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Las Torres de Cotillas was consecrated to the Heart of Jesus in 1924. By Juan José Ruiz Moñino (04/06/2019)

In the Catholic Church, the Sacred Heart is the devotion referred to the heart of Jesus Christ, as a symbol of divine love.

The devotion to the Sacred Heart had its origin in a mystical current centered on the person of Jesus Christ, who conceived the heart as the vital center and expression of his total love and dedication.

In this sense, devotion to the Sacred Heart refers in particular to the feelings of Jesus, and especially to his love for humanity.

Through the Jesuits, the cult and devotion to the Sacred Heart reaches Spain (and Spanish America).

With the arrival of Philip V of Spain, this is reaffirmed by the letter he wrote to Benedict XIII in 1727, asking Mass and Office of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for all their kingdoms and domains.

The public consecration of Spain to the Sacred Heart was first made by Carlos María de los Dolores de Borbón and Austria-Este (claimant Carlos VII of Spain) and then King Alfonso XIII will do it officially just now a century ago in the town of Madrid of Getafe, in the Cerro de los Ángeles, geographical center of the Iberian Peninsula.

Five years later our municipality of Las Torres de Cotillas, on the feast of San Antonio, would make the official and solemn consecration to this devotional cult with reading by the mayor at the moment from the balcony of the City Hall and surrounded by provincial authorities (the Civil Governor César Ballarín Lizárraga and the conservative deputy Luis Díez Guirao de Revenga) and locals, attendance of schoolchildren of the population carrying flags or banners alluding to the religious milestone and music band performance.

It was also very used (and still is today) in our country the image of the Sacred Heart fixed to the door as a symbol of the Catholic condition of a house.

A seated image was often enthroned in the main room of the house accompanied by some motto, such as "The Sacred Heart of Jesus reigns in this house".

Juan José Ruiz Moñino

Sources consulted:

-Daily "La Verdad", edition corresponding to June 13, 1924.

-Wikipedia.

Source: JJRM

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