The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the symbol of God’s infinite love for the human race. Divine love is different than human love in at least two ways. First, God does not love us because of what we do; rather, he loves us because of who he is. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins (1 John 4:10). This means that no sin, no matter how large or ugly or embarrassing, can make God stop loving us. Second, Divine Love imparts a responsibility to human persons to love God in return. You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind (Matthew 22:37). This means we have the capacity to succeed or fail in our response to God. In this arena, habitual success is called virtue and habitual failure, or sin, is called vice. Virtue leads to God in heaven; vice, if unrepented, leads to absence of God in hell. God desires no one to slide along the way of vice and provides many graces to aid souls in doing good and avoiding evil. We often receive these graces more effectively when we have a visible reminder of God’s infinite love for each of us. Perhaps the best such reminder is the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sacred Heart devotion is intimately related to devotion to the Eucharist: it is a most effective means of living always in the company of Jesus whom we receive in Holy Communion. It consists of an ardent love for the Lord in the Eucharist with grief at seeing him so little honored, and it includes acts of reparation for the contempt and offenses committed against him. Our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an extended act of love for him who shows us the greatest possible love by offering his Body and Blood for us in the Eucharistic sacrifice. It is the contemplation of the profound mystery that in Jesus, God loves us with a human heart.
During the Year of Mercy, a pastoral effort was launched here at Church of the Magdalen to promote prayer in the homes and among the family's of our parish through the celebration of the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart. To achieve our Holy Father's dream of the practice of mercy, especially among family members, the practice of frequent (if not daily) prayer is necessary. Praying together as a family affords great protection against all that is going on in the world threatening the peace and tranquility of family life. The Enthronement of an image of the Sacred Heart prominently in the home manifests the family's desire to have Christ rule the hearts and minds of the members of the family or household, providing an extension of the protection we receive in our participation in Mass and frequent reception of Holy Communion. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus reminds us that God loves us with a human heart, and we are given the model of how to fulfill our obligations to one another in Christian charity.
A blessed image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary or the Divine Mercy may be used in the Enthronement ceremony which is led by fellow parishioners who have been trained to conduct the Enthronements. The Enthronement ceremony itself only takes about 15 minutes of time; the consecration, however, continues throughout the rest of the week with the daily recitation of the rosary or the chaplet of Divine Mercy by the family or household. A 6-day votive candle which is lit during the ceremony and placed near the enthroned image burns throughout this period.
If you would like to have the Sacred Heart of Jesus enthroned in your home the process is very simple. On the weekend of the 4th Sunday of every month, you can sign up at our table in the gathering space before and after the Saturday evening and Sunday Masses. You can also sign up by contacting the Parish Office. During the Masses of the fourth Sunday, the priest will invite you and your family to come forward to have your image blessed. Once your image is blessed, an Enthronement team will schedule a date to visit your home to carry out the ceremony. You may use an image of the Sacred Heart you already have, or you may obtain an image at our table in the gathering space for a donation. The 6-day votive candle needed for the ceremony may also be obtained for a small donation at our table in the gathering space.
If you have any questions, please consult one of our team at the Enthronement table in the gathering space.
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