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Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

Only a few miles from the Printery House is the site of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration at Clyde, Missouri. If you live near the area, it’s worth a trip to see their incredibly beautiful adoration chapel, as well as their chapel of religious relics. Just be sure to phone ahead to make sure they are not closed to the public on that day, due to a change in their schedule.

It was after WWI (1920-1927) the Sisters ran the Caritas Project that enabled them to send financial aid to seminaries, religious communities, and cities in Europe. These monies were from the Sisters own benefactors and supporters, as well as the readers of their magazine. As a way to show gratitude, the Europeans who had been helped sent many relics (close to 600). Some came from private donors but the majority came from the Caritas Project. These relics are now on display in the relic chapel.

Another interesting fact about the Sisters is that they make scented handmade soaps, which are infused with a bit of holy water and prayers for God’s blessings on whoever uses it. The Sisters make the soap from natural ingredients, such as shea, cocoa butters, olive, coconut, and almond oils. Available in 44 exclusive scents, “Morning Dew”—reminiscent of the clean, fresh scent of morning in the verdant hills of Ireland—would make a perfect St. Patrick’s Day gift. Abbey Scented Soaps can be ordered from the Printery House website, their catalog, or directly from the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

A Christian Gift Store With the Monks’ Touch – Meet the Printery House

Christian Gift StoresIf you’re looking for a Christian gift store where the cards and products have genuine meaning, and a real story behind them, meet the monks at The Printery House.

The Printery House is an apostolic work of the monks and employees of Conception Abbey, a Benedictine monastery situated in the rolling farmlands of northwest Missouri. Their mission is to proclaim the Gospel and share the Christian faith through the creation and distribution of printed products and contemporary religious art.

In choosing a Christian card or gift from The Printery House, you share in the apostolic labors of the monks of Conception Abbey. Since 1873, the Benedictine monks of Conception Abbey have been committed to a life of prayer and work. Five times each day they come together for the Liturgy of the Hours, the public prayers of the church. At midday they gather to celebrate the Eucharist. The rest of the day is devoted to works in service to the church.

Prayer and work is the mission of the Printery House; the beautiful cards and gifts offered by this online Christian gift store are just one demonstration of this mission. In fact, the artists and monks who share their gifts there have been creating hand-lettered and hand-drawn designs for 60 years. Their products have shipped all over the nation and the world, and cards are all printed on-site – coming from one of the few “made in the USA” Christian gift stores. Together they publish Christian greeting cards, stationery, prayer cards, icons, and other items related to faith.

Some designs are created by monks; others are created by freelance artists. The quality of the art is very important to the continued success of the Printery House, not only by helping retain customer interest through new products, but also by helping spread the Good News of God’s love through the printed word and quality Christian art. The monks also operate and staff Conception Seminary College, where young men come to prepare for priestly service in the Catholic Church.

Sending a Holy card, prayer card or note of encouragement from The Printery House is more than just a card; it’s a message to a friend or loved one that you are sending something you truly believe in. You are also invited to experience the spiritual beauty of the renewed Basilica at Conception Abbey and to visit the AbbeyGuestCenter.


Wooden Crosses to Make Your Home Beautiful

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Pewter and Olive Wood

The popularity of Pinterest, the Home and Garden Network and the waterfall of design magazines at nearly every check-out counter seems to indicate that we enjoy decorating our home living spaces. Since the first caveman (perhaps a woman) painted on the walls of the cave, we have been adorning our homes with artwork that says something about who we are and where we’ve been.

This seems pretty natural. Your home is your space. It should mirror things that are important to you. For example, a family we know spent many years in Latin America where silver and pewter are popular. Since they are also believing Christians they enjoyed giving and collecting the ornate metal crosses they discovered there. Now that they live back in the United States, those silver crosses are a reminder of some very precious years, but they are also a mute testimony to others that the Cross of Jesus plays a significant role in their lives.

Here in the United States wood is a popular material for crosses. In the same way that the silver crosses are a beautiful expression of faith, wooden crosses can achieve quite the same effect. They are attractive in themselves and what they declare about your values is equally appealing.

There are many ways to use wooden crosses to make your home beautiful. If you have a stairwell, this is always an interesting place to arrange a montage of any artwork. A collection of wooden crosses of varying size could work especially well in this space.

If you have only a couple of crosses, then you might use them to flank another larger art piece. The crosses could be placed on either side of the piece or, if the piece was not too large, they might work nicely above and below it.

If you have a small, offset wall then this is an interesting space begging for an interesting display. Such walls, when filled with unique objects, become veritable hidden treasures. Visitors feel that they have discovered a secret gem when they come upon it.

But if you are looking for something a bit bolder, then mount your wooden cross on a dark background and surround it with a wide and ornate frame. The juxtaposition of the simple wood of the cross with the highly embellished frame will create something truly eye-catching. You can get a similar, though perhaps less dramatic, effect by painting the wall a striking hue before hanging your cross.

One last idea. If you happen to own a glass topped coffee table with a display shelf, this too can be a terrific place to display your cross. There are really all kinds of possibilities – limited only by the scope of your own imagination. And when someone mentions that your cross looks beautiful, it is the perfect opening to explain how the one who went to the cross makes all things beautiful.

If you are looking for a wooden cross or any kind of Christian wall art, check out The Printery House.

Baptism Cards: See What the Artists Love

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For a Special Granddaughter…

An infant’s dedication to Jesus Christ, or “christening,” is a huge milestone in many Catholic and Christian families. It’s a celebration for sure, and the family is likely to keep and treasure baptism cards, gifts and other mementos.

The images artists use for baptism cards hold deep meaning and symbolism, in addition to being beautiful. What’s the meaning behind the images artists use on these cards? A post from Catholic Activities blogspot shares some insight:

1. Guardian angel images: Guardian angel images on baptism cards represent the commitment of the family to invite the guidance and care of angels over the precious infant. Often St. Michael is depicted, in particular. Sometimes these images are framed and placed in an infant’s room and can receive a blessing by a priest.

2. Doves and water: Images depicting a dove, representing the Holy Spirit ascending at Jesus’ own baptism, are also excellent artistic choices for this occasion. These images may be placed with water, representing the act of baptism itself and the promise of Christ to remain as “living water” throughout the lifetime of the child.
2. A baby’s baptism also includes a commemoration of the child’s name, and so artwork that beautifully depicts the child’s name and its meaning is often used for baptism cards and can become an attractive piece to keep for years.

3. Every baby is given a patron saint, and this is typically connected to the infant’s chosen name. Sometimes if a Catholic feast occurs on the day of the baby’s birth, that patron saint name is used. Many artists will use patron saint images for baptism cards and gifts.

4. Trees or plants can be used in baby baptism cards and materials and gifts because it represents the new life the baby will have in Christ, and his family’s commitment to his Catholic or Christian development.

As you celebrate with friends and family at a baby’s Christening or baptism, look for these images on cards and gifts. A card created by the monks and artists at The Printery House, a monastery in northwest Missouri, is an especially meaningful choice. The card designs are hand-lettered and the images are created by the artist and monks to proclaim the Gospel and share faith through printed products and contemporary religious art.