Akt der Weihe an das Heilige Herz
♦ Segnung des Bildes durch den Priester oder Diakon
♦Akt der Weihe an das Heiligste Herz Jesu
♦ Fünf Schritte, um Familien auf die Inthronisierung vorzubereiten
♦ Drei Bedingungen für die Inthronisation
♦ Die Bedeutung des Wortes „Inthronisation
♦ Die Bedeutung der Inthronisation des Heiligen Herzens
♦ Weihe an das Heilige Herz - seine Bedeutung und Bedeutung
♦ Wie sollte sich die Familie auf die Inthronisation vorbereiten?
♦ Erklärung der Teile der Inthronisierungs Zeremonie:
♦ Wie die Inthronisation die Anforderungen des Heiligen Herzens erfüllt:
♦ Die Inthronisation leben:
♦ Praktische Vorschläge für das „Erleben der Inthronisation“:
♦ Inthronisierungs Zeremonie für nicht-katholische Christen;
♦ Weihe an das Unbefleckte Herz Mariens:
♦Weihe und Inthronisation des heiligsten Herzens Jesu
SEGNUNG DES BILDES DURCH EINEN PRIESTER ODER EINEN DIAKON:
Der Prister mit Chorrock und der Stola bekleidet segnet das Bild des heiligsten Herzens Jesu.
Benedictio Imaginis Scratissimi Cordis Jesu Christi, Domini Nostri.
V. Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit coelum et terram.
V. Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui Sanctorum tuorum imagines pingi non reprobas, ut quoties illas oculis corporis, intuemur, toties, eorum actus, et santitatem ad imitandum memoriae oculis meditemur, hanc, quaesumus Imaginem in honorem et memoriam Sacratissimi Cordis Unigeniti Filii tui Domini nostri jesu Christi adaptatam, bene+dicere et sanc+tificare digneris; et praesta ut quicumque coram illa Cor Sacratissimum Unigeniti Filii tui suppliciter colere et honorare studuerit, illius meritis et obtentu, a te gratiam in praesenti, et aeternam gloriam obtineat in futurum. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
(Ultimo aspergat aqua benedicta.)
Alle beten dann mit lauter Stimme das Glaubensbekenntnis, um ein ausdrückliches Zeugnis des Glaubens der ganzen Familie abzulegen.
Der Priester erinnert an das, was unser Herr von den Familien erwartet, die ihm in besonderer Weise geweiht sind und an die besonderen und reichlichen Segnungen, deren Gegenstand sie sein werden.
WEIHEGEBET ZUM HEILIGSTEN HERZEN JESU
Akt der Weihe
(Approbiert von Papst Pius X., 19. Mai 1908)
(Durch den Priester oder wenn ein solcher nicht da ist, durch den Vater oder die Mutter vorgebetet.)
Heiligstes Herz Jesu, du hast der sel. Margareta Maria deinen Wunsch kundgegeben, über die christlichen Familien zu herrschen. So kommen wir denn heute, um deine unbeschränkte Herrschaft über unsere Familie offen zu bekennen. Wir wollen fortan leben von deinem Leben: wir wollen bei uns jene Tugenden erblühen lassen, welchen du den Frieden hier auf Erden schon versprochen hast; wir wollen den Geist dieser Welt, über welchen du den Fluch ausgesprochen, weit von uns verbannen.
So herrsche denn über unsern Verstand durch die Einfalt des Glaubens; herrsche auch über unsere Herzen durch die Liebe, in der sie ohne Vorbehalt für dich brennen sollen und deren Glut wir durch den häufigen Empfang der heiligen Kommunion wach erhalten wollen.
