A gelatin silver print of a saint wearing robes carries the Baby Jesus in his arms; a tree is visible in the background. The saint is not named anywhere on the card, but is probably Saint Anthony of Padua, who is traditionally depicted holding the Baby Jesus in artwork. The back of the card has an inscription commemorating the ordination and first solemn mass of Father George Knippen in April of 1934. There also appears on the back a verse of unknown origin above the inscription, and a passage from Edgar Allen Poe's poem 'Catholic Hymn' below the inscription. Created by N.G. Basevi.
To Thee, O Jesus, to Thy blessed charge, I recommend my parents, relatives, and friends, and all those, living or dead, who have helped me to Thy Holy Altar.' A Remembrance of my Ordination to the Holy Priesthood April 7th, 1934 and of my First Solemn Mass April 8th, 1934 George A. Knippen 'At morn, at noon, at twilight dim, Maria, thou hast heard my hymn; In joy and woe, in good and ill, Mother of God, be with me still.' (back)
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