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Patron Saints: A Feast of Holy Cardsby Barbara Calamari
Synopses & Reviews
This wonderful new compilation of devotional art, brought to you by the authors of "Holy Cards," combines the collectible, portable charm of holy cards with the humanistic appeal of saints. From the thousands of Catholic saints, authors Barbara Calamari and Sandra DiPasqua have chosen more than 120 beatified figures, all beautifully portrayed on antique holy cards. The book is organized into five sections, with representations of patrons of nations, occupations, health, states of life, and nature, so that readers can find a saint with personal relevance. Each rare holy card is accompanied by a brief text explaining the connections, both allegorical and visual, between the saint and the patronage. Many Catholics have a favorite saint who guides, comforts, or inspires, making this book a perfect and personal gift for Christmas or communion, but even casual readers will be intrigued by the storiespowerful, fantastic, and often harrowingof these holy people.
Book News Annotation:
This collection of holy cards, which Roman Catholics use to inspire prayer (or even just to collect and trade) includes beauties from the Victorian age along with more modern renditions. Here we find patron saints for both brides and abandoned people, grandfathers, amputees, Algerians and Italians, those with AIDS and those who care for them, the blind, the lame, and those with cows. The photography is superb and the captions are sincere, giving Catholics and non-Catholics alike a comfortable idea that perhaps they will not face strife, skating or working as an obstetrician alone. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Based on a collection of vintage holy cards, this set of notecards offers the perfect saint to send for every occasion. Send your best wishes with St. Casilda (invoked for luck), St. Vitus (invoked for laughter), and St. Teresa of andAacute;vila (invoked for healing). For Motherandrsquo;s Day there is St. Monica (Patron Saint of Mothers) and for graduations there is St. Thomas Aquinas (Patron Saint of Students). The gorgeous foil-stamped box includes 20 envelopes and 20 cards, each featuring a different saint.
About the Author
Barbara Calamari is a freelance writer who has worked in both ?lm and television.Sandra DiPasqua is a graphic designer and art director. Patron Saints is their third book for Abrams, following the very successful Holy Cards and Visions of Mary. Both authors live in New York City.
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