Würdige dich, o göttliches Herz, uns vorzustehen, so oft wir zusammenkommen; unsere geistlichen und zeitlichen Unternehmungen zu segnen; unsere Sorgen zu zerstreuen; unsere Freuden zu heiligen und unsere Leiden zu lindern. Sollte jemals der eine oder andere von uns das Unglück haben, dich zu betrüben, so erinnere ihn daran, daß du, o Herz Jesu gütig und barmherzig bist gegen den reuigen Sünder. Und wenn die Stunde der Trennung schlägt, wenn der Tod kommt und seine Trauer über uns ausbreitet, so wollen wir alle, sowohl die Dahinscheidenden als auch die Zurückgebliebenen, deinen ewigen Ratschlüssen uns unterwerfen. Wir wollen uns mit dem Gedanken trösten, daß ein Tag kommen wird, an welchem unsere ganze Familie, im Himmel vereinigt, auf immer deine Herrlichkeit und deine Wohltaten wird preisen können.
Das unbefleckte Herz Mariä und der glorreiche Patriarch, der hl. Joseph, mögen dir diese Weihe darbringen und alle Tage unseres Lebens uns daran erinnern. Es lebe das Herz Jesu, unseres Königs und unseres Vaters!
Darauf wird das Bild an den für dasselbe bestimmten Ehrenplatz gestellt.
Ein anderes Gebet für die Weihe
Herr Jesus, würdige dich, diese Wohnung in Gesellschaft deiner heiligsten Mutter zu besuchen und breite über die glücklichen Bewohner dieses Hauses die Gnaden aus, die du den Familien versprochen hast, die deinem göttlichen Herzen in besonderer Weise geweiht sind. Du selbst, o Erlöser der Welt, hast, da du dich der sel. Margareta Maria offenbartest, in erbarmungsvoller Absicht eine feierliche und allgemeine Liebeshuldigung für dein göttliches Herz, das die Menschen so sehr geliebt hat und so wenig geliebt wird, verlangt. Diese unsere Familie beeilt sich, deinem Verlangen zu entsprechen, und zur Sühne des Abfalls so vieler Seelen, erklärt sie dich, o göttliches Herz, als ihren liebenswürdigen Herrn und weiht dir unwiderruflich die Freuden, die Arbeiten und die Leiden, die Gegenwart und die Zukunft dieses Hauses, das von nun an nur dir angehören will.
Segne also die, welche hier gegenwärtig sind, segne auch die, welche nach dem Willen des Himmels der Tod uns entrissen hat; segne die Abwesenden, o Jesus! Im Namen der seligsten Jungfrau Maria bitten wir dich, o Herz voll Liebe, du wollest in diesem Hause das Reich deiner Liebe errichten. Gieße über alle Glieder desselben den Geist des Glaubens, den Geist deiner Heiligkeit und Reinheit aus. Sei du allein der Herr dieser Seelen; löse sie los von der Welt und ihren tollen Eitelkeiten. Öffne ihnen, o Herr, die anbetungswürdige Wunde deines erbarmungsvollen Herzens und wie in einer Arche des Heils bewahre sie alle darin, denn sie sind dein bis zum ewigen Leben!
Es lebe, unter uns immer geliebt, gelobt und verherrlicht, das triumphierende Herz Jesu! Amen.
Da keine Personen der Familie an einem so feierlichen Tage, zu dieser gesegneten Stunde fehlen dürfen, so laßt uns die Erinnerung und die Gegenwart der teuren Verstorbenen der Familie wachrufen und für sie und die Abwesenden ein Vater unser und Ave Maria beten.
♦ Die Inthronisation des Heiligen Herzens im Heim
Five steps for preparing families for the enthronement:
1. Remote Preparation: This would be the first step and consists in beginning to speak to the families about the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in a simple way and telling them about the Enthronement Ceremony in the home.
2. Proximate Preparation: Families that have expressed the desire for the Enthronement are visited again. They should be given instruction in greater detail about the devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Enthronement. Depending on the need of the particular family, perhaps several visits may be needed for this.
3. Immediate Preparation: The family makes some kind of immediate preparation for the Enthronement. This may take the form of a “home tridium” or a novena of prayers. Also, the family should be encouraged to go for confession and to receive Holy Communion on the day of the ceremony.
