Thursday, June 04, 2009

The Apparition of the Sacred Heart

Studio of Harry Clarke (1889-1931)
The Apparition of the Sacred Heart 1927-28
Stained glass panel
Clear, coloured and acid-etched flashed glass, with paint and silver stain
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Clarke created the design for the Apparition of the Sacred Heart in 1918.

This was in preparation for a window for Phibsborough Church in Dublin, commissioned by the Arch-Confraternity of the Sacred Heart.

The window was completed and installed in 1919.

Subsequently, Clarke and his studio reused the original design to make other Sacred Heart windows.

The 1920s were a time of great devotion to the Sacred Heart.

Saint Marguerite Marie Alacoque or Margaret Mary Alacoque (22 July 1647 – 17 October 1690) was canonised by Pope Benedict XV in 1920.

On 8th May 1928, Pope Pius XI published his Encyclical MISERENTISSIMUS REDEMPTOR on Redemption to the Sacred Heart.