Series 3 - Holy cards and religious ephemera

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Holy cards and religious ephemera

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CA RBD MSG 1190-3

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  • between approximately 1897 and 1984; bulk 1950-1984 (Creation)

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Series consists of mostly Christian religious ephemera, including holy cards or prayer cards (small devotional images, often with passages of text from prayers), greetings cards with religious messages (often with the names of their recipients intact), postcards of churches, pamphlets with Biblical passages or intended for spiritual instruction, and some memorabilia such as pendants, necklaces, crucifixes, and church donation envelopes. Most of the religious ephemera is Catholic, with some material from other Christian denominations such as Anglican and Unitarian. Judaism, Hare Krishna, Jehovah's Witnesses, and the Church of Scientology are represented by one or two items each. Materials are largely undated, but appear to date from predominantly the 1950s through the 1980s with some earlier items. One booklet contains the official welcoming ceremony for Pope Jean-Paul II at the Cathedral Basilica. Box 2 contains chiefly prayer cards organized by country, including Great Britain, Switzerland, Israel, Spain, Portugal, Germany, and Belgium.

Series also contains a number of parish publications, such as programmes from church events and recitals as well as newsletters. A number of colour postcards depict Italian churches. Newsletters includes issues of the Le Messager de Saint-Antoine (from the Ermitage Saint-Antoine), the Paulist Fathers News, and Regard de foi. Most church publications are from institutions in the Montreal area, including Notre-Dame Church, Christ Church Cathedral, and Saint-Léon-de-Westmount, but some are from churches in Ontario, the United States (Florida), and France.

There is a great deal of Catholic published ephemera, including many numbers of the series "Est-il vrai que...?" in French written by Jean Delepierre on social values and religion, as well as guides to various sacraments such as confirmation, baptism, communion, etc.

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  • English
  • French

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Tracts include:

  • "It is Later than You Think" - pamphlet with Scriptures
  • "Where We Stand in Time" by Neil D. Cameron - pamphlet with Biblical references and Scriptures diagram (printed on backside)
  • "The Two Rabbits" - pamphlet with Scriptures
  • "The Lord is Merciful" - pamphlets with Scriptures
  • "Change the World! By Father David" - pamphlet edited and illustrated as a comic strip by Phil Assurance
  • "Good News - Bonnes Nouvelles" - bilingual, religious pamphlet with Scripture references
  • "The Richest Man in the Valley" - religious pamphlets with Scriptures
  • "4 Things God Wants You to Know - Quatre Choses que Vous Devriez Savoir" - bilingual pamphlets with Scripture references
  • "A United, Happy Family: What is the Key?" - pamphlet about Bible study, includes illustrations
  • "Jews should not believe in Jesus.. Unless…" - pamphlet about the prophecies of the Jewish Bible, concerning the Messiah
  • "Becoming a Child of God" - pamphlet with Scriptures and photos
  • "Ce que Dieu Dit de…. What God Says About…." - bilingual pamphlets with Scripture references
  • "How Big is God" - pamphlet with Scripture references
  • "The Law of the Lord" - small booklet with Scriptures
  • "If I Die Tonight, Where Will I Spend Eternity?" - pamphlet with Scriptures
  • "Suppose it is True After All… What Then?" - pamphlets with gospel news and Scriptures
  • "Quatre choses que Dieu veut que vous sachiez" - pamphlet (in French) with biblical references and Scriptures
  • "Le Dieu des miracles" by T. L. Osborn - pamphlet (in French) with biblical references and Scriptures
  • "The Storm" - pamphlet with biblical references and Scriptures
  • "What Think Ye of Christ?" - pamphlet with biblical references and Scriptures
  • "The Gospel of Your Salvation" - pamphlet with biblical references and Scriptures
  • "What is Truth?" - small booklet about spirituality
  • "Hautes Montagnes" - pamphlet (in French) with Scripture references
  • "J'espère… Je pense… Oui, je sais!" - pamphlet (in French) with biblical references and Scriptures
  • "Asleep in the Boat" - pamphlet with biblical references and Scriptures
  • "The way back" - pamphlet with Bible references
  • "Why and How" - pamphlet concerning the teachings of the Bible, with Scriptures
  • "Coeur en panne" - pamphlet with biblical references and Scriptures
  • "Good News" - pamphlet with biblical references and Scriptures
  • "Jesus' Babies! Children of Love! By Father David" - pamphlet edited and illustrated as a comic strip by Jacob Sailor
  • "You had a Visitor" - pamphlet with information concerning the local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
  • "Hope for ending (inflation, sickness, crime & war)" - pamphlet with biblical references and Scriptures
  • "Le diable a mis un enchère sur votre âme" - pamphlet (in French) denouncing occultism, with Scripture references
  • ""Hath" and "Are"" - miniature booklet with Biblical references and Scriptures
  • "Questions and Answers about Your Future" - miniature booklet with queries and solutions from the Holy Scriptures
  • "Everlasting Life" - miniature booklet with Scriptures
  • "Happy is the Man" - miniature booklet with Scriptures

