Consecration and Enthronement of the Federation of North-American Explorers to the
Sacred Heart of Jesus - June 2014
Consecration and Enthronement of the Federation of North American Explorers
On the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus- June 27th 2014
What is it?
On June 16th, 1675 Our Lord Jesus Christ appeared to a nun of the Order of the Visitation in Paray Le Monial in southeasternFrance and said: "Look at this Heart which has loved men so much, and yet men do not want to love Me in return. Through you My divine Heart wishes to spread its love everywhere on earth."
Margaret Mary Alacoque was born in Burgundy, France on July 22, 1647. As a child, she was suffering from rheumatic fever and stayed in bed for four years due to the disease. During that time, she developed an intense devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and made a vow to the Blessed Virgin Mary to enter a convent as a nun.
As a result, the Blessed Virgin Mary visited her and healed her. Mary asked her to give her life to God and later on, after having seen a vision of Christ’s scourging, she entered the Order of Our Lady of the Visitation at Paray le Monial at the age of 23.
Shortly after, Our Lord was visiting her asking her to be the instrument of the devotion to His Sacred Heart. Our Lord gave her also the promises attached to this devotion.
The Twelve Promises of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary for those devoted to His Sacred Heart:
1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
2. I will establish peace in their families.
3. I will console them in all their troubles.
4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of their death.
5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
9. I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
10. I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced.
12. The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving the Sacraments; My Heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.
The consecration and enthronement is the official and social recognition of the loving Kingship of the Heart of Jesus in a Christian family. As FNE members, we belong to a family, which is even larger worldwide. The FNE shows this recognition by giving a special place of honor to the Sacred Heart not only in our prayer life and in our souls but also in a visible manner on our uniform as a public and official sign of our consecration.
It is not a badge we win and put on our uniforms, it is a way of life. We officially recognize a permanent state of devotedness, frankness and purity that we promised to observe, asking it through the special protection of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In June 17, 1689, Jesus asked Saint Margaret Mary to formally request the king of France to put His Sacred Heart on his flag as well as the flag of each French province. Unfortunately, Louis XIV did not obey the Sacred Heart and on June 17, 1789 the revolution in France started with the solemn act of breaking from the family of Clovis.
Our Lord said to Saint Margaret Mary: “I prepare for France a deluge of graces when she will be consecrated to my Divine Heart." We, as FNE members, want to receive this deluge of graces.
What must I do to enthrone the Sacred Heart in my group?
Before the Ceremony
1. Learn what it is and how important it is.
2. Set the date June 27th for the Enthronement in agreement with the pastor. It is desirable to have a priest preside at the ceremony, but it is not essential to gain the indulgences. For serious reasons the group leader or someone else may preside and lead the prayers.
3. If possible have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered that morning for the reign of the Sacred Heart in your group, and as an act of love and reparation to the Sacred Heart. The entire group should try to receive Communion at this Mass, or at another Mass.
4. Obtain as beautiful a picture or statue of the Sacred Heart as possible. If you already have a picture, use that one. Place the badges on a tray as well.
5. Below the place of honor reserved for the statue or picture, prepare a "throne" or "altar," that is to say, a table [or perhaps the mantelpiece] covered with a white cloth, beautifully decorated with flowers and candles. The picture or statue should be placed on a small table near this "throne" before the ceremony.
6. Invite your relatives and friends to be present; thus you will already begin to be an "apostle of the Sacred Heart." Have a group party after the ceremony, with a special treat for the children, who, of, course, should be present at the ceremony - - even the smallest.
7. Make this day one of the outstanding events of the FNE life - - one long to be remembered. The greater the solemnity, the better.
8. Recite every day from June 1st the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
1. All gather around the image of the Sacred Heart; group leader and leaders, boys and girls as we do the Call statue or image brought by PCs.
2. The priest, in surplice and white stole, blesses the image. [If no priest is present; have the image blessed beforehand.]
