Sacred Heart

The Sacred Heart is a focus for prayer. In Catholic belief it is a doorway to heaven that encourages the worshipper to contemplate Christ's love for humankind.

This stained glass panel shows Christ holding open his tunic to reveal the Sacred Heart. It is surrounded by rays, has a cross on top and is encircled by a crown of thorns to recall the one placed on Christ's head before the Crucifixion.

Sometimes an arrow goes through the heart, the wound representing the sins of the world.

  • Detail from a stained glass window showing Christ with the Sacred Heart
  • Ireland, about 1927-8
  • Museum no. C.48:2-1982