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  • n. A small, mass-produced devotional picture


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  • Holy cards are small, mass-produced, devotional pictures made for the use of the Catholic faithful. They typically depict a religious scene or a saint on a small image that is about the size of a playing card or collectible card. The reverse typically contains a prayer, some of which promise an indulgence for its recitation. The circulation of these cards is an important part of the visual folk culture of Catholics.


    February 4, 2008