4. Procedure: This is the actual Enthronement Ceremony preferably to be presided over by a priest. He blesses the image, gives a talk, and at the end of the ceremony, bestows a blessing upon those present. He also may bless the home. Depending on how long Father talks, the ceremony may last 20-30 minutes.
5. Follow-up: Encourage the family to “live the enthronement and the consecration”. A general principal is: get the family to do something according to its spiritual capacity. Be careful not to ask too much. It is important to visit the family afterwards, to help them to renew their consecration, etc...
Three conditions for the Enthronement:
1 THAT THE MARRIAGE IS A VALID ONE.
2. THAT AT LEAST ONE OF THE PARENTS BE A PRACTICING CATHOLIC. For example, if one of the parents is a lapsed Catholic or a non-Catholic, the Enthronement may take place if the other parent is a Catholic who practices his or her faith.
3. THE FAMILY MUST HAVE THE GENERAL INTENTION OF DOING GOD’S WILL. This means they may be obliged to fulfill certain specific conditions such as giving up a sinful practice before they can have the Enthronement. Of course, to avoid scandal the priest will be the best judge as to the proper procedure in such cases.
In cases where the Enthronement cannot be had because these conditions are not met, nothing prevents the family from honoring an image of the Sacred Heart in their home and/or praying to the Sacred Heart. Often this will result in the reception of graces that will effect a change in the spiritual status of the family. “Those who are well do not need a physician, but those who are sick; I have come for sinners… The Son of Man has come to seek and save that which was lost.”
The meaning of the word “enthronement”:
The word “enthronement” means to place on a throne in recognition of someone’s authority. (An example of an enthronement would be when a bishop is enthroned in his cathedral as a recognition of his spiritual authority over the diocese.)
The meaning of the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart:
To enthrone the image of the Sacred Heart thus means to recognize Christ’s rule over you. It means the recognition of Jesus the God-man who is all-loving and merciful, as the King and Friend of the family. It means giving our Lord first place in our hearts, in our family life. It is like a “heart–exchange” – Jesus gives His heart to us and we offer our hearts to Him. Under the influence of His grace, He really brings about a transformation of our hearts, that is, of our attitudes – changing indifference into love, apathy into action, fear into trust. We become different persons, for we have had a change of heart.
To say it another way, the Enthronement is the official and social recognition of the sovereignty of the Sacred Heart of Jesus over the Christian family. This recognition of Christ’s authority is outwardly expressed and made permanent by the solemn installation of the image of that divine Heart in a conspicuous (obvious) place in the home and by the Act of Consecration.
The Enthronement is not the mere blessing of a picture, or a mere act of consecration, or a mere outward passing ceremony. It is all of this and a great deal more. The Enthronement is meant to encourage and enable families to live the “Sacred Heart way of life” – a life of love and friendship with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the divine Head and loving friend of the family – that is, genuine Christian living.
Consecration to the Sacred Heart – Its importance and meaning:
Consecration to the Sacred Heart is a very important part of the Enthronement Ceremony. In fact, it has been said that Consecration to the Sacred Heart is the most important of all the devotional practices demanded by our divine Lord for His Sacred Heart. St. Margaret Mary tells us that our Lord has made special promises of blessings for those who consecrate themselves to His Sacred Heart: it rejoices the Sacred Heart and is a powerful weapon against the devil; it is a sovereign remedy against mortal sin; it puts souls on the road to perfection; consecration will procure peace of heart; it is a key which opens the Sacred Heart t o us; it is a pledge of salvation.
The Act of Consecration may be explained as having several meanings. First, it signifies that we renew our pledge of love and loyalty to Christ, our King, made on the day of our baptism. Secondly, consecration means to make sacred, to set something apart as dedicated to the service of God: as, for instance a chalice or altar is consecrated. When we consecrate ourselves and our family to the Sacred Heart this means that from then on the family is not only a dedicated family pledged to loving Christ wholeheartedly, but also that it will be sacred in God’s eyes – something very pleasing to Him – the family over which He will watch in a very special way.
