Sacred Heart

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Sacred Heart. The physical heart of Jesus as a subject of Catholic devotion. The devotion has been officially defined only since the 18th cent., though it can be traced back to the mystics of the Middle Ages (e.g. Bonaventura) and ultimately to meditation on Jesus' wounds at his crucifixion. The feast is observed on the Friday of the week after Corpus Christi.

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Heart, Sacred (object of Christian devotion): see SACRED HEART.