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The Divine Mercy Home Enthronement Program
"Souls who spread the honour of My mercy I shield through their entire lives as a tender mother her infant, and at the hour of death I will
not be a Judge for them, but a merciful Saviour. At that last hour, a soul has nothing with which to defend itself except My mercy. Happy is
the soul that during its lifetime immersed itself in the Fountain of Mercy, because Justice will have no hold on it." (Diary 1075)
"... do whatever is within your power to spread devotion to My mercy. I will make up for what you lack. Tell aching mankind to snuggle
close to My merciful Heart, and I will fill it with peace." (Diary 1074)
"Only do as much as you can, and I will always arrange things so that you will easily be able to do what I ask of you." (Diary 1693)
"Be at peace, My daughter. This Work of Mercy is Mine; there is nothing of you in it..." (Diary 1667)
Home Enthronement Program
“Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. “ This is the first sentence of the pope’s Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of
Mercy that will begin on December 8, 2015, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
Pope Frances goes on to say, “Whoever sees Jesus sees the Father. Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions, and his entire person
reveals the mercy of God. We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy.”
In the 1930’s, Jesus appeared to St. Faustina Kowalska, a young nun living in a convent in Poland. He requested that an image of Him be
painted and that it be venerated around the world. The Lord told St. Faustina, “By means of this Image I shall be granting many graces to
souls; so let every soul have access to it. (Diary of St. Faustina, 570) After some time, St. Faustina was able to instruct an artist in the
manner in which Jesus appeared. Today, this Image is known as Jesus, The Divine Mercy.
Enthronement of The Divine Mercy in parishes and homes is an excellent way to celebrate and respond to the extraordinary graces
offered us and to contemplate the “mystery of mercy” as the pope recommends, especially when we recall these words and promises of
Jesus,, “I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world. I promise that the soul that will
venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself
will defend it as My own glory. (47, 48)
Pope Frances has called us to “become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives” and has proclaimed this Jubilee of Mercy as
a time during which “the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.” Enthronements of the image of Mercy are sure to
help propel us toward this goal as Jesus said, “This image is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest
faith is of no avail without works.” (742)
There is no definitive way for a parish to implement a Divine Mercy Home Enthronement program, but a good place to start is with the
enthronement of The Divine Mercy in the parish church. This may be done during a special mass, holy hour or event, such as Divine
Mercy Sunday. An outline for the ceremony is found at the end of this document.
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 as a time to learn more about The Divine Mercy message and devotion as the source of hope, healing and
reconciliation with God, with neighbor and with each other. See the list of suggested materials to be left with the family at the end of this
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 an enthronement certificate near it that has been signed by all the family members and the parish pastor or spiritual
director if possible.
Transference of the pilgrim image from family to family may be done in a variety of ways, or in any combination of the following
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 pray 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
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.
Combo Approach: 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. Perhaps transference from family to family can happen during a mass once a month or so,
and then the team can visit the family to complete the process. Again, let the plan that works for your parish be the one you adopt.
Suggested Items to Travel from Home to Home
Image: High quality framed image of The Divine Mercy, either on canvas or paper. We are partial to the Vilnius Image, as it is the original
image painted under the direction of St. Faustina, but all images are a source of grace and mercy. See Images in the
Candle: Divine Mercy vigil candle to be lit and placed near the Image. We offer a candle globe (DMVC) with a 5 - 7 day bees wax candle
insert that burns safely. The globe may be re-used. Simply replace the insert. Families may order their own globe and inserts thru
Brochures: The amazing story of how and when St. Faustina received the Chaplet of Mercy along with how to pray it and many of the
promises affiliated with its prayerful recitation are now available on a newly released brochure by Divine Mercy for America called The
Chaplet of Mercy product code: COMB.
The Association of Marian Helpers also offers a variety of brochures. Visit www.TheDivineMercy.org.
Booklets: For years the greatest little book covering the major aspects of The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion has been the booklet by
the same name published by the Association of Marian Helpers, product code M17.
We also recommend the Divine Mercy Adoration Companion (MACBK) as it contains a concise history of the life of St. Faustina, a well-
rounded selection of favorite Divine Mercy prayers, and also a Guide to Confession, which may prove very valuable to family members
that may have been away from this Sacrament of Mercy for some time. Also available in Spanish (MACKBS).
