This is a beautiful canivet lace holy card, likely from the late 1800s. It is a black & white lithograph of Saint Mathilde wearing a crown while holding a crucifix in one hand and a miniature cathedral in the other.
Although she was a queen with wealth and power, Saint Mathilde was known for her piety and generosity. Much of her wealth was spent in building churches and founding religious monasteries and convents. Saint Matilda is the patron saint of disappointing children, large families, falsely accused persons, people ridiculed for their piety, queens, second marriages, and widows.
This card is likely of German origin as it was found with other antique German holy cards.
This is a wonderful vintage find. It is a Christmas card, New Year’s card, gift card, calendar, and world mass clock all in one. The front image shows soldiers located across the globe with a family standing respectfully on the right. The center is open to show an image of the world covered with a translucent Child Jesus.
The front page reads:
At the family hearth...or across the sea,
This christmas we’ll united be…
For being in one Christ our Brother,
We cannot be separate one from another.
The front opens vertically to show the New Year card which reads:
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Your year of Nineteen-Forty-Three
Is here enclosed … May it be
A year so Blessed that you may say of it
“A Saint’s Blessing was on everyday of it”
This portion folds down to reveal a 1943 calendar with Saints’ days, Holy days, and Fasting days denoted.
Behind the calendar is a free floating translucent sheet signed by the original giver. It reads:
My Spiritual Gift to You is a Bouquet of Masses being offered for your happiness at the monastery of the Cloistered Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood… I have placed your name at the Crib, for Remembrances during the Octave of Masses: Christmas to New Year’s.
Behind this sheet is a World Mass Clock with instructions and a beautiful prayer. This allowed the soldier to link his prayers in union with the Mass being said anywhere in the world.
This card is in exceptional condition.
Please Note: Only the month of December 1943 is left of the calendar.
This is a stunning antique holy card. It is an image of Christ pointing to His Sacred Heart. His Heart is shown radiating light, wrapped in thorns, and crowned in flames. Our Lord is wearing red robes and a simple but elegant halo. “S. Cor Jesu” or “Sacred Heart of Jesus” is written in French beneath the image.
The card's colors are still rich and vibrant with shimmering metallic gold details.
Condition: There is some light foxing. Please See Pictures.
This is a beautiful antique Easter card. The central image is a lithograph of the three empty crosses on Golgotha. Beneath the hill is Christ laid out in the tomb while a smaller image on the side shows Our Lord Resurrected.
The caption reads “I am the Resurrection and the Life. He that believeth in me although he be dead, shall live” and “ All Easter Blessings be yours”. Beautiful.
Condition: The lace is torn in a few spots. Please See Pictures.