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Old Feb 16, '17, 7:28 pm
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Default Does the Eastern Church have a devotion to the Sacred Heart?

I don't know if this was asked before.

I was looking for images of the Sacred Heart online, and I found this icon. Since I am always drawn to the spirituality and theology behind icons, I wonder if there is a devotion to the Sacred Heart in the Eastern Churches.

I also wonder if you can help me find the theological/spiritual significance of each element in the icon.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7...EdHQkhyU0VVNFk

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I don't know if this was asked before.

I was looking for images of the Sacred Heart online, and I found this icon. Since I am always drawn to the spirituality and theology behind icons, I wonder if there is a devotion to the Sacred Heart in the Eastern Churches.

I also wonder if you can help me find the theological/spiritual significance of each element in the icon.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7...EdHQkhyU0VVNFk

Thanks!
Generally no, but it IS possible to find an icon of the Sacred Heart if you look hard enough.
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Default Re: Does the Eastern Church have a devotion to the Sacred Heart?

I always thought the red and blue "rays" coming out from Jesus' heart, symbolizes Baptism and the blood of our Communion sacrifice. I'm pretty sure the EO has valid devotions to these

Edit: Sorry, I saw your linked image and thought it was a Divine Mercy image!
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http://saintjonah.org/services/akathists.htm

I don't know about the religious imagery but if you look at the standard prayers used by Orthodox Christians you'll find a rich devotional heritage focussing on the compassion of Jesus, especially in the Akathist of our Sweetest Lord Jesus Christ, the Akathist to the Divine Passion of Christ and the Canon of our Lord Jesus Christ.

While Eastern rite Catholics know these prayers, it's a shame they are not well known among us in the Western rite.
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Default Re: Does the Eastern Church have a devotion to the Sacred Heart?

An Eastern Orthodox monk I know was a little horrified by the image, no sacred heart devotion amongst them. They tend to view anything after the Great Schism in the Latin church as a novelty and therefore suspect. Eastern Catholics are free to accept/reject new Latin revelation/devotions.
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I have seen some Orthodox object to the Sacred Heart devotion as being a revival of the Nestorian heresy, and some seem genuinely repulsed (theologically) of devotion to a human part of Christ (seemingly) apart from the whole of Jesus united to His divinity.

I don't know if all Orthodox have such a stance, but I'd be interested in the position of Eastern Churches in communion with Rome.
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The Ukrainian Catholics seem, to me at least, to be the Eastern Catholics, or at least Byzantine rite Catholics, most likely to have a devotion to the Sacred Heart. The only Ukrainian Catholic prayer book I have does not include anything, but have seen one Ukrainian pray book with Sacred Heart prayers.

As a private devotion, Eastern Catholics are free to have a devotion to the Sacred Heart. I don't have a devotion. I view it as a Latin devotion, and avoid mixing Byzantine and Latin devotions. Plus, I am simply not interested. Byzantine practices supply what I need spiritually: icons, the Jesus Prayer, akathists, the liturgical cycle/calender, the Byzantine office, etc. However, I would not criticize an Eastern Catholic who practiced a devotion from another Church. If it is good for the spiritual life, and their spiritual director approves, then it is not my place to interfere. Now, I might introduce them to Eastern practices if I realized they were ignorant of Eastern traditions.

I am bothered when I find a Sacred Heart or Immaculate Heart icon in a Byzantine rite church, but I realize that these are past developments, something from a time when to be "Catholic" meant to do what Latin Catholics did. These types of Latinizations are slowly going away as we find our roots again.

Now if I were part of a Byzantine parish where praying the Rosary before Divine Liturgy existed, I would push to replace it with one of the small hours or better yet Matins. We have a rich liturgical life, and we should not be replacing it with private devotions from outside our own rite.

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