Sollemnitas Sacratissimi Cordis Iesu
Today is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, a feast that takes place 19 days after Pentecost. For some time it was a common thing for Catholic parents to formally consecrate their family to the Most Sacred Heart through what’s called a household enthronement ceremony of the Sacred Heart. The image at the top of this post shows what it might look like in a home. It’s written about much more thoroughly over at One Peter 5:
The Enthronement ceremony itself consists of the blessing of an image or statue of the Sacred Heart, the Consecration of the Family, and the act of Enthronement, at which time the blessed image or statue is installed in a place of honor in the home, referred to as the ‘throne’. Since 1942, it has been customary to combine this with the Consecration of the Family to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and a special blessing of the children, if present, as well as a prayer for the peaceful rest of any family members who have passed on to their eternal reward. The Enthronement ceremony is properly concluded with a communal prayer of thanksgiving, the Salve Regina and a short litany.
In an age when we must fend off endless attacks on the Christian family this is one of the most powerful tools at our disposal. Obviously you probably cannot run out and grab a priest to do this ceremony on this short of notice, but perhaps a family prayer of consecration to the Sacred Heart at dinner tonight or a personal act of contrition if you’re single would be a fitting way to celebrate this joyous day.
As we Catholics know, the home is not just a place to eat, sleep, and watch TV, it is our domestic church. The love and culture of life we create at home radiates outward to society. Your family and your home are sacred.
Consecration of the Family to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart of Jesus, You made clear to Saint Margaret Mary Your desire of being King in Christian families. We today wish to proclaim Your most complete kingly dominion over our own family. We want to live in the future with Your life. We want to cause to flourish in our midst those virtues to which You have promised peace here below. We want to banish far from us the spirit of the world which You have cursed. You shall be King over our minds in the simplicity of our faith, and over our hearts by the wholehearted love with which they shall burn for You, the flame of which we will keep alive by the frequent reception of Your divine Eucharist. Be so kind, O divine Heart, as to preside over our assemblings, to bless our enterprises, both spiritual and temporal, to dispel our cares, to sanctify our joys, and to alleviate our sufferings. If ever one or other of us should have the misfortune to afflict You, remind him, O Heart of Jesus, that You are good and merciful to the penitent sinner. And when the hour of separation strikes, when death shall come to cast mourning into our midst, we will all, both those who go and those who stay, be submissive to Your eternal decrees. We shall console ourselves with the thought that a day will come when the entire family, reunited in heaven, can sing forever Your glories and Your mercies. May the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the glorious patriarch Saint Joseph present this consecration to You, and keep it in our minds all the days of our life. All glory to the Heart of Jesus, our King and our Father!
Short Act of Contrition to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart of Jesus, filled with infinite love, broken by my ingratitude, pierced by my sins, yet loving me still, accept the consecration that I make to You, of all that I am and all that I have. Take every faculty of my soul and body, and draw me, day by day, nearer and nearer to Your Sacred Side, and there, as I can bear the lesson, teach me Your blessed ways. Amen.