Consecrate yourself and your family to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The image of the Sacred Heart originated in 1673 when Saint Margaret-Mary Alacoque introduced the devotion to the Church, after Christ asked her to venerate an image of his heart of flesh in reparation for the world's indifference or hostility to his love and mercy. Through St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Our Lord made twelve promises to Christians who consecrate themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Here they are:
- I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life.
- I will establish peace in their families.
- I will bless every house in which the picture of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
- I will console them in all their difficulties.
- I will be their refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.
- I will shed abundant blessings upon their undertakings.
- Sinners shall find in My Heart a fountain and boundless ocean of mercy.
- Tepid souls shall become fervent.
- Fervent souls shall rise speedily to great perfection.
- I will give to priests the power of touching the hardest hearts.
- Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.
- I promise you, in the excessive mercy of My Heart, that My all-powerful love will grant to all who receive communion on the first Friday of the month, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence, they shall not die in my displeasure nor without the sacraments. My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.
An Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
I give myself and consecrate to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my person and my life, my actions, pains and sufferings, so that I may be unwilling to make use of any part of my being other than to honor, love and glorify the Sacred Heart. This is my unchanging purpose, namely, to be all His, and to do all things for the love of Him, at the same time renouncing with all my heart whatever is displeasing to Him. I therefore take You, O Sacred Heart, to be the only object of my love, the guardian of my life, my assurance of salvation, the remedy of my weakness and inconstancy, the atonement for all the faults of my life and my sure refuge at the hour of death.
Be then, O Heart of goodness, my justification before God the Father, and turn away from me the strokes of his righteous anger. O Heart of love, I put all my confidence in You, for I fear everything from my own wickedness and frailty, but I hope for all things from Your goodness and bounty.
Remove from me all that can displease You or resist Your holy will; let your pure love imprint Your image so deeply upon my heart, that I shall never be able to forget You or to be separated from You.
May I obtain from all Your loving kindness the grace of having my name written in Your Heart, for in You I desire to place all my happiness and glory, living and dying in bondage to You.
Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at the
Relevant Radio Headquarters
The above image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was commissioned by Bishop Raymond L. Burke and completed by the Monastic Fraternity of St. Joseph in Tilden, Wisconsin. The original icon was enthroned by Bishop Burke at Saint Joseph the Workman Cathedral on the Solemnity of Christ the King, November 26th, of the Jubilee Year 2000 (the very date that Relevant Radio went on the air with its first station WJOK).
On June 27, 2003, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Rev. John Girotti, then Assistant Chaplain of Relevant Radio, consecrated Relevant Radio to the Sacred Heart of Jesus using the enthronement method developed by Raymond Cardinal Burke, then Bishop of La Crosse.
The Meaning of the Enthronement:
The center of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the Enthronement of an image of the Sacred Heart in the home. The image may be a picture or a statue. By the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart, we link the tabernacle of our parish church to our home, inviting Our Lord to be our constant and most intimate companion. The Enthronement is a way of life. It means that Christ is King of our hearts, and we desire Him to be present with us always as our constant Companion and Friend, helping and guiding us in the large and small matters of daily life.
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