The Blessing of the Picture or Statue
V. Adjutórium nostrum in nómine Dómini.
R. Qui fecit coelum et terram.
V. Dóminus vobíscum.
Oremus. Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, qui sanctórum tuórum imágines pingi non réprobas, ut qúoties illas óculis córporis intuémur, tóties eórum actus et sanctitátem ad imitándum memóriae óculis meditémur, hanc qúaesumus, imáginem in honórem et memóriam Sacratíssimi Cordis Unigéniti Fílii tui Dómini Nostri Jesu Christi adaptátam bene +dícere et sancti + ficáre dignéris; et praesta ut quicúmque coram ilIa, Cor Sacratíssimum Unigéniti Fílii tui supplíciter cólere et honoráre studúerit, illíus méritis et obténtu a te grátiam in praesénti, et aetérnam glóriam obtíneat in futúrum. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum. R. Amen. Et aspergátur aqua benedícta.
V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who made Heaven and Earth.
V. The Lord be with you.
Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, who dost approve the painting and sculpturing of the images of Thy Saints, so that as often as we gaze upon them we are reminded to imitate their deeds and sanctity; vouchsafe, we implore Thee, to bless and sanctify this image made in honor and in memory of the Most Sacred Heart of Thy only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ; and grant, that whosoever in its presence, will suppliantly worship and honor the Most Sacred Heart of Thy only begotten Son, may obtain through His merits and intercession grace in this life and everlasting glory in the world to come. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. (The image is then sprinkled with holy water.)
3. Then the group leaders give the badges to leaders who distribute to the PCs. This is the symbolic act of Enthronement.
4. All stand while the Apostle's Creed is recited as an act of faith on the part of the FNE.
5. The priest addresses a few words to those present, reminding the members of the FNE of what the Sacred Heart expects from families which have acknowledged Him as King;
recalling the magnificent promises of the Sacred Heart; urging the family to live its enthronement and frequently to renew the act of consecration which they are about to make.
6. All kneel, while the priest and the group leader recite the official Act of Consecration.
Act of Consecration of the Human Race
Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thy altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart. Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy towards the children of that race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may It now descend upon them, a laver of redemption and of life. Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: "Praise be to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and honor for ever." Amen.
Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart
Recited by all
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, * who didst make known to Saint Margaret Mary Thine ardent desire to reign over Christian families, * behold us assembled here today * to proclaim Thine absolute dominion over our home.
Henceforth we purpose to lead a life like unto Thine, * so that amongst us may flourish the virtues * for which Thou didst promise peace on earth, * and for this end * we will banish from our midst * the spirit of the world which Thou dost abhor so much.
Thou wilt reign over our understanding * by the simplicity of our faith. Thou wilt reign over our hearts * by an ardent love for Thee; * and may the flame of this love * be kept burning in our hearts * by the frequent reception of the Holy Eucharist.
Deign, O Divine Heart, * to preside over our meetings, * to bless our undertakings, both spiritual and temporal, * to banish all worry and care, * to sanctify our joys * and soothe our sorrows. * If any of us * should ever have the misfortune to grieve Thy Sacred Heart, * remind him of Thy goodness and mercy * toward the repentant sinner.
Lastly * when the hour of separation will sound * and death will plunge our home into mourning, * then shall we all and every one of us * be resigned to Thy eternal decrees, * and seek consolation in the thought * that we shall one day be reunited in Heaven, * where we shall sing the praises and blessings of Thy Sacred Heart * for all eternity.
May the Immaculate Heart of Mary * and the glorious Patriarch St. Joseph * offer Thee this our Consecration, * and remind us of the same * all the days of our life.
Glory to the Divine Heart of Jesus, * our King and our Father!
7. The priest here asks those present to say with him ONE Our Father and Hail Mary for all the absent members, both living and dead, so that all may share in the graces of the Enthronement.
