St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Oroville, CA – Statues on the Choir Loft

The small church is sufficiently, but sparsely, interspersed with statues and images of Jesus, Mary and the Saints.

The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary is clearly important to the parish as, in addition to the statue in the niche to the right of the sanctuary, there are two related statues on the facing of the choir loft, as well as a stained-glass window.

The statue on the north side of the choir loft is of Jesus and His Sacred Heart. In this image, Jesus is dressed in a gold-toned garment as He looks outward with His right hand raised in mercy while His left gestures toward His heart. On the south side of the facing of choir loft, is a statue of the Blessed Virgin highlighting her Immaculate Heart. The statue is primarily in white with the Holy Virgin’s hands open and face decorated with compassion for those before her. A large golden heart surrounded by a wire circle glows on her chest. The devotion to the Immaculate Heart was also started by St. John Eudes (read more about the devotion to the Sacred Heart and St. John Eudes at https://churchwonders.com/2021/06/12/hearts-of-love-sacred-heart-of-jesus-and-immaculate-heart-of-mary/). The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is celebrated on the day following the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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