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Home Enthronement of
The Sacred Heart of Jesus and
The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Enthronement is a crusade to establish the Social Reign of the Sacred Heart in society through the family, the social cell. It is based on Our Lord’s statement to St. Margaret Mary: “I will reign through My Heart!”

It is an organized campaign to restore Christ to the family and the family to Christ. It is the answer to the question: “What can we do to save the family?”

How Does the Enthronement
Restore Christ to the Family?

The Enthronement begins with a beautiful and impressive ceremony. In the home itself, in the presence of the priest, who presides at the ceremony, the family publicly and solemnly acknowledges that Christ is the King and loving Master of its home. This is done by having the head of the family install a picture or statue of the Sacred Heart in the place of honor, in the principal room of the home, as on a throne — hence the word “Enthronement.” After this solemn acknowledgment of the sovereign rights of Christ the King over the family, the members consecrate themselves to the Sacred Heart. Thereby they pledge themselves to live as though the Sacred Heart were actually dwelling in their midst as He did at Nazareth, treating Him as an intimate member of the family, as a Friend and Brother.

Is This All There Is to the Enthronement?

No, the ceremony is only the beginning of a new life, a life of love; of loving obedience to all the commandments of Christ and the Church; a life of prayer: especially of family prayers before the image of the Enthroned King, evening prayers and Rosary in common; a Eucharistic life: of frequent and even daily Mass and Communion, thereby linking up the sanctuary of the Church and the sanctuary of the home; finally a life of Christian penance, especially by refusing to give in to pagan customs and ideas which are slowly destroying the Christian home, and by making reparation for the terrible crimes of divorce, birth control and sensuality.

Why Will the Enthronement
Restore the Family to Christ?

Because in the Enthronement the family is putting Our Lord and His interests first. In return the Sacred Heart takes over the interests of the family. Our Lord Himself has promised that He will bless and sanctify those families who Enthrone Him as King. He asked Saint Margaret Mary, to whom He revealed His Sacred Heart, that He be allowed to reign over the homes of the rich and the poor; that He be solemnly received as King and Friend, and that His Sacred Heart be honored and loved. “I will establish peace in their homes: I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life: I will comfort them in all their afflictions; I will bless all their undertakingsHence we may safely say that this is the means Our Lord Himself has selected to restore His sovereign rights over the family, and through the family, over society itself.

Has This Work Been Approved?

Yes, first by the Sacred Heart Himself, as evidenced by the countless conversions, both of individuals and families, where the Sacred Heart has been Enthroned: secondly, by four popes of the 20th Century: St. Pius X called it “a work of social salvation”. Benedict XV wrote to Father Mateo, its founder: “Nothing is more opportune than your undertaking.” Pius XI blessed this work many times both publicly and privately, and Pius XII wrote to Father Mateo praising him for his work and encouraging him to continue the work of “the Enthronement, which is so well suited to foster the reign of love and mercy of the Sacred Heart in the family.”

What Must I Do to Enthrone
the Sacred Heart in My Home?

  1. Learn what it is and how important it is.
  2. It is important to have a priest preside over the ceremony, but it is not essential, to gain the indulgences. For serious reasons, the father or someone else may preside and lead the prayers.
  3. If possible have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered that morning for the reign of the Sacred Heart in your home, and as an act of love and reparation to the Sacred Heart. The entire family should try to receive Communion at this Mass, or at another Mass.
  4. Obtain as beautiful a picture or statue of the Sacred Heart as possible. If you already have a picture, use that one.
  5. Below the place of honor reserved for the statue or picture, prepare a “throne” or “altar,” that is to say, a table (or perhaps the mantelpiece) covered with a white cloth, beautifully decorated with flowers and candles. The picture or statue and holy water should be placed on a small table near the “throne” before the ceremony.
  6. Invite your relatives and friends to be present, thus you will already begin to be an “apostle of the Sacred Heart.” Have a family party after the ceremony, with a special treat for the children, who, of course, should be present at the ceremony, even the smallest.
  7. Make this day one of the outstanding events of the family life — one long to be remembered. The greater the solemnity, the better.

Note: There is no more appropriate way for a young couple to begin their married life, than to enthrone the Sacred Heart in their new home.

Enthronement Preparation

A day is chosen for the Enthronement ceremony which has a special signification for the family, (a marriage anniversary, for example) or an appropriate liturgical feast day, or a day on which a priest can be present, when possible.

