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Pope Leo XIII Memorial Poem & Illustration, Punch Magazine, 1903

$100.00

Pope Leo XIII Memorial Poem & Illustration, Punch Magazine, 1903

$100.00

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.

 

Dimensions: 10.5” tall x 8” wide

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Item ID: E170709