This is a beautiful antique holy card dating from the late 1800s. The card is titled “L’Adieu au Monde” meaning “Farewell to the World” and it has several pages of images and prayers. Above the title on the first page a crown of roses floats beneath the words “My Wedding Basket” in French. The basket proves to be an intricately detailed image of the Tools of the Passion, known as the Arma Christi, with a Chalice and Host, as well as images of Christ’s Sacred Heart and Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.
The interior of the card has a long prayer in poem form titled “In Him I have Everything” and an image of a nun. The back page contains several prayers ending with a prayer to Our Lady.
We believe this could be a card to mark a nun’s entrance into religious life. Upon taking her final vows she would renounce the world and become a Bride of Christ. It is a profoundly moving moment.
Condition: There are a few light stains and a very small tear in the lace at the bottom left corner. Please see pictures.
This is an amazing antique holy card. It was designed to be given upon first communion as an heirloom keepsake. It consists of several layers that each open onto a new image and prayer. The final page opens with secret doors and a hidden image of Christ to delight the recipient. Each page has amazing detail: the more you look, the more you see.
The front page is titled (in French) "My First Communion". This opens to show "My Promises" on the left and "My Resolutions" on the right, which in turn opens to show "My Consecration to Mary". The last page opens to show a set of doors: the left is titled "Souvenir of My Baptism" and the right is "Souvenir of My Confirmation".
These interior doors open further to reveal a beautiful golden chalice above which floats a communion wafer. When the card is held to a light, the host is replaced by a glowing image of Christ pointing to His Sacred Heart. Amazing!
The card is an ivory color with intricate lace edging. Each interior page has been signed and there are several dates given: Baptism - February 9, 1873; Communion - July 1,1886; Confirmation - July 2, 1886.
This is an antique religious calendar printed in 1887 by Benziger Brothers. Each side displays six months of the year and includes the saint of the day. The entire calendar is embellished with magnificent art. An image of the Madonna and Child is central but it is further adorned with images of angels and the Passion: a cross with a crown of thorns and nails, the Lamb of God, the Nativity, and the Holy Ghost as a dove. Wonderful!
Condition: The calendar is printed on heavy, strong cardstock that has darkened a bit with age. Also, it has yellowed mildly, and there is a small tear on the upper left portion. Please See Pictures.
This is a remarkable antique holy water font for home devotions. It is an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding a young Christ surrounded by two praying figures. Although the fine details of the Madonna and Child have been worn away with extreme age, their sunburst halos are still striking.
Condition: It has some dents, and we believe the loops once held a lid to the bowl. Please see pictures.
This is a gorgeous antique Catholic prayer book. The full title is “Alleluia Nouveau Recueil de Prieres et de Pieux Exercices” or “Alleluia New Collection of Prayers and of Pious Exercises.” It includes daily prayers, the Holy Mass, several litanies, the Rosary, and the Stations of the Cross. The imprimatur is dated 1907.
The covers are embossed with a beautiful decorative Host and Chalice. They are early celluloid, also known as Ivorine, and have a matching latch closure.
This is a wonderful, large home font. The bowl and image of Christ are brass and are mounted on a wood background. The central image is of Christ giving communion to a kneeling woman. The artist used the flow of the figures’ hair and robes to draw the viewer’s eyes to the chalice and the host in Christ’s hands. This piece is developing a green patina, which nicely accentuates it character.
The reverse has a dedication in French dated June, 1908.
This is a deeply moving antique book find. The full title reads: “Catholic Prayer Book for the Army and Navy” followed by a cross. Beneath the cross is the Latin “Pro Deo Et Patria” or “ For God and Country”.
The book contains the Ordinary of the Mass in English with the Latin responses as well as many other prayers. Of particular note is the last series of prayers:
Prayer for Victory
Prayer for Peace
Prayer for Our Enemies
Prayer After Action
Prayer Before Action
Prayer for Those at Sea
Prayer for Our Soldier Comrades
Prayer for Unbelievers
Prayer for a Good Death
Prayer for the Dying
and finally the Prayers for the Dead
It is easy to imagine the comfort this booklet brought to soldiers at war.
Condition: the staples are rusty but the pages are still tightly bound.
This is a vintage, pocket-sized devotional book. The French title is “Petit Paroissien Romain Contenant L’Office Des Principales Fetes et Les Evangiles de Tous Les Dimaches” or “ The Little Roman Missal Containing the Major Feasts and Sunday Gospels.” The book is 254 pages and contains all a devout Catholic might need for daily practice: morning prayers, evening prayers, prayers at mass, ordinary of the mass, devotions for confession, holy communion, and much, much more.
The book is bound in celluloid with a beautiful image of Christ giving holy communion on the cover and gilded page edges.
Condition: The back cover has some discoloration. Please see pictures.
This rare vintage prayer book is in excellent condition. The full title is “Nouveau Missel Roman Pratique” and it contains many daily prayers, litanies, prayers for confession and communion, as well as the Mass in Latin with the propers for feast days and all Sundays. Every page of the missal is illustrated with polychrome art framing the text.
The book is bound in soft, rich brown leather with gilded pages and decorative detailing. It has 448 illustrated pages and includes the original ribbon. The binding is still tight.
Condition: There is a small puncture on the cover, and the leather is worn along the book's edges. Please See Pictures.
This is a fantastic vintage Catholic catechism. It is a reprint of the 1885 Catechism of Christian Doctrine created in the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore. It contains 37 lessons: “Lesson First - On the End of Man” through “Lesson Thirty-Seventh - On the Last Judgement an the Resurrection, Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven”.The lessons are followed with many prayers and hymns. 96 pages.
This is a fascinating vintage church bulletin. It is “The Cathedral Bulletin” for the month of April 1935, which included Passiontide (the last two weeks of Lent) that year. The bulletin contains mass times, information about the Sacraments, articles about the faith, and period ads.
This is a set of vintage missals for children. As the title indicates, these are simple prayers to say during each point of the Mass. There is a diagram of the priest at the altar for each segment so the children can identify where they are in the Mass. The books begin with a wonderful discussion of the Mass entitled “To Boys and Girls Who Love the Mass”. Remarkable!