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What Can a Wedding Cross Say to a Couple About Faith? Plenty

Wedding Wall Cross

Wedding Wall Cross

A study recently published from the University of Texas explores how faith plays a part in marriage, and comes with some surprising findings.

Three authors looked closely at rates of divorce across couples who associated with either Catholicism or Christianity, in addition to another study that looked at how regional perspectives on marriage may impact a couple’s wellbeing in conservative versus more liberal states. They concluded that factors like higher levels of cohabitating (based on decisions to forgo marriage) had a higher impact in more liberal states and could impact the actual divorce rates, even to the level of making liberal states appear to have lower divorce rates than conservative states.

A related study shows strikingly different results. Published from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, the study says that married men and women who had regular attendance at church as one of their activities were 34 percent less likely to experience divorce than those couples who didn’t attend church. For Catholic married couples, the results were much higher – 76 percent were concluded “less likely to divorce” as compared to other couples.

Even more, researchers concluded that actually attending church together seemed to make a bigger difference toward lowering divorce rates than did a couple merely having a religious “affiliation”.  For younger couples, the study suggested that if they are “on the fence” about religion, it may become an area of trouble in the marriage because they don’t receive the support and positive outcomes of having a stronger church community – yet they are still influenced by religious ideas. Other couples cited said that church members’ support helped them manage tough times on many levels and may have also helped save them from divorce. (A great reminder of how faith-filled gifts, like a wedding cross or a devotional, can have a genuine impact as a couple journeys through their lives together).

If you’re thinking of attending a wedding or sharing a gift with a special couple, consider a handwritten note of advice that lets them know you’re there for them and on their side as they go through the ups and downs of marriage. You may also consider a wedding cross as a gift because it can serve of a lasting reminder that sharing the same love for Christ and the support of a church congregation can be a wonderful source of inspiration, peace and comfort. Find unique wedding crosses and beautiful hand-designed cards at The Printery House, where cards have been printed on-site for more than 60 years.

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Wooden Cross: Humble But so Powerful … Take a Second Look

Olivewood Comfort Cross

Olivewood Comfort Cross

What’s so special about a wooden cross?

Everything. Especially when it carries symbolic meaning and comes from a holy place of origin.

There’s a thousand ways to share your faith or be encouraged, but the basic wooden cross holds its value year after year, generation after generation. Across denominations and status, the cross will always be common ground; it remains the great equalizer of our faith in the redemption offered to all by Jesus Christ.

If you have a wooden cross in your home, or one you hold in your hand, you’re likely reminded by its powerful message to pray often – but there are several ways to enjoy and share this ancient item:

1. Give a wooden cross as a birthday, graduation or encouragement gift. Keep a selection on hand in your gift drawer, because a cross makes a unique and meaningful gift for so many situations of life.
2. Use one as decorative art in your living area or even your kitchen to show all who enter that Jesus lives in your home.
3. Utilize a cross in your garden or landscaping. This creates a beautiful space to meditate and pray.
4. Have a small cross to carry in your pocket or to have in your hand for your prayer or devotions.
5. Wear a miniature version as jewelry.

One of the most popular wooden crosses is the Comfort Cross offered by The Printery House. This special item is made of olive wood from the Holy Land, crafted from pruned branches of olive trees from the hill country around Bethlehem and Jerusalem. It even comes gift-ready with special packaging.

You may also want to consider painting, building or decorating a wooden cross all your own. It’s not difficult to find small limbs or wood from a favorite tree, then fashion your own cross design. The main point is to remember the love, sacrifice, forgiveness, mercy and hope the cross will always represent.

Find great wooden cross designs and religious greeting cards online at The Printery House, where the monks and artists have been making cards on-site in their own print shop for more than 60 years.

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Wooden Crosses as the Center of Your Easter Table Decorations

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Pewter and Olive Wood Crucifix

As the Easter holiday fast approaches, you are probably facing church events, group events or at least the prospect of a family gathering to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. Any one of these is an occasion in which you may be called upon to come up with an appropriate table decoration or centerpiece.

While plastic eggs and chocolate bunnies make for a fun part of the celebration, you probably don’t want to make them the focus of your table display. On the other hand, you don’t have to rack your brain or empty your pocketbook in order to create a tasteful anchor for the holiday table either. Keeping it simple and keeping it intentional is all that is required.

Of course a huge part of our Easter celebration is remembrance of the cross. The suffering of Christ is an integral part of the joyful chorus on Easter Sunday. One way to keep the cross of Christ central to your Easter celebration is to incorporate wooden crosses into your display.

Wooden crosses can be stood upright in florist foam covered with decorative moss
to resemble Golgotha. Often a large center cross is flanked by two smaller crosses. The cross of Jesus is sometimes draped with purple cloth to represent the grave clothes Jesus left behind when he arose from the grave. Then, set the three mounds and crosses in a large serving tray. This simple tableau tells the Easter story and keeps the focus on our Lord.

Wooden crosses can also be made from rough twigs you might find in your yard. Bind the twigs with jute or twine to create the rough-hewn appearance of a cross made by men. You can make crosses large enough to sit at the center of the table, or you may make smaller wooden crosses to be placed at each table setting. Writing place cards beside each cross with the words Jesus died and rose again for and then the person’s name can be meaningful.

Another way to highlight the cross in your table display is to use sprigs of blossoming dogwood along with a story of the Legend of the Dogwood. The legend is not a biblical truth, but it is another way to keep the cross as your focal point. In case you are not familiar with the story, it is said that the blossoms, which appear around Easter time, are in the shape of a cross with a red nail print marking each petal and a crown of thorns in the center.

Since the Resurrection is the promise of new life in Christ, it is also appropriate to create centerpieces that reflect this truth. Bird nests with eggs placed atop candlesticks or spring florals potted into colored egg shells can be symbols of our new life in Jesus.

You can use your imagination to think of other ways to make your table both lovely and faith-filled. If you are looking for Easter decorations for your table or other Easter holiday supplies, check out The Printery House. We have a large selection of beautiful items that can help you to share your faith at Easter and every day.

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