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Catholic guides, booklets, and other printed ephemera include:

  • "The Single Life" (no.248) - pamphlet on holiness
  • "Mon Seigneur et mon Dieu!" - pamphlet (in French) with biblical passages
  • "Jésus-Christ, vie du monde" - pamphlet (in French) with a passage from the bible
  • "Le Seigneur est vraiment ressuscité!" - pamphlet (in French) with biblical passages
  • "De la repentance" - pamphlet (in French) with biblical passages
  • "Jésus est là! Venez Enfants, adorons-le dans l'Hostie : c'est le Seigneur" by G. de la Croix - booklet (in French) on Sacrament
  • "Consécration personnelle au Sacré Coeur de Jésus" - booklet (in French); the last page is signed (unknown, 16 June 1956)
  • "Le Seigneur est roi" - pamphlet (in French) with biblical passage
  • "High Fidelity" (no.249) - pamphlet on fidelity, also includes Scripture
  • "Justice : Faith in Action" - pamphlet with biblical references and Scripture
  • "Je suis le pain de vie" - leaflet (in French) on God's work and biblical references
  • "La cérémonie du mariage" - booklet (in French) of the wedding ceremony between André Bordeleau and Georgette Jeffery
  • "La cérémonie de la Confirmation" - booklet (in French) with preparatory instructions, prayers and explanations on the sacrament of Confirmation
  • "Est-il vrai que?.. La mort est une impasse" by Jean Delepierre - booklet (in French) on societal values and religion; part of the series Est-il vrai que?..
  • "Est-il vrai que?.. L'on peut tout lire" by Jean Delfosse - booklet (in French) on societal values and religion; part of the series Est-il vrai que?..
  • "Est-il vrai que?.. La vie est absurde" by Jean Delepierre - booklet (in French) on societal values and religion; part of the series Est-il vrai que?..
  • "Est-il vrai que?.. L'Église autorise le divorce" by Alberic van Cutsem - booklet (in French) on societal values and religion; part of the series Est-il vrai que?..
  • "Est-il vrai que?.. L'Église a fait de la vierge un dieu" by André Minon - booklet (in French) on societal values and religion; part of the series Est-il vrai que?..
  • "Est-il vrai que?.. La femme est une occasion de péché" by Bernard Saudemont - booklet (in French) on societal values and religion; part of the series Est-il vrai que?..52
  • "Est-il vrai que?... Un Catholique doit avoir beaucoup d'enfants?" by Georges Ponteville - booklet (in French) on societal values and religion; part of the series Est-il vrai que?..
  • "Est-il vrai que?.. La religion est l'affaire des femmes" by Joseph Folliet - booklet (in French) on societal values and religion; part of the series Est-il vrai que?..
  • "Est-il vrai que?.. L'Église a trahi le Christ" par Andre Minon - booklet (in French) on societal values and religion; part of the series Est-il vrai que?..
  • "Est-il vrai que?.. Les Catholiques ne sont pas meilleurs que les autres" - booklet (in French) on societal values and religion; part of the series Est-il vrai que?..
  • "Est-il vrai que?.. L'on peut tout voir" by Frans Weyergans - booklet (in French) on societal values and religion; part of the series Est-il vrai que?..
  • Est-il vrai que?.. La foi est un scandale" by Pierre Charles booklet (in French) on societal values and religion; part of the series Est-il vrai que?..
  • "L'idéal qu'il te faut: Jésus… à ton âge! - pamphlet (in French) on Christian values
  • "Le culte de la Vierge Marie" - booklet (in French) for the right ordering and development of devotion to the blessed Virgin Mary
  • "Comme je vous ai aimés" - booklet (in French) about the efforts to reproduce the qualities of Jesus' charity
  • "Un moyen de profiter des Grâces d'une Messe" - booklet (in French) about enjoying the graces of Mass
  • "Est-ce que j'avance?.." booklet (in French) on the 5 the signs of spiritual advancement
  • "Donnez le bon exemple a vos enfants" - booklet (in French) with reflexions, tips and examples on how to be a good model to children
  • "Un Moyen de profiter des Grâces d'une Messe" - booklet (in French) on how to profit from the graces of Mass
  • "Perpetual Light Association" - pamphlet with information about the Perpetual Light and enrollment
  • "Who and what are the Rosicrucians: facts at your fingertips" - booklet with information on the activities of the Rosicrucian Order
  • "La Cérémonie du Baptême" - booklet (in French) for a baptism ceremony
  • "Le sacrement du Pardon" - booklet (in French) on the sacrament of forgiveness
  • "First confession lesson leaflets" - booklet of home series, part 1
  • "First communion lesson leaflets" - booklet of home series, part 2
  • "L'Avenir de la jeune fille: que vais-je faire, rester fille ou me marier?" - booklet (in French) about a girl's future
  • "Le petite clef d'or de la contrition parfaite" - booklet (in French) on attaining salvation
  • "La douceur" - booklet (in French) - booklet (in French) about holiness, charity and peace

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