How to Enthrone the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Your Home
On the 8th of September, 2012, I enthroned the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary in my own home! One of my best personal spiritual decisions!
The practice of enthroning the Sacred Heart of Jesus in homes was born out of a private revelation to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, wherein Jesus appeared to her somewhere between 1673 and 1675 and made 12 Promises "...to those who would respond to the pleadings of His Heart and make an effort to return His love." She subsequently spent the rest of her life, until her death in 1690, establishing and promoting devotion to the Sacred Heart.
Once you are a home owner, whether you live by yourself or have a family, you can do an Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in your home.In fact, there’s a ceremony for individuals and one for families. They are both very similar.
The whole objective of doing an Enthronement of the Sacred Hearts in your home is "...to bring a commitment of daily prayer to your family" or you as an individual, if you live alone. What is important to remember, is that Enthronement of the Sacred Hearts is not a one-time ceremony but rather the start of a lifetime journeying in faith - a spiritual way of life. There are some specific prayers and lifetime practices that you will be required to adopt. Now let’s begin! Shall we?
1. Start by praying about your decision to enthrone the Sacred Heart of Jesus in your home. I prayed in preparation for this important step in my spiritual journey because, like I mentioned to you earlier, you will be required to adopt some specific practices that you will have to maintain for the rest of your life – like praying the Holy Rosary daily. So this is a very important first step to help you decide whether you are ready at this point in time to take on this lifetime commitment.
2. Decide on a specific date for your Home Enthronement ceremony. It may be a date of significance to you or your family or any other date that you like. The date I decided on for my Enthronement ceremony was the 7th of September, 2012 since this was in commemoration my Dad’s birthday (May he rest in peace).
3. Discuss and decide on your preferred date for the Enthronement with the Priest and/or Men of the Sacred Hearts (MSH) representative who will be directing your Home Enthronement ceremony. Sometimes, as was my case, you may not be able to get the exact date you had in mind but you can negotiate for a date closest to it. I preferred the 7th September but got the 8th September since it was a Saturday, which was more convenient for the persons leading my Home Enthronement ceremony.
4. Spring clean your heart and your home! When we expect guests, we do our best to make our homes sparkle and shine! Well with Enthronement, remember, you’re getting ready to welcome into your home the most important guests you’ll ever have visit your home – Jesus Christ and His Mother Mary! Clean out your home in preparation for these specially guests.In order to spring clean your heart you should do a personal examination of conscience and go to confession, if need be.
5. Invite your other Catholic guests. You may wish to invite extended family members and/or very close friends to your Enthronement ceremony. To avoid any awkwardness, I suggest that you only invite Catholics to your ceremony, since there are specific Catholic prayers that will be said - such as the Holy Rosary - which some of your guests, even if they are Christian may not believe in or want to participate in.
6. Prepare a special altar where the picture of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary will permanently reside. One of your keepsake items from the Enthronement ceremony will be an approximate 10 inch x 12 inch framed picture of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary which should be prominently displayed in your home. Ensure that the framed picture will fit comfortably on your home altar. Adorn the altar with other items such as an altar/tablecloth, votive candles and an open Holy Bible.
7. Prepare some finger foods or other light snacks and juice for your guests. The prayers and other things to be done during the Home Enthronement ceremony usually take up about 1 to 2 hours. Your invited guests will appreciate a bite and a thirst quencher after the ceremony.
8. Joyfully Welcome Our Lord and Our Lady to your home (First Visit). The Enthronement ceremony involves two (2) visits to your home. On the first visit, a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be brought to your home. During that first visit, the Mystery of the Rosary appropriate to the day (Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious or Luminous) is recited, as well as other prayers outlined in the Enthronement booklet. At the end of that first visit, the statue of Our Lady will be left in your home for one (1) week until the second visit.
9. What to do between visits. Recite the Holy Rosary and the various prayers in the Enthronement booklet, each day between the first and second visits.
10. Get Ready to Enthrone the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary in Your Home! (Second Visit) So the big day has arrived with your 2nd visit. Once again, recite the Mystery of the Rosary appropriate to the day (Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious or Luminous), as well as the other prayers outlined in the Enthronement Booklet. This time around special Home Enthronement prayers will be added.
Once the prayers are concluded, all of the Men of the Sacred Hearts members present will sign a certificate as witnesses to you and your family’s covenant to publicly declare Jesus as “Lord of the Household”. You will then be given a signed Certificate of Enthronement, the Enthronement booklet and Rosaries for all members of your family (if everyone does not already have their own).
You can serve the same kind of light refreshments that were served in the first visit.
You should also make a discretionary monetary donation, which you can give to the leader of the Men of the Sacred Hearts members present, in thanksgiving and to help with the continuation of their work.
The statue of Our Blessed Lady will be removed from your home at the end of this 2nd visit.
11. What to do after the Home Enthronement Ceremony. Now the real work in daily family prayer and devotion has begun. You will be required to pray together as a family each day and observe the following recommended practices:
1.Frequent reception of the Holy Eucharist, especially on Sunday.
2.Faithful use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
3.Do Scripture and Spiritual Readings.
4.Do Holy Hours in the home and Eucharistic adoration in church.
5.Do Monthly First Friday and First Saturday devotions.
6.Celebrate Solemnities or Feasts of Corpus Christi, Sacred Heart, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Christ the King.
7.Make a difference for Christ in society and in your parish.
8.Pray the Rosary daily.