print - engraving

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print - engraving


Two prints from the engraving plate 2021.000.050a, depicting the crucifix with a large Sacred Heart in front dripping smaller hearts, with text "O Suffering Jesus!! O Sorrowful Mary!!" below. At the bottom of the plate is the text "Grave por Courtois a Malines / The Friends of Mary under the Cross of Jesus. Little Loretto, Washington County Kentucky, United states of America. 1812."

Charles Nerinckx had this engraving plate produced on his 1816 trip to Europe. Courtois of Malines (Mechelen), Belgium, also designed the engraving of the buildings of Little Loretto at this time. Courtois is likely Jean Pierre Alexandre Courtois (b. 1789). According to Sr. Mary Antonella Hardy, SL, the engraving "represents our Lord on the cross, consumed in the flames of His burning Heart. 'Little Loretto' is seen at the foot of the 'Calvary,' small hearts mounting upwards toward the open Wound represent the souls of those leaving the world to enter the Loretto cloister, while around the spear-pierced heart of the Sorrowful Mother in the open Wound are clustered the hearts of the Lorettine religious." At early Loretto schools, during Mass, the priest would read Nerinckx's "Morning Manna" prayer, and the Superior and the eldest pupil of the school would come to the altar railing and kiss the Sacred Heart image.


Jean Pierre Alexandre Courtois


4" x 6.75"; 5" x 7.5"








Jean Pierre Alexandre Courtois, “print - engraving,” Loretto Heritage Center Artifacts, accessed June 21, 2024,