Monthly Archives: October 2018

Madonna and Child Portrayed in Art

The Madonna and Child has been a popular subject of art since the Renaissance. The portrayals of Mary with her infant Son were objects of devotion. To learn more, see this article on Madonna and Child artwork from the National Gallery of Art:

In Depth: Madonna and Child

Not surprisingly, every year depictions of the Madonna and Child are among the most popular of our Christmas cards.

Madonna and Child Christmas Card
Madonna and Child of the Trees by Irina Lombardo

However, we also get one or two notes or calls each year from people who are offended by the depiction of the infant Jesus in the nude. If this style of art shocks or offends you, please choose from one of our other designs. But know that this way of depicting our Lord has a long history, and is not meant in any way to offend. It comes from a less sexualized culture which viewed children as innocent and pure. In particular, the portrayal of Christ nude emphasizes his true humanity.

Furthermore, the addition of a halo or nimbus around Christ’s head (not present in all depictions) indicates his divinity. Often, when Christ appears in art with other saints, his nimbus incorporates a cross while the others do not. This distinguishes divinity from human sanctity.

Many depictions of Mary and Jesus focus on their humility and humanity. This kind of imagery makes them more accessible. Take this American piece, for example:

Christmas Card with a tender portrayal of the Holy Family

Religious Christmas art makes people feel connected with God. They can relate to images of a mother and child. Some prefer more traditional images that emphasize the sacred. Others prefer more human, “homey” images. Some like paintings, while others like mosaics. Some like icons or stained glass-style images. Whatever your taste in art, The Printery House has a religious Christmas card for you!

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Advent Devotional Readings

Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. We are full of hopeful expectations as we prepare for the birth of our Savior and the promise of the new year. 

In this time, we can really prepare by reflecting on our deep need for Jesus through Advent devotional booklets. These booklets let us bring focus each day to the things that truly matter in our lives and help us to prepare ourselves to receive God’s gift of Jesus. These booklets are not only great gifts for others but could be one of the best gifts to give ourselves. 

Below are a few of our Advent booklets available this season. Click the link to learn more. http://bit.ly/2ysDRSo 

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Spreading the Message

The position of The Printery House General Manager has proven to be a bigger task than I had ever anticipated.  Now in my third year of being the General Manager of the press I would like to share with you one of the great things that I have learned.

Throughout our lives we receive several invitations, whether it be to a wedding, a dinner party, or to share a prayer with a family member or loved one.  In seminary, we were taught that the people who come to church every day are not the people of God that we needed to worry about.  We as future priests needed to be more attentive to the people who only come to church at Christmas and Easter, or even more important than those people who live within our parish boundaries that we never see. At the time it sparked a couple of questions.  How does one reach out to the people of God who only come to church once or twice a year?  How do I reach out to the people whom I never see? 

In October 2016 I was in the press room talking with our Press Manager/Operator while she was printing an order for 4,600 Christmas cards.  As the cards were coming off the press, I looked at the card and was blown away by the innovative way this pastor was reaching out.  The card itself was one of our Christmas cards.  As you would open the card up on the left-hand side, he had printed the church services for the Christmas Season.  On the right-hand side of the card was our message, but underneath that the pastor wrote his own note.  “Wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas Season with the Peace and Joy of the New Year to come!” and then he signed his name. 

I found out that there are several pastors that have cards printed in this way, which is a creative way of reaching out to everyone within the parish. We can now help out these pastors even more with our new mailing program. Given the mailing addresses, we can print, stuff and mail all your Christmas cards for you hassle free. This could be a great way for your own parish to reach out to people, and a unique way to invite people to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.

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