For collectors of Catholic ephemera, this is a wonderful, original piece. Following the death of Pope Leo XIII in July, 1903, Punch Magazine of London published this poem and illustration to commemorate and honor the Pontiff's long reign. Surrounding the poem is an intricate illustration filled with Catholic symbolism. The Swiss guard stands erect with his sword drawn, point down, his head bowed in sorrow. The papal keys and tiara are shown at rest, their owner gone; a handful of books are gathered to one side in acknowledgement of the Pontiff's many publications over the years; and above the scene are blooming lilies, a symbol of purity.
Pope Leo XIII staunchly encouraged devotion to the rosary and the scapular, and today he is still remembered as the Rosary Pope. Perhaps most famously, he composed The Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel following a vision in which he was shown evil spirits that had been released from hell and their efforts to destroy the Church. The Pope ordered that this prayer be recited daily at the end of low mass in all the Catholic churches throughout the world. Unfortunately, this prayer of protection is no longer widely used today.
Prayer to Saint Michael:
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
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.