Here's another glimpse into the Sacred Spaces in Casa Andrew.
After receiving such a good response on my post on the Lady Altar, I’ve decided to highlight another altar in my house, the Altar dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
This oratory is actually in my room and is one of the 'side altars' if you will.
The devotion to the Sacred Heart focuses on Jesus’ divine love for humanity, His Heart burning with love for us. It also stresses the central Christian concept of loving and adoring Jesus. The origin of this devotion in its modern form is derived from a French Catholic nun St. Margaret Marie Alacoque, who learned of the devotion from Jesus who appeared to her in several visions.
The Sacred Heart is depicted as a flaming stylized heart, pierced by the lance-wound, surrounded by a crown of thorns, and bleeding. Jesus' wounded hands are pointing at His heart buring and radiating His love for us. The wounds and crown of thorns allude to the manner of Jesus' death, while the fire represents love.
The first few pictures show the altar with its full complement of candles but I found that the central one blocks the view and messes up the focus, so hopefully the subsequent photos are clearer.
Here’s what the altar looks like at night, with the lights turned out.
Another feature of this altar is my favourite icon of Our Lady. The icon is reminiscent of the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour but is rendered in a more Western style.
There are also 2 crucifixes in front of the statue, with paneled stained glass backing.