How should the family prepare for the Enthronement?
1. Learn more about the devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Enthronement. We can help with this through our visits. Also, we can encourage the family to read about it and when possible share pamphlets and books for them to read.
2. By prayer. Three possibilities are:
a) Novena of prayers and readings done as a family for nine days preceding the Enthronement.
b) Tridium of prayers and readings – special prayers and readings to be done by the family on the three days preceding the Enthronement.
c) A week of prayer with the Pilgrim Virgin. Since love of Mary should lead us to Jesus, it is most fitting her Son should be enthroned as King after a week of prayer with the Pilgrim Virgin in the home. The statue would be brought to the home a week before and the family recites the Rosary daily in preparation for the Enthronement. This may be a very nice way for families to prepare for the Enthronement especially when the family cannot read or there are no copies of the Novena or Tridium of prayers available. The family may make the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the end of the week and before the Enthronement Ceremony while the Pilgrim Statue is still in the home or the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart may be made after the Hail Holy Queen within the Enthronement Ceremony itself. Then, after having brought her Son into the home, His Mother moves on to prepare another family for His coming.
3. By Confession, Mass and Communion. It would be good if all the members of the family could go for Confession at some time during the preparation for the Enthronement. (To gain the plenary indulgence attached to the Enthronement, Confession must be made within a week before or after the Enthronement, and Holy Communion should be received the same day as the Enthronement.) It would also be good if at least one member of the family would attend Holy Mass and receive Communion throughout the Novena or Tridium. But at least on the day of the Ceremony, the entire family should make an effort to receive Communion together, in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
4. By setting up a “throne” in the living room (or main room) in the house in a conspicuous place. A fireplace mantle, on the T.V. (it will remind them family to watch only good shows) or a table fixed as an altar may be prepared for the “throne”. Cover it with white cloth; decorate with flowers and candles. If a picture of the Sacred 'Heart is to be used and hung on the wall, then in order to bring out the idea of a shrine, a wall bracket may be placed below the picture on which flowers and candles may be placed or they may be put on a table nearby the place where the picture is to be hung. In another part of the room, place the statue or picture of the Sacred Heart on a small table with Holy Water. Here it will be blessed and then carried by the head of the house to the “throne”. Place near or on the throne photos of absent loved ones, living or dead.
5. Invite relatives and friends. This is not essential but it is important; it emphasizes the social aspect of the ceremony; it gives Christ the King more honor; others share the blessings and learn about the enthronement
♦ Eine kurze Zusammenfassung der Inthronisierungs Zeremonie:
1 Ein Eröffnungslied darf gesungen werden.
2. Ein Priester oder Diakon segnet das Bild des Heiligen Herzens.
3. Das Haupt des Hauses platziert das Bild (oder Statue) an einem „Ehrenplatz“ (d. H. Auf dem vorbereiteten „Thron“).
4. Die Familie betet gemeinsam das Apostolische Glaubensbekenntnis.
5. Alle setzen sich nieder , während der Priester oder Diakon eine Predigt hält.
6. Alle knien für den Akt der Weihe an das Heilige Herz.
7. Alle beten ein Vater unser, Ave Maria und Ehre sei.
8. Danach beten alle das Salve Regina, um die Königin Maria zu ehren. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt kann ein Bild des Unbefleckten Herzens Mariens neben dem Bild des Heiligen Herzens Jesu platziert und eine Weihe an das Unbefleckte Herz Mariens vollzogen werden.
9. Segen und Schlusslied.
Nach der Zeremonie kann das Haus gesegnet werden.
Explanation of the parts of the Enthronement Ceremony:
1 When all the family members and guests are present and the priest or deacon is ready (he may wear a cassock, surplice and stole), one of the children is allowed to light the candles while another distributes copies of the “ceremonial” to each one present. The opening hymn is sung. With the parents and children standing near, the priest begins the liturgical blessing of the image of the Sacred Heart. Then he invites the head of the house, accompanied by his wife and children, to take the picture or statue and “escort the Sacred Heart to the p1ace of honor in the home”. (The place of honor should have been prepared beforehand – see previous explanation). Sometimes while the little procession is taking place, those present sing a small hymn to the Sacred Heart. Arriving at the throne, the Sacred Heart is installed in the place of honor.
