The enthronement of the Sacred Heart is a beautiful tradition in the Church, and in particular for our parish, since St. Margaret Mary received a vision of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and promoted its devotion. To enthrone a picture of the Sacred Heart in our homes is a reminder to let the merciful heart of Jesus reign in our lives. Jesus promises to those who have a devotion to the Sacred Heart that there will be peace in their families, and he will bless the homes who honor his Sacred Heart. As we approach the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart (June 19th), here are some steps you for your family to enthrone the image of the Sacred Heart yourselves!
Here is a video of a priest sharing his story on the Sacred Heart! https://welcomehisheart.com/videos-on-the-sacred-heart-of-jesus
Step 1: Find a place of honor in your home to enthrone the image of the Sacred Heart. You can place some candles, or other devotional items in the area to make it a place of prayer.
Step 2: Pick an image of the Sacred Heart. We’ve provided several options, but you can always find your own!
Step 3: Frame the image. Here’s a link for some crafty ways to make a frame as a family. You can even have everyone make their own unique frame and print out multiple images to place in every bedroom! https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Photo-Frame
Step 4: Gather as a family to pray the following prayer as you place the image in the spot you picked out.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus,
who did make known to St. Margaret Mary
Your ardent desire to reign over Christian families,
behold us assembled here today to proclaim Your absolute dominion over our home.
Henceforth we purpose to lead a life like Yours so that among us may flourish the virtues for which You did promise peace on earth, and for this end we will banish from our midst the spirit of the world which You abhor so much.
You will reign over our understanding by the simplicity of our faith.
You will reign over our hearts by an ardent love for You;
and may the flame of this love be ever 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 Your Sacred Heart,
remind him of Your 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 every one of us be resigned to Your eternal decrees,
and seek consolation in the thought that we shall all one day be reunited in heaven,
where we shall sing the praises and blessings of Your Sacred Heart for all eternity.
May the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the glorious Patriarch St. Joseph offer You 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!
Also here’s a simple prayer for young children to memorize and pray:
Loving Jesus, I give you my heart.
Help me to love you more and more.
Jesus, I just you to always be with me!
Jesus, please watch over me!
Jesus, I know that you love me.
Jesus, make my heart like yours. Amen
Step 5: Remember that you’ve entrusted your family to the Sacred Heart! Make a plan to gather around the image at various points of the week to pray together as a family.