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Ceremony of Enthronement

It is, again, recommended to have Mass celebrated for the intentions of the family the day of the Enthronement, or at least to attend Mass as a Family and to receive Holy Communion (at least the Sunday before).

The place reserved for the image is set up as a small altar. The image of the Sacred Heart is prepared on another table covered in white with candles and flowers. A small bottle of holy water is also prepared.

Blessing of the House or Apartment
(ad libitum)

At the set hour, parents, children, and friends assemble in the main room of the house for the ceremony. If the house is not yet blessed, the priest, in surplice and white stole, first blesses it.

V. Adjutorium nostrum in Nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit caelum et terram.
V. Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Bene +dic Domine, Deus omni-potens, domum istam; ut sit in ea sanitas, castitas, victoria, virtus, humilitas, bonitas, et mansuetudo, plenitudo legis, et gratiarum actio Deo Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto; et haec benedictio maneat semper super hanc domum et super habitantes in ea nunc et in omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
R. Who made Heaven and earth.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.
Let us pray.

O Lord God Almighty, bless this house. In it may there be health, chastity, victory over sin, strength, humility, goodness of heart and gentleness, full observance of Thy law and gratefulness to God the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. And may this blessing remain upon this house and upon those who live here, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of the Images (Statues) of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart

When it is impossible to have a priest present, the images are blessed beforehand. The family kneels before the images. The priest, in surplice and white stole, begins by the blessing.

V. Adjutorium nostrum in Nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit caelum et terram.
V. Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui Sanctorum tuorum imagines sculpi aut pingi non reprobas, ut quoties illas oculis corporis intuemur, toties eorum actus et sanctitatem ad imitandum memoriae oculis meditemur, hanc quaesumus, imaginem (seu sculpturam) in honorem et memoriam Sacratissimi Cordis Unigeniti Filii tui Domini nostri Jesu Christi, adaptam bene+dicere et sancti+ficare digneris; et praesta, ut quicumque coram illa Cor Sacratissimum Unigeniti Filii tui suppliciter colere et honorare studuerit, illius meritis et obtentu, a te gratiam in praesenti, et aeternam gloriam obtineat in futurum. Per eundeum Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Ultimo aspergat aqua benedicta.

V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord
R. Who made Heaven and earth.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.
Let us pray.

Almighty, everlasting God, Thou dost not forbid us to represent Thy saints in stone or paint, so that, as often as we look upon their likenesses with the eyes of the body, we may with the eyes of the mind meditate upon their holiness and be led to imitate their deeds. In Thy kindness, we beg Thee to bless and sanctify these pictures (statues), meant to honor and call to mind the Most Sacred Heart of Thy only-begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, His Most Holy Mother. May all who in their presence humbly strive to serve and honor Thy only-begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Blessed Virgin Mary, by Their merits and intercession gain from Thee grace in the present life and eternal glory in the life to come. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Then the priest sprinkles the images with holy water.

Enthronement of the Images

Then the head of the family sets up the images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a place of honor, in order to render homage to the Reign of the Love of Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary which is everywhere so unknown.

Recitation of ‘The Creed’

After the blessing, in order to give explicit expression to the faith of the family, all recite the Apostles’ Creed out loud and standing.

I believe in God/ the Father Almighty,/ Creator of Heaven and earth;/ and in Jesus Christ/ His only Son,/ Our Lord/ Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,/ born of the Virgin Mary,/ suffered under Pontius Pilate,/ was crucified,/ died,/ and was buried. He descended into hell,/ the third day He rose again from the dead;/ He ascended into heaven/ and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,/ from whence He will come 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.

Address of the Priest

Everyone is seated while the priest addresses a few words to those present. He recalls:

  • The signification of the Enthronement;
  • The Christian life of obedience, confidence and love that the Sacred Hearts await from the families who have given Jesus and Mary this honor;
  • The special and abundant blessings which are given to those families faithful to their promises to Jesus and Mary;
  • The family’s promise to renew frequently its consecrations, especially during the evening prayers.

Act of Consecration of the Family
to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

This form was approved by St. Pius X on May 19, 1908 and is required as such to gain the indulgences. Thus, it cannot be modified. It is recited kneeling by both the priest and the family. If a priest is not present, it is led by the head of the household.

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 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/ Thy Sacred Heart, remind him of Thy goodness and mercy/ towards 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 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.

