A painting by the French artist Étienne Azambre is reproduced on the front of this card. The image shows a scene from the Rite of Ordination called the "Laying-on of Hands." In this part of the ceremony the bishop ordaining the priest silently places his hands upon the candidate and confers upon him the power of the priesthood. In this image of the rite, two altar servers flank the bishop, and a group of onlookers is visible in the background. No publisher is listed on this card; however, Étienne Azambre (1859-1935) produced hundreds of images for the Maison Bouasse-Lebel in Paris. The back of the card has an inscription commemorating the ordination and first mass of Father James Cotter in June, 1924.
Thou art a priest forever (front) 'O Mary, my mother, bless me in the service of Thy Divine Son.' In Remembrance of my Ordination and First Mass June 8 and 18, 1924 James E. Cotter. Prayer for a Priest. O Jesus! Eternal Priest, keep Thy servant, James, within the shelter of Thy Sacred Heart, where none may harm him. Keep unstained his anointed hands which daily touch Thy Sacred Body. Keep unsullied the lips purpled with Thy Precious Blood. Keep pure and unearthly a heart sealed with the sublime marks of Thy glorious Priesthood. Bless his labors with abundant fruit, and may they, to whom he has ministered be, here below, his joy and consolation, and in heaven, his everlasting crown. Amen. (back)
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