Art Deco Glass Holy Water Bottle & Memorial Zpn Polish Ribbon Death Relic Set
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Art Deco Glass Holy Water Bottle & Memorial Zpn Polish Ribbon Death Relic Set:
You're offerding on a set of religious relics from an estate sale in NJ. I found them in a room that was not used for what appeared to be decades. The 2 pieces were wrapped up in tissue paper and placed in the back of a dresser drawer. When I asked the family member about them she said she knew the memorial ribbon was her father-in-laws. She got upset when I asked about the holy water bottle stating it was a personal matter. She did say that it was not used for "last rights" as the family was Catholic. Very strange, but that is what she stated. Below is the 2 item description:
- A beautiful Art Deco 1930s Glass Holy Water Bottle manufactured by the Knox Glass Bottle Company in Knox, PA. Has a Deco period "skyscraper" shape to the bottle and simple Art Deco period Crucifix on front of font with a hint of Nouveau influence on the outer line. Measures 4" tall, 2.75" wide, by 1.25" front to back.
- Vintage Polish National Alliance Ribbon ZNP from Bayonne, NEW JERSEY group #1455. Has the black memorial side and USA red, white and blue on the reverse. The bottom is strung with gold threading. It's dated 1912.
Holy water is water that has been blessed by a member of the clergy or a religious figure. The use for cleansing prior to a baptism and spiritual cleansing is common in several religions, from Christianity. The use of holy water as a sacramental for protection against evil is common among Roman Catholics.
In Holy Water and Its Significance for Catholics Henry Theiler states that in addition to being a strong force in repelling evil, holy water has the twofold benefit of providing grace for both body and soul. The new Rituale Romanum excludes the exorcism prayer on the water. Exorcized salt used to be added to the holy Water as well. Priests can now use the older form if they wish according to Summorum Pontificum, an apostolic letter by Pope Benedict XVI.