2. Then the Apostle’s Creed is recited by all as an act of faith in our Lord’s teachings and in reparation for those families who refuse to accept them or put them into practice.
3. All are next seated, while the priest or deacon addresses them on the significance of the Enthronement and the devotion to the Sacred Heart.
4. When the homily finishes, all kneel and say in unison the Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart. Then an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be are recited for all the absent loved ones, living and dead. If so desired, the “Prayers of the Faithful” may be added. Those present may add their own petitions.
5. All stand. Wherever a king is enthroned, there the queen reigns, too. Consequently, in the Enthronement ceremony, the Queen of Love is not forgotten, and in honor of her Immaculate Heart, the Hail Holy Queen is recited by all. If so desired, at this point an act of consecration of the family to the Immaculate Heart of Mary may be recited and her image installed near that of the Sacred Heart. (Strictly speaking, we do not “enthrone” the Immaculate Heart of Mary – this is an act of adoration reserved for the divine King alone. We certainly may and should, however, install the image of our Lady in a place of honor in the home.)
6. If a priest is present, the ceremony is concluded by his giving a blessing. A closing hymn may be sung. Father may also bless the house. If there is a certificate of the Enthronement it should be signed by all the family members and the priest or deacon and then hung near the Sacred Heart shrine.
How the Enthronement fulfills the requests -of the Sacred Heart:
In this ceremony three important requests of our Lord are fulfilled:
1st - that He be acknowledged as King of love;
2nd - that His image be given the place of honor;
3rd - that we consecrate ourselves to His Sacred Heart.
But He made other requests, too. Carrying out these requests is what may be called “living the enthronement”. This is, in fact, the most important part of it.
Living the Enthronement:
The basic request made by the Sacred Heart is that we try to love Him more generously than in the past. Often those interested in having the Enthronement and making the Consecration to the Sacred Heart ask what the “obligations” are. This would be the main obligation: to strive to love the Sacred Heart more and more. All Christians are obliged to keep the two great commandments, love of God and love of neighbor. This means obeying the law of God and of His Church and practicing charity.
But love far the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the home where He has been Enthroned and where the Consecration to Him has been made should have three special qualities:
1. It must be a trustful love based on His mercy and His power and His willingness to help in all our needs. Faith and confidence should be the outstanding qualities of love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
2. Love for the Sacred Heart should be Eucharistic. We must attend Holy Mass faithfully on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation. Also, we should try to go to Mass and receive Communion as often as possible during the week as well. At least try to carry out our Lord’s request to receive Him in Holy Communion on the first Friday of each month in reparation for those who miss Mass and Communion through their own fault. In return, if we did this for nine successive first Fridays of the month, our Lord promised our salvation will be assured. A great promise and a great privilege.
3. Love for the Sacred Heart must be generous, that is to say, it must be unselfish. Love of its very nature means to give oneself to the one loved, but this requires sacrifice. This means not only generosity in our love for God, but in our love for our neighbor as well, especially in the-practice of family charity.
Practical suggestions for “living the enthronement”:
The following are some practices that may be suggested to the families in order for them to grow in their love for the Sacred Heart and to keep the Enthronement alive. A general principal is: get the family to do something according to its spiritual capacity. But we must be careful not to ask too much or else they may feel overwhelmed or get discouraged and give up completely. We must know the family and make our suggestions accordingly.
1. Aspirations: By turning to the Sacred Heart frequently during the day and whispering little ejaculatory prayers, especially when you pass by the Sacred Heart picture. You may say the little prayer mentally or say it with another member of the family.
‘Sacred Heart of Jesus, I love You.”
“Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You.”
“Sacred Heart of Jesus, I implore, that I may love You ever more and more.”
