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Why Enthrone?

“What is the object of this work?  …

  • “to set up in the place of honor in each household a representation of the Sacred Heart, in recognition of the supreme rights of Jesus Christ over the family as a whole, and over each of its members;
  • “to recite family prayers each evening before it, and to renew each night, by the lips of the father or mother, the consecration made on the first day;
  • “to be faithful in the practice of holy Communion and as far as possible, in that of the Holy Hour at the First Friday of the month;
  • “to meditate upon the lessons and examples given to us by the Sacred Heart;
  • “to have recourse to this fount of graces, in the family joys, as well as in its sorrows, in good as well as in evil days, in sufferings, in reverses, in partings, amid the tears shed at the grave-side, and amid the smiles bestowed upon the cradle; in a word, amid the all the events tht interrupt the normal and regular course of family life.”

Cardinal Billot, April 26, 1915
Taken from “Theology of the Enthronement”,
National Center of the Enthronement.

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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:


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.