The Story of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Icon
While looking for a permanent place to keep our Immaculate Heart Icon at our Parish, our priest at the time suggested, we can't have Mary up without Jesus next to her. Feeling a little overwhelmed at the idea I looked at our Icon Artist Vivian and sighed as another Icon of that size we both knew, would be a huge task, not to mention the cost. Inspired by the idea Vivian quickly ordered to wood and decided to get started, putting all the rest aside for a while and I meanwhile started to pray for ideas on how to finance this project.
And here is what we did. The Sacred Heart of Jesus Project ended up being a dedication to the men of our parish, which thankfully was funded by it's donors. We celebrated the dedication at our parish based gathering inviting the donors as well as all the men of the parish. Our parish priest offered a blessing of all the men of the parish as well as the Icon.
A bit about the Icon itself... Vivian wrote the Icon in the month of June which celebrates the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A handful of men who are ministry leaders in our parish, gathered at Vivian's home to add some final touches to the Icon(As seen in the video below). The stones in the crown of Jesus are donated from the Combs family. Our beloved deceased Ed Combs was the only man who attended our parish ministry regularly, he told us first he came for the food and then he became part of our family. Every hand involved in creating this magnificent piece will forever be a blessing to our parish now and years to come. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us!
To see and order of Vivian's Icons go to sacredimageicons.com