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Sacred Heart of Jesus
(400 words)

[German Version]

(wounded) symbolizes for Catholics the person of Jesus the theanthropic redeemer. The cult developed in the 11th century out of the medieval devotion to the Five Wounds, with motifs drawn from the Bible (Song of Songs, John), the fathers (Origen), and courtly literature (Minnesong), becoming a kind of courtly love of Christ, popular in monastic and mystic circles. In the effort to popularize this form of devotion (Claude de la Colombière SJ, 1641–1682), the visions of M.M. Alacoqu…

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Lies, Lothar, “Sacred Heart of Jesus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 July 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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