Each of the cross ornaments ends with a short prayer.
2016: Cruz del Sagrado Corazon
artist: Edythe Kegrize
This cross is a representation of one of the most well known and beloved Catholic devotions - that of the Sacred Heart. Devotion to the Sacred Heart is often represented in Hispanic communities and countries in a specific metal art form called "milagros." The Sacred Heart is a visual representation of the heart of Christ, on fire with love. Many saints have written that being close to the Sacred Heart was like being in a living furnace. The heat and intensity were overwhelming. This cross does double duty. Not only does it express the rays of the heart, fanning out to all 4 corners, but it also gives an updated nod to a particular cultural expression of faith, practiced for hundreds of years.
The book to the right offers a good history of "milagros," which translates to "miracles." Since milagros are primarily offered in thanks for the "answering of prayer, they commemorate a miracle." (Milagros, p. 1) They are given in gratitude for petitions heard, and are a visible sign from the petitioner that he or she believes that God has heard and acted on their behalf.
For more information on Devotion to the Sacred Heart, check out my Devotions page, HERE.
Heart of Jesus, aflame with love for us - have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, source of justice and love - have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love - have mercy on us. (excerpt from the Litany of the Sacred Heart)
artist: Edythe Kegrize
materials :porcelain and metal
This ornament is a perfect reflection for St. Patrick's Day. The cross curves and twists into the shape of a traditional Celtic knot. These knots are always, in one way or another, symbols of eternity in that they have no beginning and no end, but are continually in motion. This is an obvious analogy for the Trinity, and it is not a coincidence that St. Patrick's example of the Trinity as a shamrock-shape came out of Ireland. The Celts were a deeply symbolic and religious people, who were very highly visually literate. They deeply understood the meaning of visual symbols, and how we push into these symbols in daily life, being formed by them and called to understand them. Our faith today still uses physical, earthly elements to express invisible realities, and even goes beyond mere symbols in the sacraments when the earthly elements become the reality they express. The second main symbol of the cross is the gold heart. Just as the Celtic knot can be a symbol of the Trinity, so also can the heart. The entire life of the Trinity is one of self-giving, self-donating love. The invitation given to us by the Trinity is itself an outpouring of love, as was Jesus' self-offering of himself on the cross. In fact, the Celtic Trinitarian knot cannot be understood apart from the heart, apart from Love. Far from being a mere "feeling," Love is a deep, ongoing continual act of life, the heart of the Trinity. So, then, it is very fitting to exclaim the words written on this ornament: " God's LOVE is ALWAYS with you."
Heavenly Father, help us to love as you do, by overcoming ourselves and becoming your heart, your hands and your feet in the world. Amen.