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Brown leather burse and sheet of prayers used by US Army chaplain

Object | Accession Number: 2010.463.4 a-b

Satin lined leather burse, or case, used to carry ceremonial items used for Mass by Father Edward Henry, a chaplain in the United States Army in Europe during World War II. A sheet with prayers and the Rite of Eucharistic Devotion from 1964 was later stored in the burse. As a Catholic priest, Father Henry carried a portable Mass kit to administer last rites, to offer communion, and to perform mass for the troops. His unit took part in the liberation of Paris on August 25, 1944. He was one of the first American priests to hold mass in the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris after liberation.

use:  1944-1945
publication/distribution:  1964
use: Paris (France)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Edward Henry
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:25:14
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