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.
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.