SACRED HEART OF JESUS
If a Mass will be celebrated, it is recommended that a votive Mass of the Sacred Heart be used unless there is another overriding Liturgical celebration.
PRIEST OR LAY APOSTLE OF THE SACRED HEART: Opening Remarks
CHILD/WORKER OF THE ORPHANAGE:
This is one of the most important gatherings of our lives since the Enthronement brings countless blessings to individuals, families, and all of our undertakings. By the Enthronement we proclaim Jesus as King who rules over us through love….but He is more like a Father than a ruler. He becomes our generous Provider, our Friend, our Guide, our Counselor, our spiritual Physician, our constant Companion on the journey.
We certainly want Him to be all these things because each and every one of us needs His help. It is not easy to be good and do good. We can’t do it alone, but with Jesus’ help, we can.
Reading from Deuteronomy 7:6-12
Jesus is your Lord and He rules through His Heart! He desires to be enthroned as King and Lord of your hearts and of your orphanage as your brother and friend. He longs to share your everyday life, your joys as well as your sorrows.
Scripture says, “My people, whom I love so dearly, behold I stand at the door and knock: if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and eat with him and he with Me.” (Rv 3:20)
Jesus is your Savior and your Liberator. He wants to save you from the evil forces working to destroy you, to liberate you from the slavery of sin and the shackles of fear, depression and worry.
Jesus is ready to release the power of His Spirit. He is the Healer, the Consoler, the Sanctifier, and the Teacher. But He will not force His way into your heart or this place. He wants to be invited. He is waiting to hear you say to Him:
ALL: Come, Lord Jesus! Stay with us; we need you! Be the Lord, the Brother, our friend. Send us
your Holy Spirit and give us new hearts, a new spirit! Say to us as you did to John: “Surely I am coming soon.” (Rev. 22:20)
Yes the Father loves you, Jesus loves you, the Holy Spirit loves you. What have you to fear? His Wounded Heart is the sign and pledge of His merciful love. His Heart is open to receive you.
♥BLESSING OF IMAGE
♥PROCESSION AND ENTHRONEMENT
Selected members process in song (to be determined) with the image of the Sacred Heart and the Bible (Knowing the Heart of God in the Word of God… “Your word, Lord, is a lamp unto our feet.”)
Votive lights are carried by all as a sign/pledge of our covenant with the Sacred Heart of Jesus and a representation of our hearts and our intentions.
Arriving at the “throne,” all gather in a semi-circle. Before enthroning the Sacred Heart the LEADER proclaims:
WE NOW ENTHRONE JESUS AS KING, LORD, AND FRIEND OF ________________ (name of orphanage).
The LEADER then places the image of the Sacred Heart in the selected place of honor.
Other participants then place the Bible near the Sacred Heart image and say,
WE ARE NOURISHED BY THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST AND THE WORD OF GOD.
ALL: God is enthroned as King forever! (Ps. 29) All that the Lord has said, we will
heed and do. (Ex. 24:7)
PRIEST/LAY PROMOTER: As an act of faith in the teachings of Christ, the King of Truth, and as
an act of reparation for all society which ignores them, let us say the Apostles’ Creed.
ALL: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day he arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy CatholicChurch, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
♥ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART
Facing the image, the orphanage now makes it covenant with the Heart of Jesus, our Lord and Friend:
Jesus, our orphanage enthrones you as King and proclaims you as Lord and Friend. Yes, Lord, we do want you to rule over our hearts and wills through your loving heart. Share our everyday life; our joys and sorrows. Be our well-beloved Brother, our intimate Friend!
Come, Lord Jesus, come! Our hearts are open to you. Stay with us, we need you. Release within us the power of your Spirit, the Healer, the Consoler. Save us from the evil forces seeking to destroy us.
Our Father in Heaven, take away our stony hearts and give us new hearts, unselfish, generous and pure hearts filled with love for you! Heal our hearts, bind up our wounds, unite us in love. May our love go beyond our gatherings and inspire us to love those in need as Jesus loves us.
Lord Jesus, to your loving, glorified Heart, your wounded Heart, we dedicate, we consecrate our weak our selfish hearts. We humbly acknowledge that without you, we can do nothing; but with your help and your grace, we can do all things; even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we fear no evil, for you are with us, your rod and your staff, they comfort us.
Mary, Mother of theChurchand our Mother, help us to be a true reflection of yourChurch, that is a community of love, a worshiping, praying family.
GoodSt. Joseph, Head of the Holy Family, watch over us as you watched over Jesus and Mary atNazareth. Obtain for each of us that same loving trust in Divine Providence that sustained you in all your trials.
May the Lord bless us and keep us! May His face shine upon us and be gracious to us! May He look upon us with kindness and give us peace. And may Almighty God bless us – Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Praise the Lord, now and forever. Amen.
PRIEST/LAY PROMOTER: Let us pray the following prayers for the intentions of the Holy
Father, Pope Benedict XVI, for all families and for absent members of the orphanage:
Our Father….; Hail Mary….; Glory Be….
PRIEST/LAY PROMOTER: Lord Jesus, you told us, “Whatever you ask the Father in my name,
He will give it to you.” In Your Name and with great confidence we pray:
ALL RESPOND: Lord Hear Our Prayer. (Petitions to be read by those participating.)
For the grace of being faithful to this covenant with Jesus and our new way of life in Him. We pray to the Lord….
For in increase of personal, generous love for Jesus. We pray to the Lord….
For greater trust in His merciful love. We pray to the Lord….
That the Holy Spirit may always find our hearts responsive to His call. We pray to the Lord….
For a deeper appreciation of the greatest gift of the Heart of Jesus, the Eucharist, through frequent Mass and Communion and especially on First Fridays and First Saturdays. We pray to the Lord….
That we may receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation more often, in order to increase our love for Jesus and avoid sin. We pray to the Lord….
That Bible reading and the Rosary recitation become part of our daily spiritual formation. We pray to the Lord….
That the Holy Spirit may heal all our hurts and remove from our hearts anything that is preventing us from giving ourselves lovingly to Jesus and one another. We pray to the Lord….
And for any intentions that you would like to add at this time….
ALL: Sacred Heart of Jesus, You promised to bless in a special way all those who honor your Divine Heart by enthroning you as King and Lord and who make a covenant of love with you. Please shower your blessings on all who are here and all to come. Amen.
♥CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
PRIEST/LAY PROMOTER: Our Holy Father has urged all to consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, therefore let this orphanage honor her with this prayer:
Queen of the most Holy Rosary, and tender Mother of theChurch, we consecrate ourselves to you and to your Immaculate Heart and recommend ourselves to your loving care. We recommend our country and orphanage to your Immaculate Heart.
Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us and our orphanage to accomplish your designs upon the world.
O Spouse of the Holy Spirit, kindle in our hearts the same love that burns within your heart for Jesus, your Son. Give us the courage to witness our faith even at the cost of ridicule and suffering.
Mary, our Mother, stay with us, pray for us, that Jesus may be proclaimed as King and Lord and loved as Brother and Friend.
We entrust the fulfillment of our covenant to your Immaculate Heart and toSt. Joseph, Head of the Holy Family and patron of theUniversalChurch. We ask for their protection and intercession.
May we be empowered by the Holy Spirit to bring the fire of God’s love to all through this consecration. Amen.
LEADER: Signs the certificate of Enthronement and then may make some appropriate remarks regarding the enthronement. Others participating in the ceremony also sign the certificate. Songs may be sung while the certificate is being signed.
To celebrate this important event, refreshments may be served.