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Matched Pair ~ Funeral Card Friday

Margaret (O'Rourke) Gaffaney, funeral card 1931

Margaret (O'Rourke) Gaffaney, funeral card 1931

I’m not sure which saint is depicted in this image, even after trawling through Google images.  Any guesses?

Margaret (O'Rourke) Gaffaney, funeral card 1931

Margaret (O'Rourke) Gaffaney, funeral card 1931

Of your Charity
Pray for the Soul of
Margaret M. Gaffaney
who died 16th November 1931
On whose Soul Sweet Jesus have mercy.
PRAYER
O Gentlest Heart of Jesus ever
present in the Blessed Sacrament
ever consumed with burning love for
poor captive souls in purgatory, have
mercy on the soul of Thy Servant
Margaret. Bring her from the shadows
of exile to the bright home of heaven
where we trust Thou and Thy Blessed
Mother have woven for her a crown
of unfading bliss. Amen.
R.I.P.

Peter Gaffaney, funeral card 1954

Peter Gaffaney, funeral card 1954

Well this was an easy one to identify, especially since there’s a clue on the other side!

The Immaculate Heart of Mary originally The Sacred Heart of Mary is a devotional name used to refer to the interior life of Mary, her joys and sorrows, her virtues and hidden perfections, and, above all, her virginal love for her God, her maternal love for her Son, Jesus, and her compassionate love for all people…

Traditionally, the heart is pierced with seven wounds or swords, in homage to the seven dolors [sorrows] of Mary. Consequently, seven Hail Marys are said daily in honor of the devotion.1

Peter Gaffaney, funeral card 1954

Peter Gaffaney, funeral card 1954

Merciful Jesus
Grant Eternal Rest
to the Soul of
Peter Dominic Gaffaney
Who died at Rangiora
on 6th July, 1954
O Gentlest Heart of Jesus ever
present in the Blessed Sacrament
ever consumed with burning love for
poor captive souls in purgatory, have
mercy on the soul of Thy Servant
PETER. Bring him from the shadows
of exile to the bright home of heaven
where we trust Thou and Thy Blessed
Mother have woven for him a crown
of unfading bliss. Amen.
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Pray for him.

100 Days

Eternal rest grant unto him
O Lord and let perpetual
light shine upon him.

MAY HE REST IN PEACE

- Amen

I love how they both have the same prayer on the back – even though their deaths were almost 23 years apart.

I’m not sure what the “100 days” signifies on Peter’s card – does it mean that seven Hail Marys should be recited daily for 100 days? I might have to ask someone “in the know”.

Funeral Card Friday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

  1. Wikipedia, “Immaculate Heart of Mary”, article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immaculate_Heart_of_Mary accessed: 01 Apr 2011.

On the other side ~ Funeral Card Friday

Back in January I posted a picture of my great great grandmother’s funeral card – it’s one of many in my father’s possession, and I have scans of all of them, but only one side.  So, during my recent trip back to New Zealand, I went and re-scanned them all, front and back.  (Actually, I’m not sure which side is “front” and which is “back”!)

One side:

Margaret Gaffaney, funeral card 1927

Margaret Gaffaney, funeral card 1927

And now the other side:

Margaret Gaffaney, funeral card, 1927

Margaret Gaffaney, funeral card, 1927

MATER DOLOROSA

Holy Mother, pierce me through,
In my heart each wound renew,
of my Saviour crucified.1

According to Wikipedia:

Our Lady of Sorrows (Latin: Beata Maria Virgo Perdolens), the Sorrowful Mother or Mother of Sorrows (Latin: Mater Dolorosa, at times just Dolorosa), and Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows or Our Lady of the Seven Dolours are names by which the Blessed Virgin Mary is referred to in relation to sorrows in her life. As “Mater Dolorosa”, it is also a key subject for Marian art in the Catholic Church.2

  1. Margaret Gaffaney funeral card, Temuka, South Canterbury, New Zealand; digital image; scan from Gaffaney family papers, Feb 2011; original privately held by [NAME AND ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], great grandson of deceased.
  2. Wikipedia, “Our Lady of Sorrows”, article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Sorrows : accessed 18 Mar 2011.