This is a beautiful collector’s set of pocket missals. The liturgical year is divided into four books containing all the propers for daily mass. Each volume also contains the Order of the Mass in Latin and English as well as many additional prayers.
Volume I - “From the First Sunday in advent to Ash Wednesday”
Volume II - “From Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday”
Volume III - “From Holy Saturday to the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost”
Volume IV - “From the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost to Advent”
Each book contains the following inscription: “To Jack Habeuer with sincere prayers for your perseverance, Fr. Zarek”.
The books are bound in rich, soft black leather with gilded pages. The copyright date is 1946 with a 1945 Imprimatur.
Dimensions: 5.5” x 3.75” x .5” each, box; 5.5” x 3.75” x 3”
This is a deeply moving antique book find. The set is two Catholic prayer books distributed to soldiers during WWI and WWII.
Catholic Prayer Book
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
My Military Missal
This missal was edited by Father Stedman and is dated 1942. It contains the Ordinary of the Mass in English, the Easter Sunday Mass, The Mass for the Dead, as well as a catechism review and many other prayers. The last page has a world mass clock for those unable to attend mass to unite their prayers anytime of the day. Also, the back cover is an embossed rosary.
It is easy to imagine the comfort these booklets brought to soldiers at war. Wonderful.
Condition: The staples are slightly rusty but the pages are still tightly bound.
Dimensions: Prayer Book - 5” tall x 3.25” wide and 64 pg; Missal - 4” tall x 2.75” wide and 128 pg
This is a fantastic personal missal published by P.J. Kenedy & Sons of New York. The full title reads: “The Catholic Sunday Missal being a translation of the Missale Romanum arranged for Sunday and Festival use by Rev. Charles J. Callan, O.P. and Rev. John A. McHugh, O.P. Masters of Sacred Theology.” It contains the ordinary of the mass in Latin and English as well as the propers for all Sunday masses of the year.
The missal is bound in soft , black leather and has three original page marker ribbons. The name “Rosemary McDermott” is imprinted on the cover but has faded over time and is almost invisible. This comes with the original box but the top is torn. Please See Pictures.
This is a stunning antique prayer book. The full title reads: “The Garden of the Soul A Manual of Catholic Devotion, of Spiritual Exercises and Instructions for Christians Who, Living in the World, Aspire to Devotion”. The book is 621 pages and contains many prayers, devotions for confession, holy communion, the ordinary of the mass and much, much more.
The book is bound in celluloid with a beautiful decorative silver inlay on the cover and gilded page edges. There is no publishing date given but the first year in the Table of Movable Feasts is 1878.
Condition: The latch is broken and the end pages are flaking along the edges.Please see pictures.
This is a vintage publication on Catholic teaching. It is a booklet that discusses the Catholic arguments against contraception. It is presented in the format of the Baltimore Catechism with questions put forth followed by the Church’s answers. This was published in 1949 well before the encyclical Humanae Vitae (Pope Paul VI, 1968) proving that this is a long-standing church teaching.
This rare vintage prayer book is in excellent condition. The full title is “Paroissien Romain Tres-Complet” 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 from Christmas through Pentecost.
The book is bound in black leather with gilded pages and decorative detailing. It has 1094 pages with many illustrations.
Condition: The binding is still tight but the cover corners show wear. Please See Pictures.
This is a wonderful antique book on Catholic moral theology. The full title is “Moral Theology or Resolution of Cases of Consciousness According to Sacred Scripture, Canons, & the Holy Fathers”. This is volume 7 (out of 8). It is written in French and is a total of 560 pages long.
The book is bound in soft leather over board with a gilded decorative spine. The pages have yellowed somewhat with age, but they are still firmly bound. All in all, it is in excellent condition.
This is a rare vintage Catholic Prayer book. The title in German is “Ehre Sei Gott” or “Glory Be To God’. It includes the propers of the mass in German and Latin for all Sundays and feasts of the year as well as many other prayers, devotions, and songs.
There is no publishing date but the calendar of moveable feasts starts in 1953. The covers are leather with gilded page edges.
Condition: The first page is torn with on old repair. Please See Pictures.
This is a beautiful antique book print of the famous statue of Saint Peter on his throne by Arnolfo di Cambio (1245-1302). It is a chromo lithograph with the bronze statue colored a subdued gold. It was originally bound in the German Encyclopedia Brockhaus' Konversations-Lexikon (14th ed.) 1896–1908.
Condition: There is some foxing. Please see pictures.
This is a vintage children’s prayer book. The French title is “Petite Missel de Communion” or “Little Communion Missal.” It is 127 pages long and has many prayers, including the Holy Mass, confession, the stations of the cross, and the rosary.
The cover shows a beautiful image of Christ holding a chalice and giving communion to a young girl. The small book slips into a matching case that has carrying straps.
Condition: The spine has been taped, and there is some damage to the back cover. Please see pictures.