This Friday is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and as such, it is a great day to perform an Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in your home.
What is the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus?
From a practical perspective, the enthronement is a ceremony in the home in which a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is placed in a position of honor and certain prayers are made. The enthronement can either be done with the assistance of a priest or by the parents themselves.
From a spiritual perspective, the enthronement is an acknowledgement that Jesus Christ is our King, and He reigns over our household. Of course, He is King and reigns regardless of whether we acknowledge it, but the enthronement does two things:
First, it reminds us of Christ’s kingship in an ongoing way, so that we might remember to act in accordance with this truth.
Second, it consecrates our home and our family to Jesus’ Sacred Heart. In consecration, we are separated from the common, dedicated to sacred use. This sanctifies our living space, making our home a more holy place and giving us additional graces so that we might have strength to live our day-to-day discipleship as we rededicate our family to Christ’s service.
The enthronement, as a devotion, helps us to ensure that we are Christians in every part of our lives, not just on Sunday mornings.
Below are two websites with slightly different formulas for the enthronement.
Both sides have a wealth of information about the Sacred Heart of Jesus and about Enthronement.