The Royal Collection Correspondence Cards. The perfect gift when your goal is to send the best. Our cards and envelopes are made from 100% recycled premium paper - super thick and beautiful card stock. Made in the USA.
Card Dimensions: 4.5 X 6. A Full of Grace USA Original Product.
The Royal Collection includes one of each of these cards:
Flos Campi Card: The Flos Campi image was created in 1943 by Mother Margaret Mary Nealis r.s.c.j (1876- 1957). Called "Flos Campi" Latin for Flower of the Fields, the image depicts the Blessed Mother seated in a beautiful field picking flowers for the Child Jesus as He rests in her lap happily contemplating the beauty of His bouquet.
Ave Maria Card: The Ave Maria image was created in 1917 by Mother Margaret Mary Nealis r.s.c.j (1876- 1957). Called "Ave Maria" Latin for Hail Mary; the image depicts the moment of the Annunciation when the Angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary as referenced in the Book of Luke 1: 26-38
Lilium Regis Card: The Lilium Regis image was created in 1937 by Mother Margaret Mary Nealis r.s.c.j (1876- 1957). Called "Lilium Regis", Latin for Royal Lily; the image depicts the Blessed Mother gazing at a lily (the symbolic flower of purity) as the Child Jesus blesses it with one hand while holding onto His Blessed Mother with the other arm.
Regina Pacis Card: The Regina Pacis image was created in 1912 by Mother Margaret Mary Nealis r.s.c.j (1876- 1957). Called "Regina Pacis" Latin for Queen of Peace, the image depicts the Blessed Mother crowned as the Queen of Peace with her royal scepter in one hand and the Child Jesus grasping the fingers of her other hand as he bestows his divine blessing.
Mother of Beautiful Love Card: The original antique holy card has "Mother of Beautiful Love" inscribed in cursive along the bottom of the card.
See O' See How I Love Thee Card: The black and white image depicts the Christ Child lifting up his Sacred Heart as it forms the shape of the Eucharist with a faint cross in the middle of the host. The simple caption "See, O See How I Love Thee" speaks for itself. A Full of Grace USA Original Product. Image used with permission from: www.thewindowshowsitall.blogspot.com
St. Anne and the Child Mary Card: This card is from a turn-of-the-century, sepia-colored holy card. The image was created by Etienne Azambre (1859-1935). St. Anne lovingly holds the child Mary in her arms while Mary cradles a dove - symbolic of a human soul in search of heaven. A Full of Grace USA Original Product.
Body of Christ Card: This powerful black and white antique holy card lets us watch a child approach the Holy Eucharist in the Tabernacle with two open arms. Jesus, the risen Lord who is truly present in the Eucharist, blesses the child while pointing to the rays of Divine Mercy flowing out of his Sacred Heart through the Blessed Sacrament to the child.
Vita Mundi Card: The Vita Mundi image was created in 1932 by Mother Margaret Mary Nealis r.s.c.j (1876- 1957). Called "Vita Mundi" Latin for Life of the World, the image was originally inspired by a child who came to the back door of the convent. Mother Nealis painted it on the first thing she could lay her hands on, the back cover of an exam notebook.
Stella Matutina Card: The Stella Matutina image was created in 1935 by Mother Margaret Mary Nealis r.s.c.j (1876- 1957). Called "Stella Matutina" Latin for Morning Star; the image depicts the Blessed Mother as a young child in prayer surrounded by Lilies with the lone Morning Star shining brightly in the dawn sky.
Parvulus Pastor Card: The Parvulus Pastor image was created in 1938 by Mother Margaret Mary Nealis r.s.c.j (1876- 1957). Called "Parvulus Pastor" Latin for Tiny Shepherd; the image depicts the Christ Child as a young shepherd, lovingly draping His fragile lamb up in His cloak to protect Him from a cold Canadian snowstorm.
Ubi Caritas Card: The Ubi Caritas image was created in 1947 by Mother Margaret Mary Nealis r.s.c.j (1876- 1957). Called "Ubi Caritas" Latin for Where There is Love; this image depicts the Christ Child studying the globe with his right hand gently resting on North America. This is the only Mother Nealis image to incorporate modern imagery with skyscrapers and aircraft flying in the background.
Our Lady of the Mystical Rose Card: Image is from a turn-of-the-century Holy Card and depicts the Blessed Mother as "The Mystical Rose". The caption on the original holy card is "MYSTICAL ROSE. Thou art all beautiful, O Mary, and without stain."
Carmelite Shield Card: Carmelite Shield - With Zeal image. The bottom of the card features the Latin translation of the ribbon text : "With zeal I have been zealous for the Lord God of Hosts".
Just Like A Hen Card: The image was created in 1950, by Mother Margaret Mary Nealis R.S.C.J. (1876- 1957). Called "Quemadmodum Gallina" latin for Just Like a Hen, the painting shows Christ as a young boy gently handing a baby chick back to the Mother Hen. Mother Nealis did this painting late in her life. She chose to paint a bible verse next to the title, which was highly unusual in her paintings:The back of the card features artist attribution as well as the noted bible verse from the front image:
The Gospel of Matthew 23:37 - The Lament over Jerusalem. "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but you were unwilling!" (verse is printed on the back cover of the card).
La Bruna Card: "La Bruna" - The Earliest Icon of Carmel. The back of the card features the following text:
The icon belongs to, and can be found at, the Carmelites' Basilica Church in Naples, Italy. It bears the title "La Bruna" or "the dark one" because it darkened over the centuries with soot from oil lamps, candles and vigil lights. Painted in the 13th century, it was restored to its original beauty in 1974. The style of the icon expresses the tenderness of the Virgin as she lifts her Child to her cheek. The Greeks named this type of icon "the sweet kiss" icon. The single star with its distinctive tail on the right shoulder of Our Lady make this icon unique. After many miracles were attributed to her intercession, the Carmelites approved the image for use in every chapel of the Order in 1524; hence, "La Bruna" has been intimately associated with the Carmelite Order since that time. This touching image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is frequently imitated in other depictions of Mary, as the Queen and Beauty of Carmel, around the world. Devotion to "La Bruna" is also connected to the Carmelite tradition that dedicates Wednesdays to Mary.