Except for a few northernmost regions, the countryside is bending toward spring. Girls may look for hats, purses or a new hair-bow. Boys usually get a new pair of pants or a collared shirt. Everyone looks spiffed up and at their best on Easter morning. But Christian moms and dads know that the most important preparations affect the heart of their child.
With that in mind, here are some great Easter ideas for kids that teach kids the heart of Easter: Continue reading →
Although there have been a few recent winter storms, it really is nearly time for Jack Frost to pack it up for another year. Spring is just around the corner. Jonquils will start peeping through the soil about the same time that migrating birds return and grass begins to green. With its resurgence of warmth and life, springtime is the ideal time for significant spiritual occasions too. Baptisms traditionally take place on Easter, but spring is also a time for confirmations and rites of Christian initiation ceremonies.
Do you know where your Easter cards came from, or if they have a story? Taking the time to send a message of hope and faith with a religious greeting card is a special act. You can make it even more meaningful this year by sending a unique card that has a story all its own.
One example are the cards made on-site at The Printery House, a printing ministry of the Benedictine monks of Conception Abbey. Nestled among the hills and trees of northern Missouri, Conception Abbey is home to just under 50 monks devoted to prayer and ministry. The Abbey has been in existence since 1881 and has been involved with printing since the 1930s.
At The Printery House, religious greeting cards are designed by individual artists, some of whom are the monks themselves. The artwork for each card is chosen by the monks of Conception Abbey for its quality as well as its ability to convey truth and faith. Everything is created by hand at The Printery House, from the art design and layout, to painting and lettering, before going to their in-house printing press. That kind of attention explains why more than 5 million religious greeting cards are sold by The Printery House every year. Proceeds from card sales are used to support the Abbey and Conception Seminary College. Continue reading →