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Mary, Merciful Protector – Based on a Vintage French Holy Card – 3 sizes – Archival Quality

Mary, Merciful Protector – Based on a Vintage French Holy Card – 3 sizes – Archival Quality

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Mary, Merciful Protector
Vintage Holy Card

For us, it's the colors. Our gaze finds a haven in the gorgeous colors of this picture of Mary as our protector. Even the gold still glints on her beautiful blue mantle. This one was done by our favorite holy card company, Bouasse-Lebel of Paris, we think about 1875. It is done in that ink-rich process of lithography which gives us those splendid colors, and so generously that even a large print still carries the same charm as the original. For us, this color process is like Technicolor films, another medium that has colors we love. Oh, yes, and we love the patterns too! We think you'll find this a restful meditation on Our Mother, protecting us now as always.

On the back of the original is some of that florid love poetry that the Victorian age wrote for Mary which annoys our Protestant brethren. But it is beautiful, and if we are to imitate Jesus, is this not how he feels about his dear Mother? Therefore, is this not how we should feel about her? In any case, it is good to acknowledge her exalted position in Heaven and her ability to protect us, even for small things like making a happier wedding reception.

"Mary, cause of our joy, Virgin par excellence, you came into the world like a dazzling dawn, preventing, by the light of your holiness, the coming of the sun of justice. The day you appeared may well be called a day of salvation and grace. You illuminate the darkness of our souls with the light of your virtues, whose brilliance shines above those of all other creatures; therefore be praised, blessed, celebrated and glorified forever."

There is a white border around the image. About 0.5" for 5x7, 1.3" for 8.5x11", 1.6" for 11x17", and 1.75" for 13x17", so the image is smaller than the paper!!!

- Acid-free fine art paper.
- Archival pigments, rated to last for generations.
- Cardboard backer
- Above story of the art
- Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag.

Thanks for your interest!

Sue & John

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

We believe the 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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