This is a stunning antique holy card. It is an image of Christ pointing to His Sacred Heart. His Heart is shown radiating light, wrapped in thorns, and crowned in flames. Our Lord is wearing red robes and a simple but elegant halo. “S. Cor Jesu” or “Sacred Heart of Jesus” is written in French beneath the image.
The card's colors are still rich and vibrant with shimmering metallic gold details.
Condition: There is some light foxing. Please See Pictures.
This is a wonderful, vintage religious keepsake. The prayer card is set on an embellished paper background with beautifully embroidered edges and a sweet pink ribbon. The card is encased in plastic and is still attached to the original gift card backing. The prayer reads:
“Blessing of St. Francis
The Lord bless thee and keep thee.
The Lord show His face to thee and have mercy on thee.
The Lord turn His countenance to thee and give thee peace. Amen.”
The back has a handwritten note in ink: “Speedy Recovery. Aug. 6, 1960. Best Wishes Always, Sonya”.
This is a remarkable set of antique sacred art prints. Each piece is a polychrome lithograph framed by an elaborate embossed paper arch. The images are Saint Joseph & Christ; a young Jesus; and Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque.
The first image is a youthful Jesus. He is shown in a setting full of Catholic symbolism. Our Lord has a cross leaning on His shoulder with a crown of thorns hanging from the top. There is a large chalice at the foot of the cross wrapped in grapevine. To one side of Our Lord is a rock, symbolizing Golgotha, with three nails. In the background are large plantings of grapes and wheat, symbolizing the Eucharist. Magnificent!
The second image is of Saint Joseph holding a young Christ in his lap. The two are holding hands while Jesus holds a spray of lilies in one arm, the symbol for purity, often associated with Saint Joseph.
The third image is Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque kneeling before Christ. He is shown pointing to His Sacred Heart. His hands are dripping blood and light is radiating from His heart and His hands. This is a representation of her vision when Christ instructed her in the devotion to His Sacred Heart.
The rich colors of each print are enhanced by the gold painted arch frame. The paper is quite thick, almost cardboard, and is deeply embossed.
Condition: Some of the topmost points are missing from the arches. Please see pictures.
Dimensions: 15" tall x 9" wide; Prints - 7.25" tall x 3.75" wide
This is an amazing antique holy card from France. The central image is a young Christ holding grapes in one hand and wheat in the other, representing the Eucharist. The caption reads in French “Je viens a vous les mains pleines de graces”, meaning “I come to you with hands full of Graces”. The reverse contains a long prayer in French.
The most striking aspect of this card is the delicate lacing. It is intricate and quite elaborate.
Condition: Some of the lace is missing along the top left edge and to the left of the image. Please see pictures.
This is a lovely keepsake holy card. On the front is an image of a young boy carrying a traditional long candle. Beneath the image it reads: “Souvenir of First Communion”. The card has intricate lacing and embossing, and in the background are a magnificent church altar and windows.
Printed on the reverse is this beautiful prayer:
Souvenir of My First Communion
Thou art mine oh my Saviour! Thou knowest that I love thee: that I desire to love thee always. Oh thou that I so desired to possess, Oh grant that each day of my life, may resemble that of my first Communion. Amen.
There is a name written in pencil beneath the prayer, but no date.
Condition: The lace is torn in a few spots. Please see pictures.
This is a unique prayer card that also serves as a certificate of membership in St. Mary’s Union. The front of the card shows an engraving of the Blessed Virgin Mary embracing a young child. The child is holding a lily, the symbol for purity, while a lamb walks beside them. The caption reads “Our Protectress”.
The year 1888 is written in pencil on the reverse, which also contains information about St. Mary’s Union: object of the union, spiritual benefits, and membership.
This is a beautiful vintage prayer card that shows a white dove tied to a cross. Above the cross floats a wreath that is partially thorns and partially roses, while a golden triangle showers them with rays of light. The dove and cross represent Christ Crucified and the triangle represents the Trinity.
The caption reads “When we suffer with Jesus, pain becomes sweet, and the thorn a flower”.
This is a unique prayer card created by the Sacred Heart Union in 1880 to encourage donations in support of the union's mission to care for homeless children. The card also serves as a certificate of membership for the Sacred Heart Union. The front of the card is decorated with an engraving of the Blessed Virgin Mary embracing a young child. A lamb walks beside them, and there is a chalice in the background. The caption reads “Suffer with Mary” in French.
The card is signed on the reverse and indicates membership for the year 1880-1881. The reverse contains information about the group: object of the union, spiritual benefits, and membership.
This is a beautiful antique holy card. It depicts an image of Saint Francis Xavier baptizing a convert. The saint is gazing toward heaven while holding a crucifix. The colors in the card are still vibrant, particularly his striking eyes. The reverse contains a long French prayer that once carried a 300-day indulgence.
Saint Francis Xavier was the co-founder of the Society of Jesus, known as the Jesuits. He is known for his missionary work in Asia and is the patron saint of missions and missionaries. Feast Day: December 3.
This is a beautiful card commemorating a child’s first Holy Communion. The image shows three angels gazing up in adoration at the Holy Eucharist in the form of a chalice and host. “The Lord loves the praise of the pure” is written in French beneath the image.
The reverse commemorates the First Communion of Pierre Boe on June 27, 1919, made on the Feast of the Sacred Heart in Chapelle de Barral.
This is a remarkable pair of religious gift cards. One shows an image of Christ the Good Shepherd. He is holding a staff in one arm and a pure white lamb in the other. Our Lord is shown standing amidst a flock of sheep with the sun rising in the background. The scene is replete with Catholic symbolism. The second card shows an image of Saint Anthony. He is shown in his brown cassock holding a young Christ and a bloom of white lilies, a symbol of purity.
Each card is cut in the shape of a heart and is surrounded with embossed roses. The colors are still wonderfully vibrant.
This is a gorgeous antique holy card. The image shows two angels gazing at a beautiful chalice with a radiant host. Beneath these there is a French prayer and several blooming lilies, the symbol for purity. Roughly translated the prayer reads: “Ask Jesus in the Eucharist not only to come into your heart but also to reign there forever”.
The colors are soft, muted pastels against a cream background. The reverse commemorates the first communion of Marc Pinoteau on March 11, 1909.