I place all my trust in Thee

24 March 2006

I was just over at non vocabulum where Dena has purchased[1] a statue of Jesus, which prompted me to remember a sacred heart portrait that was on sale in Sligo many years ago.[2] And I was going to reply in her comments section, but then I thought it was quite a long reply, so figured I’ll blog about it instead.

First of all, are you familiar with a sacred heart pic? They were fairly ubiquitous in Ireland a few years back. Or in the catholic parts anyways. We had one up when I lived in Dublin. It hung in the kitchen. It is possible this picture still resides somewhere in the house/sheds, but it was never hung up in the Sligo house.

Anyways, this picture in the shop was kindof a sacred heart. Only not really. As you’d walk down the road you’d catch a glimpse of it in the window. Jesus, head all bloody from the thorns, eyes closed, on the cross. Then as you got a little closer, or changed angle, BANG! the eyes would open, and the head would move a little.

No, we were not inflicted with the moving statues phenomenon, but this was one of those holographic pictures.

Could you imagine having one of those in your house. Talk about What Would Jesus Do, what would you say when you saw Jesus move?

It was the creepiest thing ever, and has to rate quite highly on the tasteless scale, sitting in the car, watching Jesus open and close his eyes, thorny crown making him bleed, as you made your way through traffic.

If someone did buy it I hope that they didn’t display it where we had our Sacred Heart. Could you imagine eating your cornflakes under that watchful gaze?


  1. who can remember the correct pronunciation?
  2. Do you remember this NM?

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14 Responses

  1. auds says:

    It wouldn't be the cornflakes that would bother me – I'm sure I've other activities that I wouldn't like Jesus opening his eyes to and seeing me!

  2. ams says:

    have you seen the holographic jesus diaries that they sell in the pound shop? they're freaky.

    Just perfect for those "little black book" moments

  3. Andi says:

    Holy crap (no pun intended). That would completely freak me out.

  4. Thanks. Just as I thought I was heading into the weekend with a spring in my step and a song in my heart. Well, not really, but I was midly happy. Now I'll have nightmares tonight.

    Thanks again.

  5. Fence says:

    auds, there isn't much you could feel comfortable doing under those blinking eyes :)

    ams, I haven't. But I want to. Which pound shop? Where. Must see.

    Andi, holy crap- hee. Love it.

  6. NineMoons says:

    I vaguely remember it. Which shop was it in? My granny had a hugely scary Sacred Heart above the mantlepiece. In our house we only had a small (empty) holy water font by the door and a half-forgotten Infant of Prague statue hidden behind the curtain in the kitchen. The latter came in very handy when we wanted fine weather for the sister's weddin.
    My home internet has been down for three frakkin nights now. Can't download VM. Can't check mail. Can't prevent Mal and Kelly taking over my site…

  7. Fence says:

    :best Hurley impression: Dude, I totally forgot about VM. Must download tonight.

    It was the shop on the corner where the brand spanking new chemists is now, sorta opposite the taxi rank.

    And FM, nightmares are grand, its only when you wake and see the staring eyes of DOOM that you should start to worry.

  8. Kelly says:

    I'm so glad Nines smiled after that "taking over my site" comment, so I don't have to feel guilty. heh heh. You know how much we Conquering types love Taking Over Things.

    I'm not Catholic, so I didn't have to endure scary sacred heart pictures, but we DID have the typical Protestant picture of beatific Anglo-Saxon Jesus staring off into the distance. At least he wasn't staring at us when we did all our naughty stuff. MAN.

  9. Carl V. says:

    Yikes! That just sounds WAY too creepy!

  10. Carl V. says:

    I miss being able to comment on your blog and actually have the comments show up!

  11. Fence says:

    Ah but Kelly, that might be an *evil Mr. Burns-excellent-type smile* as she plots your downfall :evil:

    Carl, I miss that too. Even been considering getting Haloscan comments, cause I can't turn off Akismet. But then I'd lose the recent comments thingy. So I'm going to spend some time deleting files tomorrow to see if I can get rid of Akismet. *fingers crossed*

  12. sally says:

    It's better than hanging the picture in your bedroom!

  13. Kelly says:

    You know, I believe you may be right. Eeeexelleeeent advanced warning… Hey, I'm going to end up writing a very long inane comment because I get to watch it appear before my very eyes in TWO TWO TWO places at the same time!! I'm trippin'!! Okay no, I guess I'm done.

  14. test says:

    I have a piece, I have a piece of you