This is an antique holy card keepsake. On the front is an image of Our Lady embracing a young child while both are standing before an altar. On the altar, the Holy Sacrament, radiating light, floats above a large chalice.
Beneath the altar, printed in French, Spanish, and Italian, is the prayer, “O Mary under your protection I place my hopes of Holy Perseverance”. This prayer is also included on the reverse, in English, along with this beautiful advice:
“My dear child, the greatest and holiest, the most important and most sacred day of your whole life is that of your first communion. Jesus Christ will then descend into your heart, and bring therein all the treasures of His grace, the influence of which, should ever afterwards regulate your life. Pray then to Our Lord to make you comprehend the importance of this great action. Prepare yourself for a long time previous to the happy day: confess with sorrow your sins, have great confidence in the goodness of God, and be assured your heart will find peace. Go with purity and love, to receive the Bread of Angels, which is the pledge of Eternal felicity.”
This is a magnificent antique religious painting. It is an image of a very young Christ holding a globe surrounded by flowers. The globe and cross are an ancient symbol of authority and when Jesus is shown holding it it is referred to as the Salvator Mundi or The Savior of the World.
Reverse glass painting is an ancient folk art tradition of Bavaria. This piece is likely from the early turn of the century.
Condition: The backing is a vintage replacement. Please See Pictures
This is a magnificent antique religious statue. It is a youthful Blessed Virgin Mary with a sad, pensive expression. Our Lady is shown with her eyes lowered and her head slightly bowed. She is in dark robes with a veil that hangs in soft folds around her face. Her simple and elegant halo is radiant brass. Beautiful and moving.
We believe this piece is plaster covered wood. Made in Barcelona, Spain.
Condition: There are a few small chips in the plaster. Please See Pictures.
This is a stunning antique holy water font. The central image is an elongated Chi Rho christogram set in classic Art Deco period framing. The piece is metal with a bright brassy finish and a fluted plastic font bowl. Made in Germany.
Chi Rho Christogram:
According to the ancient historian Eusebius of Caesarea (circa 300 AD), Emperor Constantine I, who was not Christian, had a vision while on the march with his army. The emperor and his entire army saw a cross above the sun with the inscription “By this sign you will conquer” in Greek. Later, Christ appeared to him in a dream and instructed Constantine to use this sign as a protection in battle. Constantine ordered a likeness of the vision to be used as his new military standard and went on to win his battles. This insignia is now known as the Chi- Rho.
Constantine went on to study Christian theology and called a stop to the ongoing persecutions. He also decriminalized Christian worship with the Edict of Milan which allowed Christianity to flourish safely for the first time.
Condition: There are small scratches and wear in the finish. Please See Pictures.