8. All recite with the priest the following:
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Glory be to Thee, * O Sacred Heart of Jesus, * for the infinite mercy Thou hast bestowed * upon the privileged members of this family. * Thou hast chosen it from thousands of others, * as a recipient of Thy love * and a sanctuary of reparation * wherein Thy most loving Heart shall find consolation * for the ingratitude of men. * How great, O Lord Jesus, * is the confusion of this portion of Thy faithful flock * as we accept the unmerited honor * of seeing Thee preside over our family! * Silently we adore Thee, * overjoyed to see Thee sharing * under the same roof * the toils, cares and joys of Thy children! * It is true, we are not worthy * that Thou shouldst enter our humble abode, * but Thou hast already reassured us, * when Thou didst reveal Thy Sacred Heart to us, * teaching us to find in the wound of Thy Sacred Side * the source of grace and life everlasting. * In this loving and trusting spirit * we give ourselves to Thee, * Thou who art unchanging Life. * Remain with us, Most Sacred Heart, * for we feel an irresistible desire * to love Thee and make Thee loved.
May our home be for Thee * a haven as sweet as that of Bethany, * where Thou canst find rest * in the midst of loving friends, * who like Mary * have chosen the better part * in the loving intimacy of Thy Heart! * May this home be for Thee, * O beloved Savior, * a humble but hospitable refuge * during the exile imposed on Thee by Thine enemies.
Come, then, Lord Jesus, come, * for here as at Nazareth, * we have a tender love for the Virgin Mary, Thy sweet Mother * whom Thou hast given us to be our Mother. * Come, * to fill with Thy sweet presence the vacancies * which misfortune and death have wrought in our midst.
O most faithful Friend, * hadst Thou been here * in the midst of sorrow, * our tears would have been less bitter; * the comforting balm of peace * would then have soothed these hidden wounds, * which are known to Thee alone. * Come, for even now perhaps, * there is drawing near for us * the twilight of tribulation, * and the decline of the passing days * of our youth and our illusions. * Stay with us, * for already it is late, * and a perverted world seeks to envelop us * in the darkness of its denials * while we wish to adhere to Thee * who alone art the Way * the Truth * and the Life. * Repeat for us those words * Thou didst utter of old: * "This day I must abide in this home."
Yes, dear Lord, * take up Thy abode with us, * so that we may live in Thy love * and in Thy presence, * we who proclaim Thee as our King * and wish no other! * May Thy triumphant Heart, O Jesus, * be forever loved, * blessed, * and glorified * in this home! * Thy Kingdom Come! Amen!
9. [All stand] To thank the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the grace of the Enthronement, and to proclaim this loving Mother as the Queen of the home, all recite the Hail Holy Queen.
10. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: Have mercy on us! [3 times]
Immaculate Heart of Mary: Pray for us.
St. Joseph: Pray for us.
St. Margaret Mary: Pray for us.
[ALL] Glory to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus forever and ever! Amen.
11. The priest gives his blessing: May the blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, descend upon you and remain forever. Amen.
12. Then the members of the family and the priest sign the Certificate of the Enthronement, which should be framed and hung near the image of the Sacred Heart or kept in the family vault.
It will be very appropriate to sing a hymn or some other religious song.
The FNE coat-of-arms features first and foremost the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ, to which our FSE movement is dedicated, surrounded by the crown of thorns. In the upper left is a six-pointed star, representing Our Lady as the Immaculate Conception and Patroness of the United States of America. In the upper right is the trillium, a North American wildflower in the lily family, representing both St. Joseph, the patron of Canada, and Ontario -- of which it is the provincial flower -- where our FNE association was first founded. The three symbols on our arms, taken together, represent the Holy Family, in particular the devotion of FNE to the Holy Family as a model and protector of the family in this day and age where it is under constant assault. The red chevron represents the Blood of Christ and the martyrs who shed their blood for the Faith, together with three fleurs-de-lys of our FSE movement. The fleur-de-lys is one of the most ancient symbols of Christendom -- from the Byzantine Empire, where it was a symbol of royalty and prosperity, to Lombard France, where Our Lord Jesus Christ asked the kings to put it on their flags as a sign of public recognition of His Social Kingship. The fleur-de-lys of our movement is placed here three times to represent the Holy Trinity, and on the chevron of Christ's Blood that we may live by His example, sustained by His Body and Blood, totally oriented toward God. The upper field of the arms is blue, representing the mantle of Our Lady who, by her motherly affection and protection, watches over and protects our movement. All who wear these arms devote themselves as sons and daughters of Christendom to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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