How one simple icon sees the world.
Here you see one homeshrine where I've arranged two devotional pieces- a Sacred Heart painting, completed in 2011and above it is a hand-made, inhabited, silver crucifix which was a gift from a Chilean friend.
Any passerby has the opportunity to silently pause and recite the invocation inscribed around the halo on the icon:
Oh most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
be king and center of my heart.
Because this one has a protective varnish so it is also possible to kiss the image of Jesus' "heartland" the precious thorns that surround it.
The idea for this icon was inspired by a Baroque oil painting that I admired online many years ago. It wasn't my intention to reproduce the original but instead to make it into something that I could personally use for private prayer. The background, alb, heart and inscription are different than the Baroque piece. The face, hands and cope might be similar in some ways but not at all identical. Christ the King post here.
Over the Internet
Some time ago, I had received an inquiry from an organization in Montreal, Canada. They had requested to use it on a book cover. Since then, I've spotted it on other sites.
More recently, I was alerted to a British site that posted it, along with a meditation and a link to Holy Mass at the beautiful church pictured here. I can tell by the photo that their copy was acquired through another website and not my own. Jesus is traveling far and wide! I am fascinated by all of this and very pleased to know that through this icon, Jesus is making His rounds in a visual and efficient way.
Alongside the icon picture post (here) the church wrote a little something about Jesus' heart:
The heart has always been seen as the “center” or essence a person (“the heart of the matter,” “you are my heart,” “take it to heart,” etc.) and the wellspring of our emotional lives and love (“you break my heart,” “my heart sings,” etc.) Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is devotion to Jesus Christ Himself, but in the particular ways of meditating on his interior life and on His threefold love — His divine love, His burning love that fed His human will, and His sensible love that affects His interior life.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
make my heart like unto Thine.
The post ends with a an Act of Spiritual Communion:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You have already come, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
What Are We Asking in this Prayer?
What are we asking of Jesus? In a meditation, Church Father, St. Macarius of Egypt, explains the heart in this way:
"The heart itself is but a small vessel, yet dragons are there, and there are also lions; there are poisonous beasts and all the treasures of evil. But there too is God, the angels, the life and the kingdom, the light and the apostles, the heavenly cities and the treasuries of grace--all things are there."
This passage illustrates the daily struggle for every Christian.
Ultimately, we need to choose between the life of hell or the life of heaven and the heart of Jesus.
This Western style icon was rendered in acrylic on a gesso and linen-lined board. It is not for sale however, I am happy to take orders for similar pieces or for prints. Inquire.
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