A Priceless Missal

At an Estate Sale this past week, I stumbled upon a collection of old Catholic books from the 50s, in excellent condition- A missal, a prayer book and the life of Christ. I’m curious if anyone knows what type of missal this might be. It’s entirely in english and every part of the Mass is included in each Sunday. The copyright is 1955, 1954, with an imprimatur from Samuel Cardinal Stritch, September 1, 1953. If you have the same missal or one similar, please do comment!

A very beautiful find. To imagine someone was holding this same missal at the Holy Mass 70 years ago. The Faith is passed down to all generations, to be faithfullly kept, protected and preserved.

~Damsel of the Faith




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  1. rowelinngmailcom

    Birth: Aug. 17, 1887
    Davidson County
    Tennessee, USA
    Death: May 27, 1958
    Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale
    Lazio, Italy

    Religious Figure. Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. Ninth bishop and fourth archbishop of Chicago. A native of Nashville (Tennesse), he studied first at Saint Gregory’s Preparatory Seminary, in Cincinnati, then went to the Pontifical Urbanian Athenaeum “De Propaganda Fide,” in Rome where he was ordained priest, on May 21, 1909. He did his first pastoral work in the diocese of Nashville, from 1910 to 1916, then was asked to be the bishop of Nashville’s secretary, in 1916 and 1917. From 1917 to 1921, he served as the diocesan chancellor of Nashville. He was made Domestic prelate, on May 10, 1921. This same year, precisely on November 1921, he was consecrated bishop of Toledo (Ohio). He was promoted to the metropolitan see of Milwaukee (Wisconsin), on August 26, 1930. Six years later, he was transferred to the metropolitan see of Chicago (Illinois), on December 27, 1939. Pope Pius XII created him cardinal priest, on February 18, 1946. He was the President of the 9th National Catechetical Congress, in Chicago, on September 14, 1951. On March 1, 1958 he was appointed Pro-Perfect of the Propagation of Faith, thus became the first American member of the Roman Curia, and called to Rome where he passed away. There is a cenotaph for him at the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist in Milwaukee. (bio by: Guy Gagnon)

    Mount Carmel Cemetery
    Cook County
    Illinois, USA
    Plot: Bishops’ Mausoleum
    GPS (lat/lon): 41.86643, -87.90718

    Maintained by: Find A Grave
    Originally Created by: Guy Gagnon
    Record added: Jan 10, 2004
    Find A Grave Memorial# 8256358


  2. rowelinngmailcom

    The Catholic Press, located in Chicago, marketed and sold all three books in a slip set in 1954. Did you get the boxed case that they came in? You could not buy the books individually. The highest quality set came in burgundy leather and a very sturdy binding as they were anticipated to last the life of the owner. No one anticipated Vatican II less than 10 years later! Above, I posted a short bio of Cardinal Samuel Alphonse Stritch. You made a great find! Enjoy!



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