Abrams | ISBN 9781419702273
Paperback – 144 pages
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The popular Holy Cards in a more giftable, affordable paperback edition Holy cards offer comfort, consolation and encouragement to Catholics, who often carry portable images of their favourite saints with them and use them in daily religious rituals. Given as remembrances at wakes and funerals, Communions and confirmations, holy cards are also a widely popular form of folk art. This handsome volume is a richly illustrated survey of this devotional art and a gallery of saints organised thematically along with brief biographies, attributes and powers. Prophets and angels, disciples and evangelists, martyrs and hermits, visionaries and mystics are among the religious figures in Catholicism represented here, in exquisite depictions that are at times dramatic and at times comforting. This book explains the often enigmatic symbolism in these cards in a beautiful package that makes an ideal gift.