Homage to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

All stand, in order to thank the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the grace of the Enthronement that Jesus has granted to the family, and to proclaim this good Mother as the Queen of the home. Her image is installed next to that of the Sacred Heart. All recite the “Hail Holy Queen.”

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail 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.

Act of Consecration of the Family to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Immaculate Heart of Mary,/ Mother of the Heart of Jesus,/ Mother and Queen of our household,/ that we may fulfill Thy ardent desire,/ we consecrate ourselves to Thee,/ and we beseech Thee to reign over our family. Reign over each one of us,/ and teach us how to make the Sacred Heart of Thy Divine Son/ reign and triumph in us and about us,/ as He has reigned and triumphed in Thee.

Reign over us, O Beloved Mother,/ so that we may be Thine both in prosperity and in adversity,/ in joy and in sorrow,/ in health and in sickness,/ in life and in death. O most compassionate Heart of Mary, Queen of Virgins,/ watch over our souls and our hearts/ and preserve them from the flood of pride,/ impurity,/ and paganism of which Thou hast complained so bitterly. We desire to do reparation/ for the numerous crimes committed/ against Jesus and Thee. We call upon our home,/ upon the homes of this country/ and upon those of the entire world,/ the peace of Christ in justice and charity.

Wherefore we promise/ to imitate Thy virtues,/ by a practical Christian life,/ and by frequent and fervent Holy Communion,/ regardless of human respect. We come with confidence to Thee,/ O Throne of Grace and Mother of Fair Love;/ inflame us with the same divine fire/ which has inflamed Thine own Immaculate Heart. Kindle in our hearts and homes,/ the love of purity,/ an ardent zeal for souls,/ and desire for the holiness of family life. We accept now,/ all the sacrifices that the Christian life will impose on us/ and we offer them to the Heart of Jesus,/ by Thy Immaculate Heart,/ in a spirit of reparation and of penance. To the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary/ be love, honor, and glory forever and ever! Amen.

Prayer for Absent and Dead Family Members

No one should be absent on this solemn occasion, therefore those who have died should be called to mind. Thus say one Our Father and one Hail Mary for these, and for those who are absent.

Our Father ... & Hail Mary ...
V. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. Sanctify, O Lord, those who devote themselves to Thy service.
R. And all those who place their hope in Thee.

Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus For Children

If the children are present, they may recite the following prayer:

O Sacred Heart of Jesus,/ Heart of our best Friend and most lovable King/ Thou hast set up Thy throne in this house,/ in order to always live with us,/ say to us those same words:/ “Let the little children come unto Me.”/ Behold us, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, kneeling at Thy feet/ and promising from now on/ to be as obedient and respectful as Thou wast to Thy holy Parents! at the little house at Nazareth,/ so that we may grow both in virtue and wisdom along with age. Most lovable Heart of Jesus,/ Thou wishest also to possess our hearts,/ for Thou hast said:/ “My child, give Me your heart.”/ Thou wishest to remain alone in our hearts,/ and We must console Thee by our love,/ for all those who do not know Thee or do not desire to love Thee. Most sweet Jesus, Divine Friend of children,/ receive our hearts,/ make them pure, holy and happy,/ Receive also our bodies, our souls,/ and all our strength. We consecrate ourselves to Thee! now and forever. Be Thou alone our King. All our thoughts, and our words,/ our actions, and our prayers,/ we consecrate to Thee,/ our Friend and our King.

All for Thee,/ O Sacred Heart of Jesus!

The children may recite a poem or sing a hymn in honor of the Sacred Heart.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

The whole family recites the following prayer:

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 as 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 innocent 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 beloved 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 illusions. 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 this home” (Lk. 19:5).

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!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! (Thrice)/ Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!/ St. Joseph, pray for us!/ St. Pius X, pray for us!/ St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us!/ St. Claude de la Columbiere, pray for us!/ Long live the Sacred Heart of Jesus forever and ever. Amen

Blessing of the Priest

The priest blesses those present by the usual formula:

Benedictio Dei omnipotentis, Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti, descendat super vos et maneat semper. Amen.

Both the priest and the family sign the Certificate of Enthronement. This great document is to be reserved with the other keepsakes of the family, or framed and hung near the Sacred Heart. (Ask for your copy from The Fatima Center.)