The enthronement of the Sacred Heart is a devotion to the love that Jesus gives to us as we honor and return His love through our daily lives. Many families unite to express their individual consecrations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by uniting in a ceremony in which they consecrate the whole family to the Sacred Heart. Often this consecration involves an Enthronement, a ceremony during which an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is placed in a prominent location within the home. Since our Home is called Sacred Heart Home, it seemed very appropriate during this Year of Faith to show our special love for the Sacred Heart through the Enthronement.
The feast of Christ the King was the day we had chosen to re-dedicate our home to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. After the festive Liturgy in the chapel, Little Sisters, Residents, and friends of the Home came to the Front Lobby where the Enthronement Ceremony was going to take place. Our chaplain, Rev. Tim Kremen, OSM, said a few words about the devotion of the Sacred Heart and blessed the picture. Scriptural passages were then read in a form of a dialogue, for example: “At the last Supper, Jesus said ‘this is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you’” and we responded by asking the Lord to fill us with His love. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all who are burden and I will give you rest….” and we asked the Lord to help those who are fragile, elderly, disabled or sick. The Act of the Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was the culminating moment of the enthronement. Then Father blessed the picture. There was a round of applause when the ceremony was completed and no one was in a hurry to go on their way, many lingered to see the picture, to pray or just to bathe in the peace and love of the Lord. After the ceremony the plaque of commemoration was signed by Mother Cornelia and Fr. Tim Kremen to remind us of the special love that the Sacred Heart has for each of us, and how we are to respond to that love by showing love ourselves.