FAQ: What the text on Sacred Heart album cover means

The text is written in Latin.

Latin is very sensitive to context, so the text can be translated in a couple of different ways. According to Professor Thomas Ruggles from Northern Arizona University, the most likely translation is as follows:

"FINIS PER SOMNIUM REPERIO TIBI SACRA COR VENEFICUS OSTIUM AURUM" translates to "Comes the end by sleep, I will [p]repare for you the Sacred Heart which is the magic that opens upon the alter."

Originally the text was meant to be one "clue" in a contest to find the Sacred Heart. The grand prize of the contest was to be an American car. However, the contest supposedly never happened after all.

 

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