Gold-Embellished Holy Cards from Poland
Gorgeous Holy Cards translated into English, with a hidden twist
By Carrie Gress
I have a lot of holy cards. A whole lot of them. I save most in a special box, others get tucked into books, but generally I'm unsure of just what to do with them. There are a select few that are strikingly beautiful, mainly antiques from France and Poland (and will no doubt be in a future post).
Over the last year, I've been a frequent guest on the Mike Church show on The Veritas Radio Network. At some point, Mike and I realized that I live in the same town as his brother, so when he came for a visit, my husband and I met him for dinner. Over steaks and red wine, Mike gifted us with three holy cards. I was immediately taken by their vibrant colors, intricate designs, heavy card stock, and depictions of Our Lady.
Mike and his wife Candace first received these holy cards from a Polish friend and looked into getting them made to sell in the United States. After doing some research, leg work, and finding a bilingual priest translated the prayers and titles into English, they are now available here.
The cards, which are larger than most, feature the miraculous images of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the Queen of Poland, at the shrine in Jasna Gora; Our Lady the Immaculate at the Franciscan Monastery founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe; and Our Lady of Consolation, in the Basilica of the Annunciation, Lezajsk, Poland.
Mike explained to me that the Polish artisans handcraft the plates that print the gold glitter ink onto the cards, adding a fine detail to their striking beauty.
What surprised me the most about these holy cards, however, is that they stand on their own. They have a flap on the backside, which has an easel-effect, so the holy card stays upright.
This little, but brilliant feature, makes it simple to display them on a desk, dresser, or shelf, so they don't end up in boxes or books. They would also be perfect for traveling, for those who want to bring an image of Mary along, but don't have much space.
Two out of the three cards Mike gave us have been "borrowed" by my children and are no where to be found, including Our Lady of Czestochowa, who used to sit next to my computer. I now only have the consoling company of Our Lady of Consolation. Time to wander back to the Founder's Tradin' Post and purchase some more. Gratefully, these golden treasures are sold at a very good price (even better if you buy all three).