Boston: Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, 1948. Octavo (9 inches tall), stapled in original illustrated wrapper. Staples rusted, modest damp-staining to lower margins, illustrations almost entirely clean. Very good indeed. Item #1365
"CHRIST OFFERS THE BLESSED SACRAMENT OF HIS BODY AND BLOOD TO A HEEDLESS WORLD""
First edition of Allan Crite's modern day Passion of Christ—signed and dated ("Allan Rohan Crite / ARC / 19 September 1951") by the artist below the brief Introduction.
Crite imagines modern day Boston as a Way of the Cross, where Christ's presence in our midst is ignored again and again. With an illustrated front wrapper and six additional drawings, each captioned and paired with verses from the Psalms and the Prophets drawn from the LIturgy of Holy Week. Prefaced with a brief note by the Bishop of Massachusetts: "The proclaiming of the Gospel in contemporary terms is the task of the Christian artist as well as the preacher. Mr. Crite's drawings certainly set forth that Gospel with deep feeling and high technical skill, and I hope this pamphlet will have wide curculation, stirring men's hearts and minds with its message of the sacrificial love of Christ" (Norman B. Nash). Crite's own Introduction: "As long as we pass Christ by unheeding, as long as we fail to put into action in ourselves and in society the full meaning of the drama of redemption, we shall suffer all the unhappiness, strife and maladjustment which plague us today."