The custom of distributing Catholic prayer cards, also called holy cards, or sometimes mass cards, is a centuries old tradition of the Catholic Church. The oldest surviving Catholic prayer card is St. Christopher and dates back to 1423. Holy cards bear a religious image with a favorite verse or prayer and are used to commemorate special moments such as First Communion, Confirmation or even a family reunion. Prayer cards are commonly distributed at funerals with a favorite prayer, the name and dates of the deceased and serve as a reminder to pray for the dead. These holy cards have an unlimited amount of use and may be creatively imprinted as long term keepsakes. Prayer cards are great gift ideas for religious education classes, greeting card accents and much more. Personalize a prayer card to make a thoughtful gift for a loved one on any occasion.
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