This is an amazing vintage religious keepsake medal. It was minted in celebration of Pope Pius XI’s 50th year as a priest. The front shows an image of the pope wearing the papal crown and giving a benediction. The Latin “In Piam Memoriam Jubel. L Sacerdotii P. P. XI” meaning (roughly) “In memory of the 50th Jubilee of the priesthood of Pope Pius XI”.
The reverse is an image commemorating the pope’s ordination in 1979. It shows his first celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The future pope is shown at the moment of consecration lifting the chalice high. There is an image of Christ above the altar and a depiction of the Vatican in a cloud above, indicating the future of the young priest. The words “Prima Missa Sacerdotis Ratti - 1879” meaning loosely “First Mass as an Ordained Priest - 1879”.
This is a stunning piece of religious art. It is a beautiful image of St. Mary’s Basilica in Krakow, Poland with its two spires reaching towards a dark and stormy sky. The scene is evocative as the entrance is light and inviting protecting those who enter from the coming storm. Wonderful.
This piece is beautifully framed and matted. The artist’s signature is in the lower left corner, but it is illegible.
This is a stunning antique sculpture. It is a highly detailed scene of the Nativity. The focal point is, of course, Our Lord in the manger. The Blessed Virgin Mary is kneeling over Him in prayer while they are surrounded by a host of people, angles and animals. Cherubs are rollicking in the clouds above and the shepherds are in the distant background. The scene is vibrant with excitement and the detail is amazing.
This piece was made in France and is signed “Favier”. We believe it is bronze and dates to the 1800’s. It is housed in a beautiful wood frame and is quite heavy.
Please Note: The bronze has no backing and is loose from the frame. This can be easily repaired.
This is a beautiful religious painting. It is an image of Saint Helena after the famous painting “Saint Helena” by Cima Da Conegliano, c. 1495.
Saint Helena of Constantinople
St. Helena was the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great and an Empress of the Roman Empire. She is known for her great works of charity and for finding the True Cross of Christ’s crucifixion. St. Helena is the patron saint of new discoveries and her feast day is celebrated on August 18.