In this beautiful vintage holy card, we have the hope of the world! “Surrexit Christus spes men” is Latin and means “The risen Christ is hope for men.” Christ has risen from the dead! He has triumphed over the grave! His feet don’t even touch the ground! As it also says on the card, Alleluia!
The world alleluia comes to English through Latin and Greek from Hebrew. The older form of the word in English is hallelu-jah, where you can see more easily the “jah”, the first part of the name Yahweh or Jehovah. So alleluia means “Praise to God!” or “Praise to Yahweh!” or “Song of Praise to Yahweh!” It can mean even more, which is why the word isn’t translated to a short form like Praise God or something like that. It is complex word straight from Jesus’s time, like the word amen.
This striking holy card was the work of K. van de Vyvere-Petyt, a Dutch printer from Brugge, Belgium, active around the turn of the last century. Although the artwork has more of a German feel than French, we think he printed it in Latin so he could offer in any country.
8.5 x 11 acid-free archival paper, with about an inch-and-a-third of white space around the picture. Cardboard backer. Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag.
IMPORTANT!!! The image is smaller than the paper.
Standard size. Easy to find a ready-made frame at your local Hobby Lobby. If you're sending this as a gift and would like us to frame it for you, please convo and we'll make special arrangements for you.
You might also be interested in original Catholic art and jewelry by me, Sue Kouma Johnson, available all over this shop! Thanks!