25 Facts About Sacred Heart


Sacred Heart is often depicted in Christian art as a flaming heart shining with divine light, pierced by the lance-wound, encircled by the crown of thorns, surmounted by a cross, and bleeding.

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Historically the devotion to the Sacred Heart is an outgrowth of devotion to what is believed to be Christ's sacred humanity.

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Devotion to the Sacred Heart developed out of the devotion to the Holy Wounds, in particular to the Sacred Wound in the side of Jesus.

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The first indications of devotion to the Sacred Heart are found in the eleventh and twelfth centuries in the fervent atmosphere of the Benedictine or Cistercian monasteries.

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Sacred Heart's death brings the dead to life, but at his passing heaven and earth are plunged into mourning and hard rocks are split asunder.

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Sacred Heart returned to Christ, asking to return his gift, and wondering if she might, just possibly, exchange it for another.

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Sacred Heart gave her his heart as a pledge of his love, as a place of refuge during her life and as her consolation at the hour of her death.

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From this time Mechtilde had an extraordinary devotion for the Sacred Heart, and said that if she had to write down all the favors and all the blessings which she had received by means of this devotion, a large book would not contain them.

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Sacred Heart said that in her vision she was instructed to spend an hour every Thursday night to meditate on Jesus' Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.

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The first interior locution Mary of the Divine Sacred Heart reported was during her youth spent with the family in the Castle of Darfeld, near Munster, Germany, and the last vision and private revelation was reported during her presence as mother superior in the Convent of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Porto, Portugal.

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Enthronement of the Sacred Heart is a Roman Catholic ceremony in which a priest or head of a household consecrates the members of the household to the Sacred Heart.

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An image of the Sacred Heart that has been blessed, either a statue or a picture, is then placed in the home as a reminder.

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Devotion to the Sacred Heart is sometimes seen in the Eastern Catholic Churches, where it remains a point of controversy and is seen as an example of liturgical Latinisation.

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Feast of the Sacred Heart is a solemnity in the liturgical calendar of the Latin Church.

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The devotion to the Sacred Heart is one of the most widely practiced and well-known Catholic devotions, taking Jesus Christ's physical heart as the representation of his divine love for humanity.

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Sacred Heart is a name used for many Catholic institutions, including schools, colleges, and hospitals in many countries.

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Sacred Heart has been involved in and depicted in apparitions such as those to Catherine Laboure in 1830, and appears on the Miraculous Medal, where the Sacred Heart is crowned with thorns.

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The Immaculate Heart of Mary appears on the medal, next to the Sacred Heart, but is pierced by a sword rather than being crowned with thorns.

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Religious imagery depicting the Sacred Heart is frequently featured in Catholic, and sometimes in Anglican and Lutheran, homes.

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Many Eastern Orthodox Christians disapprove of the actual worship of the physical heart of Jesus as being a form of naturalism and Nestorianism; the Feast of the Sacred Heart has however been inserted in certain Calendars of Western Rite Orthodoxy.

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Sacred Heart presented the idea of Enthroning the Sacred Heart in homes to his superiors and ultimately, to Pope Pius X, who "commanded" him to devote his life to this mission.

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Sacred Heart Apostolate, started by Gloria Anson, is based in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Sacred Heart Columbus, located in Columbus, Ohio, is an Apostolic Organization of Priests, Deacons, and Laymen, and Laywomen dedicated to bringing the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ into every home, school, and business in the Diocese of Columbus and the state of Ohio since 2010.

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Sacred Heart Columbus is part of the national Sacred Heart Enthronement Network.

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Sacred Heart Enthronement Network is a 501 located in Columbus Ohio, that promotes the Sacred Heart devotion nationally.

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