The better and more serious the preparation for the Enthronement, the greater will be the blessings on the family coming from this event. This preparation can be extended over three days (a triduum), or over nine days (a novena). It could consist of recitation of the litany of the Sacred Heart, along with the following preparatory prayer:

Prayer

O Divine Heart of Jesus,/ come dwell among us,/ for we love Thee./ Visit our home/ as once Thou didst come/ to Thy friends at Cana,/ Bethany,/ and the home of Zachaeus, the publican. We wish to place our family/ under Thy care,/ and bring it into intimate union/ with Thee,/ O Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thou art our most faithful Friend. No one has ever loved us/ as Thou hast done. And we wish to love Thee/ for those who do not love Thee,/ as Thou art our God and Savior. Thou art also our Lord and King. Since so many scorn/ Thy kingly might,/ we desire to call it down/ upon our family. Take Thou possession/ of this hearth,/ where we shall reserve/ a throne as a place of honor for Thee.

Grant that the day of Enthronement be/ both for our family, and for Thee,/ a day of great joy/ and the beginning of our life/ truly in submission/ and intimate union with Thee. All our thoughts and actions must be/ in harmony with Thy Sacred Law. We wish to cast aside/ our disordered self-love/ and to love our neighbor/ as Thou hast loved us,/ and dost continue to love us.

Living in a world/ which has for the most part become/ once again pagan,/ and no longer knows Thee,/ O Divine Heart of Jesus,/ we ask of Thy gracious presence/ the charity of the first Christians,/ of the Apostles,/ and of the Martyrs. Grant that by this household,/ which seeks to belong/ to Thee completely,/ other families may embrace Thy charity/ and that thus from family to family/ the entire globe may submit to Thy Royalty.

O Immaculate Heart of Mary,/ perfect model of fidelity to Our Lord/ and of union with Him,/ extend and strengthen,/ within our hearts and our families/ the reign of charity, the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen.

Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

(Leader) Lord, have mercy on us.
(All) Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us.
Christ graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
* Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World, *
God the Holy Ghost, *
Holy Trinity, One God, *
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, *
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Ghost in the womb
of the Virgin Mother, *
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God, *
Heart of Jesus, of Infinite Majesty, *
Heart of Jesus, Holy Temple of God, *
Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High, *
Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven, *
Heart of Jesus, burning Furnace of Charity, *
Heart of Jesus, Vessel of justice and love, *
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, *
Heart of Jesus, Abyss of all virtues, *
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, *
Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts, *
Heart of Jesus, in Whom are all the treasures of wisdom
and knowledge, *
Heart of Jesus, in Whom dwelleth all the fullness of the
divinity, *
Heart of Jesus, in Whom the Father was well pleased, *
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received, *
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills, *
Heart of Jesus, patient and abounding in mercy, *
Heart of Jesus, rich unto all who call upon Thee, *
Heart of Jesus, Fountain of life and holiness, *
Heart of Jesus, Propitiation of our sins, *
Heart of Jesus, filled with reproaches, *
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses, *
Heart of Jesus, made obedient unto death, *
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance, *
Heart of Jesus, Source of all consolation, *
Heart of Jesus, our Life and Resurrection, *
Heart of Jesus, our Peace and Reconciliation, *
Heart of Jesus, Victim for our sins, *
Heart of Jesus, Salvation of those who hope in Thee, *
Heart of Jesus, Hope of those who die in Thee, *
Heart of Jesus, Delight of all the saints, *
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of Heart,
Make our hearts like unto Thy Heart.
(Leader) Let us Pray.
(All) Almighty and eternal God, consider the heart of Thy well beloved Son, and the praises and satisfaction He offers Thee in the name of sinners; appeased by worthy homage, pardon those who implore Thy mercy, in the name of Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee, world without end. Amen.

The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

(Leader) Lord, have mercy on us.
(All) Christ have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary,
* Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, *
Holy Virgin of Virgins *
Mother of Christ *
Mother of Divine Grace, *
Mother Most Pure, *
Mother Most Chaste, *
Mother Inviolate, *
Mother Undefiled, *
Mother Most Amiable, *
Mother Most Admirable, *
Mother of Good Counsel, *
Mother of Our Creator, *
Mother of Our Savior, *
Mother of the Church, *
Virgin Most Prudent, *
Virgin Most Venerable, *
Virgin Most Renowned, *
Virgin Most Powerful, *
Virgin Most Merciful, *
Virgin Most Faithful, *
Mirror of Justice, *
Seat of Wisdom, *
Cause of our Joy, *
Spiritual Vessel, *
Vessel of Honor, *
Singular Vessel of Devotion, *
Mystical Rose, *
Tower of David, *
Tower of Ivory, *
House of Gold, *
Ark of the Covenant, *
Gate of Heaven, *
Morning Star, *
Health of the Sick, *
Refuge of Sinners, *
Comforter of the Afflicted, *
Help of Christians, *
Queen of Angels, *
Queen of Patriarchs, *
Queen of Prophets, *
Queen of Apostles, *
Queen of Martyrs, *
Queen of Confessors, *
Queen of Virgins, *
Queen of all Saints, *
Queen Conceived Without Original Sin, *
Queen Assumed into Heaven, *
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, *
Queen of Peace, *
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, that we Thy servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body and by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enjoy eternal happiness. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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