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Greeting Card / Christmas Card – Christ the High Priest – 5x7" – With Envelope – 1 / 10 / 50 / 100 – by Max Schmalzl

Greeting Card / Christmas Card – Christ the High Priest – 5x7" – With Envelope – 1 / 10 / 50 / 100 – by Max Schmalzl

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This gorgeous and religious Greeting card / Christmas card, "Christ the High Priest" is by Br. Max Schmalz, a famous painter-monk from the early 20th Century. It comes in a 5x7" size, folded down from 10x7", with a white envelope. As a formal piece of Catholic art with Christ as the subject, it would Christ back into Christmas, but it is so beautiful, and the inside is blank, so you could use it for other occasions, such as Church correspondence, Birthdays, Mother's Days, Thank You Cards, or anything. The card has a nice matt finish, which gives it a fine art look The matt finish also makes it easier to write inside compared to a glossy card.

Suitable for framing. It looks GREAT in a brown or wood frame, so you could run over to your local hobby store and get a frame and make a neat little gift of this. Keep several on hand for very tasteful (and faithful!) correspondence, as well as quick gifts!

This is the frontispiece for a Roman Missal published in Germany in 1911. Below Christ, to the left looking up, is Melchizedek, who prefigured the Eucharist. In the priestly garb below to the right we believe is Aaron, the first earthly high priest.

The artist is Max Schmalzl (1850-1930), a German Redemptorist lay brother who worked as a painter and illustrator. He lived a monastic lifestyle, devoting himself to the making Catholic art. Most of his art is unsigned, out of modesty. He was the fulfillment of an ecclesiastical art movement called the Nazarene school, and he lived the ideal of a humble, pious, and industrious painter-monk. Despite his monasticism, he was very famous during his lifetime.

Fr. M S on the front is his mark, which he used on his masterpieces, (such as this one and our Last Supper by him), meaning Frater, or Brother, Max Schmalzl.

Also available as a print in our shop at W

- 5x7", folded down from10x7".
- Comes with white envelopes
- Matt finish
- Blank inside
- Gorgeous, classy card for Christmas or any occasion!

Thanks for your interest in our Catholic art!

Sue & John

"In order to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art." ~ St. Pope John Paul II

Original image is out-of-copyright. Descriptive text and image alterations (hence the whole new image) © by Sue Kouma Johnson - Classic Catholic Art.
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