(plural Sa·cred Hearts)
1. heart of Jesus Christ: in the Roman Catholic Church, the heart of Jesus Christ, seen as a symbol of his love
2. image of Sacred Heart: an image representing the Sacred Heart, often shown as bleedinghttp://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictio...Sa'cred Heart'
Rom. Cath. Ch.
the physical heart of Jesus, to which special devotion is offered as a symbol of His love and redemptive sacrifice.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.http://www.infoplease.com/dictionary/Sacred+HeartSacred Heart.
The “Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus” owes its origin to a French nun, named Mary Margaret Alacoque, of Burgundy, who practised devotion to the Saviour’s heart in consequence of a vision. The devotion was sanctioned by Pope Clement XII. in 1732.
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.http://www.bartleby.com/81/14703.htmlSACRED HEART.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a cult peculiar to the modern Roman Catholic Church. The principal object of this devotion is the Saviour Himself. The secondary and partial object is that Heart which was the seat or organ of His love, and which forms the natural symbol thereof. [...]
1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.1911encyclopedia.org/Sacred_Heart