L'amour d'Une Mère | A Mother's Love (With Small Heart(s))

Sacred at Heart

Item No. EV-11.24.MotherHeart1

L'amour d'Une Mère | A Mother's Love (With Small Heart(s))

This very large heart represents both a mother's love and Mary's love.  Our largest ex-voto heart, it comes with 1, 2, 3 up to 7 hearts, representing her children or grandchildren.  Use the small hearts to hold gifts from those sons and daughters, or as keepsakes for children.  These hearts are from an original French ex-voto/milagro designs.  The Latin term ex voto (short for ex voto suscepto, "from the vow made”), has been a holy symbolic offering placed in a home, church, or shrine as a thanksgiving for a miracle received.  The fleur design on the front represents the Trinity.

MEANING.  The premise of an ex voto is the vow, in a moment of hardship, crisis, or ill health, to give public thanks to God.  The ex voto, in turn, is the concrete testimonial of that vow’s fulfillment, an object that stands as the material representation of the miracle itself.   Ex votos are also offered in thanksgiving for unexpected miracles, in which case they function as public affirmations of God’s constant powerful presence in the lives of the faithful.   They are the ultimate outward expression of gratitude.

SIZE - The large sacred heart measures 8.5"x 6" x 2.7".  Interior dimensions:  approx. 6.5"x 4" x 2" and can hold up to 7 small hearts inside.  The small heart(s) are from our collection and measure 3"x2" and open on the left, with hinge on the right. 

DESIGN.  This piece has an artistic rendition of the letter M, for Mary, connected with a cross, symbolizing Mary's connection with Jesus at the cross.  Intricate detail surround with lilies.  Hearts can be hung via the hook on verso side.  

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