Friday, June 12, 2015

Enthronement to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Home

 When I first started looking into the Catholic faith 16 years ago, the faith I had been baptised into but not raised in, one of the first things I did was to buy a large framed picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It had attracted my attention as it sat in the small shop they used to have inside the entrance of St. Mary's Cathedral, Perth.  It was not too long after, that Dh and I entered the Catholic Church.

The picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that I bought all those years ago.

From time to time someone that we'd get talking to after Mass would suggest we get enthroned to the Sacred Heart.  They'd be so eager about it and I'd be... not quite so eager about it. Enthronement didn't sound like something I wanted to do.  I couldn't see the point of it.  Hadn't we already put up a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in our home?  What need was there to do anything more?

A few years after our conversion I even became a novice oblate, a lay person, associated with the Benedictine Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre, also known as the Tyburn nuns.  But in spite of their devotion to the Sacred Heart being one of the factors which led me to choose the order I still didn't understand nor had an interest to know what enthronement was.

As I look back now I realize the Heart of Jesus had yet to warm the chill in my soul that was the result of many years of atheism.

What finally changed our minds?  We started listening to online sermons, and in particular two Lenten missions, Coming of Out of Egypt (2013)  and Viva Cristo Rey!, and we finally got it.  We understood.  Last year (2014) on the feast of the Visitation we enthroned our family to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Why in particular did we now want to do the enthronement?  There were several reasons.

  • First and foremost we didn't want our TV 'enthroned' anymore as the most important item, occupying the prime area in our home.  We wanted to dedicate a central room in our home to prayer, emphasizing that prayer is at the heart of our family life.  The action from which graces flow into our lives. 
  • We wanted to say as a family that Christ is King of our lives. 
  •  We reached a point in our lives where we realised how we have to make the absolute most of every grace that God gives that we can, as the most precious gifts we could ever hope to have, and we could not refuse the  benefits of the 12 promises Jesus made to St. Margaret Mary:                       
1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
2. I will give peace in their families.
3. I will console them in all their troubles.
4. They shall find in my Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.
5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
6. Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
9. I will bless the homes in which the image of my Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honoured.
10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
 11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their name written in my Heart, and it shall never be effaced.
12. I promise thee in the excess of the mercy of my Heart, that its all-powerful love will grant to all those who shall receive communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving the Sacraments; My Heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.
  •  We saw the value of a ceremony which would formalize in our hearts and minds this choice.  It is the day we can look back to and say 'this is the day' that we declared Christ King of our family, of our home. That from henceforth in our house all will be done to strive to please this King of kings who loves us with a fiery love.  And that's what the Sacred Heart is, it's Jesus love for us.  When we meditate on the Heart of Jesus, when we look at the symbol of His Sacred Heart we are thinking about that mighty love.  Enthronement is a way to get closer and closer to Christ, that our own hearts might catch a spark from His and begin to burn with that same fire, the fire which gives peace which is 'not as the world giveth' (John 14:27), a peace which 'surpasseth all understanding' (Phillipians 4:7). 

Here too is an explanation by Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey, known as the Apostle of the enthronement of the Sacred Heart.

Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey  Photo source:Catholicmom

Our Enthronement Preparations

I did my best to prepare the children for the special day by explaining enthronement to them, reading books to them and by prayers of preparation.  We were also privileged to attend a friends enthronement in the lead up to our own.

These next three pictures are from our friends enthronement ceremony which was done by the Alliance of the Two Hearts.

Our children enjoying the company of the Brothers and Sisters.
We had a special clean up the day before the ceremony so that not only our hearts would be prepared but our home.  We bought roses for our altar.  Made some special cakes.  We put our framed picture of the Sacred Heart on our piano top which at the time was next to our altar.  We made an empty space in preparation on our altar for the picture of Our Lord to be enthroned. (Here are some suggested preparations, and the words of the ceremony.  Scroll down)

We cleared out a room especially to be our prayer room.  Something that we had never done before.  Enthronement does not require this.  It can be as simple or elaborate as you like.  The important thing is that you and your family have made a spot for Christ to be seen by all as reigning in your home, a place you can gather about and pray together.

Pictures From Our Enthronement

Our picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the piano in preparation  to be enthroned.

After being enthroned.

Our altar is set up for July, the month of the Precious Blood.

After the enthronement.

Enthronement Links:

  • I have made a playlist on YouTube of hymns to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and sermons which explain the Sacred Heart and enthronement, which I will add to as I find more useful video's.
  • Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the Home  Scroll down.  This site always uses a big picture below which you find the text, so you have to scroll down quite a bit.  This page has useful information on enthronement from one of Fr. Matteo's books.  Some of the information I have already linked above.
  • Here's another enthronement blog post at Pondered In My Heart, though once again I stress your enthronement area can be very simple.  
  • Here are some idea's for recipes to make for your enthronement day: Sacred and Immaculate Heart Fruit Pizza/Sacred & Immaculate Heart Cookies and many more idea's from this same web-site here.  We made these cupcakes.  Another couple of cake idea's here.
  • Some printables (for children) from Catholic Inspired (A sheet with the promises of the 9 first Fridays and the 5 first Saturdays on it, a few sheets for marking off First Fridays and Saturdays along with certificates for completing them, and a coloring page of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts.
  • A few coloring pages: Immaculate Heart of Mary / St. Margaret Mary
  • Sense of the Sacred coloring book This is a pdf which you must buy, but it has excellent coloring pages including a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
  • A beautiful idea for a Sacred Heart wreath decoration.
  • A free downloadable image of the Sacred Heart from the Sacred Heart Institute.  Click on the 'enthronement image' button for a jpg.
The next three links are to images of the Sacred Heart I really like and found quite difficult to source.  I'm including them here to make it easy for others who may like these images too.  Any picture or statue of the Sacred Heart is fine though as long as you can see a heart surrounded by a crown of thorns, with a wound from the soldiers spear, flames coming from Jesus heart and a cross atop the heart.  Take the time to choose one that you feel you can talk to. We made our choice after a family discussion.
  • Cardinal Burke's favorite picture of the Sacred Heart can be purchased from the Marian Catechist Apostolate Bookstore (this links straight to a pdf) who also sell supplies relating to enthronement. 
  •  A variety of different size and format of the ' For God So Loved The World ' image.
  • We bought our image, a photocopy of a painting by José Maria Ibarrarán y Ponce from here.  The copy we received was very dark, but interestingly when the light shines on it you can see all the details.  It would be best with a light angled on it to see those details all the time. (Note that in all the above photo's more details are able to be seen than normal because light was shining onto the picture.  Without this light shining on it it is quite dark and you cannot see those details.  Something to consider if you are interested in purchasing this picture.)  

A very blessed feast of the Sacred Heart to you all!



  1. That's amazing, Sharyn. I appreciate all the links.

  2. This is awesome, Sharyn - thanks so much for posting this!

    P.S. - thanks, too, for responding to my post on OnePeter5 the other day. We've taken many of your suggestions to heart. God bless, John

    1. So glad you found it helpful! You are welcome to ask any more questions if you have any. God bless you and your family too! :)

  3. Do you know if that last picture of the Sacred Heart on this post (the Garcia Moreno one) is available in holy card size anywhere? I can only seem to find it in a big wall poster size

  4. Hi Bernadette, No I haven't seen this as a holy card anywhere. As it is out of copywrite, to the best of my knowledge, I have shared the above photo I took of a copy I own, which is a vintage print, with the idea to share it. So you can save the pic if you like and have it printed the size of a holy card. It should print up nicely at that size at least. God bless!