Paris (France), Dayton (Ohio)
A stalk of lilies is surrounded by branches of thorns. Above the lilies are nine stars. The front of the card has a silver and black border. The back of the card has an inscription memorializing Father William M. Carey, a Dayton priest who passed away on March 23, 1881. The back includes a prayer for his soul. The card was printed by the French publisher L. Dopter; the back inscription was likely added by a local printer in Dayton, Ohio.
The sorrows of this life purify our hearts and elevate our souls to God and are an assurance of eternal happiness. (front) Jesus, mercy! Mary, help! 'We have loved him in life; let us not forget him in death.' For the love of Jesus and Mary Pray for the repose of the soul of Rev. Wm. M. Carey, Dayton, Ohio, who departed this life On the 23d day of March, 1881. Age 42 years. Prayer. O gentlest heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on the soul of Thy servant Father Carey, bring him from the shadows of exile to his bright home in Heaven, where, with the Angels and Saints, he may praise Thee and Thy Blessed Mother for endless ages of ages. Amen. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on him. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for him. R.I.P. Eternal rest give him, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine on him. May he rest in peace. Amen. (back)
U.S. Catholic Special Collection
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