The Devotional Literature Collection consists of some 300 volumes of works of Catholic devotion intended primarily for the use of lay people. Some were designed for the use of the faithful during Mass; these include prayers often with a Eucharistic theme which could be recited while the priest said Mass in Latin. Others were for private use at home; these include numerous novenas and other prayers especially to the saints. The majority of items in the collection were published between 1850 and 1950. The collection includes manuals for a number of sodalities, confraternities, and other pious societies, as well as works for parish missions.
This manual of prayers and meditations was printed in 1888 for the Arch-Confraternity of the Servants of the Holy Ghost- an association founded in London in 1877 and approved by Pope Leo XIII the following year.
The original Key of Heaven prayerbook has been attributed to St. Alphonsus Liguori. There have been numerous versions since and it is still published in many languages. This Italian edition dates from 1944.
The Forty Hours devotion originated with the veneration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Sepulchre from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday. These beautiful pages are from the Catholic Family Book of Novenas, printed in 1956.