“Sacred Heart, I believe in your love for me and my family.”
“Sacred Heart, protect my family.”
2. Daily prayer - individually or as a family: Start the day with the Morning Offering. Say a daily renewal prayer of consecration (after dinner before leaving the table, after the Family Rosary, or another time when all are together). Read daily from the Scriptures, especially the Gospel. Say the Rosary daily.
3. Renewal of the Consecration to the Sacred Heart:
On first Fridays and other special occasions – on certain occasions gather as a family around the shrine of the Sacred Heart for a formal renewal of the family consecration. This might be done on birthdays, wedding anniversaries, day of baptism, First Communion, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, the Feast of the Sacred Heart, New Year’s Eve, etc...
Annual Renewal – on the anniversary of the Enthronement, the entire ceremony may be repeated (no need to re-enthrone the picture or statue of the Sacred Heart, but the rest of the ceremony may be repeated). The whole Enthronement may be repeated when the family moves into a new home.
4. Greater devotion to the Holy Eucharist:
- Daily Mass - perhaps at least one member of the family would be able to attend Mass daily and represent the family.
- Try to attend Holy Mass and receive Holy Communion on first Fridays of the month for nine consecutive months or perhaps every first Friday (it is wonderful if this can be done as a family).
- Make the Holy Hour when possible in the Church before the Blessed Sacrament. Make a Holy Hour in the home. Some families rise at night (between 11:00 and 12:00 pm on the eve of the first Friday of the month) and make a Holy Hour in the Home.
- Visits to the Blessed Sacrament – whenever passing a Church on the way to or from work or school, etc… try to stop in to make a short visit to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
5. Make the Feast of the Sacred Heart a special family feast each year. Try to attend Holy Mass and receive Holy Communion as a family. Make it a day when the family shows the Sacred Heart that He truly is the King and Friend of their home, the God-with-us intimately associated with daily family life. Make it a real day of joy and celebration.
6. Keep before the image of the Sacred Heart a burning light or at least some flowers. This serves as a reminder for the family and for visitors that Jesus occupies the place of honor in the home.
7. We can arrange from time to time for families that have had the Enthronement and made the Consecration to the Sacred Heart to join together for a special Mass or Holy Hour and to renew their Consecration.
What should be done when a priest or deacon cannot be present for the Enthronement?
It is, of course, best if a priest or deacon can be present to bless the picture or statue and to preside over the ceremony. When this is impossible, the family can still have the Enthronement Ceremony without the priest or deacon. When this is the case, the image of the Sacred Heart should be brought to the Church or the rectory to be blessed. To make this more meaningful, one way of doing this is to have all those who are going to have the Enthronement line up in front of the Church before or after the Mass holding the picture or statue to be blessed by the priest. It would be best if the father of the family be the one to hold the picture while it is being blessed. The rest of the ceremony would take place in the home as usual.
Enthronement Ceremony for Non-Catholic Christians;
Some form of an enthronement ceremony may be arranged for non-Catholic Christians. It could include: Hymns, Scripture Readings (such as Lk 19:1-10 or 10:38-42 or Jn 12:12-15), enthroning a picture of Christ (preferably the Sacred Heart) in a place of honor (this would be prepared with flowers, candles, etc...) and other prayers. The Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart would not be made but some kind of “covenant prayer” between the family and Jesus, their God and Savior, could replace it.
Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
It has already been suggested that the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary be included in the Enthronement Ceremony. However, another possibility would be to have a separate ceremony for this with a time of preparation beforehand. This would certainly be necessary if the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary according to St. Louis de Monfort is to be made, since it is important to prepare for this. If the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart is to take place during a separate ceremony, it might be carried out as follows:
1. Hymn to-Our Lady
2. Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart
3. Our Father, Hail Mary and-Glory Be for the intentions of the Holy -Father
4. The family Rosary (optional) -- say Glorious mysteries
5. All stand for the Hail Holy Queen
6. Renewal of the consecration to the Sacred Heart
7. End with a hymn