and graces of the Sacred Heart are profound and true. The mystery is real, but the grace is real too. To learn more about the Enthronement, please, read below.
In 1907, Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary was inspired to establish the enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to win homes and the world for Christ. Pope St. Pius X himself commissioned the enthronement, saying: “To save the family is to save society. The work you are undertaking is a work of social salvation.
For more: SSCC.org and SacredHeartApostolate.com.
The enthronement is not complicated, but requires some reverential preparation, with its three principal parts: study, prayer and practical arrangements.
• Contact the National Enthronement Center and the Sacred Heart Apostolate for materials such as the enthronement ceremonial booklet in different languages, enthronement kit, enthronement certificates, images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and books on the devotion. EWTN.com also has a host of devotional resources (see page B2).
• Pray and meditate on the suggested prayers, especially the three decades of the Rosary for the three-day preparation. There is a week’s preparation as well.
• Obtain an image of the Sacred Heart, whether a painting, print, statue or icon.
• Prepare the throne by choosing a central, prominent place in your home, with accompanying sacramentals, such as a Bible, rosary, flowers, candles, photos of family members who are present and absent and prayer intentions.
• Have a priest, deacon or the father/head of the household conduct the enthronement. Invite family, friends and neighbors to attend.
• Then celebrate the King coming into your home.
— Joseph Pronechen
Sacred Heart Enthronement Prayer
Father: Almighty and Eternal Father: We, the (fill in name) family (then each member of the family says his/her first name, beginning with the father), consecrate ourselves and our home to the Sacred Heart of your only begotten Son, who loves us with a tender and everlasting love.
May we return this love as he comes into the midst of our family, to live and share our lives in a special way from this day on.
We accept you, divine Heart of Jesus, as a living member of this family. Stay with us Lord. Sanctify our joys, and comfort us in all our sorrows. May your Holy Spirit inspire each of us so that we may continually be aware of your special presence among us, especially in one another.
Help us, through this consecration, to have a deep and loving respect for one another, so that we may daily live this consecration in our family life. Let our love go beyond our home into this world, so that we may do our part to win other families to your Sacred Heart, thus helping to form a real community among the families of this parish and of the whole world.
All: Sacred Heart of Jesus, we love you. Sacred Heart of Jesus, thy Kingdom come! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us. Glory to the Sacred Heart of Jesus forever and ever! Amen.
12 Promises of Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary for Souls Devoted to His Sacred Heart
1. “I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.”
2. “I will establish peace in their homes.”
3. “I will comfort them in all their afflictions.”
4. “I will be their secure refuge during life and, above all, in death.”
5. “I will bestow a large blessing upon all their undertakings.”
6. “Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.”
7. “Tepid souls shall grow fervent.”
8. “Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.”
9. “I will bless every place where a picture of my Heart shall be set up and honored.”
10. “I will give to priests the gifts of touching the most hardened hearts.”
11. “Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in my Heart, never to be effaced.”
12. “I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in my disgrace nor without receiving their sacraments; my divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.” — EWTN.com
Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, to thee I consecrate and offer up my person and my life, my actions, trials and sufferings, that my entire being may henceforth only be employed in loving, honoring and glorifying thee. This is my irrevocable will, to belong entirely to thee and to do all for thy love, renouncing with my whole heart all that can displease thee.
I take thee, O Sacred Heart, for the sole object of my love, the protection of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my frailty and inconstancy, the reparation for all the defects of my life and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be thou, O Most Merciful Heart, my justification before God thy Father, and screen me from his anger, which I have so justly merited. I fear all from my own weakness and malice, but placing my entire confidence in thee, O Heart of love, I hope all from thine infinite goodness. Annihilate in me all that can displease or resist thee.
Imprint thy pure love so deeply in my heart that I may never forget thee or be separated from thee.
I beseech thee, through thine infinite goodness, grant that my name be engraved upon thy Heart; for in this I place all my happiness and all my glory, to live and to die as one of thy devoted servants.