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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

As we approach June...

What a lovely month, the month of June! It is on June 15th that we celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The image of the Sacred Heart is familiar to all Catholics and many traditional Catholic families have held or at least attended "enthronement" ceremonies. I would like to encourage all Catholic families to consider enthroning the most Sacred Heart of Jesus within their homes during the month of June.

"I will bless every house in which an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored." This is the beautiful promise made by our Lord to St. Margaret Mary.

The idea of the Enthronement is that "in the Christian home a throne of love and veneration is erected for the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and that His sovereign rights over the family be thereby recognized." The practice is an external recognition of the fact that Christ is the real head of the home. It is not merely a passing act of consecration to the Sacred Heart but a permanent state of devotion and love. (taken from: Your Home, A Church in Miniature - Compiled by The Family Life Bureau in the early 1950s

Our family enthroned the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1997. This year will mark the 10th anniversary of that enthronement. Anniversary celebrations can be observed by the entire family participating in a "reconsecration" as well as regularly offering consecration prayers. Here is a lovely prayer for the family:

Renewal of the Consecration of the Family

To be said at night prayers in union with all families in which the Sacred Heart has been enthroned.

Most Sweet Jesus, humbly kneeling at Your feet, we renew the consecration of our family to Your Divine Heart. Be You our King forever! In You we have full and entire confidence. May Your spirit penetrate our thoughts, our desires, our words, and our works. Bless our undertakings, share in our joys, in our trials and our labors. Grant us to know You better, to love You more, to serve You without faltering.

By the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Peace, set up Your kingdom in our country. Enter closely into the midst of our families and make them Yours through the solemn enthronement of Your Sacred Heart, so that soon one cry may resound from home to home: "May the triumphant Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved, blessed, and glorified forever!" Honor and glory to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, protect our families.

Prayer Source: Our Christian Home by Rev. Joseph A. Fischer, Seraphic Press, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1954

For additional information regarding your own Enthronement, click on this link:
Catholic Culture.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

1 comment:

Jeff Culbreath said...

Hello Kimberly. I think we just may do the consecration this year: thanks to you and Steve Skojec for the reminder.

Also - thanks for linking to Stony Creek Digest and the feminism article. Through those links I discovered this fine blog of yours. God bless.