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[[ A popular item during the war era, which is getting harder and harder to find! During the Civil War, WWI and WWII, soldiers in battle would carry religious items like these in their pockets. Some photos of these religious "pocket shrines" can be found in "Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns 1861-1865," by Charles S. Harris and in the "Civil War Encyclopedia" by Francis Lord. Also, examples can be seen on exhibit in the Gettysburg Visitors Center Civil War Museum Collection.]]
♥ These religious pocket shrines were carried by soldiers during battle for a specific intention and for protection. While holding or rubbing the statue, the Catholic soldiers (fighting on both sides) would recite a little prayer or novena during battle.
The most loved and repeated novena to St. Therese is the "Miraculous Invocation to St. Therese" found on the St. Therese prayer card. It is as follows:
O Glorious St. Therese, whom Almighty God has raised up to aid and inspire the human family, I implore your Miraculous Intercession. You are so powerful in obtaining every need of body and spirit from the Heart of God. Holy Mother Church proclaims you 'Prodigy of Miracles... the Greatest Saint of Modern Times.' Now I fervently beseech you to answer my petition (mention here) and to carry out your promises of spending Heaven doing good on earth...of letting fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses. Little Flower, give me your childlike faith, to see the Face of God in the people and experiences of my life, and to love God with full confidence. St. Therese, my Carmelite Sister, I will fulfill your plea 'to be made known everywhere' and I will continue to lead others to Jesus through you. Amen.
♥ Miniature Statue of St. Thérèse ~ cast in heavy lead. The intricate details of the St. Thérèse figure has been rubbed away from heavy use. She is shown carrying a crucifix and a shower of roses. Embossed at the bottom of the lead statue is the word GERMANY.
♥ Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (2 January 1873 – 30 September 1897), or Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, born Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin, was a French Carmelite nun. She is also known as "The Little Flower of Jesus".
♥ The old bullet case made of brass had tarnished over the years and has rubbed off in certain places because of repeated twisting in opening and closing of case. The word THORENS is embossed on one side of the case. Original, un-cleaned condition with small dings here and there. Portable and pocket-size ~ made to be put in pocket or purse for use as a portable pocket shrine.
♥ A very nice addition to any Religious or sacramental collection. A neat item to add to a Militaria collection or to carry in your pocket during Civil War re-enactments.
♥ Various miniature Pocket Statues have been created over the years. The old and antique miniature statues, especially during the Civil War Era, were made of lead, while the two-part cases were made of brass. Over the years, these tiny statues were manufactured using other materials, such as lightweight plastic, then plated with copper (to give it a metal alloy look and feel), and the more common lightweight aluminum alloy. Several design variations of the cases can be found ~ some cases have opening hinges with windows, and most two-part cases were eventually constructed using tin. More recent statues can be found made out of lightweight silver-colored aluminum or pewter. Gone are the two-part antique brass and vintage tin case(s), which have been replaced with modern plastic.
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