Images of Sanctity: Holy Cards of the Catholic Church, 1800 to the Present

Free and open to the public.

Images of SanctityPocket-sized images of religious figures, known as Holy Cards, first appeared in the 1500s. These cards allowed everyday people to bring saints and other religious figures into their day-to-day lives. They help the faithful develop devotions to particular saints, and, due to their popularity, a large industry sprang up for the printing and distribution of the cards. Although the style of Holy Cards has changed throughout the years, their purpose—devotional reminder—has not. This exhibit traces the history of Holy Cards and displays their remarkable variety and enduring spiritual value.

This exhibit is on loan from the Archives of the Archdiocese of New York. The American Catholic Historical Society extends its gratitude to them for their generosity in sharing the materials with us.

Images of Sanctity will be on view throughout the 2017-2018 year during all regularly scheduled ACHS events at the Society’s house. Don’t miss your chance to see it!

American Catholic Historical Society
263 South Fourth Street | Philadelphia, PA 19106

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