Divine Mercy for America is very excited to be working with Family Divine Mercy to bring you an Enthronement Certificate as part of the ceremony of The Divine Mercy as King of Home and Family and the Act of Consecration of the Family to The Divine Mercy.
Why Enthrone The Divine Mercy?
Because of the Need to Fight Back the Devil and the Promises of The Divine Mercy
You don’t have to look very far in today’s world to see the problems, hurts, and consequences of a society that has turned its back on God. Many are concerned for those who are lost, for our country, and for the future of our families. This is precisely why Jesus appeared to St. Faustina in the 1930s with a message of love and mercy that He wanted to be revealed to the whole world. He made known simple yet powerful ways in which He would reach out and touch us, protect us, lead, guide, and heal us. One way is by means of an image of Him that He wanted to be painted and venerated throughout the world.
Home Enthronement Process Options
Most often parish home enthronements utilize a “pilgrim image” or two that will travel from home to home as a special sign of unity and fraternity within the parish. The pilgrim image is typically a nicely framed high-quality image that gives true homage to whom it represents, Jesus, the King of Mercy. The image stays with a family for a week or two or more, depending on the parish plan. During this time the family utilizes the image as the focal point for devotion and prayer, cognizant of the true presence of Christ in their midst. They also utilize this time to learn more about The Divine Mercy message and devotion as the source of hope, healing, and reconciliation with God, neighbor, and each other. See the list of suggested materials to be left with the family at the end of this article.
At the conclusion of the visitation period, the family is encouraged to have a permanent image “enthroned” in a place of honor in the home and to display the enthronement certificate near it. The certificate provides space for the signature of all family members as well as the priest or spiritual director.
Transference of the pilgrim image from family to family may be done in a variety of ways, or in any combination of the following suggestions:
Family to Family
After the designated time of visitation, the family who has had the pilgrim image is put in contact with the subsequent family to arrange a time that they may bring the image and materials to them. The families share their experiences and expectations and join together in prayer as outlined in the Enthronement Pamphlet. Refreshments may be shared if desired.
Weekend Mass Exchange
As often done with a Vocation Cup or Cross, the pilgrim image may be transferred during or at the end of a weekend mass. In this way, the program is given exposure to the parish community. If time allows and if appropriate, the family may share their experience with the community, witnessing to the mercy of God in their lives and encouraging others to invite Jesus into their homes.
Parish Ministry Team
Designating a prayer group, such as a Divine Mercy cenacle, or other work of mercy team as stewards of the pilgrim image or images and facilitators of the program is highly encouraged no matter how the Image is transferred and the enthronements take place. A team can be divided into smaller teams that rotate the responsibility of transferring the image from home to home and leading the enthronement process.
Any combination of the three suggestions above may be incorporated to achieve the highest visibility and most successful plan, however, having a program coordinator for a designated time will definitely help the planning and logistics go as smoothly as possible. Perhaps transference can be organized by the ministry team, and most often facilitated by them, with families helping to transfer the image if they so desire. Transference from family to family can happen during a mass once a month or so with the team visiting the family to complete the process. Again, let the plan that works for your parish be the one you adopt.
Individual Home Enthronement
The enthronement ceremony may be performed in the home even if there is not an official parish program. It would be best to have a priest or deacon preside but if that is not possible the head of the household can lead the family through the prayers for a completely valid enthronement. The idea is to communicate definitively to Jesus that He is invited into our homes and families as our King and what better way to do that than with the enthronement ceremony!