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The Gift of the Sacred Heart

Mar 6, 2023 | meaningful jewelry + gift guides

Growing up in an Italian family, with two Italian grandmothers, we were presented daily with images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

One grandma in particular held faith that the sacred, flaming heart was a symbol of protection, so mass cards and framed pictures were placed all over her home: propped against the toaster in the kitchen (dangerous!), leaning against the clock beside the bed, and framed in the living room, den, and all bedrooms.

A laminated Sacred Heart mass card was on the dashboard of her car.

I can’t see the image of the Sacred Heart without thinking of my grandma, and this is just as it should be.

This flaming heart necklace is designed to keep the Sacred Heart of Jesus close to your own heart, or the heart of someone you love.

What is the meaning of a Sacred Heart?

The flaming Sacred Heart of Jesus symbolizes faith in the love and devotion of the Christian prophet Jesus Christ. The Sacred Heart also has unique meaning based on individual cultures’ and families’ religious and spiritual traditions, including a blessing for the home and a prayer of protection.

Sacred Heart of Jesus | image for enthronement in your home
Sacred Heart of Jesus | image for enthronement in your home

It’s no mistake then, that my grandma placed images of the sacred heart all over her house (and her car), as a symbol of her faith and her belief in its protection.


What does it mean to give or wear a Sacred Heart necklace?

The image of the Sacred Heart is part of the ritual of protection and blessing for the home.

Wearing the Sacred Heart as a necklace pendant or pin over your heart symbolizes protection and the blessing of its wearer.

Gold Sacred Heart necklace | Cast bronze flaming heart pendant on 14K gold fill rounded box chain | minusOne jewelry
Gold Sacred Heart necklace | Cast bronze flaming heart pendant on 14K gold fill rounded box chain | minusOne jewelry

It also represents the wearer’s faith in Jesus’ love.

I have a few religious necklaces for sale at minusOne. Having been raised a Catholic, the necklaces I offer are mostly Catholic medals and crosses.

Is the Sacred Heart of Jesus the same as the Flaming Heart?

The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Flaming Heart of Jesus have the same meaning and use the same symbolism: a heart surrounded by fire or shooting fire.

Protection of the Sacred Heart

The Sacred Heart of Jesus provides a home protection through the ritual of enthronement. The Catholic Herald explains:

Enthronement of the Sacred Heart is a ceremony in which the family solemnly and publicly acknowledges the Sacred Heart as King of the home. This is done by formally enthroning an image of the Sacred Heart – the most beautiful that can be obtained – in a place of honour in the home. for the home protection, blessing, devotion

How to enthrone the Sacred Heart in your home, Jane Stannus, June 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Light a candle at the Basilica in Washington, D.C.

What is the Mexican sacred heart?

The Milagro heart is a folk art motif across Mexico. The heart is presented in an infinite number of shapes and sizes, It is represented in jewelry and decorative arts like sculpture and print.

Silver milagro heart chandelier earrings | minusOne jewelry
Silver milagro heart chandelier earrings | minusOne jewelry

The Milagro heart can be pictured with a dagger, flames, or rays of light, each with a meaning tied to a specific biblical reference.

Milagros means “miracle” in Spanish, and milagros charms are represented by more than just hearts. Milagros are actually religious folk charms found throughout Latin America and the Southern United States.

Silver milagro charm collection. | Museum of National Folk Art
Silver milagro charm collection. | Museum of National Folk Art

They can depict animals and other objects and like the Milagro heart, are each made for a unique purpose, usually tied to requests for help and protection.

Is Sacred Heart jewelry for men or women?

Sacred Heart jewelry can be worn by both men and women. The Sacred Heart pendant is worn as a necklace, or a pin close to the heart. Because sacred heart pendants are made in a variety of weights, sizes, and colors, they are considered unisex, usually worn adult women and men, and young adults.

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