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Holy Cards: Feed the Need to Inspire and Give Hope

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Holy Spirit Stained Glass

While many of us have gathered around a rack of cards that sing popular songs and other noises, sometimes a card that’s artistic, personal and faith-filled is what the moment calls for. Holy Cards fit the need. They’re small (think vintage Valentines), beautifully created and full of faith with prayers to be treasured. Send some this summer, and you’ll be sending something that’s actually part of a centuries-old tradition.

As early as the 15th century, Catholics were sharing Holy Cards with one another, circulating artistic paintings of their icons of faith while also creating what many consider a very valuable piece of cultural history. Sometimes flowers or keepsake items were attached to them, and they were even sent to children. Today, many Holy Cards show an image of a Saint and also offer a prayer that can be recited.
You can you use Holy Cards to inspire and send a message of hope and here are just a few ways you can do that:

A Baby’s Baptism

Send a beautiful Holy Card for a baby’s baptism, and you’ll know that the family will likely press it alongside other keepsakes into a baby’s album of this wonderful day.

For a Memorial

A Holy Card is often used to send a treasured prayer to honor a loved one or a friend’s passing, and these remain a meaningful part of the memorial process for many Catholics today.

For Confirmations

Celebrate and honor a confirmation with a beautifully-created Holy Card, sure to be tucked away into a memory box. Many feature delicate renditions of the Saints.

For a Religious Anniversary

Holy Cards are perfect for thanking and commemorating a person’s service anniversary to the church or their entrance into a faith profession. They’re small enough to place in a frame near a work desk, for example, serving as a constant inspiration.

For Artistic Works at Home That Share Your Faith

Decorating with Holy Cards can be a fresh new way to use these historic pieces. Place several in a windowed frame for an eye-catching collage. Create a “wallpaper” border of the Saints with several Holy Cards placed together in a continuous stream of faith. Press them into clear-coat for a beautiful table top.

As you look for new ways to send something you believe in, look for unique Holy Cards created by the monks and artists at The Printery House. Your purchase helps support the centuries-old tradition of Holy Cards, and supports our work of Conception Abbey – a monastery nestled in the rolling hills of northwest Missouri.

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Catholic Gift Stores Provide Unique Wedding Gifts

blesshomeWhen you believe in a couple and you believe in their union, the gift is more than just a quick stop at a big-chain store.

The customs associated with modern weddings have certainly undergone some changes, but what never changes is the joyful wishes guests want to convey to the happy couple.  If the couple is Catholic, then Catholic gift stores could provide you with the kind of unique wedding gifts that express those joyful wishes loud and clear.

For many years brides and grooms have used bridal registries to help guests select an appropriate wedding gift. It can be helpful to remember that registries are simply gift suggestions. Wedding experts now say that the trend is moving away from gift registries. Couples are marrying later, and often already have many of the basic necessities needed to establish a ‘house’.

But even if the bride and groom are very young and setting up house for the very first time, sometimes it can feel a bit impersonal to purchase a gift from a list of suggestions. More and more often wedding attendees are choosing to give gifts with an individual stamp. And when the new couple is Catholic, gifts that reflect and support their faith are coming into vogue.

Rather than the conventional electric mixer or knife block, young Catholic couples may be happy to receive gifts that they can use to solidify their grounding as a union of faith. A new family Bible, for example, may not make it on any gift registry, but is a gift that provides blessing each day for years to come. Catholic gift stores offer wedding edition Bibles, study Bibles and even gift-appropriate illuminated Bibles.

While young couples often think about having enough bath towels for company or enough coasters for dinner guests, they may not think about how Christian art can contribute to the faith-filled environment they want their home to be. Wedding guests don’t need to buy major art pieces, but wall crosses or small, framed Bible verses can help cover blank walls in the home with the promise of God’s favor.

Finally, for years it was customary to give newlyweds gifts that only saw occasional use. China and silver patterns were chosen by the couple with great care, even though those items were put to use one or two times a year at best. Why not give them a crèche instead? Brides and grooms may little think in June how welcome Christmas decorations will be in December, but when the holidays roll around they will be excited to actually be prepared. Advent candles and Lenten supplies are other ways to help new couples establish a joint life of faith.

Catholic gift stores offer all sorts of personal gift options that are off the beaten path. Online stores like The Printery House make it easy to shop for unique weddin presents. Remember that it is still customary to send gifts to the bride’s (or new couple’s) address two weeks before the big day, so don’t wait too long before getting your summer wedding gifts.

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Church Cards Encourage You in the Everyday Moments of Life

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Thanks My Friend For All You Do

When the pressures of life are pressing in on you, the kind words of a friend can feel like a valve that de-stresses your day. The wisest man who ever lived said that the right words spoken at the right time are like apples of gold in settings of silver – valuable and lovely. Sometimes we have the chance to speak kind words that give courage face to face, but other times we want to say something, but lack the opportunity. For people of faith, church cards provide a terrific way to interrupt someone’s day with important words during everyday moments in life.

Church cards sent on birthdays, wedding anniversaries and baptisms are great. There are all kinds of cheerful occasions when a religious greeting card is appropriate. But those days are far from the only moments in life when a fit word can cheer the heart. There are all kinds of significant times in life when a faith-filled card could do the trick.

When was the last time, for example, that you sent a card to thank your pastor or priest? These leaders wear the mantle of spiritual responsibility 24/7 and that is no light task in today’s world.  Although they’ve been given the privilege of leadership, they are made of the very same stuff as the rest of us which means that at times, they feel discouraged.  A card which thanks them for their work, which prays for their fruitfulness in service or which reminds them that it was God Himself who called them and will therefore continue equipping them may be the very thing that is needed to reinvigorate them.

Missionaries live and work out of sight, but they don’t need to be out of mind. These faithful servants have the very same struggles with marriages, kids, and ministry as anyone on top of living in another culture. An encouragement card that reminds them that they are thought of and prayed for could arrive on the very day that a pressure valve is needed.

Church cards commemorate ordinations and ordination anniversaries. There are cards with scriptures to send in honor of retirement as well as ones which make note of the joys and challenges associated with a job transfer. After all, even moving into a new home is a mixed bag of pleasure and pressure. There are church cards just for that day too.

Life was not meant to be walked through alone, because there are spots in the road where everyone needs an encouraging word or a helping hand. Faith-based cards work for all those times when getting together face to face doesn’t seem to happen.

All of life is a gift, so every day is special, yet some days just feel weightier. Sending a church card at such a time is a great way to breathe strength and courage into someone. If you are looking for cards to acknowledge ordinations, ministry service, job change or moving, why not check out the selection of church cards at The Printery House? Your card will be as valuable and precious as golden apples on a silver platter.

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