Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Project: Sodality Book Covers

It's always a joy to incorporate the symbols of Our Lady in the Third Orders, sodalities, confraternities, and other establishments of Holy Mother Church.

Some time ago, we given the task of creating custom book covers for the Sodality of the Immaculate Conception & St. Rose of Lima at Mary Immaculate Parish in Newton, Massachusetts. Over 30 covers were made and embroidered for every member of the sodality. Each cover featured our Marian Crest design in colors chosen specifically for the sodality- including the use of gold metallic thread. Below, the monogrammed words, "Ad Jesum per Mariam" reminds each member that the surest way to Jesus is through His Mother.

What is the history of a sodality, dedicated to Our Lady?

"From the era of the Middle Ages very many of these pious associations placed themselves under the special protection of the Blessed Virgin, and chose her for patron under the title of some sacred mystery with which she was associated. The main object and duty of these societies were, above all, the practice of piety and works of charity. The decline of ecclesiastical life at the close of the Middle Ages was naturally accompanied by a decline ofreligious associational life, the two being related as cause and effect. However, as soon as the Church rose to renewed prosperity in the course of the sixteenth century, by the aid of the Counter-Reformation and the appearance of the new religious congregations and associations, once more there sprang up numerous confraternities and sodalities which laboured with great success and, in many cases, are still effective."
Catholic Encyclopedia Online

Initials embroidered on the backside insure that each Sodalist's missal is protected from any mistaken identity!

Are you involved with a Sodality or Confraternity? We'd love to hear about it!

Friday, June 15, 2012

New to the Shop: Floral Covers, Aprons, & More

What's new at the Catholic Embroidery Shop Online?

Check out our revised Marian Apron, featuring Our Lady's Ave Maria symbol and accompanying monogram.

Floral Missal Covers (limited edition) made to fit the Roman Catholic Daily missal in black vinyl with pink floral trim and inside pockets.

And... last but certainly not least... mantillas/veils! A veil post will be forthcoming, so check back soon for more information or take a sneak peak on our website here

God bless,

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Project: Scapulars

The Hoop Scoop for this week is revealed... and accurately guessed by one of our readers:


We were pleased to service a Discalced Carmelite Third Order in Chicago with scapulars, embroidered with a large letter "M" in honor of Our Lady's name and the Carmelite Crest. These scapulars were sent to us by the Third Order, handmade by their talented volunteers, and duly embroidered upon their arrival to our shop.

Many thanks to the Third Order for this opportunity of serving their community with our embroidery services. 

A scapular sampling below a relic of St. Therese of Lisieux

Zelo zelatus sum pro Domino Deo exercituum - With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of hosts" Carmelite Motto

Monday, June 11, 2012

Hoop Scoop: A sea of brown

In the hoop this week at Catholic Embroidery, we're seeing a lot of brown!

Any guesses to what project is at hand?