One of the most iconic symbols of religious imagery is undoubtedly the Sacred Heart. Though a common and classic motif in modern art today, the Sacred Heart dates back to 17th Century France where the image was promoted to Roman Catholics as a symbol of Jesus Christ's "divine love for humanity."
The most classic depiction of the Sacred Heart is one on fire, encased in a crown of thorns as shown above. This is the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ.
Though the crown of thorns incarnation is arguably the most recognizable, there are in fact two other varieties of the heart, said to represent the other two members of the divine family... Mary and Joseph.
The Immaculate Heart of Mary (also sacred) is most commonly seen encased in a wreath of roses, occasionally pierced with swords, and Lilies of white for Joe cause he was able to bag a virgin... (which in the humble opinion of many is also pretty sacred.)
There are many courses one may take to make a commitment to faith, but what better way than permanency? Check out some of the most beautiful Sacred Hearts we were able to find in our gallery below...
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