Prayer Cards: 3 x 5.5 “ cards with the Prayer for Difficult Moments and the Chaplet of Mercy on the back are available through Divine
Mercy for America in packs of 25 in both English (RVPC) and Spanish(MVSPC). These will most likely need to be replenished from time to
Books: The Diary of St. Faustina is available in English and Spanish and should be included for the family to review. However, we also
recommend Loved, Lost, Found - 17 Divine Mercy Conversion Stories (LLF16) as it contains remarkable, short, easy to read true stories
about the lives of people that have been drastically changed by virtue of Divine Mercy. This book does an excellent job of sharing the
stories and instilling hope in our desperation.
DVDs: Mother of Mercy Messengers has produced excellent DVD’s that give an excellent overview of the heart of The Divine Mercy
message and devotion in just one hour. Be sure your kit includes Tell All Souls About My Mercy (TASDVD) and also Divine Mercy for
Young Hearts (YHDVD) and Divine Worksheets and Activities for Kids CD-ROM (YHCDR) so that young and old may gain a better
understanding of the promises of The Divine Mercy for each of them, their family and indeed the world. Also available in Spanish.
CDs: The Chaplet of Mercy may be recited in about 10 minutes or it may also be sung by means of a variety of melodies. One of the most
popular versions is by Trish Short and seen regularly on EWTN. The Divine Mercy Chaplet in Song is available in English and Spanish.
Singing the Chaplet of Mercy is quite popular, so we encourage you to include a CD in your kit.
Log - Book of Prayer Intentions and Graces: Provide a “guest-book” for families to log their enthronement and share their experiences
with others. From time to time share some of these comments with your community.
PARISH ENTHRONEMENT OF THE DIVINE MERCY
V: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
V: Our help is in the name of the Lord:
R: Who made Heaven and Earth.
V: The Lord be with you:
R: And with your spirit.
Let us pray:
(All) Our Lord Jesus Christ—The Divine Mercy, we, of (Parish, City, State) entrust ourselves to You with our whole heart, with our whole
mind, and with our whole being, for the greater honor and glory of God and for the sake of al1 souls. We especially ask You to bless in a
special way this Sacred Image of Your Divine Mercy.
Words of Jesus from the Diary of Saint Faustina
(Celebrant) “I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this
image with the signature: ‘Jesus, I trust in You’ (327). By means of this Image I shall be granting many graces to souls; so, let every soul
have access to it (570). This Image is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without
Veneration and Blessing of the Image of The Divine Mercy
The Image is blessed with Holy Water and optionally incensed.
(All) We solemnly enthrone this Divine Mercy Image in our own name, and in the name of all in this parish. May the sanctifying and
healing rays of Your Divine Mercy radiate into the whole world, penetrating all hearts, especially those most in need of Your Divine Mercy.
On this most solemn occasion we immerse ourselves in Your Divine Mercy, we adore and glorify Your Divine Mercy, and we invoke its
omnipotence on the whole world,particularly upon poor sinners.
(Celebrant) Let us now recite together St. Faustina’s own prayer found at the beginning of the Diary:
“0 Eternal Love, You command Your Sacred Image to be painted
And reveal to us the inconceivable fount of mercy;
You bless whoever approaches Your rays,
And a soul all black will turn into snow.
0 sweet Jesus, it is here You established the throne of Your mercy
To bring joy and hope to sinful man.
From Your open Heart, as from a pure fount,
Flows comfort to a repentant heart and soul.
May praise and glory for this Image
Never cease to stream from man’s soul.
May praise of God’s mercy pour from every heart,
Now, and at every hour, and forever and ever.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited (or sung).
Act of Consecration of the Family to The Divine Mercy
(Celebrant) Together let us now offer our prayer of Consecration:
O Jesus, you showed us your infinite compassionate love by exhausting the very last drop of blood and water from your body. From this
day forward, with full confidence, we entrust our families to your Divine Mercy. We abandon our past, our present and our future. We
place into your wounds all of our wounds which are caused by lack of love, understanding and trust. Jesus, expel Satan and all evil from
our families, free us from the consequence of sin and protect us from further harm. Heal our wounds. May our families learn to venerate
your Divine Image that they will never perish but experience your loving mercy. Amen.
All references and quotations are from the margin numbers [#] of St. Faustina’s Diary—Divine Mercy In My Soul, published by the Marians
of the Immaculate Conception ©
The Act of Consecration of the Family to The Divine Mercy was composed by Rev. Dermot S. Roache SMA.
This Enthronement Service may be adapted, in part or in total, for use in any diocese, parish, or home.
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