Prayers and Practices
CEREMONY of the Enthronement is only the beginning; the following
practices of devotion will help you LIVE the Enthronement. This is the
TRUE reign of the Sacred Heart in our family.
1. Frequent and
even daily attendance at Mass by at least one member
of the family, and Communion of Reparation.
2. Observance of
the First Friday of each month. [Holy Mass, Communion
of Reparation: renewal of act of consecration before enthroned image.]
3. Daily Family
Rosary before the enthroned image of the Sacred Heart,
with renewal of the act of consecration.
4. Celebration of the Feast of the Sacred Heart by the entire family;
attendance at Mass, Communion for the extension of the Reign of the
Heart through the Enthronement; family gathering and celebration at
with renewal of Enthronement; special party for the children.
5. Observe the
month of June, the month of the Sacred Heart; keep flowers
before the "throne." Mass and Communion as often as possible.
6. Assist at
Holy Hour in Church.
Adoration in the home. Any hour between 9 and 6, by any one
or all the members of the family at least once a month.
8. Celebrate the
Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the 22nd of
August. Mass, Communion; Consecration of Family to Immaculate Heart.
9. Make the five
First Saturdays in reparation to the Immaculate Heart
of Mary and for the conversion of Russia; Holy Mass and Communion of
five decades of the Rosary plus a fifteen minute meditation on the
mysteries of the Rosary. The Rosary and meditation may be carried out
any hour on the First Saturday; a sermon in church will satisfy the
of the meditation.
devotion to the Holy Spirit. Recite Chaplet
of the Holy Spirit.
Occasions on Which the Family Should Renew
the Act of Consecration
[PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING MAY BE ADDED.]
1. Feast of
Sacred Heart; Christ the King; [Last Sunday in October,
of the Enthronement.
of parents and children.
4. At births;
after Baptism in the church consecrate the children to
the Sacred Heart before the "throne" in the home.
5. At First
Communion: prepare the children before the image of the
Sacred Heart in the home. When they return from church, let the
renew the act of consecration made for them by parents at birth.
6. Before a
departure from home: to join army, convent, seminary, before
7. On the return
of an absent member of family.
8. On days of
great family joys: in times of sorrow, sickness and death.
Note: There is
no more appropriate way for a young couple to begin their
married life, than to enthrone the Sacred Heart in their new home.
Renewal of the Consecration of the Family
[To be said at night prayer in union with all families
in which the Sacred Heart has been enthroned.]
Jesus, humbly kneeling at Thy feet, we renew the consecration
of our family to Thy Divine Heart. Be Thou our King forever! In Thee we
have full and entire confidence. May Thy spirit penetrate our thoughts,
our desires, our words and our works. Bless our undertakings, share in
our joys, in our trials and in our labors. Grant us to know Thee
to love Thee more, to serve Thee without faltering.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Peace, set up Thy kingdom
in our country. Enter closely into the midst of our families and make
Thine own through the solemn enthronement of Thy Sacred Heart, so that
soon one cry may resound from home to home: "May the triumphant Heart
Jesus be everywhere loved, blessed and glorified forever!" Honor and
to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary!
A Prayer for the Christian Family
O God of
goodness and mercy, to Thy fatherly protection we commend our
family, our household and all that belongs to us. We commit all to Thy
love and keeping; do Thou fill this house with Thy blessings even as
didst fill the holy house of Nazareth with Thy presence. Keep far from
us, above all things, the taint of sin, and do Thou alone reign in our
midst by Thy law, by Thy most holy love and by the exercise of every
virtue. Let each one of us obey Thee, love Thee and set himself to
in his own life Thine example, that of Mary, Thy Mother and our Mother
most loving, and that of Thy blameless guardian, Saint Joseph.
Preserve us and
our house from all evils and misfortunes, but grant
that we may be ever resigned to Thy Divine will even in the sorrows
it shall please Thee to send us. Finally give us all the grace to live
in perfect harmony and in the fulness of love toward our neighbor.
that every one of us may deserve by a holy life the comfort of Thy holy
Sacraments at the hour of death. O Jesus, bless us and protect us.
O Mary, Mother
of grace and of mercy, defend us against the wicked spirit,
reconcile us with Thy Son, commit us to His keeping, that so we may be
made worthy of His promises. St. Joseph, foster father of our Savior,
of His holy Mother, head of the Holy Family, intercede for us, bless us
and defend our home at all times. Amen.