Friday, 11 June 2010
Solemnity of the Sacred Heart
A brief aside on this Solemnity of the Sacred Heart - a feast celebrating the all-encompassing love of Christ is not such an 'un-Anglican' observance; it's certainly part of the modern Anglo-Catholic patrimony. But the Sacred Heart was also the badge of the counter-revolution in the Vendee (much as the anti-Cranmerian conservatives marched under the banner of the Five Wounds in the sixteenth century - perhaps we should readopt it.) In defence of their faith and their way of life, the Catholic royalist army marched with St Louis de Montfort's emblem of the Sacred Heart sewn onto their clothing. It still forms the basis of the logo of the modern department.