Category: Christian Cards

Understanding Religious Profession

Two monks making vows at their religious profession

Religious Profession – What is it?

First, I’d like to clarify the meaning of the term “religious profession.” It refers to an event, not a job. The reference is to making or “professing” vows as a way of committing to a religious community. This usually occurs in a formal ceremony. It may also include the giving of a new name. Think of it like marriage. The couple professes vows in a public ceremony. Then their family and friends recognize them as in a way being different people. They will celebrate the anniversary of this event as long as they both live.

The Vows

The most common vows for Catholic religious are chastity, poverty, and obedience. However, as Benedictine monks, our explicit vows are a bit different. We profess obedience to the abbot, stability in the community,
and fidelity to the monastic way of life. The way of life includes chastity and personal poverty by implication (and according to our Constitution).

More Definitions

As further clarification, “religious” is used as a noun to refer to someone who has made the religious vows. “Profession” is used in this context as a noun referring to the event. To be explicit one could say “profession of vows.” In most uses, however, “profession” implies the vows just like “marrying” does.

Profession vs. Ordination

Furthermore, religious profession is not the same as ordination. In fact, we consider them two separate yet compatible vocations. Men as well as women profess religious vows. Men who do this are “brothers.” Professed women are “sisters.” If a male religious is also ordained a priest, the usual form of address is “Father” instead. Priests usually have pastoral and sacramental ministries. Brothers and sisters, on the other hand, are devoted to non-sacramental work and prayer. Both are vital to the life of the Church.

Four Meaningful Ways to Write a Note to Dad (Inside Your Christian Card for Father’s Day)

A Special Blessing on Father's Day
A Special Blessing on Father’s Day

Think about it for a moment: When’s the last time you sat down and wrote a nice card or letter to your dad, or someone who’s been like a dad? If it’s been a while, go for it this year. It may seem like a challenge, but you’ll never regret it.

If you’re wondering how to get started on ways to “speak your love” to dad, take heart. Many Christian cards for Father’s Day can help you find the right words to express gratitude, joy, fond memories or just to let dad know he’s special. They can also inspire you to include a handwritten message that speaks to the heart and makes the card that much more meaningful.

Here are Some Idea-generators for Writing Dad That Note This Father’s Day:

What’s one special memory you have with him? It doesn’t have to be a holiday, or anything considered a “big” moment. It can be a simple gesture or experience you had with him that he may not even realize made such an impression on your life. Share it in a few sentences.

Did Dad take part in acts of service that impacted you? Mention it to him inside a card. Sometimes it’s the selfless acts like reaching out to an elderly neighbor or involvement in a church project that you remember so well – and he’ll be so thrilled that you noticed his acts of service.

What’s funny about Dad? All dads are funny in their own way. If he says or does something that always gives you a chuckle, let him know. This is a lighthearted way to express your love and appreciation that’s still very meaningful.

What did you learn from dad? Maybe it was how to mow the yard or change a tire. Maybe it was managing money, a favorite recipe or how to respect your elders. Whatever you learned from dad, take a moment to let him know in a few sentences. He’ll treasure the knowledge he’s passed on to you, even if it seems like something commonplace.

As you consider finding the right Christian cards for Father’s Day, think of buying from a made-in-the-USA source that has a great story of its own: The Printery House. For more than 60 years, The Printery House has created and lettered unique religious greeting card designs and stationary, all from the on-site print shop in the hills of northwest Missouri. All sales are part of the apostolic work of the monks at Conception Abbey, so you’ll know you’re making a difference.

Thinking About Sending That Christian Greeting Card or Note? Go For it, Today

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Thanking God for the Blessing You Are

Thinking about writing a letter to someone? Go for it – it’s National Card and Letter Writing Month (mid-April to mid-May). Several articles explore this topic from a variety of angles, from celebrating motherhood to the historical anniversary of “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Why this tribute to letters?

Letters and cards matter. Sitting down to put a pen to paper and utilizing the U.S. Postal Service is something many of us think about, but just don’t find much time to do in our busy lives. Yet, if you ask someone what some of their prized possessions are, many may say these include treasured cards or letters received.

