Feast: 1st July
Family Unit Meeting: First Wednesday
The Sacred Heart (also known as Most Sacred Heart of Jesus) is one of the most famous religious devotions to Jesus’ physical heart as the representation of His divine love for Humanity. The devotion especially emphasizes the unmitigated love, compassion, and long-suffering of the heart of Christ. This devotion acquired its present day vividness and importance in the 17th century, soon after the revelation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alocoque of Parlemonia.
The Sacred Heart is often depicted as a flaming heart shining with divine light, pierced by the lance-wound, surrounded by a crown of thorns, surmounted by a cross and bleeding. Sometimes the image shows shining within the bosom of Christ with his wounded hands pointing at the heart. The wounds and crown of thorns allude to the manner of Jesus’ death, while the fire represents the transformative power of divine love. The Golden Arrow Prayer directly refers to the Sacred Heart.