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Sacred Heart

The Sacred Heart Altar was a combination of alabaster with a wooden reredos housing a statue of the Sacred Heart. The four inner panels showed the instruments of the Passion, viz., the Crown of Thorns, the pillar and scourge, the nails and the Cross. These panels were also inset with likenesses of the various Saints associated with the Parish, with Scotland and with Ireland. So we could see from left to right, St. Margaret, St. Ignatius, St. Patrick, St. Joseph, St. Andrew, St. Mungo, St. Ninian?, and St. Brigid. The outer panels showed paintings of two angels. No date is known for the installation of this altar.

The Sacred Heart Altar was remodelled early in 2010 and became a shrine to the Sacred Heart with our original statue sitting on a marble plinth made by Neil Reid , a Glasgow stonemason to a design by Monsignor Conway. The walls of the shrine walls were clad in marble, also by Neil Reid, who is responsible for realising the designs of the Scottish Hierarchy for the Papal Altar and Ambo used at Bellahouston by Pope Benedict XVI.

The rose window which previously was an abstract group of stained glass has been replaced with an inspiring creation by Lorraine Lamond of Glasgow

St. Ignatius (54)

The new window illustrates the immense love God has for His people and the extent to which He will go to show it. Jesus Christ, Son of God, was sent to suffer and die by crucifixion to prove to us how real and genuine that love is; the scenes which up the outer circle are:- Jesus carrying his cross: Jesus falling through weakness and pain: Jesus being helped by Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross: His blood-stained face being wiped by Veronica: meeting His sorrowing Mother and other women of Jesusalem: Jesus dies by crucifixion.

The result is the centre piece

THE WHITE HEAT OF GOD'S LOVE BURSTS UPON OUR WORLD

THE LOVE OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

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