Archive for February, 2011

Why this image?

Most images of the Sacred Heart depict Him as the Resurrected Christ, His pierced Heart and hands opened to us in love.   The Sacred Heart Institute offers a special image to Legion members , and any other Catholic interested in Enthronement.

‘The Thorn Crowned Savior’ represents Christ as King, seated in celestial majesty on His throne, His right hand raised  in blessing.   He continues to be the glorious, resurrected Son of God, brimming with love and light.

Here, Christ Jesus is depicted re-crowned with thorns, to remind us of our need to make reparation for the sins mankind continues to commit against Him.  Within the last four hundred years, He has appeared to visionaries, pleading, begging and bleeding for reparation. Even though He is resurrected, we have crowned His Heart and Head with fresh pain and sorrow.

The inspiration for this image comes from a set of prayers taken from the Holy Hour of Reparation to the Sacred Heart, principally observed on the first Fridays of each month.

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We invite you to join us and pray:

VENERATION OF THE THORN-CROWNED SAVIOR

And platting a crown of thorns, they put it up on His head. They began to spit upon Him, and they gave Him blows. Others smote His face and said: ‘Prophesy, who is it that struck Thee?’ ”

O holy Redeemer! Thou art clothed with a scarlet cloak, a reed is placed in Thy hands for a scepter, and the sharp points of a thorny crown are pressed into Thy adorable head.

My soul, thou canst never conceive the sufferings, the insults and indignities offered to our Blessed Lord during this scene of pain and mockery.

I therefore salute Thee and offer Thee supreme homage as King of Heaven and earth, the Redeemer of the world, the Eternal Son of the living God.

O my afflicted Savior! O King of the world, Thou art ridiculed as a mock king. I believe in Thee and adore Thee as the King of kings and Lord of lords, as the supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth.

O Jesus! I devoutly venerate Thy sacred head pierced with thorns, struck with a reed, overwhelmed with pain and derision.

I adore the Precious Blood flowing from Thy bleeding wounds. To Thee be all praise, all thanksgiving and all love for evermore.

O meek Lamb, Victim for sin! May Thy thorns penetrate my heart with fervent love, that I may never cease to adore Thee as my God, my King and my Savior.

V. Behold, O God, our Protector,
R. And look upon the face of Thy Christ.

O my beloved Savior, at sight of Thy most holy face disfigured by suffering, at the sight of Thy Sacred Heart so full of love, I cry out with St. Augustine: “Lord Jesus, imprint on my heart Thy sacred wounds, so that I may read therein sorrow and love: sorrow, to endure every sorrow for Thee; love, to despise every love for Thee.”  Amen.

We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee, because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

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What this movement does not ask of you

Many people turn away from initiatives because too much is asked of them. Unless they are inspired and enthusiastic, they shy away from international networks and nationwide efforts to effect universal change.

We don’t ask that. We ask what the Sacred Heart asks.

The Sacred Heart wants to start with you. Not your neighbor, friend or gent down the street. You. Your love of the Sacred Heart needs to be your burning light and animating guide. On fire with humble zeal, you reach out to your friends, family and then parish.

Few will have the zeal to organize networks and diocesan meetings, to coordinate speaking tours and conferences. But everyone has the strength and a floodtide of graces waiting to help them start with themselves.

No one converts a nation. No one reaches thousands of people through his own fervor. We can only reach our nearest and dearest. The Institute exists to help apostolates create a ripple effect of millions of individuals reaching to families, families spreading into parishes, parishes making up dioceses, dioceses making up nations, nations making up the world.

That’s how everything starts. That’s how the Church started. That’s how it will always be.

And it will always start with you.

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