French Holy Mourning Card
This very rare antique French mourning prayer card is filled with spiritual symbolism. A sorrowful maiden kneels at the altar of Mother Mary and a black cross rests in her hands. Next to her are lilies representing purity and devotion. The image is framed in luxurious gold gilt and the exterior frame includes more altar-like images including two urns.
The French prayer on the reverse translates to:
Whatever you ask for with faith in prayer, you will get it. »Ask Jesus crucified to open to you the treasures of his graces! ... Ask him to give you the intelligence of the things of heaven, to teach you the nothingness of goods and pleasures here below, and the immense price of sacrifice and mortification ... Ask him the spirit of prayer and the precious gift which makes the saints, of carrying everywhere with oneself his divine presence! ... Ask him for the spirit of patience, of gentleness, of humility of which he has been such a perfect model .... Burn his love in your heart, never part with it, be faithful to his law, and well resolved to lose everything, to suffer everything, rather than offending him ... Have no other will than his; No other ambition, no other joy than to follow him faithfully and even to Calvary, and death will neither surprise you nor frighten you: IT WILL BRING YOU ETERNAL LIFE!
This ethereal treasure would look gorgeous mounted on velvet or encased glass.
2.60" x 4.30"