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 unique religious devotional brooch. The center is a petite image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in profile enameled in beautiful bright blue. This medal is framed in pearly lucite on a gold finished background. Gorgeous!
This is a gorgeous vintage rosary. The beads are delicate ovals made of luminous mother of pearl. The centerpiece is hexagonal with an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in profile. The crucifix is very elegant and includes roses carved into the cross behind the corpus. “France” is printed on the reverse of the crucifix.
This is a fantastic pair of antique bookends. They depict Saint George as he vanquishes the infamous dragon, representing the devil. Saint George is shown in full medieval armor including a feather plume cresting his helmet. His huge muscular horse is rearing as if to trample the evil at its feet in aid of his rider. The image is vibrant and alive. Wonderful.
This is a rare vintage devotional piece. It is a clock designed to help those who wish to offer spiritual communion in union with Holy Mass. At any given moment, Mass is being prayed somewhere in the world, and this piece can locate (within the hour) where a Mass is being offered. The user dials in their current time, and the windows will show three locations around the world that might be offering Mass.
The front of the piece has an image of Christ crucified with two figures below Him catching His blood in a chalice. Between the figures it reads: “My Sacrifice in His.” Printed around the outer edge are the words, “I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood now being offered in the Mass in _____”, with the blank filled in with the name of a city on the P.M. dial.
On the reverse is the concurrent A.M. location with the following prayer: “Eternal Father, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I wish to unite myself with Jesus, now offering His Precious Blood in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.”
This piece is roughly the size of an old pocket watch and was likely attached to a chain in similar fashion.