Move it from your mind to paper. Why not take a few minutes to get that card or letter you’ve been thinking about off your mind and into the hands of a loved one or friend? A Christian greeting card can make that task simple and enjoyable, and there are so many styles in today’s collections. Set aside just an hour and you’d be surprised at how many cards you could actually get ready to send. It’s a feeling that brightens your day for the next several days.

Don’t forget about sending a card or note to missionaries, your clergy or even a non-profit organization that you feel is carrying out their mission well. It’s also rewarding to step outside your comfort zone and send a card to someone you’ve heard about who is in need of encouragement, even if you’ve never talked face to face.

There’s another reason cards and letters are so special – they are like sending a little bit of yourself to someone else. Your thoughts, your handwriting and even the choice of Christian greeting card you send all add up to sharing a piece of you with someone else.

Don’t worry about knowing exactly what to say; you can let the card’s verse or image help convey that message for you. Sometimes it’s just enough to say “thinking of you” or “I’m here for you.” In today’s digital world, even this kind of simple message holds weight.

Let your children or grandchildren see you writing a note or invite them to send their own. They can learn a new way to deepen relationships or serve someone by watching you carry out this basic act. They’re not likely to forget it when you let them help with the process.

You can make it a social time, too, by inviting friends over with their own stationary or hosting a group at your local church or community center. Maybe sending a card or letter is a ritual you can carry out as a group on a monthly basis, adopting a new group or cause to reach out to each month.

Regardless of the artwork you choose, or the message you send, now’s the time to act on that letter that’s been forming in your mind. You’ll be so glad you did – and so will the recipient. Find unique and beautiful designs online at The Printery House, where each card is designed and lettered by the monks and artists who work here. Each card you send helps support our work, and that makes the message even more special. View new designs today at

Send Christian Greeting Cards to Match Your Favorite Christian Songs

Christian Cards 2If you find yourself humming along – or singing out loud – to popular Christian music, you’re not alone. It’s a fast-growing category on radio and on downloadable music, with more stores and businesses playing it as well. For many, there’s just something uplifting and encouraging about so many contemporary Christian songs, in comparison to many types of other music.

This month, think about passing on some of that encouragement to a friend or family member with Christian greeting cards that echo that same uplifting sentiment. Like popular Christian music, today’s religious greeting cards are bright, bold and inspiring – especially when they’ve got a story, like those made by the monks and artists at The Printery House at Conception Abbey.

Here are some examples of the beautiful and unique cards that can align with messages from your favorite sing-along Christian songs:

1. “This is Amazing Grace,” by Phil Wickham. This song is one of the top on the Christian billboard charts for its message, including “This is amazing grace, this is unfailing love, that you would take my place.” If you have a friend who needs reminded of God’s Grace, try a card from the encouragement and prayer section of The Printery House’s online catalog. Some have bold photos and bright watercolor designs that are sure to encourage the recipient to stop and think about how His love surrounds us.

2. Send a card that reflects the popular Big Daddy Weave song “The Only Name (Yours Will Be)” when you want to congratulate someone on a job well done when it comes to a faith milestone. Try a card that is bold in its faith statement, acknowledging that they’ve made a firm decision and you’re proud of them. You might also send a card to honor a priest’s service or even a dedicated Sunday School teacher.

3. Don’t forget to send a card when someone you care about is going through a tough time, and you just need them to know it’s OK to feel sad, worried or unclear. Remind them that God can handle it if they’ll talk to Him in prayer. One song that reflects this feeling is captured in the popular song by The Afters, “Broken Hallelujah.” A card that may help someone know you’re there for them might be the unique bird on a tree card from The Printery House that says “sometimes all we can do is pray..”

As you think about the type of Christian greeting cards that would make a difference as you share your faith, don’t forget to include an occasional gift or trinket to serve as a reminder. Several wall crosses are available from online Christian stores, including new designs with contemporary looks that seem to shout out the message of God’s peace and mercy.

Today, browse The Printery House online for great religious cards and gifts that put you in the mood to hum your favorite song.