This is a beautiful antique holy card. It is an image of Christ surrounded by kneeling children. Our Lord is shown with an elaborate halo in a radiant Sacred Heart. The words “Let the little children come to me” are beneath the scene in French.
Condition: Some light foxing and a pencilled name on the back.
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 a unique turn-of-the-century holy card. It is an image of a youthful Christ reading a book, most likely the Hebrew scriptures, while leaning on a carpenter’s workbench. Beside Him can be seen a large saw and wood planks. The caption reads “Let us consecrate ourselves to the Infant Jesus”. The scene is framed in white blossoms, wheat, and grapes with shimmering gold detailing. It is exquisite.
This is a sweet holy card for personal devotions. It is an image of the Blessed Virgin Mother sitting on a throne with a young Christ in her lap. Our Lord is snuggled into her neck while she embraces Him. The scene is outdoors with a magnificent rose bush growing behind the throne.
Beneath the image it reads: “Holy Mother of God, May all those who love you feel the effects of your protection.” The reverse is signed: “To dear Magareth remember in your prayers Sr. Dorothea, July 27, 1915”. Beautiful!
The card has a linen-like texture, and the soft blues and pinks are still vibrant.
This is an elegant German canivet lace holy card, likely from the late 1800s. It is a black & white lithograph of Saint Leonhard (or Leonard) carrying a shepherd's crook and a book with the chains of freed prisoners hanging across his arm.
From Catholic Online:
Leonard or Lienard became one of the most venerated saints of the late Middle Ages. His intercession was credited with miracles for the release of prisoners, women in labor, and the diseases of cattle. His feast day is November 6, when he is honored with a festival at Bad Tölz, Bavaria.
The card has German markings indicating that is was printed in Nurnberg.
This is a gorgeous card with intricately cut lace detailing, likely from the late 1800s. The image shows a very young Christ holding a tall cross and surrounded by five doves. The card itself is painted in pastels, which the tan color of the lace contrasts with nicely.
The French beneath the image translates roughly: “I come to you, do not close the door to your heart from me”. This is followed be “I am the Recollection” .
The reverse of the card contains a beautiful prayer (in English) “All by the Cross”.
This is a beautiful canivet lace holy card, likely from the late 1800s. It is a black & white lithograph of Saint Mathilde wearing a crown while holding a crucifix in one hand and a miniature cathedral in the other.
Although she was a queen with wealth and power, Saint Mathilde was known for her piety and generosity. Much of her wealth was spent in building churches and founding religious monasteries and convents. Saint Matilda is the patron saint of disappointing children, large families, falsely accused persons, people ridiculed for their piety, queens, second marriages, and widows.
This card is likely of German origin as it was found with other antique German holy cards.
This is an antique canivet holy card. It shows a veiled woman kneeling on a prie dieu before an altar. On the altar is a large chalice, above which floats the Blessed Sacrament surrounded by a nimbus of light. The scene is replete with Catholic symbolism: lilies representing purity, roses for The Blessed Virgin Mary, and M for the Madonna. Beneath the image is the reminder “Before Communion / Act of Contrition” in French, German, and English. The central image is a black & white lithograph, while the rest of the card is a magnificent combination of lace and embossing.
The reverse side of the card contains a beautiful form of the Act of Contrition:
“O thou who art my Victim, my Judge, my Savior, and my God, what name shall I give thee to tell thee my regret, confusion, pain, and my love! So many times I offended thee and thou forgivest me!...I have been so ungrateful and thou so merciful! O mystery of Christ’s Blood in which the soul finds baptismal purity, I taste thee in thy source. Rather die than profane thee!”
This is a rare set of antique prayer cards. Each card includes a lithograph showing Christ teaching a young child the Eight Beatitudes. For each Beatitude there is a long meditation, in French, on the reverse. These are truly extraordinary.
The cards are in an accordion folded cover that can be fully extended to view all eight at one time.
Condition: The back cover is detached. The first two cards have some foxing. Please see pictures.
This colorful antique holy card was intended for use in personal devotions. On the front of the card is a rendition of the famous painting of Our Lady of the Rosary, also known as Our Lady of Pompeii. The central image shows the Blessed Virgin Mary holding a young Christ in her lap. Both have glorious crowns and are surrounded by a halo of stars. Christ and the Madonna are presenting rosaries to Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Siena. The original painting is associated with many miracles and can be seen at the Pontifical Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii, Italy (the modern city near the ancient ruins of Pompeii).
Surrounding the central image are vignettes of each of the 15 mysteries of the Holy Rosary with beads winding around them. The background for all the images is a shimmering metallic gold.
The reverse page has a prayer to the Immaculate Virgin in Italian, which included a 300-day indulgence.