Antique Clip Art – Glorious French Sacred Heart – Holy Card

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This is another fabulous Antique French Holy Card!!! This one was glued into the same 1851 book as the gorgeous Red one that I posted a few weeks ago, you can find it HERE. I have such a thing for these early French religious pieces, they really are so special! You’ll find the original version of the Sacred Heart at the top, I adore every speck and splatter on it, I think it’s perfect the way it is, but I made a black and white cleaned up version as well, since you may find some additional uses for it. Although I attended Catholic school, I’m not actually Catholic and I’m not sure of some of the meanings behind some of the imagery here, I know some of you are experts in this area (particularly Izabella!), so perhaps you or she will let us know in the comments!



  1. This is an exceptional piece; I’ve never seen a Sacred Heart with the *human heart veins* becoming the crown of thorns that normally are seen.
    As far as I can tell, and my Latin is rusty from years of not hearing it, the tags from the missle are the following:

    ~Pennance (or possibly petition/Confession)
    ~The Eucharist (Communion)
    ~Extreme Unction (blessing given preceding death)

    These are all ceremony in the church.
    There is significance in the shape of the stand and holder of the Heart as it is the same a s the Eucharist is presented in in some of the older churches.
    What a delight~~that you so much for posting this!


  2. Anonymous says:

    Anne’s translaton is correct – those 7 tags represent the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.

  3. Fabulous!! Thanks so much Anne!!

  4. I just became a new follower. You have so many! Cute blog. Come check out mine some time if you’d like.

  5. you know,,, your blog is beautiful and i love the fact that your friends help giving information also,,, I learned something here today,,, thanks for that,,

  6. Thank you for the graphic and thank you Anne for the translation! I’m also not Catholic, but my husband teaches at a Catholic school so this might come in handy.

  7. Oh Karen, you daring Lady – such tall order! An expert. moi? More like a ferret when it comes to research. Nonetheless, thank you for the accolade.

    My Latin is so rusty you can hear it screech but with a little help from my good buddy Google I managed to come up with this gem
    What is interesting that the order of the Seven Sacraments as these are (reading from left to right) differs slightly in your extraordinary clipart.

    Enjoy Easter!
    Warmest best ~ Izabella

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